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WE ALL SCREAM
Some ice creams are worth screaming about. As a child, I was spoiled by occasional summer evening outings to a dairy outside Pittsburgh where the ice cream was made on site from real cream and other delicious ingredients. I was small. A single scoop—usually chocolate–in a cone was enough.
On rare occasions, after a main meal at mid-day, we’d go to the dairy for our evening meal, chocolate milkshakes all around. Worked for me…
However, I moved away.
As I mentioned at Mystery Lover’s Kitchen recently, I discovered hot fudge sundaes in which the fudge was thick and semi-sweet. That was in Michigan.
A few years ago, in New York state, I discovered another dairy that used old fashioned equipment—and real cream—to make ice cream, in more flavors than I had time to taste. There was nothing quite like their ice cream…
However, I moved away.
My third Threadville Mystery, Thread and Buried, hit store shelves yesterday. Thread and Buried features buried treasure, a years-ago mystery, and a body shrouded in materials from Threadville Shops and left the backyard of my main character, Willow.
About the same time, two kittens mysteriously show up.
Could any of these things be connected?
Poor Willow! When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.
For ice cream.
Willow’s apartment and machine embroidery boutique, In Stitches, are in the village nicknamed Threadville. Willow, her dogs, and her sidekick, Haylee, can walk down the street past the fabric store, yarn shop, notions shop, quilt store, and home décor shop to a wide, sandy beach on Lake Erie. A pleasant walk along that beach takes them to a colony of lakeside cottages where the residents spend a hard day at the beach and then cook their supper on the barbecue. For dessert, the cottagers become formal. They slip T-shirts over bathing suits and flip-flops onto feet, and they stroll to the closest ice cream stand.
I won’t give anything away, but I have to say that those trips sometimes yield other things besides dessert, and too often for Willow and Haylee, the trips don’t yield any ice cream at all . . .
I now live close to similar Lake Erie resort towns and cottage colonies. Unlike Willow, however, I can’t walk to an ice cream stand unless I want to spend most of the night getting home (hmmmm, come to think of it, that kind of happens to Willow…) I can drive to several ice cream stands where a “single” scoop equals about a quart of ice cream. I can hear my parents’ voices in my mind. “Eat it quickly before it melts.” (And then the inevitable, “You ate too fast. That’s why you have a headache.”)
Another of the great things about living near a lake is that friends have been known to take me by boat for ice cream, though I have to admit that my boating ability is severely lacking. Last summer, I nearly got tangled in that ladder going down the side of the wharf.
Like Willow, I sometimes have trouble deciding which flavor to choose, and I often fall back on an old favorite—mint chocolate chip.
You thought I was going to say chocolate, didn’t you?
Can you decide which flavor of ice cream to order? Do you have a favorite ice cream stand?
If you live near Oneonta, New York, check out Pie in the Sky.
Driving up and down the Susquehanna nearby, you may even catch a glimpse of the cottage that inspired Willow’s Blueberry Cottage, if flood waters haven’t, ahem, convinced it to move away.
About This Author
Dire Threads, the first book in Janet Bolin’s Threadville Mystery series received a nomination for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It was also shortlisted for the 2012 Bony Blithe. Janet’s second book,Threaded for Trouble was shortlisted for the 2013 Bony Blithe. Her third book, Thread and Buried came out yesterday! All of her books can be ordered at your favorite bookstore.
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Thread and Buried
(A Threadville Mystery)
3rd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 4, 2013)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 724 KB
In Threadville, Pennsylvania, known for its textile art courses and shops, everyone’s stories are connected by a common thread—even the ones ending in murder…
Every town has a legend. For Threadville, it’s the story of Snoozy Gallagher, the hotel owner who disappeared thirty years ago with a bag full of stolen jewelry, never to be heard from again. That is, until now—when Snoozy’s loot is discovered buried behind Willow Vanderling’s embroidery shop In Stitches.
When villagers mysteriously become ill, and a body shrouded in materials from Threadville shops appears in the exact spot where the treasure was—along with two abandoned kittens—Willow needs answers. The random events are too coincidental to be unrelated, but Willow will have to act quickly to unravel the deadly mystery, or she might be the killer’s next victim…
I have loved each and every trip to Threadville. Bolin just keeps getting better and better at keeping us In Stitches. This time she pulls out the stops with a village legend that gives us a mystery tangled in another mystery and then some.
All our favorite characters return. Opal, Naomi and Edna are in rare form and the center of a couple of surprises. Clay is doing some work for Willow so he is always around as the almost romance is set to simmer. Haylee continues to help Willow to NOT stay out the investigation and Tally-Ho and Sally-Forth are along on the “walks”. Sally even finds some new friends.
This was a book I just could not put down. I was up reading late into the night and then the author left me wanting more. The last chapter, the last line, leaves us with a smile 🙂 The next installment can’t come fast enough for me!
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