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Cross Stitch Before Dying (An Embroidery Mystery #6)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to find out that show biz and sew biz don't mix!

Marcy's mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production...and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by NAL
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Marcy’s mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production…and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in their midst. But when the star of the film is found murdered, the police suspect Marcy’s mom, who made it no secret she did not care for the diva’s attitude regarding her wardrobe.

Marcy might as well issue an open call f
❂ Jennifer
Sep 13, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Very average read. This series started out strong and has just withered for me as it's gone on. The characters and the dialogue feel flat to me, as if they're reading from a script. Even the romance isn't really much of a romance; the author tried to wring romantic tension out of a triangle that was just irritating, and once the "decision" had been made, there just wasn't anything left. There's nothing concrete to dislike about the characters, but they just down make me want to sit down with the ...more
I really enjoyed this book, and revisiting it's characters. Marcy's mom comes to town with a movie set and what seems like a dream for some turns into a nightmare. A body is found and fingers are pointed at Marcy's mom. The only problem I had with this is first the book is hard to describe, I felt that I couldn't get a flow in parts. Marcy's mom who is usually a strong woman just seemed to flake out in this one, she just didn't seem in character for me, but this was minor, I still enjoyed her. I ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Melodie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
The last one of these was pretty much just an okay read. This one wasn't even that. I skimmed a lot of this book. It just wasn't interesting to me. The series started off great, but has truly petered out, at least for me. Marcy has become one dimensional and Angus is the only character I can truly say I really like. Great dog! The victim was a classic trainwreck and rather boring. I'll be passing on this series in the future. Too many that are consistently good and too many new series popping up ...more
Connie Easlick
Jun 18, 2014 Connie Easlick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Why do so many people have to die?? Marcy's mom gets caught up in this mystery and things just seem to keep compounding until finally the killer shows his/her hand!
I am not telling who did it, just read it! It's very good and I always love to read about Angus, the dog!
Oct 30, 2016 Kirsti rated it really liked it
OMG this book left me starving! Marcy describes almost every meal she eats over the course of this book, and most of it sounds amazing! I had a really nice lunch today while reading, but I'm still hungry after I finished up this book lol.

In terms of the actual book though, the writing seems a little stilted and boring to me. There's too much 'then we did this and this happened' going on. It was also almost comical as to 'whodunnit' and I guessed that secret way too early on. It was all just too
Nov 26, 2016 Kathie rated it liked it
I found this mystery to drag along. I pegged the killer early on. This story wasn't as interesting as e ores in this series.
Nov 03, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
I knew it was him!!
Ceelee Sunshine
Feb 08, 2014 Ceelee Sunshine rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Leaving the South for a cozy time in Oregon which is another favorite place for a mystery to be set. (the whole Great Northwest is excellent for mysteries in my opinion). Amanda Lee's Embroidery Mystery series is a blend of cozy, procedural, entertainment and a sad love story. The story is about Marcy who runs the Seven Year Stitch, an embroidery shop in a small Oregon town. Her mother Beverly is a well known costume designer and calls with the news that she has been hired to make the costumes ...more
Sep 19, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marcy Singer and her Seven Year Stitch embroidery shop set in Tallulah Falls, Oregon, are at the center of still another mystery.

Her mother, Beverly, a costume designer who lives in San Francisco, has taken on another project with a movie producer, and Marcy and some friends have been invited to help with the designs.

When the movie production people show up in Tallulah Falls to shoot some of the scenes, a murder occurs, shutting down production and leaving everything up in the air regarding the
Marian Allen
Sep 08, 2013 Marian Allen rated it liked it
If the "Cat Who" books are too gritty and realistic for you, you'll love Amanda Lee! I knew this was a cozy, and I much prefer my mysteries to be that way. I was astounded to find that some cozies are actually too warm and fuzzy to please me.

The amateur sleuth is in a happy relationship with a cop, and one of her best friends is married to the cop's superior officer. Both cops are good friends and Prince Charmings to their ladies. There is no contention between any of them, not much contention o
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 15, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This sixth book in the 'An Embroidery Mystery' series was far more complex than a difficult cross-stitch pattern.

