Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Thread on Arrival by Amanda Lee

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: December 4th 2012 by Signet

ISBN: 0451238850 (ISBN13: 9780451238856)
edition language: English
From the publisher:

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer gets hung up on a tapestry that may lead to sunken treasure and be the motive for murder....

When Marcy’s friend Reggie, Tallulah Falls’ local librarian, asks her to teach an embroidery class as therapy for domestic abuse victims, she gladly agrees. One of the women wants to flee from her abusive husband but is afraid to leave her elderly father-in-law behind. And she thinks Marcy can help.

The elderly gentleman shows Marcy a tapestry his grandmother made, which he believes reveals the location of pirate treasure off the Oregon coast. He’ll move to a shelter—provided Marcy takes the tapestry to keep it safe. But when the police arrive the next day to escort him out, they find the old man murdered and the house ransacked. Does someone want that treasured tapestry desperately enough to kill for it?

My thoughts:  I like this series mainly for the characters. They all seem so relateable and likeable along with being believable. That says a lot. Some cozies have characters that are so out there ( read WEIRD) that it is hard to swallow.

Another good aspect of this series is that Marcy is capable of making a decision. There has been a romantic triange going on for a few books but that is resolved in this one. Not like some other series that no decision has been made for numerous, numerous books even when readers have expressed to the author that enough is enough. Yeah, Joanne F, I'm talking about you!  Yay! I like Marcy's decision too. Want to know who Marcy picks? Ha, you'll have to read the book for that answer.

The treasure hunt part of this story was fun. The author has done her research about shipwrecks on the Oregon coast and I found that interesting. I like it when I learn some new historical facts.  A fun read and overall a well plotted mystery. What more do you need? Get the book!! 4****

Amanda Lee is the pseudonym of Gayle Trent. Her Daphne Martin cake decorating series is a hoot! I love that one.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by the author, Amanda Lee, in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Great review!
    I have this book on my to be read list, looking forward to it!

  2. Sounds like a good series - cozies have to have great characters to make them work for me.

  3. Sounds like a great series, will put it on my wish list. Thank you for this review.

  4. Sounds like a great cozy mystery series. I haven't read it yet, but I might have to remedy that really soon. Great post. It makes me want to go out and read it right now.


  5. You are so killing me with your cozy reviews. Where to start, where to start???

  6. This sounds like a great series. I've gotten away from cozies, but you make this one sound good.
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  7. I have to agree..I can only stand an author leaving a hanging plot thread for so long in a series..

  8. This sounds like a series I'll have to try. I haven't read a good cozy mystery in a while and they are usually so much fun! Glad you liked it!


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