Stitch Me Deadly (Embroidery Mystery Series #2)

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Marcy Singer owns The Seven Year Stitch, an embroidery specialty shop in the small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Trouble strikes when an elderly woman brings an antique piece of embroidery into the shop-and promptly dies of unnatural causes. Now Marcy has to stitch together clues to catch a crafty killer.

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Overview

Marcy Singer owns The Seven Year Stitch, an embroidery specialty shop in the small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Trouble strikes when an elderly woman brings an antique piece of embroidery into the shop-and promptly dies of unnatural causes. Now Marcy has to stitch together clues to catch a crafty killer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451232519
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Embroidery Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 258,119
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Recommended for light reading

    Loved and really enjoyed the first book. Just started on the second in the series. Light and enjoyable reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Amanda Lee's Embroidery Series is a Must to Read!

    The "Embroidery Mystery" series is just wonderful to read.

    The main character Marcy, her friends and fellow business people and even the character of Marcy's mom are a true "find" in this wonderful mystery series.

    I have read #1 and #2 and have added #3 in the series to my "must read" book list.

    The murder mystery is interesting. The conversation between characters is well written. And there are good twists and turns within the story. It is a quick and smooth read. Very enjoyable!

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Cleverly written MUST READ!!!

    Marcy and her Irish wolfhound, Angus are making themselves right at home in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. She loves running the Seven Year Stitch, making new friends and reconnecting with her old friend Sadie.


    Things are going well until an elderly woman comes to the shop to ask for Marcy's help and shows her a wonderful, antique, embroidery sampler. Before she can tell Marcy anything about the sampler she dies suddenly of an apparent heart attack, right there in one of the chairs in the "sit and stitch" area of the store.


    It doesn't take long for the authorities to find out the elderly woman, Mrs. Ralston's, heart attack was caused by a very unnatural cause. She had been murdered. Marcy thinks the sampler holds the key to who and why this nice, sweet woman was killed. She also finds out a very tangled web of clues must be sorted out to solve this crime.


    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    Marcy has such a big heart, she can rarely say "no" to anyone and her character is wonderfully written as are all the other characters in this series. I feel like an invisible person perched in the "sit and stitch" area watching this story unraveling before my eyes.

    Every small town has a place like the Seven Year Stitch, a place where the local people go to catch up on gossip and find out what's happening with their friends, foes and neighbors. It may not be an embroidery store, maybe a local garage, tavern, coffee shop or bookstore, but a true gathering place. That is what makes this series and this book so relate-able.

    This story was a pure delight for me to read, making my brain work to untangle the mystery right along with Marcy. Holding my breath as she figures it out and putting herself in danger. Pages turning fast and furious to the very end.

    While these stories have a needlework theme, set in a beautiful town, they are for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. A story that touches all of your senses, from the feel of the floss and yarn, the view of the Oregon coast, the smell and the taste of the goodies from MacKenzies' Mochas, the sounds of the falling rain, it also engages your mind with the cleverly written mystery. This is a book that should definitely be on everyone's must read list.




    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 December 6, 2010

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    Amanda Lee's deft use of her small-town cast keeps the intelligently crafted story line fresh

    Stitch Me Deadly
    Amanda Lee
    Obsidian, Feb 1 2011, $6.99
    ISBN: 9780451332519

    In Tallulah Falls, Oregon, Marcy Singer proudly owns the Seven-Year Stitch, a very popular crochet store. Her best friend Sadie works next door with her husband Blake, who own Mackenzies' Mochas. Sadie persuaded Marcy to move to Oregon after her San Francisco boyfriend dumped her.

    Elderly Louisa Ralston comes into Marcy's shop for the first time. She asks her to find ivy, but while waiting she falls down and dies. At first it was assumed she had a heart attack, but the police learn she was murdered by someone who gave her the drug Halumet. The cops come to Marcy's store asking to search the Seven-Year Stitch and her home. She allows them and they find the drug in her home. Marcy insists she never saw it before although her mother swears she left it there. Marcy remains a suspect. Her situation turns dire when she visits Louise's husband and he dies with the same drug in his system that killed his wife. Desperate to clear her name before she gets arrested, Marcy investigates.

    As occurred in The Quick and The Thread, the heroine is under suspicion of murder again and as she did then Marcy methodically seeks clues one stitch at a time in search of the real killer. Amanda Lee's deft use of her small-town cast keeps the intelligently crafted story line fresh as Marcy works her inquiry finding one viable suspect after another.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    3 1/2 stars - great rainy day reading

    "Stitch Me Deadly" is An Embroidery Mystery, a follow up to "The Quick and the Thread". Marcy Singer has moved from San Francisco and is spending her first winter in the small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon. She owns Seven Year Stitch, an embroidery specialty shop. Her best friend Sadie MacKenzie owns a nearby coffee shop and café. Another important character in the book is Marcy's mother Beverly, a movie industry costume designer who still lives in San Francisco, but visits Marcy often.

    The book opens on a rainy January day. Louisa Ralston, an elderly customer comes into Marcy's shop and shows her an antique embroidered sampler and then asks Marcy for help finding "ivy". Before Marcy can ask what she means, Mrs. Ralston collapses and doesn't recover. It's murder, and Marcy soon becomes a suspect. She begins her own investigation to clear her name. She also does some research to try to explain Mrs. Ralston's last words.

    "Stich Me Deadly" is quick, fun read with an interesting mystery. With the clues from the author, I was able to correctly guess the identity of the murderer, but not all the twists and turns the story takes. Therefore, the book was enjoyable and kept my interest until the very end. There were a couple of "loose threads" that weren't tied up at the end of the book, and that was a little frustrating.

    The strength of the book is the potential triangle between Marcy, Todd, and Ted. It's interesting and refreshing, since both seem to be truly nice guys and good matches for Marcy, unlike in some series when it's obvious to everyone but the heroine that one guy is by far the better choice.

    For the most part, I like the character of Marcy. She shows she is determined and brave enough to leave her hometown and start a business on her own in a new state. However, there are a few times when she seems immature. For example, from Marcy's early descriptions of her mother, I was expecting to meet a bossy, domineering woman. However, seeing Beverly in action with Marcy and other characters, I really admire her take-charge attitude. She supports her daughter in a loving way, without being too pushy, so Marcy's complaints about her mom seem like the exaggerated gripes of a teenager. Later in the book, Marcy appears either very naïve or very careless in her interactions with some of the characters on her short list of murder suspects. Meeting suspects alone and believing total strangers' stories about who they are without ever asking for an ID or business card is not wise when you're tracking down a murderer!

    The book is the most fun when Marcy is conducting the actual investigation. She often gets help from her mom or Ted, and either pair makes a good detecting duo. On the other hand, for someone who is supposed to be her best friend, I don't think Sadie is very supportive of Marcy. Sadie comes across as a bit childish, pouting because Marcy is interested in Ted along with Todd, Sadie's choice for her friend. I prefer Beverly or Ted as a partner for Marcy's investigations. Both Beverly and Ted seem to bring out the best in Marcy's detective skills and help to make this book a great choice for a rainy (or snowy) day inside. While this series is lighter in tone, fans of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series will enjoy "Stitch Me Deadly."

    This review was originally written for the "Season for Romance" E-Zine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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