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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thread End by Amanda Lee Review and Guest Post

Thread End: An Embroidery Mystery
Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 7)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (June 3, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0451467396
ISBN-13: 978-0451467393
Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion. The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.  
My Review:
I really loved the Irish Wolfhound, Angus, in this story.  I think it would be awesome to walk into a shop and see a dog like him there.  I enjoyed this cozy, it is the first I have read in this series, but I will certainly read more.  It kept my attention throughout, though it wasn't really and edge or your seat who-dunnit.  It was little more laid-back.  I liked the setting of this story and the friendships among the characters.  It was well written and pretty easy to follow.  Great job, Amanda Lee, I am looking forward to more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author

Amanda Lee, also writing as Gayle Trent, is a full-time writer living with her family in Southwest Virginia. She writes the embroidery mystery series as Amanda Lee and writes the cake decorating series and the Myrtle Crumb series as Gayle Trent.

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Guest Post:
THREAD END, the latest book in the Embroidery Mystery Series, involves a museum exhibit of antique textiles known as the Padgett Collection. Included in the exhibit are kilims, tapestries, and wall hangings.
I love going to museums, and the textiles are some of my favorite displays. Years ago, I was touring an antebellum mansion and saw dresses and military uniforms in glass cases. They were so tiny that I thought they must have belonged to children, but the tour guide said people were that much smaller in those days compared to the present day. I enjoyed seeing the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns at the Smithsonian too. Gowns and dresses from bygone eras enchant me.
My children and I went to a living history museum one day and saw how wool was spun into thread. While we were there touring the rooms, my son saw a deck of playing cards on one of the tables. They were spread out so visitors could see the individual cards. My son, who was only about eight at the time, frowned and said, “There aren’t any numbers on these cards.”
The woman giving the tour said, “Why would you need numbers on the cards when you can count?”
There were some beautiful handmade quilts at both this living history museum and at a museum my daughter and I visited in Pennsylvania. The quilts in Pennsylvania were Amish and had some lovely, distinctive designs. There was a quote on a plaque in the Pennsylvania museum that gave the sentiment that the quilter’s finished piece knew a lot of secrets and held a lot of tears.
I enjoy wandering through these rooms—be they in mansions, farmhouses, or storefront buildings—and imagining what life must have been like for the woman who wore that gown…or crafted that quilt…or spun wool at that spinning wheel. There are stories all around us. We simply have to listen.

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