Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer agrees to help teach a class as therapy for domestic abuse victims. She meets Mary Cantor who wants to leave her abusive husband and take her daughter with her. There's one problem. Her elderly father-in-law lives with them and she can't bear to leave him behind. Marcy thinks she may be able to help after she learns the man wants to talk to her about on old tapestry that he believes may be a treasure map.
After Marcy meets with Mr. Cantor and promises to keep the tapestry safe, he agrees to leave his home. Unfortunately when the police show up the next day to escort him a safe place they are too late. Mr Cantor is dead and the house had been searched. Would someone kill to get their hands on the tapestry? Could it really be a treasure map? Marcy is definitely going to find out.
I love my visits to Seven Year Stitch where I am not only welcomed by Marcy Singer but also by her wonderful Irish Wolfhound Angus and Jill. the mannequin the looks like Marilyn Monroe.
Marcy has made some great friends since moving to Oregon. They take her classes, tell her who she should be spending her life with, and try to keep her safe as she is out trying to track down a killer. Her mother is in California, but only a phone call away. Sometimes she knows what is happening in her daughter's life before her daughter does. Wonderful, rich, full characters - every one.
In addition to the murder mystery which I thought I had figured out, then didn't, then did, then didn't :) Marcy makes a big decision about her love life. There was also a bit of history stitched in about the shipwrecks off the coast of Oregon that I found quite interesting. Lee knots it all together into a very engaging story that I read all in one sitting.
You know things will never stay quiet for long in Tallulah Falls. Cross Stitch Before Dying hits shelves in August. Who knows what mystery the Inch High Private Eye will find herself in the middle of next?