Willow is an owner of a small shop, In Stitches, in Threadville, Pennsylvania where most of the shops involve needlework of some type. Along with teaching machine embroidery classes Willow also likes to play investigator. Her nightly strolls dressed in black cause her some problems in Janet Bolin’s newest novel, Thread and Buried.
Snoozy Gallagher disappeared thirty years ago at the same time a large bag of jewelry disappeared from the local lodge. It was assumed he made off with the jewels but bones are dug up and his remains are discovered during some digging and renovation work. The next day the bag of missing jewels is unearthed in a different location, in Willow’s own yard. At the same time some unknown visitors show up in town is this all coincidental or totally unrelated?
Willow and her friend Haylee do their own investigating much to the chagrin of the local police Chief Vicki Smallwood. Willow has been warned before to keep to her stitching and let the police do their work. She just can’t resist though when a body is found in her own backyard. The suspects mount up but she doesn’t know who or what to believe. Her snooping involves other members of the community and other goings on that may or may not be related. There are also strangers in town and Willow would like to know their connections to the events. Her investigations finally get her into trouble when she unexpectedly gets caught and comes face to face with the killer.
Bolin adds other characters from the town, Opal, Edna, Naomi, and Clay to name a few who all add depth to the story. The shops, town and people are vividly described and the reader builds up a connection with the novel. Thread and Buried is part of a series but does stand alone. A great cozy mystery and a good summer read.