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  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Iris Buckley and Grammie are gearing up their shop for tourists to descend upon Blueberry Cove for their annual festival. When Iris heads to check out some vintage fabrics, she agrees to help the older woman sell some vintage Chanel clothing and discovers a true mystery in the trunk. This leads her on a trail to discovering the history of the woman’s Mother. If there isn’t enough going on to keep Iris more than busy, she comes across the body of a young woman in town for the Summer to work on an aqua culture project. Now Iris and the gang need to solve a murder and a mystery while trying to stay one step ahead of the killer. The second book in this series was a welcome read. The suspense around Eleanor’s Mother was almost more exciting than the whodunit itself. Now I’m hungry for lobster…perhaps I need to take trip to Maine soon.

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  • A good mystery!

    Thread and Dead is the second book in Elizabeth Penney's The Apron Shop Series. Iris Buckley and her grandmother own an apron shop, Ruffles, and Bows, in the quaint little village of Blueberry Cove, Maine. It's July and Iris is gearing up for the town's annual Lobster Festival when she gets a call from Eleanor Brady, a wealthy spinster, asking if she's interested in buying some of her vintage sheets and linens. Iris immediately says yes and heads out to meet the woman at her historic mansion. The mansion is in dire need of repair and Iris can see why Eleanor might need to sell some of her lovely belongings. To further help her financial situation, Eleanor has also rented out some of her rooms to an environmental group. Eleanor has a few questions about how her mother, a nursemaid, came to be in the procession of so many expensive things, and Iris decides to help her look into her family history. The next day, Iris finds the body of one of the interns from the environmental group dead at the bottom of a cliff. With the help of her friends, she is determined to solve the case before the killer strikes again. This was a light and enjoyable read, with likable characters, strong female friendships, and two intriguing mysteries. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions instantly bought the town of Blueberry Cove to life. I could easily visualize the quaint shops, the mouthwatering seafood, the ocean, and the Lobster Festival. Iris is a very likable character. She's genuine, down to earth, and loyal. She's surrounded by a wonderful group of strong, supportive women and their girls' nights were fun to read about. I thought she was a good sleuth. She acted responsibly and always took someone along with her to investigate. I love the idea of an apron shop and can't wait to see how Iris and her grandmother's business grow in the upcoming books. The descriptions of vintage clothing, aprons, and linens were enjoyable to read about and added to the story. Overall, this was a delightful read and a good addition to the series. I look forward to the third book. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • I loved it!

    This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. This has become one of my favorites. Entertaining characters and a well written whodunit. I highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • A really nice cozy

    Maine, family-dynamics, friendship, small-business, small-town, murder, greed, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement***** New people in town are staying in the family friend's inn but one is not unfamiliar, one gets murdered, and one is a real piece of work. Existing romances fit in to make the plot twists and misdirections less obvious during this festive time of lobster appreciation. It's a good cozy with a wide variety of characters and fun things to learn about. Another nice thing is that the reader is not left floundering if the first book has been missed. A really nice cozy! LOVED it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A charming cozy mystery!

    Thread and Dead by Elizabeth Penney is the 2nd book in The Apron Shop Series. It can be read as a standalone for those who have not indulged in Hems and Homicide. I thought this cozy mystery was well-written with developed characters. I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of Blueberry Cove, Maine. She brought the city alive with her vivid word imagery of the shops, people, the boats, the cliffs, and the ocean. I like the cast of strong female characters in this series. Iris Buckley is a friendly and intelligent woman who loves vintage items. Iris co-owns Ruffles and Bows with her grandmother, Anne Buckley. They also share a farmhouse nearby. I like the close relationship Iris and her Grammie share. Iris has close female friends in Sophie, Madison, and Bella. It is great how they are there for each other and have women’s nights that include Grammie. Eleanor Brady was a delightful addition. She is a lively woman for her age with a mischievous sparkle in her eye. Her nephew, Craig is a bully who thinks only of himself. I am glad that Eleanor has good friends to watch out for her. The death of Hailey Piper has multiple suspects. It could be a local or someone with the Farming the Sea project. There are good clues to aid the reader in solving this multifarious mystery. The second mystery involves Eleanor’s mother, Claudia de Witte. Eleanor’s mother worked as a nursemaid, but she had designer clothing. Both mysteries were entertaining. I did feel that the first half of the book was a little slow. There seemed to be more eating and chatting than sleuthing. That soon changed as the action ramped up. The Apron Shop Series is character driven. The great characters are what draw the reader in. I just love the descriptions of the vintage bed linens, aprons, and clothes. I collect vintage aprons, so I was drooling over the trunk of aprons Iris scored for Ruffles and Bows. I cannot wait to read Bodies and Bows in the spring. Thread and Dead is a charming cozy mystery with antique aprons, comfort cuisine, a mysterious mother, sprouting seaweed, classic couture clothes, and Lobster Festival fun.

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