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The Quick and the Thread (Embroidery Mystery Series #1)

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First in a new mystery series that will have readers stitching-and itching for more

When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch.

Then Marcy finds the shop's previous tenant dead in the store-room, ...

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Overview

First in a new mystery series that will have readers stitching-and itching for more

When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch.

Then Marcy finds the shop's previous tenant dead in the store-room, a message scratched with a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy's shop has become a crime scene, and she's the prime suspect. She'll have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.

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Lee kicks off a cozy, promising mystery series framed around Marcy Singer and her Tallulah Falls, Ore. embroidery shop, The Seven-Year Stitch. No sooner does Marcy take over retail space formerly occupied by a hardware store that she discovers the dead body of the previous tenant, Tim Enright, in her storeroom. Even though at first glance there's no evidence of foul play, both she and local detective Ted Nash suspect otherwise. Adding to the mystery is a cryptic unfinished message Enright had scratched on the storeroom wall before he died. The clues are gauzy thin and soon a second murder makes everyone a potential suspect. Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O'Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451230966
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Embroidery Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 337,918
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    A wonderful first in series!

    I happended upon this cozy mystery and it was a pleasure to read. The Oregon coast comes alive with the author's characters and their quaint shops. I look forward to the next in the series "Stitch Me Deadly".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!

    I loved this book!!! I could not put the book down.... It was easy to read and no sooner as you got introduced to the character Marcy, Sadie, Blake, Todd and not forgetting Angus(!!!) the mystery started to unfold!!!! Looking forward to Amanda's new book!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Don't bother!

    This story was so predictable...and not in a good way! It would be best for someone who had little time for reading and little time for deep thoughts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    a good stitch

    Marcy was looking forward to a great grand-opening of her embroidery shop. She had customers, food, beverage and good chatter but the one thing she didn't count on, was a dead body who left a cryptic message scrawled on the wall. Sparking Marcy's curiosity and the fact that she is a suspect, Marcy with help from her friends start asking questions and someone in this small town does not like where the answers may lead. I love the town, the friendly characters (except the killer) as well as the dialogue which felt very comfortable. The prospect of a romantic triangle and knotting the thread on the killer will keep your eyes glued to the pages until the final the end. This was a delightful and crafty tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    The Quick and the Thread

    An Embroidery Mystery
    Release Date August 3, 2010
    Obsidian
    First in a Brand New Series

    Marcy Singer packs up her life in San Francisco, including her Irish Wolfhound, Angus and moves to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, at the urging of her friend Sadie to fulfill her dream of owning a needlework shop called The Seven Year Stitch. Sadie and her husband Blake own MacKenzies' Mochas down the street from Marcy's store.

    A big grand opening is planned and the whole town is invited. As the party gets going the store's former tenant, who appears to have had way to much to drink, is following Marcy around slurring that he has something very important to tell her. Other guests keep rescuing her from having any conversation with Mr. Enright. The party ends and Marcy can't wait until the next day as her business actually opens. People have signed up for all the classes she has offered and she is excited that her dream is finally coming true.

    When Marcy and Angus arrive at the store, the dog runs to the storeroom door and starts pawing at it feverishly. Marcy opens the door to see why Angus is causing such a fuss, she screams as she find the former tenant, Mr. Enright on the floor. At first she thinks he had just passed out there during the party, the smell is awful he must have thrown up, she notices he scratched a message on the floor with a tapestry needle and that the storeroom is quite a mess. She finally realizes that the man needs help and calls the paramedics. They arrive and that is when she learns poor Mr. Enright was not just passed out, he was indeed dead. Her beautiful new shop has become a crime scene and she has become a murder suspect.

    Before Marcy finds herself embroidered into a corner at the local jail she has to stitch together all the pieces of this darn mystery and find the real killer.

    I LIKED IT!!!!

    This was a fun little mystery, I had to refresh my memory about the term "straw buyers", but the plot was very interesting and a little scary as we see how easily identity theft can happen. The characters were well developed but with definitely more for us to learn as the series continues. I hope Marcy's mother is featured more in future stories, she sounds like a hoot! The next installment entitled "Stitch Me Deadly" is set for release in February 2010.


    About this Author from Amazon.com:
    Amanda Lee is the lady next to you in the grocery line or car pool. She has twins: one boy and one girl; she's a baseball fan, she likes to decorate cakes, she rocks at Guitar Hero... Oh, and she likes to think about murder. But it's okay! She only writes about murder...a lot!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    I loved this book. I took an immediate liking to all the charact

    I loved this book. I took an immediate liking to all the characters. I found it interesting in the fact that as much as I loved them all, I also started suspecting half of them of being the killer. There was enough humor to give me a chuckle now and again, and of course I love Angus the Irish wolfhound. The mystery definitely kept me guessing with plenty of twists. I am definitely moving on to the next in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Easy reading. Good read for light summer reading

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    This is the first book in the embroidery mysteries with Marcy Si

    This is the first book in the embroidery mysteries with Marcy Singer in Tallaluh Falls, Oregan.  Marcy has just revamped her new store, The Seven Year Stitch, and has planned a gala opening.  The old owner of her store's spot used to run a hardware store there.  He crashed her party, drunk and making strange claims, and by the next day he was found dead in the store's storage area.  Did he die naturally from drinking, or were his scratchings on the wall a clue to his murder? 




    This was an especially fun cozy mystery for me.  I'm a needle crafter at heart and the references were just right to add great flavor to this mystery.  Better yet, were the many funny, often sarcastic,  references to old TV shows and movies.  The characters were fully developed right from the start, and I found myself rooting for Marcy and her friends as they got into and out of difficult situations.  I also liked her potential love interests--I know who is my favorite too.  The mystery was deeper than most cozies and I found that very satisfying.  Great start to this series!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    MIDNIGHT CLOUDS PET STORE

    Here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Gigi95

    WOW, what a disappointment! The storyline & characters seemed like it would be a good read so after reading the sample, which by the way was very short, I bought it hoping to have stumbled onto a good mystery series... what a waste of $8. My advice: try L. L. Bartlett's Jeff Resnick series instead!!

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