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The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee

The Quick and the Thread (2010)

by Amanda Lee

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This is the first book in the Embroidery Mysteries with Marcy Singer who leave behind San Francisco too open an embroidery shop in a coastal tine in Oregon.

As with most cozy mysteries this is very much a character driven story vs. a serious mystery story and found it to be very enjoyable, fluffy and fun.

I liked how the mystery was introduced and how it gave a valid reason for our lead character to be involved in trying to solve it (that is often the weakest part of a cozy) and I found the resolution to be solid and believable.
I don't know enough about embroidery to know how accurate it was, but I enjoy crafting in general and I appreciated those elements in the story, as well as the small details behind setting up and running a shop.

I also really enjoyed getting to know the town and its citizens, it is the cast of characters that makes or breaks a cozy after all and I really found myself enjoying the relationships that developed throughout the story. Except for one thing. And for me it's a dozy and I am going to spoil something here. There is a live triangle and it's not resolved by the end of the story. I HATE love triangles. I hope going forward it won't play a large role and will be resolved quickly

I am very much enjoying reading the next book in the series. ( )
  Kellswitch | Jan 9, 2017 |
San Francisco accountant Marcy Singer moves to Tallulah Falls, Oregon to open an embroidery shop, at the urging of her friend Sadie, who owns a coffee shop in town. But the grand opening party is brought to an abrupt halt when a body is found in the storage room. The dead man is the former operator of a hardware store that occupied the space before Marcy. In his last moments, he scratches a cryptic message onto the wall with a tapestry needle.

The Quick and the Thread is peopled with a lot of entrepreneurs – people who, in my experience, don’t usually have a lot of time on their hands. Not so in this setting. The small business owners seem to have time to burn on an investigation into the first death, then a second that seems to be related. Closing up shop early seems to be the habit here.

I picked this book up because I REALLY liked another by the author under a different pen name. The Quick and the Thread didn’t meet up to that “really liked” standard. Still, it’s a pleasant enough read that isn’t any more unrealistic than most of the cozies out there. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jul 4, 2016 |
Great series starter, there were so many possible culprits. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Sep 2, 2015 |
Review to follow ( )
  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 |
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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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