Embroidery Mystery # 4
April 2012/ 978-0-451-23646-3
by Laura Hinds
Marcy Singer lives and works in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. She owns
the Seven-Year Itch shop which specializes in unusual embroidery
patterns and techniques. When she's not at the shop, she is often
found out walking or at the beach with her dog, Angus. Marcy didn't
leave her heart in San Francisco, but it was broken there and she's
Part of the recovery is dating again, and she has two suitors,
Ted, a policeman, and Todd, who owns the local pub, the Brew Crew.
Either relationship has the potential for becoming serious as well
as the potential for ending on a sour note.
On St. Patrick's Day, there is a party at Brew Crew. Several of
Todd's fraternity brothers are partying together, and the joint
is jumping and loud. Marcy stopped by to pick up her friend Sadie,
and they went to Marcy's place to watch a movie while the guys are
drinking at the pub. Later, Sadie's husband, Blake, calls with the
news that he and Todd are in jail. They've been charged with murdering
another frat member, Graham Stott.
Neither man will explain what happened, but both proclaim their
innocence, despite being found in the room with the victim and a
gun that has both of their handprints on it. Marcy, having had some
experience in dealing with murders since she moved to town, sets
her cap to find the truth. She may need some of the luck of the
Irish to solve the case and prove her friends innocence.
This is a series that has credible plot lines and characters, and
I found The Long Stitch Good Night to be a well-paced,
even read. Marcy is a logical woman, and her emotional fluctuations
about the men in her life will be familiar to many readers. The
embroidery shop oozes small town coziness, yet the goings on in
town are lively and interesting. Dialogue is smart, and Lee never
deviates from showing that Marcy is true to herself while also being
a faithful friend.
Mystery aficionados may be familiar with Amanda Lee's other books,
written as Gayle Trent.