Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thread and Gone

Happy Pepper Pot Day!  Pepper Pot (aka Philadelphia Pepper Pot) is a soup that was created for the continental army on this day in 1777.  It was a cold winter at Valley Forge and the chef created this spicy soup to help warm the troops.  The soup originally contained scraps of tripe (you do not want to know what it is--trust me), meat, vegetables (if they had any), pepper corns, and whatever else was on hand.  This soup is available at your local grocer in a can!  Check the soup aisle.  

Thread and Gone by Lea Wait is the third book the Mainely Needlepoint series.  Mary Clough has found a beautiful old needlepoint piece in a leather case while cleaning out her family’s attic (to get the house ready to sell).  Mary (eighteen) and her fiancé, Rob has brought it to Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepoint group to have it appraised.   They all agree to let local attorney, Lenore Pendleton hold the piece in her safe while it is being researched.  The piece looks quite old and is in the style of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Unfortunately, Lenore is murdered and her safe is cleaned out (it contained jewelry as well as Mary Clough’s needlepoint piece).  Who knew about the needlepoint and why did they steal it?  Angie is trying to adjust to living alone.  Her grandmother, Charlotte is on her honeymoon with Reverend Tom.  Angie is very happy for her Gram, but she misses her companionship.  Angie is keeping herself busy looking for Mary’s missing needlepoint.

I found Thread and Gone to be very predictable.  I kept hoping for a great twist at the end (I thought of a great alternate killer), but I was disappointed.  I just wish the culprit had not been so obvious.  Thread and Gone is easy to read and picks up where the last book ended.  I missed the interactions with Angie's grandmother, Charlotte and the rest of the group.  I did like the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette (and their needlework).  I give Thread and Gone 3 out of 5 stars.  I just thought Thread and Gone was lacking.  It was not as enjoyable as the first two books in the series.  It also had a different feel.  Alcohol seemed to be a big feature in Thread and Gone.  They seemed to be consuming alcohol all the time.  Beer and wine were mentioned so frequently (it was just odd and unnecessary).  There is also a lot of internal dialogue with Angie thinking about the case (and other things) instead of interacting with other people.  I hope the next book in the Mainely Needlepoint series Dangling by a Thread (which will be out in November of 2016) will be better (like the first two books in the series).  Thread and Gone can be read without having enjoyed the first two books in the series. 

Twisted Threads and Threads of Evidence of the first two books in the Mainely Needlepoint series.  I received a complimentary copy of Thread and Gone from NetGalley and Kensington in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading Mail Order Marriage by various authors.  Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my review.  I really do appreciate all of you!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

Here is a glimpse of the tree in my bedroom.  I put it in a big crock this year.  It contains Raggedy Ann and Andy ornaments and country ornaments (bought them at a great store years ago).  The tree has a bird house in the middle of it.  I found it over ten years ago and it was the only one they had.  I just love it.  

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