The first of the Threadville Mysteries, Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, will be in stores June 7. Meanwhile, here's what Willow has been doing:
A lot has happened since I last posted a note on this blog. I’m kind of stunned.
My new embroidery boutique, In Stitches, opened on Tuesday. I could hardly wait to welcome the tourists who flock to Threadville to learn all the latest needlework techniques.
However, the first person to enter my shop on opening day was Mike Krawbach, Threadville’s zoning commissioner. He seemed very happy to inform me he was turning down my application for a building permit. I’d wanted to renovate the sweet little cottage in my back yard so I could rent it to tourists who would love its proximity to a good canoeing river and a sandy Lake Erie beach.
Mike planned to expropriate the land my cottage stood on, bulldoze the cottage, and build public outhouses!
I’m afraid I made some dire threats, in public. I didn’t really mean them, but when Mike ended up dead in my back yard early Wednesday morning, villagers remembered what I’d said.
Mike’s death was shocking and horrifying. To make matters worse, Threadville’s police chief seems to think I murdered Mike. I don’t even know how Mike got into my locked back yard.
Yes, I keep it locked now. Remember, last month, I said I was going to get a dog, and wanted suggestions?
I didn’t get one dog—I got two.
They’re adorable, an energetic brother and sister pair I’ve named Tally-Ho and Sally-Forth. They were rescued from the streets of Akron when they were about four months old, and then spent the next eight months together in a very nice rescue facility, waiting for someone who would adopt them both so they could always be with each other. I embroidered beds for each of them, but they curl up like puppies and sleep cuddled together.
After only a couple of weeks, I can’t imagine how I coped without them. They comfort me and distract me from the realities of life—and death.
And now, to make certain Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho don’t lose me to a prison cell, I’m going to have to find out who really killed Mike Krawbach. My best friend, Haylee, who owns Threadville’s fabric store, The Stash, has already begun helping me investigate Mike’s death. Haylee’s three (yes, three) mothers, who own the yarn shop, notions boutique, and quilting shop, are going to want to poke their noses into it all, too.
Keeping Haylee’s mothers out of mischief may be more difficult than corralling Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho. Uh-oh.
Have you ever seen outhouses as a threat?
Find Willow’s biographer, Janet Bolin, on the web, on facebook, and on twitter @janetbolin.
Please return to Killer Characters tomorrow to welcome Marcy Singer from STITCH ME DEADLY by Amanda Lee.