Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee

 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451232518
ISBN-13: 978-0451232519

Having left her ex-fiance and her mom back in San Francisco, Marcy Singer is now  living in Tallulah Falls, Oregon and is the proud owner of an embroidery store called The Seven Year Stitch. One morning on the way to open the store, Marcy sees an elderly woman just about to enter her shop. Marcy lets the woman in the store and proceeds to introduce herself. The woman, Louisa Ralston, begs Marcy to help her find "ivy" after showing her an antique sampler made by her grandmother.

Marcy is perplexed as to what or who ivy is; is it the shade of embroidery thread or is it a person? Before Marcy can  ask that question, Louisa collapses. Marcy immediately calls 911 and to her dismay Louisa dies while in the hospital and it is determined the cause of death was an overdose of a manic depression drug. Unfortunately for Marcy, the police think she had something to do with what is now being called a homicide. Marcy, knowing she is innocent of any wrongdoing, gives permission for them to search her shop and home. So, when the police find a bottle of of the exact medication in her guest room night stand, Marcy is flabbergasted.

In order to clear her name and satify her own curiosity, Marcy sets out to prove she is not the killer and to expose who is. Her first clue is the sampler left behind by Louisa; not only is it an heirloom piece but it may be the key to an unknown branch of the Ralston family tree, a branch that someone has gone to great lengths to keep secret. Can Marcy find the real killer before he or she puts a stop to Marcy's snooping for good?

Of course, this is just the bare bones of the story; there's a lot more mayhem and intrigue going on that I'm sure you'll want to discover for yourself.

Sometimes, the characters in cozies take more of a center stage than the mystery plot itself. Stitch Me Deadly is a fine balance of both; terrific characters that are easy to relate to and a well constructed plot.
Stitch Me Deadly, second in the series,  is a stand-alone mystery but if you would like to read a little background, try the first in the series, The Quick and the Thread. Both are very enjoyable 4* reads.

Like to know more about Amanda Lee, pseudonym for Gayle Trent? You can find her at her blog.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Stitch Me Deadly, Berkley is allowing me to give away one copy open to US only. Deadline to enter is Feb 11th at 5 PM (est). Your official comment must include an e mail address.

As always, bonus entries can be earned by:

+ 2 being a follower, Tell me under what name you follow
+3 tweeting or posting about and linking to contest (sidebar is ok) Just be sure to give me the link in a comment.  Please be sure to leave an e mail contact in your comment. Good luck!

** If you  can't leave a comment  ( I don't allow anonymous) you can always e mail me at florida982002[at]yahoo.com with your name and e mail address. Just put Stitch Me contest in the
subject line and I will be happy to enter your comment for you.

53 comments:

  1. Sounds good. I just bought the first novel in the series but haven't read it yet. I love Monica Ferris' Needlework series of cozies, and these sound similar. I'll have to check out the author's blog.

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  2. This sounds like something I would like, I like cozy mysteries.

    iowagramma.ann@gmail.com and I follow you as Ann.

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  3. Oh this sounds fun! Toss my name into the hat please :)
    meah56 at gmail dot com

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  4. I'm a follower (Mary)

    meah56 at gmail dot com

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  5. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/bookfanmb

    meah56 at gmail dot com

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  6. e mail entry:

    Leslie

    LFconnell[at]aol.com

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  7. sounds like this would be good. I follow you as AliceWhite and http://twitter.com/#!/AliceWhiteBlogs

    alicewhitewrites@hotmail.com

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  8. ooh. looks great! i love some good mayhem and intrigue. thanks for the review.
    ericandsarita(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. +2 I follow as Sarita
    ericandsarita(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. +2 I'm a follower
    +3 I have the contest up on my blog in the sidebar.

    I would like to know about "Ivy." Is it a name of a woman or a color? Hmmmm.

    teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. +3 Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/chickitsarita/status/32446091295199232
    ericandsarita(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks again! :)

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  12. I like many of these cozy mystery series. Would love to win this book.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

    I'm a follower.

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  13. I'd love to be entered since the book stands alone. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  14. Have not read any of this series yet so would love to try one out!
    Thank so much. I follow.
    Lola aka andsewon

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  15. E mail entry

    Anne R
    booklady85[at]hotmail.com

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  16. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  17. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
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  18. Thanks for the giveway. This sounds like fun.

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  19. I'm a follower. (Sandy Jay)

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  20. Tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/ForWhlz/status/32469712050855936

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  21. I loved the first book and would really like to read this one as well. I'm a follower and I "shared" this post on Google Reader (which means it is now listed under "shared items" in my sidebar, about halfway down).

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  22. Hi, I have loved embroidery and crewel work since preteens--still have the first tableclothe I cross stitched. Would love to read about a fellow stitcher and her adventures!

    webname:daydreamer

    url: http://www.kt-themindtraveler.blogspot.com

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  23. This book looks like a lot of fun. Count me in.

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  24. oh, I'd like a chance! I'm a follower - Kelly. Email is kellywestlund@yahoo.com

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  25. I love "stitchery" so this would be right up my alley!

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  26. GFC follower as Karen B.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

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  27. I love cozies, I love embroidery and cross stitch!!!! I would really love to read 'Stitch Me Deadly'.

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  28. My Twitter name is Carolee888. I Tweeted this giveaway:

    http://kayespenguinposts.blogspot.com/2011/02/review-giveaway-stitch-me-deadly-by.html Giveaway of 'Stitch Me Deadly'

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. I am also a Google Friend Connect Follower.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. Please enter me in this drawing.

    belchers@jccal.org

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  31. I follow you on blogger under pudgy penguin perusals


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  32. Sounds like a really interesting book. e-mail: lrduval98@hotmail.com

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  33. Please enter me in the drawing.

    sdryburgh @ hotmail dot com

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  34. I have the first one in this series and I can't wait to read it. Don't enter me though as obviously I'm in Canada. Lol.

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  35. oh I love cryptic clues left behind! Sounds like a great book...thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  36. I am a member, I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/readitandeat and I would love to have this book.

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  37. Now I'm singing the song that goes with that title!! sign me up lovely lady!!

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290@comcast(dot)net

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  39. I follow your blog via GFC & Google Reader.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290@comcast(dot)net

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  40. I'd love to read this. It sounds good!
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  41. I'm a follower-Carol M
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  42. I'd like to read this one. Thanks for the chance.
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  43. follower via GFC
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  44. This looks good; well-written cozy mysteries are always fun, and I like the needlework/embroidery theme as well, as that's one of my (numerous) hobbies! Thanks for the chance to win!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I follow via GFC as jewelknits!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I keep seeing ones like this around and would like to try one. ruthjoec at aoldot com I'm not sure if I follow you as RAnn or as ruthjoec, but I do follow

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  47. I didn't realize this was coming out already! I just picked up the first one! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  48. I am a GFC follower. Thanks!
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  49. This sounds like a fun book!

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  50. I'm a big cozy mystery fan and especially enjoy needlework cozies since I knit, crochet, cross stitch and so on. I'd love to win a copy of this book.

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  51. This cozy read sounds perfect. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. This sounds like an excellent and fun book, please count me in!

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  53. Google follower!

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