Threaded for Trouble by Janet Bolin is the second book in the “Threadville” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2012

Welcome back to Threadville, Pennsylvania, where crafts are king, and a “killer” sewing machine lives up to its name.

Darlene Coddlefield, the winner of a national sewing competition, has come to Willow Vanderling’s embroidery shop, In Stitches, to be presented with a top-of-the-line Chandler Champion sewing and embroidery machine as her prize. But Darlene’s triumph is short-lived after she’s found dead under her sewing table, apparently crushed by the heavy machine.

It soon becomes clear that this was no freak accident. Who had it in for Darlene Coddlefield? The long string of suspects includes Darlene’s fire chief husband. So Willow and her best friend, Haylee, become volunteer firefighters to uncover the truth. But when a second sewing machine sparks trouble, the friends realize they may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire.

This was a good read that flowed so evenly as this became a late night read-athon that I could not put down. The mystery kept me guessing as the author did a great job of teasing me down one path and then bam. I enjoyed my time with Willow, Hayley and the three mothers. The ending left great possibilities and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightful series.

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