Thread End (Embroidery Mystery Series #7)

Thread End (Embroidery Mystery Series #7)

by Amanda Lee
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
The latest in this embroidery mystery finds Marcy, from the Seven-Year Stitch needlework shop, checking out a new antique textiles and tapestries exhibit at the Tallulah Falls Museum. But before she can even linger over all that she has seen, she finds a dead body wrapped in one of exhibit pieces, behind her store.  By now, her neighboring shop owner, Nellie, is convinced that Marcy is jinxing everyone in the neighborhood, and she's none too nice in expressing her feelings to everyone. Along with her adorable Irish Wolfhound, Angus, and her sexy boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy sets out to discover who killed the visiting art professor and why someone would want him dead.  In between teaching needlework classes and making her own projects, she checks the internet and politely grills all her customers for information. Amanda Lee fills her books with great humor around needlework and Hollywood, where her make believe mother costumes the stars for their shows.  She also uses facts about the art world and needlework to enhance her mysteries.  But best of all, the relationships between the varied characters brings me right into her neighborhood.  And who doesn't love her pooch--Angus!  As a needle worker and art lover myself, I've found a great new set of friends in these books.  
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I live in a small coastal town and we have a lot of small shops like The Seven Year Stitch. I enjoy wandering around, looking at all of the colorful items and usually walk out with things I didn’t plan on buying. It’s also fun to chat with the other folks and catch up on the latest news. There’s a few things I look for in a cozy mystery. First, the cover art. It’s perfect for this series. I like how the author features Marcy’s wolfhound, Angus, on the covers. I’m a huge dog lover and he adds a lot of humor and genuineness to the story. The title is important also. It has to be catchy and fun. Thread End is perfect, as someone does meet their end. There need to be colorful but flawed characters. Marcy is definitely flawed. She’s a magnet for dead bodies. Seems like, for such a small town, she ‘s always stumbling across a new victim. There also has to be a theme, like the embroidery shop. I enjoy reading about the shop and how Marcy runs it and converses with her customers. Next is the romance. Marcy and sexy Detective Ted Nash are getting serious and Marcy finally gets to meet his mother. Finally, there’s the mystery. The author gives you a shady victim. He’s an art thief, and when the museum is robbed you’d think of him first. But that doesn’t work as Marcy finds him rolled up in one of the tapestries, dead, behind her shop. There are plenty of suspects, with new characters and old. I had such fun sniffing out the clues. There are a lot of red herrings before you begin to get an idea who the culprit is. What charmed me the most was the little details. Like Marcy waiting to put on her bright red lipstick until after she kisses Ted hello, or remembering to let her dog, Angus, in and out periodically throughout the book. These small things make the story come to life. They ground you in real life events. The author also is very good at sprinkling in the back story of characters and past events without bogging down your reading. She casually mentions things in just the right places so you aren’t left wondering. That’s why I say you can read this series in any order. But I’d recommend starting at the beginning so you meet each new character as they are introduced and experience them as they grow. If you like a good cozy mystery, I highly recommend Thread End and the rest of this series. They’ll tickle your funny bone, sharpen your sleuthing skills, and warm your insides with the enchanting romance. I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Thread End is the seventh book in the An Embroidery Mystery series. This is the first book that I have read by this author and wish I hadn't started so late. Marcy and her friend, Reggie Singh are looking forward to attending a new display of textile art at the Tallulah Falls Museum. Just before there were ready to leave for the museum, Detective Tom Nash, Marcy's boyfriend, tell her that an art thief is rumored to be in the area. The next morning, as Marcy is taking the trash to her dumpster she notices a rolled up rug in the alley. Upon looking at it closer, Marcy see that a body is wrapped in the rug and the rug is one of those that was on display at the museum. When Tom and Manu, the police chief, arrive at the scene, Tom tells Marcy that the museum had reported that most of textile collection has also been stolen. The body, it turns out, is that of the art thief, Professor Vandehey. Also in town for the opening is Chad Cummings and his wife Portia. It was Cummings valuable Cezanne that Vandehey had stolen and was never found. Now it is up to police and the inch hig detective, as Nash lovingly calls Marcy,to determine who murdered Vahdehey and if what, if any, the textile theft has to do with the Cezanne. This was an interesting and well told story with some interesting characters. There is Vera, an avid embroiderer, whose boyfriend is a reporter, and can use his extertise in digging up information. Sadie and Blake, who own a coffee/restaurant, and are around with a cup of joe and calming words. I can forget Angus, Marcy's Irish Wolfhound. Ever the protector of Marcy and a friend to the Seven Year Stitch's customers. Will be watching for the next book in this series.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Not only are the mysteries always good, but I love that the author knows about the techniques used in embroidery. To me, that makes all the difference. I also love the characters. Thread End was a great addition to the series and kept me guessing. If you love cozy mysteries, you're going to love this series.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I think I can say this is one of my favorite ones in the series so far. The mystery this time was good. The mystery in the other books is also good. Nice to see the story moving forward a bit too. Another really good installment and of course I want to read the next one.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, as I do the whole series. Likeable characters that feel real. Marcy, Ted and friends go to an exhibit at the museum, what follows is a story of twists and turns. Marcy discovers a body of a man who may or may not have been involved in a previous theft. This brings on an influx of characters that will keep you guessing about a theft past and present. How will it all tie together? It tied together nicely, with a satisfactory end and with one thing that surprised me. I will definitely continue on with series.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
not going to explain the story. just going to say that it is a great mystery and if you don't pick it up you will miss out on the thrill of discovery.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Never a dull moment in Tallulah Falls. Marcy finds her way right into the middle of another investigation. At least this time Marcy or her mother is not at the top of the suspect list. In fact this time Ted and Marcy really team up to find the truth. Their relationship in really evolving in so many ways. I absolutely love Angus, Marcy’s Irish Wolfhound. I would love to enter the Seven Year Stitch and be greeted by that wonderful dog. Her is so smart and evens obeys a very special visitor to Marcy’s shop. He is such a smart dog and a perfect companion. He graces the cover of the books and I wish I could just reach in a give him a big hug. This mystery takes a real turn the will leave you thinking. How far would you go to help one of your children? Would you do something you know is wrong if it would allow you to do something right? As always Amanda Lee has given us a fabulous story. She has introduced us to a few new characters. One who could be very important as the series continues. Our favorites return as well. Marcy’s mom, Beverly, may be back in California but they stay in touch as much as they can. Mom’s need to be able to share advice and wise words no matter how many miles they are away from their children. These stories are so much fun to read. I highly recommend them to all cozy lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series! I am always anxiously awaiting the next book. I love all the characterscand how they interact. I have to say the covers are beautifully done and appear to match the physical descriptions given in the different books. I just read this one and am already looking to see when the next one is due out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago