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Night of the Living Thread
Threadville Mystery # 4
Janet Bolin

June 3, 2014/ ISBN 978-0425267998
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


This is the fourth release in the author’s series, set in Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania. The story begins in October with Willow Vanderling and her circle of craft shop owners hosting guests in their homes for the upcoming Halloween events. The biggest, most exciting occasion is Edna Battersby’s pending wedding. As a practical joke, Willow and her friends design an ornate top skirt to match Edna’s wedding gown – one loaded with elegant embroidery and even lights. Unfortunately, the skirt is unlucky for Isis, a spell caster, who is found drowned after the skirt rolls into the lake.

Willow promised the police she would not get involved in another murder investigation, but she can’t help herself. Was it Brianna, the obnoxious young lady sent by Willow’s politician mother to stay with Willow and sell glow-in-the-dark thread at the upcoming fair? Or did one of the curses placed by Isis backfire?

I love to discover new cozy mystery authors by reading the latest release in a series. If the characters and plot keep me entertained, I’m hooked and will read the previous books. This delightful addition to Ms. Bolin’s Threadville mystery series did precisely that. Though I’m not into quilting and knitting, those crafts were an accompaniment to the diverting plot. The author incorporated numerous regular town characters, all of whom I want to know better. I especially enjoyed the Halloween theme of rampant zombies, the touch of Egyptian mythology and ancient spell casting. Brianna, the young lady who stays with Willow, needed lessons in manners, but it was clear to me that she’s hurting emotionally. Willow’s growing relationship with Clay added just the right touch of romance.

In short, the murder plot was intricate and kept me turning the pages. I loved savoring the blend of humor and suspense until the very last minute.

Janet Bolin’s first release, DIRE THREADS, was nominated for an Agatha Award for the Best First Novel of 2011.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2014