In keeping with the motif of towns sporting theme-oriented specialty shops, typified by Lorna Barrett in her Booktown Mysteries, Janet Bolin introduces Threadville, Pennsylvania, a crafter’s mecca for all things related to needlework arts. In Dire Threads, Bolin introduces Willow Vanderling, proud proprietor of a new embroidery shop, In Stitches. In the good company of her best friend Haylee, who has also opened a textile crafts boutique, Willow embraces the placid small-town lifestyle far removed from the frenzied pace of Manhattan, but it doesn’t take long for her to discover that peace is illusory.
When Willow resists pressure from Mike Krawbach, the zoning commissioner, to promote his petition to create an ATV trail through Willow’s own property, she makes enemies very quickly. When Mike’s body turns up in her yard, Willow must defend herself against accusations of murder.
Accompanied by Tally-Ho (Tally) and Sally Forth (Sally), quite possibly the cutest puppies in the world, Willow takes matters into her own hands, discovering, in the process, that apparently innocuous neighbors can be vicious, even on the shores of Lake Erie. Bolin weaves a tale that will keep readers guessing. It doesn’t hurt if said readers are also fans of embroidery, the featured craft in the fresh Threadville Mystery Series.