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The Quick and the Thread (An Embroidery Mystery #1)

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First in a new mystery series that will have readers stitching-and itching for more
When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year St
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by New American Library
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Nov 09, 2015 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the embroidery mysteries with Marcy Singer set in Oregan in the USA. Marcy has just moved to a small town with Angus O'Ruff, her Irish Wolfhound and opened a new sewing store, The Seven Year Stitch. The previous owner of the premises crashes her grand opening party; he is drunk and kept telling Marcy he had something to tell her – because he is drunk she keeps avoiding him, but the next morning she finds him dead in her storeroom. Before his death he had scratched a mes ...more
Heather L
Aug 30, 2010 Heather L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather L by: Kaye
Shelves: mystery, 2010
A good story. I liked the locale and characters, and especially the setting of a needlecrafts shop. I really wanted to give it four stars. The biggest reason for downgrading it is this: if an author is going to write a series centered around a craft, especially one she professes to have done, then she ought to be able to get the little details right.

Several times throughout the book, the author incorrectly refered to a 3/4 stitch as a half stitch. They are not the same thing. Anyone who does co
May 21, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the embroidery mysteries with Marcy Singer in Tallaluh Falls, Oregan. Marcy has just revamped her new store, The Seven Year Stitch, and has planned a gala opening. The old owner of her store's spot used to run a hardware store there. He crashed her party, drunk and making strange claims, and by the next day he was found dead in the store's storage area. Did he die naturally from drinking, or were his scratchings on the wall a clue to his murder?

This was an especially f
Feb 20, 2011 chrisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm not really enjoying this book...I find the main character's life unbelievable. She decides she wants to move across the country and open a store, okay, she decides she needs a new car to drive up and down the coast, ok, she decides she needs to rent/buy a house, ok... Opening a shop is expensive (especially in the three months out of the blue she manages to do it in), never mind moving fees, buying stock, add onto that a new car and new residence, and I am wondering where her money is ...more
Judy Iliff
Oct 21, 2010 Judy Iliff rated it it was amazing
What a nice story. Nothing over the top or unbelievable. The setting is Oregan where Maggie has just opened her dream sop - a crounted cross stitch and needlework shop. Unfortunately, within the first two days of her grand opening, two men who came into the shop, each on a different day, are found dead.

Maggie's character isn't one of tons who decdes to do whatever because a man told her not to.

The storyline is character driven, and the explanations of the variou cross stitch project makes me wan
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Sep 07, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
What's the covers for these? It's just so cozy and draws you in, wanting you to read it.

Anyway, another new cozy I think I might like. This was one of many cozies I was thinking about reading.

And it was a pretty good read. The characters are interesting, the setting I like, the tone and pacing was good. Already want the next book to read what will the characters get up to next. The writing was also good.

Of course with cozies there's the food descriptions, yum worthy obviously. Also, whether its
Feb 14, 2015 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cozies are a balm. Especially ones that have a mellow premise like this. Marcy opens her dream shop, Seven Year Stitch, an embroidery specialty shop. Opening night is good, but there's a dead body found in the storeroom the next morning. Everyone is a suspect and Marcy's dream store is a crime scene and closed for business for the time being. This leads Marcy to investigate on her own.
The setting is tranquil, not too cutesy. The premise is super, making me want to take up my embroidery hoop agai
Oct 27, 2010 Shonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
The Quick and the Thread is the first book of An Embroidery Mystery series. Marcy Singer leaves San Francisco for Tallulah Falls, Oregon to pursue her dream of owning her own embroidery shop The Seven Year-Stitch. Her best friend and former college roommate, Sadie and her husband Blake, also reside there. The couple owns MacKenzies’ Mochas, which is conveniently located next door to Marcy’s shop.

The night of her open house, former tenant Tim Enright crashes the party and is determined to speak w
Sep 28, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good first book in a new series. I liked the characters...I even liked including Angus the Irish Wolfhound being frequently mentioned. And for a person who's done a great deal of needlecraft in the past, I enjoyed the setting and the vivid details of the Marcy's shop. (There are a couple of stitch related errors but if you haven't cross-stitched, you'd never catch them).

