Marcy and her Irish wolfhound, Angus are making themselves right at home in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. She loves running the Seven Year Stitch, making new friends and reconnecting with her old friend Sadie.
Things are going well until an elderly woman comes to the shop to ask for Marcy's help and shows her a wonderful, antique, embroidery sampler. Before she can tell Marcy anything about the sampler she dies suddenly of an apparent heart attack, right there in one of the chairs in the "sit and stitch" area of the store.
It doesn't take long for the authorities to find out the elderly woman, Mrs. Ralston's, heart attack was caused by a very unnatural cause. She had been murdered. Marcy thinks the sampler holds the key to who and why this nice, sweet woman was killed. She also finds out a very tangled web of clues must be sorted out to solve this crime.
I LOVED IT!!!!!
Marcy has such a big heart, she can rarely say "no" to anyone and her character is wonderfully written as are all the other characters in this series. I feel like an invisible person perched in the "sit and stitch" area watching this story unraveling before my eyes.
Every small town has a place like the Seven Year Stitch, a place where the local people go to catch up on gossip and find out what's happening with their friends, foes and neighbors. It may not be an embroidery store, maybe a local garage, tavern, coffee shop or bookstore, but a true gathering place. That is what makes this series and this book so relate-able.
This story was a pure delight for me to read, making my brain work to untangle the mystery right along with Marcy. Holding my breath as she figures it out and putting herself in danger. Pages turning fast and furious to the very end.
While these stories have a needlework theme, set in a beautiful town, they are for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. A story that touches all of your senses, from the feel of the floss and yarn, the view of the Oregon coast, the smell and the taste of the goodies from MacKenzies' Mochas, the sounds of the falling rain, it also engages your mind with the cleverly written mystery. This is a book that should definitely be on everyone's must read list.
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