Marcy Singer is no stranger to Hollywood drama as her mother, Beverly, is an award winning costumer for the industry. In fact Marcy named her embroidery store 'The Seven-Year-Stitch.' However, when Beverly phones Marcy and asks for her and her stitching club to help her work on costumes for the life story of a famed Bollywood actress, Marcy is excited. There is one drawback...the hea
Sheri Jesse
Mar 29, 2016 Sheri Jesse rated it it was amazing
Marcy does it again! Marcy's mother, Beverly, is a renowned costume designer for movies. Her latest movie is a Bollywood-style production so she asks Marcy to help with the embroidery for the costumes. Marcy involves a few of her regulars to help, especially Reggie who is an expert at Indian embroidery. Reggie also suggests they shoot part of the film near home (Tallulah Falls) as it more closely resembles that part of India than the set design. Long story short, there are a couple of murders ...more
Melissa Stocker
Aug 23, 2016 Melissa Stocker rated it did not like it
This is like an episode of Murder She Wrote, without Jessica Fletcher. There was so much filler to make the book longer, like how the main character made peanut butter cookies and lasagna, and the order she packed items in her suitcase. She was constantly butting into the investigation, which I get happens in these type of books, but I've seen it done so much better. My favorite things was when she went online and used her favorite search engine, I'm pretty sure that is almost the exact wording ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Barb rated it really liked it
Another entertaining episode in Amanda Lee's Embroidery Mystery Series. Marcy, owner of am embroidery shop in Tallulah Falls, Oregon, agrees to help her mother Beverly, a Hollywood costume designer, with a Bollywood style production requiring huge amounts of needlework. Some of the action is to be filmed right there in Tallulah Falls, but the star of the film is murdered, followed closely by another murder, this time the Producer/Director. Marcy's mother is a suspect in both murders, so Marcy, ...more
Jenn C
May 05, 2016 Jenn C rated it liked it
This time Marcy's mom is in the hot seat, having been accused of helping a young (and annoying) starlet to her death. Marcy, naturally, doesn't believe a word of it and sets about proving her mom's innocence. A decent read, but not the best of the series. The ending in particular was very rushed - the last four pages were all tell and no show.

