Thread Reckoning (Embroidery Mystery Series #3)

Thread Reckoning (Embroidery Mystery Series #3)

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by Amanda Lee
     
 

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Cupid's arrow is making its way to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, bringing lots of business to Marcy Singer's embroidery specialty shop-like the bride who wants her mother's dress embellished with jewels. But someone wants to squash all the romance-and in this case they'll go as far as murder...

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Cupid's arrow is making its way to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, bringing lots of business to Marcy Singer's embroidery specialty shop-like the bride who wants her mother's dress embellished with jewels. But someone wants to squash all the romance-and in this case they'll go as far as murder...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Marcy Singer's embroidery shop, The Seven Year Stitch, has already seen its fair share of murders, so when her client's future mother-in-law, Francesca Ortega, is stabbed on the front walk, Marcy is yet again a suspect. Suspicions only mount when she finds a second body. Clearly, the jewels that Francesca donated for her future daughter-in-law's vintage wedding dress are at the heart of the mystery. Unfortunately, Marcy has the rest of the gems; worried that she might become the next victim, she works to uncover the murderer's motives. Adding to the trouble is the sudden appearance of Marcy's former fiance, the man who left her standing at the altar a year prior. He suddenly wants to reconcile, but his odd behavior unnerves Marcy, as does his apparent connection to the murders. While this mystery is entertaining, it is disappointing in quality and execution. Marcy is a likeable character, and her narrative makes for a quick read; however, the prose is lackluster and quite tame for a mystery. Significant time is spent throughout the book discussing embroidery and needlepoint, which disrupts the narrative, especially since descriptive detail is lacking. Most disappointing, however, is the reveal; the murderer is disclosed in a one-page, anticlimatic scene, followed by a brief summary that attempts to tie up loose ends. It is a disappointing end for readers who have invested time in the plot. This may be a hard sell to young adult readers, even for die-hard mystery fans. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451234551
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Embroidery Mystery Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
162,015
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Amanda Lee is the national bestselling author of the Embroidery Mysteries, including The Stitching HourWicked Stitch, and Thread End.

