Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags. Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…
Bubby: I really enjoy reading cozy mysteries set in crafty type shops. I always feel like they somehow magically endow me with more sewing, knitting, quilting and other stitchery-related talent than I actually have. This feeling lasts until I go forth to do battle with my arch nemesis, the sewing machine. Let’s just say that whatever talent I felt like I got from The Stitching Hour was not enough to get me through this year’s round of Halloween costumes without much cursing, crying, chocolate and caffeine.
Sissy: It’s always fun to go back to Tallulah Falls, Oregon through one of Amanda Lee’s embroidery mysteries and revisit favorite characters. I enjoy catching up with Reggie and Manu, Sadie, Todd, adorable dog Angus and of course, Marcy’s love interest Ted. Unlike Bubby, I have no expectations of enhanced crafty talent. My handicraft genes are nonexistent, to the point that once when I tried to crochet bandages for charity (in this case, a leper colony) they rejected my efforts. This is a true story.
Bubby: Wow. Not even the poor lepers wanted your handicrafts. That’s a new low! I’m sorry, but I just find that completely hilarious! I also find the antics of Angus, Marcy’s Irish Wolfhound to be hilarious. I swear, that dog is smarter than half the humans in Tallulah Falls. If I knew that I could find a dog that charming and intelligent, I might agree to have one in my house. I also really enjoyed the new couple that has moved in next door to Marcy’s shop to run their haunted house. I know that I’m not supposed to like them, but they are just so quirky and over-the-top. Reminds me of Sissy’s Halloween costume this year. The Stitching Hour was a fun, quirky read with a sinister twist that I didn’t see coming. And honestly, it was nice to take a break from Christmas and revisit Halloween!
Sissy: I was rather fabulous, wasn’t I. I would totally dress like Claude and Priscilla every day if I could get away with it! Those two characters were great and helped stitch together the whole mystery. The romance between Marcy’s mom and *SPOILERS* was lovely and made The Stitching Hour the perfect cozy mystery package. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
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