Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Thread on Arrival"

Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle Trent uses for her cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.

She applied the Page 69 Test to the fifth novel in the series, Thread on Arrival, and  reported the following:
Page 69 of Thread on Arrival is not particularly representative of the book as a whole, but I do think someone skimming the page would read on to see what happens next. Thread on Arrival details the events surrounding an antique tapestry, a sunken treasure, and a murder. Page 69 reminds the reader that the novel’s heroine, Marcy Singer, is an embroidery expert and shop owner. And the scene that begins on the previous page gives another character a chance to slip away before Marcy can speak with her further. Page 69 also gives the reader a little backstory about Marcy’s mom, sought-after costume designer Beverly Singer. The reader will quickly understand that Marcy and her mom have a loving relationship and that Marcy often confides in her. In Thread on Arrival, Marcy’s mom helps to set events in motion that determine the outcome of the story.
Learn more about the book and author at Gayle Trent's website.

--Marshal Zeringue