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Product Details

  • Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236463
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amanda Lee is the author of A Fitting End, Stitch Me Deadly, and other titles in the Embroidery Mystery series.

More About the 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.

The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O'Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy's shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.

Publishers Weekly says, "Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O'Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns."

Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, "If her debut here is any indication, Lee's new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character's personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures." (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers' Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)

Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own "Angus" who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O'Ruff.

Customer Reviews

Love all of the characters.
Unknown
While this book could probably be read stand-alone, I'm glad I had read the previous book, THREAD RECKONING, so I knew some of the backstory.
Book of Secrets
For starters I really don't know how much more of the Todd or Ted thing I can take.
K. Welch

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larkin on September 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Amanda Lee's "Stitching Mysteries", and have enjoyed all of them. They aren't going to win any awards for plot twists or originality (for that, read some Agatha Christies!), but that fact is more than compensated by her strong, likable characters. Her shop, and the whole neighborhood, is a comfortable place to visit.

If I could have, I would have given this book 3.5 stars instead of 4, because of the Ted/Todd relationship issues. As another reviewer stated, this dilemma has grown stale and needs to be resolved.

One other tiny irritation was the fact that Tod and/or Tedd are always nearby when she is in any need. It's almost like neither of them does anything else with their free time but check on her.

All the negative points aside, I do plan to keep reading further books in this series. One bonus point to these for me is there aren't obscenities and sexual escapades on every page, as has become the custom of many mysteries lately, even cozy ones.

Looking forward to the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Tallulah Falls, Oregon on Saint Patrick's Day, The Brew Crew pub owner Todd Calloway hosts a fraternity reunion of Oregon State's Alpha Sigma Phi. However, the fun turns tragic when someone shoots and kills Graham Stott in the back room. The people besides the victim in that room are Todd and his friend Blake Mackenzie. Both their fingerprints are on the murder weapon. The police arrest them; charging them with the homicide of Graham.

Former San Francisco accountant, Marcy Singer, owner of the Seven Year Stitch embroidery shop knows both males and refuses to accept they killed Stott although neither will say what happened. Knowing what it is like to be accused of murder (see Stich Me Deadly and The Quick and The Thread), and encouraged by her BFF Blake's wife Sadie, Marcy investigates. She learns the mysterious Tawny is somehow involved.

The latest Embroidery amateur sleuth (see Thread Reckoning) is an engaging whodunit filled with clues that are in plain sight yet difficult to knit together, and a solid cause for the spunky heroine to investigate the murder. The entertaining storyline grips the reader as Marcy embroiders the case one stitch at a time.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ditc 46 on April 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed this series in the past, but this time feel her snooping caused her to step way over the lines of friendship by sticking her nose where it didn't belong. She could have broken up her friends marriage. Was it really worth it? I won't be returning to this series for more of her thoughtlessness. She's old enough to get over herself and thinking she knows more the the police. I'm glad she's not my friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Welch on May 24, 2012
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I have read all the previous books in this series and really enjoyed them. This installment however I really struggled with. For starters I really don't know how much more of the Todd or Ted thing I can take. Pick a man and get over yourself! Marcy was actually quite whiny in this installment and I was put off more than once. I think the book went on at least 50 pages to long. The Killer was a surprise but Drew's father was painfully obvious. I kept thinking, for someone so nosy and intrusive you would have thought Marcy would have picked up on it alot sooner. I hope if this series continues then Amanda Lee will whip Marcy back into shape and get the man thing straightened out. It's not working anymore. Time to make a choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dee on May 15, 2012
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My greatest goal at this point in my life is to own/manage a cross-stitch store. I love reading about Marcy and imagining myself in her shoes. I also love mysteries and there is always one of these to solve. My problem is that I can read Amanda's books faster than she can write them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on September 13, 2012
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I really loves the author beacsue no one character in her books are perfect, and she has no problem writing about any and all thier character flaws which to me makes the story and the characters even more real. Marcy Singer owns the embroidery a Seven-Year Stitch in Oregan, she's dating Ted the Detective and Todd the Brewery owner she's only been in town for 5 months this isn't a lonley lady has a dog. The story was great you have frat brother reunion where secrets and fatherhood and cheating comes out and a dead body can not forget the dead body. One thing I've noticed when Amanda kills someone it's usually not someone from the town that they all know. It's a quick read becasue when you get started you have to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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Marcy Singer, owner of the Seven-Year Stitch embroidery shop, finds herself wrapped up in another murder mystery when two of her closest friends are accused of killing their fellow fraternity brother. It's Saint Patrick's Day, and the green beer is flowing at Todd Calloway's pub, the Brew Crew. Alpha Sigma Phi's reunion turns deadly when Graham Stott is shot to death in the pub's back room, and Todd and friend Blake MacKenzie are found with the victim AND a gun. Well, neither man can tell the police exactly what happened, and with the evidence against them, they are placed at the top of the suspects list. Marcy isn't going to sit by and let a man she's sort of dating (Todd) and her best friend's husband (Blake) go to jail for murder when she simply KNOWS they're innocent...aren't they?

THE LONG STITCH GOOD NIGHT is an enjoyable continuation of the An Embroidery Mystery series. While this book could probably be read stand-alone, I'm glad I had read the previous book, THREAD RECKONING, so I knew some of the backstory. I would describe THE LONG STITCH GOOD NIGHT as more focused on the relationships between the characters than the mystery itself, but for me, that worked in this book. The love triangle continues between Marcy and her two men, Detective Ted Nash and Todd Calloway. Marcy also uncovers a very tangled web between the victim, other members of the fraternity, and a mystery woman from their past who may hold clues to uncovering the murderer.

Marcy sewing "shoptalk" was a fun addition to the story, and I was intrigued by her Saint Patrick's Day themed project of Mountmellick embroidery. I'd recommend this one to mystery readers who enjoy craft cozies and don't mind them being heavy on the romance. I'm looking forward to finding out what comes next for Marcy.

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