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The Quick and the Thread (2010)

by Amanda Lee

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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 |
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 |
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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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