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The Quick and the Thread (2010)

by Amanda Lee

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  suefitz1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Marcy Singer has a regular old 9 to 5 accounting job in San Francisco but her college roommate, Sadie, has better ideas. She lures Marcy to the tranquil town of Tallaluah Falls, OR to realize her secret dream of opening a needlework shop. The location is perfect, right next store to Sadie's Coffee shop.

But the grand opening event doesn't go exactly as planned when the old tenant shows up drunk and causes a disturbance. Things get worse when the next morning Marcy discovers him dead in her storeroom.

The flow of this cozy mystery was great - just the right blend of introduction to the characters and locale with the clues woven in to solve the mystery. Looking forward to the next installment. ( )
  cyderry | Aug 5, 2012 |
Marcy Singer allows herself to be persuaded by her best friend to leave her corporate job in San Francisco and open a needlework shop in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Her opening day takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the murdered body of the shop's former tenant in the storeroom. He had just enough time before his death to leave a cryptic message. Even though the message makes no sense to Marcy, the fact that she's seen it puts her in danger. Will she get to the bottom of the mystery in time to save herself from becoming the next victim?

This is a promising start for a cozy series. The characters and setting are appealing. I'm partial to the librarian who is one of the secondary characters in the series. Marcy didn't do a lot of the foolish things that get many cozy heroines into trouble, and she viewed the police as allies rather than adversaries. This is a series I'm sure I'll continue to read.

Readers hoping for a read-alike for Monica Ferris's Crewel World series should be aware that needlework isn't as integral to the plot in this series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Nov 10, 2011 |
Marcy Singer leaves the rat race of San Francisco to open her own needlework shop in Tallulah Falls, Oregon where her former college roommate and her husband own the coffee shop next door.. The morning after her open house, she discovers a body in the storage room. The deceased had begun engraving a message with an embroidery needle. It's up to the detectives (and Marcy, of course) to puzzle out the message and find out who the murderer is before another person becomes a victim. This was a good debut mystery. There were several viable suspects with enough red herrings to keep it entertaining. The author used a lot of references to older television programs in her narrative. They often provided just the right amount of humor or the exact picture or amount of descriptiveness to convey the point. I do hope that as Marcy's customer base grows in subsequent novels, that a more intimate group of stitchers is developed, such as the group in Monica Ferris' novels. There is still a little something lacking in the atmosphere of the needlework shop and even in the town's atmosphere. It was, however, a good beginning to the series, and I do plan to read the next installment. ( )
2 vote thornton37814 | Jan 11, 2011 |
The Quick and the Thread is the first book of An Embroidery Mystery series. Marcy Singer leaves San Francisco for Tallulah Falls, Oregon to pursue her dream of owning her own embroidery shop The Seven Year-Stitch. Her best friend and former college roommate, Sadie and her husband Blake, also reside there. The couple owns MacKenzies’ Mochas, which is conveniently located next door to Marcy’s shop.

The night of her open house, former tenant Tim Enright crashes the party and is determined to speak with Marcy privately. Turned off by his odd behavior (and assumption he’s intoxicated), Marcy keeps herself at arm’s length. Later after everyone has left for the evening, Marcy, Sadie, Blake and Todd (the man that Sadie is trying to fix her up with) are cleaning up when they hear a strange noise in the back. Blake and Todd make light of it and joke that it’s only a bear. The next morning Marcy discovers Enright’s body.

Before his death, Enright scratches a message on the wall that’s a clue to his murder. Marcy is suddenly being looked at as a suspect and decides she needs learn the meaning behind the message to clear her name. She begins speaking to the local residents and as a result another person is killed. ( )
  scoutlee | Oct 27, 2010 |
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Opening an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, was a big deal for Marcy Singer. But it was nothing compared to finding a dead body in her store.

For the grand opening of her shop, the Seven Year Stitch, Marcy throws a soiree. Her friend Sadie, who owns the coffee shop down the street, provides the delicious refreshments, and the party goes swimmingly. Marcy's registration sheet for embroidery classes fills up, and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass -- or a needle -- to support the shop.

But the morning after the party, Marcy and Angus, her pooch, find a nasty surprise: the man who leased the shop before Marcy is lying dead in the storeroom, with a message scratched by a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy's shop has become a crime scene, and she's a suspect in the murder. But Marcy will be darned if she doesn't get to the bottom of this mystery, because it's staring to look as if someone's intent on putting the final stitch in her.

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Marcy Singer opens an embroidery shop in a small Oregon town. The day after it opens she finds the man who leased the shop to her lying dead in the shop's storeroom. Now Marcy is the suspect in a murder, and she needs to find the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.… (more)

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