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Better Off Thread
Embroidery Mystery #10
Amanda Lee

Berkley Prime Crime
December 6, 216/ ISBN 978-0-451-47385-1
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Marcy Singer is getting ready for Christmas. She’s helping the customers in her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, and she’s even agreed to help her dear friend, Captain Moe, by playing Elf to his Santa at the local hospital where there are plenty of sick children who need some uplifting of their spirits. The first day is a joy, despite the children being ill; their faces light up and Marcy’s Irish wolfhound, Angus, is an extra big hit with the kids.

Then hospital administrator Sandra Vincent is brutally stabbed to death, and after Captain Moe discovers the body, the police declare him to be the prime suspect and he’s taken into custody. Although he is released on bail, Marcy and her friends, including her policeman boyfriend Ted, set out to clear Captain Moe’s name and bring the real killer to justice.

This is one of my favorite mystery series, and although it always seems as though it is too long between books, I am amazed that this is already the tenth in the series! Somehow, Amanda Lee works her magic book after book and the series just keeps getting better and better.

As usual, the mystery is very well plotted and I didn’t guess who the guilty party was until nearly the end of the book. I love that Marcy’s friends, Sadie and Blake, Vera and Riley and Todd play a part in helping Marcy. Watching the development of Marcy’s relationship with Ted’s family was interesting, too, especially as his sister, Tiffany, slowly but surely warms up to Marcy. Angus remains a delightful character, a big dog with a big heart full of love. The romance between Ted and Marcy has progressed exactly as it should and I am eagerly anticipating the next book already!

You just can’t go wrong with an Embroidery Mystery by Amanda Lee. You will find yourself engrossed from the first page to the last, and although each book is fine as a stand alone, I highly recommend that you read the whole series. This book is a great read, full of engaging characters and a finely-honed mystery. Run to your bookstore or online merchant and get your copy today!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Thread Reckoning #3
The Long Stitch Good Night #4
Thread on Arrival #5
Cross-Stich Before Dying #6  
Better Off Thread #10


Reviewed 2017