Threads of Deceit
by Mae Fox & Jan Fields
Threads of Deceit
(Vineyard Quilt Mysteries)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Annie’s (April 1, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00Q1UF8X2
The first in a new mystery series—for quilters and mystery lovers alike!
Former antiquities bounty hunter, Julie Ellis, is on the run, trying to stay one stiletto step ahead of her past. She accepts a position as manager of the Quilt Haus Inn in Missouri wine country, thinking it the perfect place to keep a low profile and start a new, less-dangerous career. It is—until Daniel Franklin walks through the door and asks for a room.
Daniel claims he’s come to Straussberg in search of a famous sunken ship that he believes is buried in a nearby farm field. Julie finds the handsome historian’s story odd at best, but when a dead body is discovered at the proposed dig site, it becomes clear somebody else believes the theory and doesn’t want the ship or its secrets exposed. Who in the town would possibly care about the old shipwreck? As frightening things start to happen at the inn—all seemingly connected to the hunt for the missing ship—Julie and her quilting friends must unearth the truth before someone else is buried.
This is the first time author for me and I loved this book. Julie thinks Daniel’s belief that a sunken ship is in a farm filed is odd but goes with it especially when a dead body is found at the site. Julie and her quilting buddies jump in to solve the case.
I loved this book with all the characters and suspense. The author does a wonderful job in the interactions and the scenes in the book. The story help my interest from the beginning until the end. I was not disappointed at all and will be reading more books by this author.
THREADS OF DECEIT is a special book for me because the main character, Julie Ellis, is such a strong woman. She isn’t anti-men, but she doesn’t pine for one either. She loves her work and her friends and the sheer joy of learning something new. I admire Julie, but her strengths can also be her weakness, because she can sometimes be prone to doing too much on her own and running into danger. So she’s not perfect, but she enjoys her life, and I like that about her. Plus, she’s a bit quirky, and I can relate to that very well.
I do most of my writing first thing in the morning in my home office. It’s a rather chaotic space, but I like to think of it as controlled chaos. I keep sticky notes down the side of my monitor that list the things I need to accomplish, so I don’t overlook anything. I have a bulletin board on the wall right beside me, and I stick things on there that must not be lost. That can range from the specs for the latest series I’m working on, to reference photos for a book, to the tickets for a show I’m going to with my husband. Right beside the bulletin board, I have a little hook where I hang two pairs of headphones. One is connected to the computer since I don’t have speakers. The other pair are actually to block out noise when I work.
The rest of my desk is taken up with piles of books and reference materials, and a beautiful little wooden box that my husband made. The box presently holds my meds, a Doctor Who action figure, a bar of handmade soap that a fan sent me, and one of my daughter’s Epipens. That kind of weird combination of items is very much representative of me. I’m a little bit of this and a little bit of that. A mystery writer and a children’s writer. A mom and a writing teacher. A rabid Doctor Who fan and a middle-aged lady. But then, aren’t all of us a potpourri? That’s what makes us interesting. I try to bring that into the characters I write, and I believe Julie Ellis and the quirky cast of the Vineyard Quilt Mysteries will be an interesting potpourri for fans to discover.
INCLUDES A FREE QUILTING PATTERN INSPIRED BY THE STORY!
About This Author
Since my first magazine publication in the 1980s, I have been steadily writing for money in some form. Today I have over twenty books in print and still more in the pipeline – books for children and adults. I’ve also written for magazines, educational publishers and even a toy company!
Writing is the only thing I’ve ever done really well that didn’t eventually become more like work than fun.
Although I grew up in the South, I have lived in New England since 1998, when I married the kindest, most wonderful man I had ever met, and he proceeded to haul me all the way to Connecticut. He keeps my life, my computer, and my focus in good order. Together we have one brilliant daughter who has spent 15 years teaching me how little I really did know about parenting (and after I wrote all those parenting articles, tsk tsk tsk). Every day my family shows me again the value of laughing, and taking time for other things besides work. I hope they always will.
These days, I teach as an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature and serve as their webmaster. I jump back and forth between being a teacher and a learner every day and I think that is the best thing anyone can be. I want to learn something new every day, and find someone I can help with that knowledge, as well.
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