Dire Threads (2011), the first Threadville Mystery, was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for a Bony Blithe award.
Bolin applied the Page 69 Test to Threaded for Trouble, the second novel in the series, and reported the following:
From Page 69:Learn more about the book and author at Janet Bolin's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch."Don't you know the old saying? 'Bend over and touch your toes. I'll show you where the needle goes.'"This short page ends a chapter and is fairly representative of Threaded for Trouble. It includes characters who do or say the unexpected, Willow's two dogs, and the setting, Threadville, a village of needlecraft stores where people love to get together and, yes, maybe even gossip. Willow's search for clues is threaded through this page and the rest of the book. A "killer" sewing machine lives up to its name; Willow can't let that machine shoulder the blame.
I covered my mouth to prevent a snort of laughter. Dr. Wrinklesides no longer shocked me, but he could still surprise me. "I'll give you a picture of a wing needle. It won't puncture you and let out all that hot air." I tore a photo from a catalogue and gave it to him.
He left with the picture, not a needle, in his shirt pocket.
The dogs and I had a quick dinner, then I kissed them good-bye and ran across the street for storytelling, undoubtedly mixed with a bit of gossip, at Tell a Yarn.
There. If I ever need to describe the story in a rhyming couplet, I'll be ready.
Read--Coffee with a Canine: Janet Bolin and Laddie and Lacy.