Title: The Quick and the Thread: An Embroidery Mystery
Author: Amanda Lee
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Source: WOW Blog Tours
Rating: 4 out of 5
When her best friend informs her that there is an open shop space in her small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon, that’s all Marcy Singer needs to hear. She packs up and makes the move from California to Oregon after securing the shop space and a place to live. She fulfills her dream of opening an embroidery shop, but things aren’t going to be as easy as she hoped. The morning after her opening reception, the former owner of the store is found dead in her storeroom. Wanting to clear her name, Marcy begins to dig into the mystery.
I do enjoy the occasional cozy mystery, so when I got the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for the first novel in a new mystery series, I jumped at the chance. The Quick and the Thread was a very satisfying mystery that was quick and enjoyable.
I really liked the character of Marcy. She was fun and independent and had a lot of personality. She wasn’t perfect, but she was very genuine. The secondary characters are also interesting, but not quite as well fleshed out as Marcy, especially the men. Of course, Lee will have plenty of follow-up books in order to accomplish that task! I can’t say I really liked Sadie very much. She and Marcy argue a lot more often than best friends should, especially considering their respective ages. Also, I didn’t feel like she really had Marcy’s best interests at heart.
The mystery in The Quick and the Thread was well done, though I did have a suspicion of who the culprit was pretty early into the novel. It was satisfying to watch it unfold, and I was thrilled that I was correct in my predictions, though there’s no way I could have guessed exactly how it was going to play out. The writing could have used a little more polish, but on the whole it was a lot of fun.
The Quick and the Thread was a satisfying cozy mystery. Amanda Lee is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent, a prolific mystery writer, and while I haven’t read any of her other novels, I’ll definitely be looking some up. It seems like she’s a great author for a quick mystery fix. I also would love to continue with this series, as Lee has put together a very enticing atmosphere and fun characters.