Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What Have I Done?

by Willow Vanderling, from the Threadville Mystery series by Janet Bolin

How often have we been told to be careful what we wish for? But why not wish for, well, whatever we want?

For instance, I sell sewing and embroidery machines in my embroidery boutique, In Stitches, and I also give workshops on how to use them. When I told my regular customers and students about the Chandler Challenge, a sewing and machine-embroidery contest, we all entered.

Naturally, even though the contest was national, I hoped that one of us would win the prize, a brand new Chandler sewing and embroidery machine.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out that someone from my area had won, and that I would have the honor of presenting the machine to the winner in in my shop! It would be like a party.

But it turned out that the contest winner wasn’t one of the regulars who came by bus to Threadville nearly every day. Darlene Coddlefield had never once been in my store. Okay, I thought, now that Darlene knew about In Stitches, she’d shop here often...

As an added bonus, a Chandler representative named Felicity would join the presentation festivities. Someone named Felicity would be loads of fun, wouldn’t she?

I couldn’t have been more wrong, about both Darlene and Felicity. Felicity was about as much fun as a rock rolling downhill and heading straight for me, and Darlene didn’t live long enough to return to my store. Worse, the sewing machine she’d picked up in my store had apparently killed her, and as soon as I convinced the police that someone had tampered with it, they started eyeing me, my store, my machines, and my assistant.

How could I let a sewing machine, or me, or my store, or my assistant be blamed for murder?

There wasn’t much I could do.

However, Darlene’s “bereaved” husband, a rather nasty guy, was fire chief, and the fire department was recruiting volunteers, mainly to help with a flea market...
My best friend, Haylee, and I applied to join the volunteer department. After all, how difficult could helping with a flea market be? Or going to firefighter practice?

Our first practice was last night. It was a fiasco.

I hope the flea market will work out better.

Be careful what you wish for?

Have you ever had a wish come true, and then present you with unintended and regrettable results?

You can find out how Willow and her friends solve Darlene’s murder in THREADED FOR TROUBLE, the second book in the Threadville Mystery series.

DIRE THREADS, the first in the series, was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (the Bony Blithe.)

You can order DIRE THREADS and THREADED FOR TROUBLE from any bookstore or from these booksellers. Visit Janet at facebook and twitter.

Great news! The third Threadville Mystery, due out in June, 2013, now has a title: Thread and Buried.


  1. Willow, Willow, Willow...did no one ever tell you not to play with fire? The way your luck is going... Oh, well, I think it's great you're doing the volunteer firefighter thing. I just hope there won't be any more bodies. BTW, love your new tite.

  2. I think it's great that someone in your area won. It's terrible that someone was hurt, but it's not as if that's what you'd wished for. It seems as if trouble was going to happen no matter what. I'm sure you're going to get a handle on it soon, Willow. You always do! Good luck!

  3. Um, Willow, if it's all the same to you, please don't make any wishes on my behalf. Wow. Things went downhill fast in Threadville!

    ~ Sophie

  4. Well, I won't say I've had any wishes turn out to have bad ends, but it is usually a mixed bag when a dream or a wish comes true! Just keep wishing, Willow, and maybe everything will turn out in the end.

  5. Willow, I'm with Sophie. No wishes for me. I'll make my own. Though I have to say, for years I "wondered" (didn't wish, mind you)..."wondered" what it would be like if my ex-fiancee returned to town. Well, he did, and I'm not happy about it. With his cavalier attitude, he's making life miserable for me and my boyfriend.

    ~Charlotte from Providence