Friday, April 17, 2015

Thawing

by Dora Battersby from SEVEN THREADLY SINS by Janet Bolin

Many of you already know me, or you know my daughter, Edna, who owns the notions shop, Buttons and Bows, in Threadville, Pennsylvania.

I have a confession to make. I've been grumpy for most of my life. I wasn't unhappy, and I didn't mean to make others unhappy, but you know how it is (or maybe you don't): I was sort of invested in being forthright, and unfortunately, forthright people can sometimes speak before they think. Yes, I did that. No, not all the time,what were you thinking!

I raised Edna by myself, and I was petrified that she might become a single mother also. She didn't, but one of her best friends, Opal, became pregnant at sixteen. Edna and their other best friend, Naomi, joined forces and the three of them raised the baby, Haylee, together.

Not living near them, and not really approving, I mostly stayed away (I know, I know, you don't have to tell me that my behavior was terrible.) The women all finished degrees and had good careers, and then Haylee grew up and opened a fabric store in Threadville. Edna and her friends quit their jobs and moved to Threadville, too, to open their own shops--a yarn shop for Opal and a quilting shop for Naomi! I could hardly believe such audacity.

Maybe I nagged Edna too much about establishing herself in her career before she had children. She put her career way, way ahead of finding a man and having a family. She finally got married last year, but she's just about beyond child-bearing age. By the time of the wedding, I had finally retired, and could take the time to go to Threadville so I could attend the wedding. Edna put me up with Haylee. I was a little hurt that Edna didn't want me with her, and maybe I was a little crochety about the entire thing.

But then this woman, a stranger in town, and not a wedding guest, went and got herself murdered. Haylee has a best friend, Willow, who owns the machine embroidery shop, In Stitches. Willow had helped the police solve some murders before, and I couldn't help sticking my nose into this investigation

I felt sorry for the poor woman who died, of course, but I have to admit that I rather relished gathering clues and drawing conclusions. Best of all was being scared half to death in that haunted graveyard.

Willow has a little rental cottage in her back yard. I helped design the renovations, and now I'm Willow's tenant. I'll be ready to give her a hand with whatever she needs.

Meanwhile, Threadville has grown on me, and I enjoy the company of the two young women (and the two young men who interest them...) and I also enjoy the company of Opal, Naomi, Edna, and my new son-in-law, Gord. I'll still say what I think--I call it honesty--but maybe I'm not such a grouch any more. I hope not. You could say I'm thawing, kind of like the ice out on Lake Erie right now.

What about you, if you had a chance to help with a murder investigation--and stay completely safe while you did it--would you want to try?

Janet Bolin's Threadville Mysteries have been nominated for an Agatha and the Bony Blithe awards (Breaking News: four years in a row for the Bony Blithe!) The fifth Threadville Mystery, SEVEN THREADLY SINS comes out on Tuesday, May 5. To celebrate, Janet will send one lucky commenter (see below) a copy.

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26 comments:

  1. I would be thrilled to help solve a murder investigation (as long as I was completely safe). Seven Threadly Sins sounds like a great cozy.

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    1. Maybe you can help us, Jen, but I'm a little scared about what may happen in SEVEN THREADLY SINS...

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    2. I would love to help. I've read all your books up to this one. I am always reading, I sew, quilt, hand embroider and do stumpwork embroidery. Norma jean Linza on fb

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  2. I would love to help solve a mystery. I've had Seven Threadly Sins preordered since January and I can't wait!

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  3. I would not care about safety as much because the excitement of solving a well plotted murder would overcome it.
    I can not wait to read Seven Deadly Threads. I have it on hold at my library. This is an interesting and entertaining series.

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    1. Anonymous, if I ever need to help solve a murder again, I'll put you on my team!

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  4. I'm afraid I would stay safe--I'm a "fraidy" cat---I'll only read about solving the mysteries.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Sue, I feel very safe in Threadville, since there are so many of us. Maybe we can merely consult with you...

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  5. Love this series! I'm pretty much a stay-at-home senior so I would have to pass BUT if I have a good idea I'll let you know!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Okay, Karen B, I'll be sure to call on you if I need you!

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  6. Yes, certainly I would help, if I was going to be safe. But I am a chicken, really, so if there would be a chance of danger, I might have to hide under the covers.ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  7. I wouldn't mind one bit helping solve a murder if, I was completely safe of course. I'd have nothing to lose and what an experience to gain! Hopefully no "leg work" either! I'm new to this series, but after this post I'm hooked!
    oh_bother88@hotmail.com

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    1. Never fear, Sharon, you and I can put clues together without much running around. I'm sure you'd have loved that haunted graveyard. Those so-called zombies didn't scare me one bit.

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  8. I enjoy reading craft mysteries and first in the series.

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  9. Absolutely! I love puzzles, mysteries, and could put my research and organizational skills to a good use!

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    1. Yes, Linda! We can brainstorm and never tell each other our ideas are far-fetched.

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  10. Great ideas. I crochet too. Nothing like sitting around doing our stitches and figuring out clues at the same time.

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    1. I agree, Nancy. Some crochet patterns can be mysterious... Plus, sometimes when we work with our hands, our minds can focus on something else useful.

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    2. Nancy Luebke, you are the lucky winner chosen by the random number generator! Please contact Janet at ThreadvilleMysteries dot com to claim your prize!

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  11. I am a fan of Janet Bolin's Threadville series. With the addition of Edna, it allow us to have the opinions of three generations. I am anxiously anticipating reading this new book in the series. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  12. I grew up on Perry Mason and love puzzles so I think I would make a good sleuth.

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  13. Congratulations to Nancy Luebke who was chosen by the random number generator. Nancy, contact me at Janet at ThreadvilleMysteries dot com to claim your prize.

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments and your interest in the Threadville Mystery series. Watch my facebook author page for more giveaways--many more are scheduled around the time of the launch of SEVEN THREADLY SINS.

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