Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - The Stitching Hour: An Embroidery Mystery by Amanda Lee

The Stitching Hour:  An Embroidery Mystery
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: NAL (November 3, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473844
E-Book ASIN: B00S75OKKQ
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Synopsis:

In the latest mystery from the bestselling author of Wicked Stitch, the future of Marcy Singer’s embroidery shop is dangling by a thread… 

Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags.

Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…

My Review 

What an enjoyable cozy mystery!  I loved the setting, a small town in Oregon.  Amanda Lee does a great job of setting the scene with the picturesque town at Halloween.  I found it easy to become engrossed in this book.

I really liked the protagonist, Marcy, and loved it that her Irish Wolfhound was also featured in the book.  I also enjoyed Marcy's mystery solving work with the help of her best friend, and her relationship with her boyfriend.

This well-plotted mystery kept me guessing!   It was an enjoyable read with strong characterization and dialogue that moved the story along.

This is my first read by Amanda Lee, and first in this cozy series.  It worked as a stand alone, although I feel I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the previous books.  (And I do want to read the rest of the series now!)   I recommend this book for other cozy mystery fans.

About This Author
Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. 

Author Links
https://www.facebook.com/GayleTrentandAmandaLee
https://twitter.com/GayleTrent

Purchase Links:
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317630/the-stitching-hour-by-amanda-lee/
http://www.amazon.com/Stitching-Hour-Embroidery-Mystery/dp/0451473841/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440711481&sr=8-1&keywords=the+stitching+hour
http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Stitching-Hour/Amanda-Lee/9780451473844?id=6137443964794
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stitching-hour-amanda-lee/1121654387?ean=9780451473844

Giveaway
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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

5 comments:

Patricia T said...

After reading Wicked Stitch, you would have thought Marcy's new neighbors couldn't be worse (than the last one)...oh my! This is a fun series and I love Angus!

Gayle said...

Thank you so much, Patricia! :)

Grandma Cootie said...

Good review. This book tour has put this book on my TBR list. Sounds like a fun series.

Gayle said...

Thank you so much! :)

Daniel M said...

sounds like a fun one! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com