Better Off Thread–embroidery mystery book ten–now available!


Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour


Bristol, Virginia – December 6, 2016

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…

Praise for the Embroidery Mysteries


“A great series with enough suspense and smart sleuthing to hook readers every time.”—Romantic Times  


“Entertaining…Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls.”—Publishers Weekly 


“A well thought-out, free-flowing story that captures your attention and keeps you interested from beginning to end.”—The Romance Readers Connection


“The writing is lively, and the pop culture references abundant.…A smartly written cozy that neatly ties up all the loose ends surrounding the murder but leaves the reader wanting to know more about the amateur detective, her friends, her life, and her future.”—Fresh Fiction


“Smart and interesting, well patterned and deftly sewn together.”—Once Upon a Romance


About the Author


Amanda Lee writes the Embroidery Mystery series for Penguin Group imprint Obsidian. The 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. Lee is a Southwest Virginia native who lives in Bristol with her family. She also writes as Gayle Trent. Gayle writes the cake decorating series and the Myrtle Crumb mystery series, currently available on Kindle. She has a street team called the Cozy Cavalry.


Publicist: Danielle L. Dill, Penguin Group –

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