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Amanda Lee
Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who... show more

Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O'Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy's shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.Publishers Weekly says, "Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O'Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns."Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, "If her debut here is any indication, Lee's new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character's personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures." (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers' Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own "Angus" who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O'Ruff.
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lisaakelley3
lisaakelley3 rated it 7 years ago
WICKED STITCH was a wickedly fun and entertaining mystery. You’ll be embroidered . . . uh, embroiled from the very first chapter. I love the Renaissance Faire setting for protagonist Marcy Singer and the other characters from Tallulah Falls. I’ve been to a Ren Faire, and author Amanda Lee’s descri...
loribonesscaswell
loribonesscaswell rated it 8 years ago
Dollycas’s ThoughtsNever a dull moment in Tallulah Falls. Marcy finds her way right into the middle of another investigation. At least this time Marcy or her mother is not at the top of the suspect list. In fact this time Ted and Marcy really team up to find the truth. Their relationship in really ...
loribonesscaswell
loribonesscaswell rated it 8 years ago
Marcy’s mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production…and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in their midst. But whe...
Meledstic
Meledstic rated it 8 years ago
The last one of these was pretty much just an okay read. This one wasn't even that. I skimmed a lot of this book. It just wasn't interesting to me. The series started off great, but has truly petered out, at least for me. Marcy has become one dimensional and Angus is the only character I can tr...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 9 years ago
Very average read. This series started out strong and has just withered for me as it's gone on. The characters and the dialogue feel flat, as if they're reading from a script. Even the romance isn't really much of a romance; the author tried to wring romantic tension out of a triangle that was jus...
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