proprietor of Seven-Year-Stitch, an embroidery shop located
in the small town of Tallulah Falls, is delighted her mother
is coming for a visit. Her mother, Beverly, is a costume designer
in California, recently hired to work on a Bollywood type
movie. Bev wants Marcy and her stitching friends to help with
the particular type of stitchery known as chikankari.
While Marcy’s friend Reggie is an expert
at that type of Indian embroidery, Marcy worries that it will
be difficult for herself and others to master. Unfortunately,
the embroidery becomes the least of her worries. Soon after
the movie production team comes to Tallulah Falls to film
some scenes in a remote part of town that resembles an area
of India, the star of the movie, the young diva, Babushka
Tru, is murdered, and Beverly becomes a prime suspect.
Marcy, with a little help from friends and
her police officer boyfriend, sets out to clear her mother’s
name. Yet the theories about who the killer could be are knotted
up and then unwound faster than a crewel kit gone wrong.
BTru (as the tabloids call her), is not the
only murder victim in this story, but I don’t want to
give too much of the plot away. There is a lot of action in
“Cross-Stitch Before Dying,” but it is well paced
and a real page-turner. I read the book in an afternoon and
into the evening, because I really couldn’t wait to
see how things evolved.
A great cozy mystery that stitch crafters,
animal lovers, and those with an interest in Hollywood movies
and Bollywood movies will enjoy, I recommend this book highly
for all ages.
Amanda Lee also writes as Gayle Trent. You
can find reviews of her previous books right here at MyShelf.com
Reviews of other titles in this series
Thread Reckoning #3
Long Stitch Good Night #4
on Arrival #5
Before Dying #6 Better