Thread on Arrival (Embroidery Mystery Series #5)

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Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer gets hung up on a tapestry that may lead to sunken treasure and be the motive for murder....

When Marcy’s friend Reggie, Tallulah Falls’ local librarian, asks her to teach an embroidery class as therapy for domestic abuse victims, she gladly agrees. One of the women wants to flee from her abusive husband but is afraid to leave her elderly father-in-law behind. And she thinks Marcy can help.

The elderly ...

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Overview

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer gets hung up on a tapestry that may lead to sunken treasure and be the motive for murder....

When Marcy’s friend Reggie, Tallulah Falls’ local librarian, asks her to teach an embroidery class as therapy for domestic abuse victims, she gladly agrees. One of the women wants to flee from her abusive husband but is afraid to leave her elderly father-in-law behind. And she thinks Marcy can help.

The elderly gentleman shows Marcy a tapestry his grandmother made, which he believes reveals the location of pirate treasure off the Oregon coast. He’ll move to a shelter—provided Marcy takes the tapestry to keep it safe. But when the police arrive the next day to escort him out, they find the old man murdered and the house ransacked. Does someone want that treasured tapestry desperately enough to kill for it?

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Publishers Weekly
A hunt for sunken treasure off the Oregon coast drives Lee’s entertaining fifth cozy featuring Tallulah Falls, Ore., embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer (after The Long Stitch Goodnight). Through the needlework class Marcy conducts for battered women she meets Chester Cantor, father of abusive Adam Cantor, whose wife and daughter are her students. Chester owns a tapestry map his grandmother made that he believes shows the location of a pirate treasure. Chester promises to give Marcy the tapestry for safekeeping, but before he can so do, he’s murdered—and the prime suspect is Adam. Other suspects include those with an interest in the treasure and some people behaving rather oddly. Marcy soon finds herself a target, apparently because she’s getting too close to the truth. Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls as well as Marcy’s adorable Irish wolfhound, Angus. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Tales of shipwrecks off the Oregon coast capture shop owner Marcy's attention when a family tapestry is actually a treasure map. Her fifth outing (after The Long Stitch Good Night).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451238856
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Embroidery Mystery Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 183,682
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    It¿s been almost a year since Marcy moved to Tallulah Falls and

    It’s been almost a year since Marcy moved to Tallulah Falls and opened up her embroidery shop, The Seven-Year Stitch. She’s made some close friends and even has a couple of love interests.

    When she agreed to help her friend, Reggie, by teaching an embroidery class to abused women, she had no idea she’d become entangled in a hunt for lost treasure and a murder.

    The town and its denizens reminds of Cabot Cove from Murder She Wrote. Everyone knows each others business and like with most small towns, news travels faster than the telephone.

    Marcy is a smart business woman, a very loyal friend, and is either gifted or cursed with an impulsive nature. She dives into things quickly, wanting to help out, and often lands in hot water. Her close-knit (no pun intended) group of friends are often right in the middle of it with her.

    In the beginning, there is a bit of a love triangle, but Marcy makes her choice fairly early on in the book. She’s not a player, doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. She just cautious after her last relationship ended badly.

    The fact she has this giant wolfhound, Angus, really drew me to this story. If you don’t know the breed, they are one of the largest dogs, over six feet standing on their hind legs. Marcy, or Inch-High Private Eye, as her beau fondly calls her, is a tiny thing and her dog dwarfs her.

    Angus is the first to know when Marcy chooses her man.

    I giggle. “I’ve got a boyfriend, Angus!”

    From the back seat, he woofed his approval before slurping my ear with his tongue.

    I totally approve of her choice. He’s sexy, funny, and his more serious nature is a perfect match for the impetuous Marcy.

    “Is this where I say something horribly corny like Yeah, but you’re a thief – you stole my heart?” he asked.

    From murder, to a new beau, to a reality show, Marcy is right in the thick of things. Now she just needs to put the threads together, to solve the mystery before anyone else ends up dead.

    As I got a little ways into the book, I realized this was a series and Thread on Arrival wasn’t the first book. Imagine my surprise and delight to discover this was book #5 in the Embroidery Series. Four more cozy mysteries to read.

    I had no trouble reading this book before the others. The author placed small bits of history from the other books throughout the story, kind of filling in the blanks. You could read this without having read the others and feel completely comfortable and satisfied.

    Of course, I’ll be reading the other four books. Right at 300 pages, I read this in about three hours, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    Almost forgot! When I was checking out other books by the author, I found out Amanda Lee is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. She has also written The Daphne Martin Series and the Myrtle Crumb Series.

    I received this book as a gift.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Recommended

    Enjoyed another Marcy hunt for the villian. Also enjoyed the discussion of embroidery woven into the story.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    A fun cozy read

    I enjoy this series for it's twists and turns and the interesting characters. A nice break from "heavy" reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Good

    I enjoyed this book but was expecting more because of the five star reviews. Even though I made it to the last page it didn't have me turning the pages with anticipation. I have bought three of her other books, so I'm hoping to enjoy those a little more.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    the wonderful series about marcy and her embroidery shop, as wel

    the wonderful series about marcy and her embroidery shop, as well as the mysteries that happen to her. this one deals with a family that has an embroidered map that the father-in-law owns. he feels the map leads to a treasure on a ship that has sunk off the coast of oregon. this story also deals with the abusive husband, (the cantor family), and the reasons that the wife and daughter won't leave him. the father-in-law is murdered and marcy feels responsible as she mentioned the map and the treasure to a friend, was overheard and that person gossiped about it, so she starts to investigate a little. her boyfriend, ( yes, she finally decided one boyfriend was enough and chose ted, the cop), knows she will investigate but tries to discourage her. eventually they find the murderer, but not before the cantor's house is burned down. the murderer is a big surprise and the reason for everything is revealed.. fast moving and very interesting..had a hard time putting this one down! read and enjoy

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer agrees to help teach a class

    Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer agrees to help teach a class as therapy for domestic abuse victims. She meets Mary Cantor who wants to leave her abusive husband and take her daughter with her. There's one problem. Her elderly father-in-law lives with them and she can't bear to leave him behind. Marcy thinks she may be able to help after she learns the man wants to talk to her about on old tapestry that he believes may be a  treasure map.




    After Marcy meets with Mr. Cantor and promises to keep the tapestry safe, he agrees to leave his home. Unfortunately when the police show up the next day to  escort him a safe place they are too late. Mr Cantor is dead and the house had been searched. Would someone kill to get their hands on the tapestry? Could it really be a treasure map? Marcy is definitely going to find out.








    I love my visits to Seven Year Stitch where I am not only welcomed by Marcy Singer but also by her wonderful Irish Wolfhound Angus and Jill. the mannequin the looks like Marilyn Monroe. 




    Marcy has made some great friends since moving to Oregon. They take her classes, tell her who she should be spending her life with, and try to keep her safe as she is out trying to track down a killer. Her mother is in California, but only a phone call away. Sometimes she knows what is happening in her daughter's life before her daughter does. Wonderful, rich, full characters - every one.




    In addition to  the murder mystery which I thought I had figured out, then didn't, then did, then didn't :) Marcy makes a big decision about her love life.  There was also a bit of history stitched in about the shipwrecks off the coast of Oregon that I found quite interesting.  Lee knots it all together into a very engaging story that I read all in one sitting.




    You know things will never stay quiet for long in Tallulah Falls. Cross Stitch Before Dying  hits shelves in August. Who knows what mystery the Inch High Private Eye will find herself in the middle of next?

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