The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee
An Embroidery Mystery #1
Mass Market Paperback - 313 pages
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 starting to look as if someone's intent on putting the final stitch in her.
This was a fun start to a new to me series. I have to say that the author did a good job of keeping me guessing up until the end of the book. I thought I had it figured out as a one or two of the people acted a little funny. That mixed with a few clues led me down the wrong path. It was a surprise to me who actually was the murderer. I liked Marcy and Angus from the first page and her mom sounds like a hoot, I hope we get to see more of her in future books. Sadie and her husband are very nice as well although she fights with Marcy like sisters do. I am anxious to see who Marcy ends up dating in the future books - Todd or Detective Nash. Another person that I hope to see more of is Amber. All the characters were good even if the were not good people. The author did a good job in her descriptions of the crafts and such as I could almost see the projects that Marcy was creating. This was a very quick read for me and I read the entire book in one day. I am looking forward in continuing on in this series.