Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee

Crafty cozy lovers come close because I have a great new mystery to tell you about. Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee is the eighth part in the Embroidery Mystery series. It was my first in the series but I can say that is won’t be the last.

From the back of the Book

When murder strikes the small town of Tallulah Falls, embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer isn’t afraid of getting down to the knitty-gritty to clear her name....

For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister, Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to make grudges a family affair and have set up competing booths right next to Marcy’s at the Ren Faire.

When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling—and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn....

My thoughts:

I was able to easily jump into this series at book eight because it was so perfectly written, with no illusions to prior parts and no rehashing needed to fill you in. That is masterfully done when you can jump into a series and not feel like you are missing out. That said, I will be going back and starting from book one simply because I adore these characters and I want to spend more time with them.

Speaking of characters, these are some really fun well developed characters. I even liked reading about the obvious ones! (I’ve known people like Nellie). This part takes place during a Renaissance Faire which is too cool. I have always daydreamed about attending one; the costumes are so beautiful. The mystery was fabulous and kept me guessing until the very end, and yes, I had some wrong guesses. I loved the pacing, it was the type where you stay up all night trying to read just one more chapter and then one more chapter.

You really want to get your hands on this mystery, and in the back of the books there is an excerpt from the next part!! Time for me to get busy reading the first seven parts!!

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