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Better Off Thread By Amanda Lee: Review/Giveaway

IN THE December 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

This week we have several fun Christmas mysteries, including this one. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Better Off Thread. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Seven-Year Stitch embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer survived Black Friday, but the real question is whether she can make it through the upcoming Christmas season. Considering that Marcy’s petite stature has her boyfriend Detective Ted Nash affectionately calling her “Inch-High Private Eye,” it shouldn’t have been too surprising that someone who already calls her “Tinkerbell” would hope to also include “Christmas Elf.” Every year Captain Moe volunteers at Tallulah County Hospital as Santa Claus, and when his assistant drops out, he begs Marcy to accompany him as his elf. Marcy’s good nature and desire to help cheer children makes it impossible for her to refuse, and that was even before the benefit being joined by her wolfhound Angus as a reindeer.

bookNot everyone is feeling the holiday spirit, as Marcy walks in on Captain Moe having an argument with the hospital administrator, Sandra Vincent. Even though he wasn’t the only one she asked to give preferable treatment to hospital bigwigs, it was Captain Moe who has the misfortune of being the one to discover her body, stabbed to death in Santa’s sleigh. Out of Police Chief Manu Singh’s Tallulah Falls jurisdiction, the investigation resides in the hands of County detectives who are all too eager to place blame on the most obvious suspect. Marcy uses her visits to the hospital as an elf to question the nurses and staff members unhappy with Sandra’s favoritism, but it’s truly the genuine reactions from children that warm her heart. Marcy will need all of that goodwill, as spending time with Ted’s family and his standoffish sister has her questioning her relationship and her self-confidence. What she is sure of is that Captain Moe could never have committed a murder, there is a shady contractor threatening her, and one of the hospital’s Board of Directors is an imperious jerk.

An Embroidery Mystery continues to be a charming and very entertaining series, full of so many characters that are a joy to know. The humor is never over-the-top, with the dialogue being as natural as it is witty. Numerous red herrings and suspects ensure for a surprise ending, especially due to some unexpected training Marcy receives courtesy of her mother. Marcy’s family continues to grow, not just with Ted’s but with the friends who have become stand-in protective brothers. While this mystery should be enjoyed throughout the year, the heartfelt emotions and gratifying conclusion are perfect for the stressful Christmas holiday season.

To enter to win a copy of Better Off Thread, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “thread,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 12, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lynn December 3, 2016 at 8:27am

Adore the cover. Book sounds GREAT. Thanks for offering it to us!


2 Bertha Hammond December 3, 2016 at 12:23pm

Sounds like an interesting story. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


3 Barbara December 3, 2016 at 3:13pm

I love holiday books
Hope I am lucky


4 Jess D December 4, 2016 at 5:46am

Thanks for the chance. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com


5 Caryn December 4, 2016 at 6:55am

I am several books behind in this series, so this might be a great way to catch up. Thanks for the chance to win!


6 Judy Weaver December 4, 2016 at 7:47am

Love the cover!! Can’t wait to read this book!!


7 Valerie Hoynacki December 4, 2016 at 7:53am

Beautiful, enticing cover.


8 Penney Wilfort
Twitter: @PWilfort
December 4, 2016 at 8:52am

Wonderful review thank you! This sounds very good, love the cover.
Penney penneyw(AT)sbcglobal.net


9 Rachel Lepree December 4, 2016 at 10:23am

Love all of her books.


10 Brian Frauenknecht
Twitter: @BFrauenb
December 4, 2016 at 10:30am

I would love to win this. I love this series and can’t wait to read this.


11 Kristina M. Anderson
Twitter: @booklover43
December 4, 2016 at 10:42am

I just love An Embroidery Mystery series. I am looking forward to reading Better off Thread. Thank you for your review. Happy Holidays! Doodlesink@hotmail.com
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12 Debbie December 4, 2016 at 11:09am

Thank you for the chance to win! Book sounds interesting! I love holiday themed mysteries! I love the artwork that was done for the cover! DElholm@prodigy.net


13 Paulette Beal December 4, 2016 at 11:44am

Review makes me want to read this book. Thanks for the review and offer


14 Paulette Beal December 4, 2016 at 11:45am
15 Pam December 4, 2016 at 12:20pm

I love this series! Thanks for this opportunity.


16 Kristi Gilbert December 4, 2016 at 1:58pm

I love this series!


17 Karen B December 4, 2016 at 3:13pm

One of my favorite series so many thanks for the giveaway!



18 Kelly H December 4, 2016 at 3:36pm

Love this series! Can’t wait to read this newest book.


19 Liz S December 5, 2016 at 9:43am

Have enjoyed this series in the past. Now I need to see if I’m up to date except for this one (so many books, so little time ). Looking forward to reading it.


20 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
December 5, 2016 at 7:22pm
21 Anne Marshall
Twitter: @anneinaz
December 6, 2016 at 9:01am

Sounds like a fun holiday read!


22 K.
Twitter: @Kathleen
December 7, 2016 at 8:53am

Sounds like a good read. Looking foward to adding this author to my TBR list.
kckendler at gmail dot com


23 Doward Wilson December 8, 2016 at 6:19pm

Love & have read all this series except this one. Thanks for the chance to win.


24 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
December 9, 2016 at 2:11pm

Haha I Just Love the title of this book. Thanks so much for the chance to win. The book looks great. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com


25 SHELLEY S December 9, 2016 at 4:42pm



26 Karin A December 11, 2016 at 8:41pm

Looks like Frosty on the cover. Love the cover art!

karin56381 (at) gmail.com


27 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 12, 2016 at 11:31am

We have a winner!


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