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Thread Reckoning 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
It's February in Tallulah Falls, Oregon and love is in the air especially at Seven Year Stitch, Marcy Singer's embroidery shoppe. A bride who is getting married in less than two weeks on Valentine's Day brings in a vintage wedding gown she would like embellished for her big day. The groom's mother provides the jewels to be embroidered on the dress. Marcy is very excited and can't wait to get started on the dress. The bride gives approval to one of Marcy's designs and Marcy goes right to work. The next morning the groom's mother is found stabbed to death in front of Marcy's store. She looked to be bringing Marcy more jewels as a small velvet bag was found near her body. Both the couple and Marcy were under the assumption that the jewels were fake but the police have the jewels Marcy had examined and find out that they are real and some are missing. This makes Marcy the prime suspect. She is going to do everything she can to find the real jewel thief and not get herself stitched up in the process. My Thoughts I was loving this book until the last couple of chapters. I adore these characters completely, the setting is perfect and the mystery was sharp and perfectly paced, then it felt like the author lost the needle and had to hurry and wrap the story up as fast as possible. The bride Cassandra was a true "Bridezilla", even with her fiance's mother dying in such a horrible fashion was not going to steal her spotlight on her wedding day. Postpone the wedding, no way. You really feel the groom's pain not only dealing with is mother's death but going through it alone because his bride is so selfish. I love this author and her books. I just felt tangled or unraveled at the ending. The epilogue ties together the loose threads but the leaves Marcy's future up in the air. I hope this is not the end of this series, it is one I really do enjoy. I hope we see a lot more Marcy and Tallulah Falls soon!!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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."
avid-readerCA More than 1 year ago
love her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of her books. Would recommend.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I cannot say enough good about the characters and interactions. Marcy is very likeable, Ted gave me a few laugh out loud moments, Todd very efficient, I love her relationship with her mother and all her friends are loveable. My only drawbacks with this books are first, Marcy's ex fiancé coming back to town, frankly I think the words I would have had with him would have been totally different than hers, I think she needed a little more backbone. Secondly the ending was a little quick. That being said the mystery was good and kept me guessing with twists and turns. I can get into these characters and picture the events so clearly, it flows so smoothly. I think you could read this as a stand alone but I do recommend the others, just for background and fun. I will definitely continue on with this series.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You know how you breeze through a book, putting aside another book you were also reading then once you finish one of the books, you're like, either the mystery ended too quickly and abrupt or I just read too fast. Or both. Yeah definitely both. Anyway, Marcy this time around can't seem to catch a break. Murder happens at her shop....again. And of course the love triangle is still ongoing, with the addition of her ex. And to add more to it, there's a masquerade ball. Book you had at me at masquerade ball. The pacing, writing style, characters, mystery, etc are still good and interesting as ever. As for that love triangle, while I like Todd and Ted, I'm leaning more toward Ted. I also like that the characters acknowledge that murder seems to happen around Marcy's shop...again. So, another good sequel. Can't say enough how much I'm liking these books. Good series so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read as usual I always look forward to a new one!
MissCozy More than 1 year ago
I like this series. It's a very comfortable easy read. Maybe a little predictable but I like the characters and I enjoy reading about a stitch shop.
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
A Good Read This was a fun read that I could not put down. This book moved at a good pace as the mystery kept me riveted to the pages. With a small town feel; great dialogue, and a lovable cast, this was a great read and I look forward to more adventures in this wonderfully-crafted and entertaining series.
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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
You can't help but admire Marcy Singer, the heroine of Amanda Lee's Embroidery Mystery series. She's doing what she loves, has two men courting her, and is even able to bring her Irish wolfhound, Angus, to her embroidery shop, The Seven-Year Stitch, every day. That is, until Bridezilla-a.k.a. Cassandra Wainwright-shows up with a vintage wedding gown. She hires Marcy to embroider some costume jewels, a gift from her mother-in-law to-be, on the dress. It's dislike at first sight for Marcy, especially because Cassandra's first (of many) demands is that Angus be banished to the back room and Marcy run a lint brush over the store's sofa before Cassandra will deign to sit on it. Then the mother-in-law to-be is found stabbed to death outside Marcy's shop. And further investigation of the jewels reveals that they're not costume at all, but the real thing and worth a small fortune. Marcy becomes a suspect in the murder, and to complicate matters even more, her ex-fiancée-the same guy who dumped her at the altar a year ago-shows up to try and jump-start their relationship. "Thread Reckoning" is an entertaining read, with just the right mix of mystery and romance to make fans of cozy mysteries eager for the next book in the series. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
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this book and there other two keep you guessing who did it . it was hard to put down. looking forward to the next book in this series.
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SJM-reader More than 1 year ago
The plot keeps you guessing. Who did it and you think its one person then some else. Enjoyed it from first pgae to last.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Marcy Singer left California when her fiancé David Frist jilted her on their wedding day without telling her he got cold feet. She moved to quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon where she opens up The Seven Year Stitch embroidery specialty shop. Cassandra Wainwright enters the store wanting Marcy to add embroidery to her wedding dress that would include fake jewels given to the bride by her future mother-in-law Francesca Ortega. Marcy's boyfriend police officer Ted Nash awakens her late at night with news of a dead female outside her establishment. Marcy identifies the body as Francesca. She explains about the dress and the jewels; the police confiscate the gems as evidence only to learn they are genuine. The victim's son Francisco insists he has no idea how his late mom possessed real jewels, but that it might have involved her job at former job at Santiago, Inc. The matriarch of the Santiago clan reported her jewels stolen, but her son Frederic knows his mom was not a thief. Experienced in solving homicides (see Stitch Me Deadly), Marcy investigates one stitch at a time so that she can figure out what led to Francesca's murder. This charming cozy contains a difficult to solve homicide because no one seems to have a viable motive. While the protagonist investigates (a sub-genre hazard of amateur sleuthing for no reasonable reason) she deals with David who obstinately wants her back and refuses to accept no. His arrival and desire has his ex musing whether he is connected to the murder, the theft or both as he worked for the Santiago family. Readers will enjoy Amanda Lee's likable whodunit. Harriet Klausner