Still not a fan of Sadie (despite her "BFF" status with Marcy, she has issues), and Vera was verging on the point of being annoying. I would have liked to
Feb 25, 2015 Fmorlan rated it really liked it
Marcy and Beverly Singer are working together on a movie. it so happens where marcy lives her boyfriend Ted was shot at. With this investigation goung on, Beverly comesto oregon where theywill be shooting some of the movie. Upon arriving at the set Marcy and her friend Reggie almost get run over by a biker. Then unfortunately the star is found murdered after an argument with Beverly. Of course she is the prime suspect. The movie is put on hold while the murder is being investigated. Marcy of ...more
May 17, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Gayle Trent (Amanda Lee) writes several mystery series but this on of the best and my personal favorites. Wonderfully written cozy mystery. This series is a delight to read and the latest doesn't disappoint. Good solid character and plot development without bogging down the story. Although I had an suspicion as to who was murderer, the author provided enough twists and red herrings to keep me unsure until nearly the end. Highly recommend this but start from the first in series so can get to know ...more
Lauri Saplad
I loved this book! I particularly enjoyed the cross-stitch theme and the fact that the MC owns a needlework shop! (My dream job would be a librarian 1st and a stitcher 2nd!) I also liked the way Ms. Lee had a multi-cultural vibe going on with ethnic Indian characters in main roles instead of relegated to minor window dressing. The foodie sub-plot was also enjoyable for me! They regularly mentioned what they were cooking/eating, restaurants and take-food... Yum! The movie scenes & murder ...more
Caitlin Copp
Jan 25, 2014 Caitlin Copp rated it really liked it
Shelves: jan2014
I gave this book 4 stars. This is one of my favorite series and I usually devour her books, but for some reason this one was a little slower than the rest. In this book Marcy's mom, Beverly, a famous costume designer comes to Tulluah Falls to work on a movie featuring a young starlet, Babs aka BTru. Bev and BTru immediately clash, so when Babs is found dead in the woods suspicion falls on Bev. It is up to Marcy and her friends to prove Bev's innocence and find the real killer. I love the Coastal ...more
Idania M
Mar 24, 2016 Idania M rated it it was amazing
Marcy mother, Beverly is a costume designer who live in San Francisco. Beverly has taken another project with a movie producer. Marcy and some of friends have been invited to help with the designs. when the movie production people show up in Talluh Falls to shoot some of the scenes a murder occurs, shutting down production and leaving everything up in the air regarding the movie. will Marcy find herself in the middle of another mystery. this is the first book a read in this series. i will get ...more
Alannah Davis
Jan 28, 2015 Alannah Davis rated it it was ok
An OK cozy mystery about embroidery shop owner Marcy, whose Hollywood costume designer mother rounds her up to do some specialized embroidery for a movie. This isn't the first entry in the series, but it's the first one I've read. The mystery itself held my interest, but the characters gave me little reason to care about them - they just seemed to float in and out of scenes. And the ending is extremely rushed, as if the author herself didn't care enough about these characters to give them a ...more
Mary Havlovic
Jun 20, 2014 Mary Havlovic rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, mystery
Marcy Singer owns the Seven Year Stitch Embroidery Shop. Her mother Beverly Singer is a costume designer on the Hollywood/San Francisco scene. Beverly is working on a movie set and must come up with stitched outfits for star B Tru. It's no secret that there is tension between Beverly and B Tru. When B Tru ends up dead, Beverly becomes a prime suspect. Marcy sets out to prove that her mom is innocent! I like how the author ties up the events leading to and solving the murders committed. Quick, ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
A new author for me. The characters are well developed and neat. The descriptions of the areas are described so you feel like you are there. Marcy Singer owns an embroidery shop. Her Mother is offer the opportunity to designs customs for a movie. The movie will be filmed in Tallulah Falls. Several death occur including the star. Marcy's Mom is a person of interest in the killings. Marcy investigates to clear her Mom. There are many twists and turns in the story. I will read this series again.
Jodie Hill
Oct 07, 2013 Jodie Hill rated it liked it
This book was ok. It seemed to go at a very fast clip, so it was a quick read, just didn't pull me in like the other books in the series. I am getting a little tired of the head-over-heels in love with Ted thing, but when it sounds like all Marcy does is hang out with her friends Sophie and Blake, Ted, and Todd or work in her store and investigate suspicious murders she somehow gets involved in.
Catherine Flusche
Mar 26, 2015 Catherine Flusche rated it liked it
Meh--this one felt more amateurish that previous books in this series. Too many details were unnecessarily repeated (and repeated again) for my taste. Maybe I'm slow, but it also felt like the characters in this book were a lot flatter than they appeared in previous books. But then I think that the main character's back-stories were more pertinent in previous novels than they were in this one and it was very evident here because Marcy's mom didn't get the depth that she deserved.
Oct 07, 2013 Rita rated it it was amazing
Mystery that was hard to solve. Marcella has a Seven-Year-Stitch shop that is the center of a shop for women to learn and buy embroidery. Her boyfriend, Ted, is a police man.
Marcy's Mother works with a company that fixes clothes for stars.
A hairy and interesting story of 3 deaths.
Thanks for the Saltville Library for having the book for me to read. Also, thanks, to Amanda Lee for weaving this altogether.
Oct 10, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
This series gets worse with every book. The ending was so rushed, it felt as though there was a page allotment and the story had to end NOW. I'm also confused at the difference between the sheriff's department, which appears to serve the town of Tallulah Falls, and the police department, which appears to have Tallulah County as its jurisdiction. Seems backwards to me.
May 03, 2014 Stasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Continuing on with this series. I figured it out the same time Marci did. I really like this series, even the stitching makes sense. At one time I was enough of a snob that I would have bridled at someone who does their own designing picking up a kit, and one with painted fabric that only needs a few stitches put it it.
Feb 10, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok
This is one of my favorite series. That said this book was so disappointing I could cry. The story line dragged and the ending? Don't get me started! It was so rushed it was like Amanda Lee was on time line then the alarm clock sounded at the last 5 pages.
NOT one of my favorite books. I wonder if I should have given it even 2 stars.
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An Embroidery Mystery (10 books)
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