Friday, February 17, 2012

Review: Dire Threads by Janet Bolin

First in the Threadville Mystery Series!

Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN 978-0-425-24189-9
June 2011

Threadville, Pennsylvania has everything - a fabric store, yarn shop, notions store, quilting boutique, and Willow Vanderling's brand new shop, In Stitches, a hit with tourists eager to learn embroidering in the latest way, with software and machines. 
But when the village's bullying zoning commissioner picks a fight with Willow and turns up dead in Willow's yard, the close-knit community starts unraveling at the seams.

Willow must stitch together clues and find the real murderer, or the next thing she embroiders may be an orange prison jumpsuit . . .

My thoughts..

I enjoy mysteries set in Embroidery stores ( and fabric stores ) so..I was really looking forward to starting this series!

After opening their shops in Elderberry Bay ( also known as Threadville )
 Willow and her friends need to join forces.. after the zoning commissioner is found
dead near Willow's store.

Since Willow is new to the area, she must try to clear her name, and her
friends are eager to help her.  They learn that the zoning commissioner
( Mike ) had several enemies, and they work getting to know the Community
to see who might be a Suspect.  Along the way, they meet the Mayor, and several other
interesting characters that could possibly have played a role in Mike's murder.

I liked the Classes that Willow offered in her store ( called "In Stitches" )
the ladies that took these classes often had lovely jackets and coats
 with different kinds of embroidery sewn on them.
Willow and her friend Haylee have romantic interests in this book, and
Im anxious to see how these romances continue in the next book for this series.

The author does a great job of having you guess "who done it"...
until the last few pages!

Visit the authors website at:    

and click here for more information on the next book in this series called
"Threaded for Trouble"  
Available - June 5th, 2012 !

**This book is part of my 2012 Cozy Mystery 
Challenge on Debbie's Book Bag

Happy Reading!


  1. That sounds like a good start to a fun series. I've written a lot of romances and women's fic in my life but recently have been thinking of cozy mysteries so finding reviews like yours are so helpful.

  2. Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for stopping by and following. Thanks for the lovely comment too. I'm here, happily following back!

    If you do try the chicken recipe, I'd love to hear how it turned out. Any and all feedback or suggestions are always welcome.

    Hope you have an awesome week!

  3. Sounds like a great book and series. I'd love to have a Threadville shop here.

  4. Terri, I really enjoyed this book - check it out if you get a chance. =)

  5. Helen, Im glad you found my review helpeful. =)


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