Thursday, December 8, 2016

Better Off Thread {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: Embroidery Mystery, Book 10
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 045147385X
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0451473851


Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour...
Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.
Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good...

There’s something about author Amanda Lee’s books that continues to make them inviting and warm despite the fact murder always lurks just around the corner.

Lee has created well-developed, warm, and friendly characters. They are easy for readers to relate to. With each new adventure, the characters evolve a bit but new fans don’t have to worry they’ll miss something if they haven’t followed from the beginning.

BETTER OFF THREAD moves at a good pace and the twists as the story unfolds will keep you guessing. There’s a good blend of suspense, romance, humor, and friendship for a well-balanced story. The small-town setting adds a layer of intrigue to the story.

You don’t have to be enamored with embroidery or cross stitch to enjoy this story. It’s a delightful tale that will entertain you for hours and the characters will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

Better Off Thread by Amanda Lee, Embroidery Mystery (Book #10), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0451473851, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of BETTER OFF THREAD by Amanda Lee to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Dec. 16.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you have to enjoy a craft to be able to read a craft-related themed book? How is your Christmas reading coming along?


  1. It does sound like fun. And very timely too.

    1. E.C., it is a delight to read. The characters are realistic and always charming.

  2. Replies
    1. I agree, Dez. Berkley has some of the best covers for their cozy murder mysteries.

  3. Better Off... Dead. Now I have that movie going through my head.
    Not really crafty. I can build a fence though!

  4. I do like the title of this one, Mason. And it sounds as though it's got a fun, but interesting, premise, too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. One of my favorite cozy series! The cover would make a wonderful jigsaw puzzle.

  6. I love this cover! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this newest book in the series.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  7. Thanks for this delightful book. Reading a craft related cozy is special.

  8. I don't think you have to enjoy the craft to enjoy the story. The craft just makes the story a little more interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Clever title! I'd never suspect that murder and crafting would go together. Interesting premise!

  10. I love the cover and that it has a seasonally appropriate tie in! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  11. I love this series, I agree about her characters, they are easy to relate to, I think that is one reason I love the series. No, I don't have to do a craft to enjoy reading about it, I find it fascinating and there are a few I would love to try.

  12. It might help, but I think you could enjoy it regardless.

  13. I don't have to enjoy a craft to enjoy a book about it. My Christmas reading hasn't really started yet. I haven't been in the mood yet.

  14. I wish I knew how to embroider.....Love the cover. "Frosty" looks like he might come to life anytime now.


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