Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by Signet
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ISBN0451234553 (ISBN13: 9780451234551)
primary language: English
series: Embroidery Mystery #3

In Tallulah Falls, Oregon, we find Marcy Singer at her embroidery shop, The Seven Year Stitch, making plans to enhance a wedding dress for her latest client, Cassandra Wainwright. Cassandra's fiancé's mother, Francesca, is giving the couple some fancy gems to have sewn on the vintage gown and it will be Marcy's job to come up with a design and implement it all within the space of a few weeks. Cassandra, not exactly the sweetest bride-to-be, insists on a Valentine's Day wedding. Not exactly ideal timing!

When a woman  is found stabbed to death just outside Marcy's shop with an empty jewel pouch similar to the one Cassandra had given Marcy the day before, all hell breaks loose when it turns out to be Francesca, Cassandra's future mother-in-law.  In the woman's pocket is Marcy's name and address.  Now the police think Marcy had something to do with it just because it turns out the gems Cassandra gave her were real. Of course, Marcy has to find the real killer and exonerate herself.

 As if this isn't enough to contend with, Marcy's ex-fiancé, David, has shown up in Tallulah Falls. The last time Marcy saw him was the day before he jilted her back in San Francisco. What on earth is he doing there? And why now?  He insists it's just because he wants Marcy back. No way! She already has two men she is dating and can't decide on. She doesn't need to add another! Besides, during her sleuthing and digging into the victim's past,  Marcy finds out he's been hiding something that could have a connection to the murder.  Hmmmmm....

Lots of fun reading in this one as Marcy juggles her crazy business and personal life along with playing amateur sleuth. 3.5***

Thread Recokoning is the third in the Embroidery Mystery series. I reviewed the second in the series, Stitch Me Deadly. Thread Reckoning can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend you start with the first in the series, The Quick and the Thread, just to get a better feel for the background and the supporting characters.

Amanda Lee is the pen name for Gayle Trent who writes the Daphne Martin cake decorating series. To read more about Gayle/Amanda you can visit her website or find her on FB.

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

To celebrate the release of Thread Reckoning, Berkley is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. Open to US only and the deadline to enter is September 23rd at 5 PM (est).   
Good luck!

Although a comment is not required, it is appreciated. (I'm still leery about these forms!)


  1. It's been on my list since I first heard about it - maybe it's the whole wedding mode I've been in for the last several months? Thanks for the giveaway. The form looks great!

  2. It sounds like a fun read. I don't think I've ever read any of Amanda's books. Thanks for hosting this book give-away.

  3. Last night I picked THE QUICK AND THE THREAD out of my TBR pile and read a few chapters and now you are reviewing another book in the series! Hope that makes it a winning sign for me!

  4. it does sound like a fun mystery and I love the cover.

  5. I also really love the cover and think that this one sounds rather like a cozy that I would enjoy. Great review, Kaye! I am glad you enjoyed this one!

  6. This does sound like fun, even though working with new brides and their mothers sounds like a nightmare job.

  7. Looks like a great cozy! Thanks!

  8. I love how they come up with these great titles!! I could never do that. This one looks like another fun cozy!

  9. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I filled out the form but thought I would leave a comment too. My email is griperang at embarqmail dot com

  10. Love this series. Entered via the form--giveaway posted to my blog

  11. Although these cozies aren't really my cup of tea, I just love the titles.

  12. In addition to the gorgeous dress on the cover, I like the sound of this one. An embroidery shop sounds like a good setting for a mystery. The titles are pretty clever too.

  13. Cute cover! I like cozy mysteries but it's been a while since I read one. This sounds like fun!

  14. I think I may have the first one in this series. They sound like such good reads!

  15. I love mysteries! This looks like a fun series and I need to check it out.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com


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