The personalities of the characters are fairly well developed as is the mystery, and there are plenty of twists and turn
Julie P
Mar 05, 2011 Julie P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy, crafty mysteries are really becoming quite commonplace, so it is hard to find one that really stands out from all the rest. Amanda Lee's _The Quick and the Thread_ is definitely above average, and is worth a look. In an easy read, Lee's heroine, Marcy Singer, comes across as likable and not overly "cute" and perfect, like characters seen in other books. She may have flaws, but really she is an innocent abroad, if by abroad we mean moving from San Francisco to Oregon. Marcy fulfills her dre ...more
This was a cute mystery about a girl moving to a new town (in Oregon) and opening an embroidery shop. The characters were good and the amount of stitching completed was impressive. This is the first in this series and I would definitely read more of them. One of the romantic interests in the story is a man named Todd who owns a brewpub--how can I resist that?
Anita Roberts
It was a great book!!!
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Angela Lynn Holland
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 ...more
Shonna Froebel
Dec 01, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in the series featuring Marcy Singer. Marcy left her unfulfilling job as an accountant in San Francisco, and moved to the small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon to open her own embroidery shop, a long-held dream of hers. She also has a large Irish wolfhound named Angus who she dotes on.
Marcy's close friend Sadie lives in Tallulah Falls with her husband Blake and the two run a coffee shop. In this book, Marcy's grand opening goes well despite the presence of the previous tenant of
Sep 21, 2012 JackieB rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 22, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I loved this book! I was amazed a the way the author created such great characters and Angus was just adorable! The plot was smart and well crafted, even though I had the killer's identity toward the end of the book, but of course this didn't spoil the fun for me.I' m now waiting for the next installment which will be out on February 1st.
I am converting notes I made a while ago on a few embroidery crime books for my blog into Goodreads reviews. In this one, Marcie Singer, a San Francisco accountant is persuaded by a friend in Oregon to lease a vacant shop and pursue a dream of an embroidery business. After the shop's gala opening, a guest s found dead in a storeroom. Marcie becomes afraid for her own safety and starts asking questions.

Although the plot is somewhat predictable, there is interest in the building of relationships a
Connie N.
#1 in the Embroidery Mystery series

I liked this a lot. The main character is nice, with a bit of a sense of humor and a great skill in creating beautiful embroidered items. Marcy has moved to a new town after a break-up and opens her own needlecraft shop, right next door to her best friend and former college roommate. But at her grand opening party a man is found dead in her storeroom under mysterious circumstances. He leaves a clue scratched into the paint on the wall, and it leads to some susp
Jan 24, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Marcy Singer decides to start a new life in Tallulah Falls, Oregon, where her college roommate now lives, she is very excited. Leaving her career as an accountant and her life in San Francisco, she opens her embroidery shop, Seven Year Stitch. She is poised to enjoy everything about this life, from the small town coziness to the creativity.

But almost immediately, she is thrust into a set of frightening incidents, beginning with the dead body of the former tenant in her storeroom.

Because the
Chris Curtis
Aug 30, 2010 Chris Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Text Addict
So the first question in my mind was: Does the world need another needlecraft-based cozy series when Monica Ferris is still writing? The answer is, Sure. They aren't all that much alike. Marcy Singer, the protagonist of this one, opened her needlework shop because she wanted to ditch her accountant career. Her mom is a movie-industry costume designer (present only on the phone in this book). And the mystery doesn't focus on any obscure types of needlework, fabric, or yarn.

So it's a good mystery
Jul 29, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, crafts
In this first book of the Embroidery Mystery series, we meet Marcy Singer, who has given up her accounting career in San Francisco to start an embroidery shop called The Seven Year Stitch Tallulah Falls, a small town on the Oregon coast.

Marcy is understandably excited about her Grand Opening party, but the occasion is marred by the arrival of Tim Enright, owner of the failed hardware store that formerly occupied the spot. Appearing to be inebriated, Tim keeps trying to tell her something importa
Nov 27, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mysteries are definitely my cup of tea. If the story appeals to me, I will read it even though I may not be familiar with or even interested in something like embroidery. For Amanda Lee's The Quick and the Thread is the first book in her embroidery mysteries. And what a fabulous kick-off to a series!

Marcy Singer has always dreamt of having her own embroidery specialty shop, so it doesn't take her friend Sadie long to convince her to move to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, when a great opportunity arise
Sep 26, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marcy is on a new adventure in her life...starting her own embroidery shop and moving to a new places. She is after a fresh start and enjoys the idea of doing a dream of hers and being close to her best friend while doing it. What she doesn't expect and didn't dream of, was a dead man in her storage room. The former leaser of her shop came stumbling in to her grand opening party drunk as a skunk and saying he had to tell her something. She avoided him and then he appeared to have left, so she ne ...more
Scarlett Sims
This book is reviewed according to my cozy mystery review rubric at

Concept: The protagonist has just moved to a small town in Oregon to open an embroidery shop.

Integration of Concept: The embroidery wasn't integral to the mystery or the solving of the mystery; the body was found in the storeroom of the shop.

Setting and Characters: It's the standard cozy small-town setting. This is the first book in a series so the characters are just being introduced, bu
Cristina T
Dec 23, 2014 Cristina T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the quick paced writing and witty banter between characters. I didn't think I was a cozy mystery kind of gal but Amanda Lee proves me wrong. I can't get enough of the tension and mystery she weaves in this book.

I don't know how Marcy Singer, the main character, gets over finding a dead body in her new store room, but she does, and manages to find out to did it! She's cool under pressure and realistic. I can't wait to read more!
I loved this book. I took an immediate liking to all the characters. I found it interesting in the fact that as much as I loved them all, I also started suspecting half of them of being the killer. There was enough humor to give me a chuckle now and again, and of course I love Angus the Irish wolfhound. The mystery definitely kept me guessing with plenty of twists. I am definitely moving on to the next in this series.
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Amanda Lee is a pseudonym of Gayle Trent.

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