Publication Date: 08/06/2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Amanda Lee (aka. Gayle Trent) on the WEB: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
Books in the series:
The Quick and the Thread (2010), Stitch Me Deadly (2011), Thread Reckoning (2011), The Long Stitch Good Night (2012), Thread on Arrival (2012), Cross Stitch Before Dying (2013)
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Excerpt from Cross Stitch Before Dying, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
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 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 for suspects, because the star had a long list of enemies. To save her mom’s career and keep her from accessorizing with handcuffs, Marcy and her friends will need to stitch together the clues to catch one crafty killer who may have designs on Marcy next…
Author Amanda Lee continues her Embroidery Mystery series with the sixth book, Cross Stitch Before Dying. Readers who love this series enjoy the natural wit and personality of lead character, Marcy Singer. Lee writes this character with a dash of attitude and a healthy dose of curiosity. Fans will also love an appearance from Marcy's intrepid mother, Beverly, a San Francisco costume designer. The Bollywood theme and emphasis on Indian embroidery techniques make this cozy mystery unique and full of surprises!
Cross Stitch Before Dying is easily my favorite of this series. As many of you know I am an avid crafter and really enjoy cozy mysteries that focus on a crafting theme. I learned to cross stitch at an early age and truly love the art. I have advanced into some of the more difficult stitches and patterns and found this book extremely interesting. The Indian embroidery techniques discussed in the novel were treated with great care. Amanda Lee has obviously done her homework for this one. I loved the way the whole Bollywood theme took this cozy in such a unique and different direction.
The combination of sewing and show biz has always been a subject I've enjoyed reading about and seeing. I love watching movies and seeing the elaborate and beautiful costumes. This book indulged me in that way. It allowed readers to see a different side of embroidery and how it can be used. Embroidery has evolved as a wonderful craft and there are so many ways it can be used whether for pleasure and beauty or as a career. I liked that aspect of this book a lot.
Main character Marcy Singer (love the nod to sewing with the name) is of course the star of this book. Marcy's quirky attitudes and her curiosity sometimes get her into trouble, but this time her mom's life and her career are on the line. I loved the way that Marcy charges right in and starts trying to figure out who could have killed the star of the movie her mother is designing costumes for. It was believable and entertaining reading about everyone who this woman had wronged. The suspects were many and the motives were varied. It was a great cozy read!
The secondary characters like Marcy's mom Beverly, her love interest, Ted and of course her friend Reggie add a lot of different things to the book, including witty banter,comic relief, and a little romance. I love the way Lee makes her books lighter, but they still carry the urgency and angst associated with a good mystery. If it doesn't matter that a murder has occurred, how can it matter who did it?
Cross Stitch Before Dying is a great addition to this series and I look forward to where Lee will take us next with the Seven Year Stitch embroidery shop!
Cross Stitch Before Dying is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Amanda Lee is the lady next to you in the grocery line or car pool. She has twins: one boy and one girl; she's a baseball fan, she likes to decorate cakes, she rocks at Guitar Hero... Oh, and she likes to think about murder. But it's okay! She only writes about murder...a lot!
Amanda Lee is also a pen name for Gayle Trent.
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