The first in a new mystery series—for quilters and mystery lovers alike!
Former antiquities bounty hunter, Julie Ellis, is on the run, trying to stay one stiletto step ahead of her past. She accepts a position as manager of the Quilt Haus Inn in Missouri wine country, thinking it the perfect place to keep a low profile and start a new, less-dangerous career. It is—until Daniel Franklin walks through the door and asks for a room.
Daniel claims he’s come to Straussberg in search of a famous sunken ship that he believes is buried in a nearby farm field. Julie finds the handsome historian’s story odd at best, but when a dead body is discovered at the proposed dig site, it becomes clear somebody else believes the theory and doesn’t want the ship or its secrets exposed. Who in the town would possibly care about the old shipwreck? As frightening things start to happen at the inn—all seemingly connected to the hunt for the missing ship—Julie and her quilting friends must unearth the truth before someone else is buried.
INCLUDES A FREE QUILTING PATTERN INSPIRED BY THE STORY!
About the Author
Mae Fox is a coauthor of all the books in the Vineyard Quilt Mysteries series. Jan Fields is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including many in the popular Annie’s Attic Mysteries series and the Annie’s Quilted Mysteries series. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazine publications. She lives in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished Threads of Deceit by Mae Fox and Jan Fields. It is the first book in the new series Vineyard Quilt Mysteries. Julie Ellis was in antiquities recovery until she recovered an item from the wrong people (mafia). Now Julie along with Hannah are hiding at Quilt Haus Inn in Straussberg, Missouri. Julie is the new manager of the inn and Hannah (her assistant and tech person) is the new cook (and baker). Julie is enjoying her new job, but she misses the excitement of her recovering antiques. Daniel Franklin walks in looking to be a guest at the inn. Daniel is looking for a steamship buried on a nearby farm. The steamship was named The Grand Adventure and she went down with all her cargo. Julie is intrigues especially when Daniel tells her of a riddle and that a clue may be somewhere at the inn. Daniel starts experiencing trouble right away. Someone is messing with the site and then the owner of the farm is approached with an offer to buy his property. The offer comes with the condition that excavation stops immediately. When the owner declines to sell, the violence escalates until Daniel’s friend and business partner, George Benning is murdered. Julie is determined to find out who is behind the destruction and murder (plus she is enjoying the excitement). The owner of the inn gives Julie permission to investigate (as long as she gives talks to the guests about the excavation). Julie, Daniel, and a reluctant Hannah set out to solve the case! Threads of Deceit is a delightful book. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I downgraded it a little because I wish they had explained about Julie and Hannah’s recovery business and why they had to hide. We are given the barest of details. I look forward to reading the next book in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery series. If you enjoyed Annie’s Attic Mysteries, you will enjoy reading Threads of Deceit.
As soon as breasts or abs and chins get described, I'm out. This was delightful.
I seldom give hugh marks because so many of these reads are sophmoric and poorly constructed. This book offered a good plot initially, but ran out of steam. The characters were well developed and believable. Murderer is easily identified by mid-book. Book itself is a short read of less than 170 pages. Would read more by this author.