I love when Janet Bolin drops by for visit!! Her new book hits stores May 7 and we are going to tell you all about it today!!
Make Believe by Janet Bolin
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved putting on costumes and pretending I’m something I’m not. Never mind the pout on the face of the girl wearing the telephone costume: after my cheerful siblings were pulled aside and I had the limelight to myself, I was all smiles.
Make believe does not always require costumes. Sometimes, it requires only a pencil and paper. Or a computer and word processor. I created a village where I would want to live, chock full of shops where crafty enthusiasts could buy supplies for sewing, quilting, yarn arts, machine embroidery, and nearly everything else they wanted or needed for making clothes, quilts, home dec, and yes, costumes. The village quickly earned a nickname—Threadville. I filled it with citizens. Most of them are people I would like as friends.
Some of them, however, are not quite as pleasant as the others, and are not above committing a little murder and mayhem.
I decided they should have the opportunity of solving a mystery related to the sins of fashion. Not surprisingly, my characters fond of wearing costumes and playing make-believe. I would let them be in a fashion show . . .
A few months after I turned in the manuscript for SEVEN THREADLY SINS, my editor sent me a copy of the cover painting—a conservatory with clothes hanging in it and fabrics nearby.
And then I was offered a small part in a mystery dinner theater play, Murder at the Pie Auction. I jumped at the chance. Who knew if I could act, memorize lines, or project my voice beyond the first set of dining tables? I could wear costumes and generally goof around. That was good enough for me.
Other than being handed a paper chef’s hat, told I should wear an apron for part of the play, and that the rest of my outfits should be mostly lime green, I was in charge of creating my own costumes. I haunted consignment shops. I made a long apron and used my embroidery machine to put punny sayings on the bib. I decorated the chef’s hat with stick-on “gems.” I found lime green sneakers that suited my character—and my feet–perfectly.
There were only two performances. They went rather well, I thought. The audience laughed when we hoped they would, anyway.
After having shopped for lime green, I kept seeing it everywhere.
And then I needed the cover for SEVEN THREADLY SINS for a blog. I dug out the photo, took one look at it, and burst out laughing. Wouldn’t you know? A couple of the garments hanging in the conservatory, waiting for someone to wear them in the fashion show, are lime green.
Don’t you love it when make-believe and real life converge?
Janet Bolin’s acting career may be really, really short. In addition to goofing around in costumes, Janet likes sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her dogs. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.
Seven Threadly Sins
(A Threadville Mystery)
5th in series
Setting – Pennsylvania
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLAM
Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries…
Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.
But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow.
Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets…
Time for your yearly trip to Threadville and it sure was a fun escape.
Willow and the other Threadville shopkeepers take part in a fashion show hosted by Antonio of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. He was quite a jerk and I wasn’t surprised he ended up dead, but Willow doing him in, no way. Willow and her friends work hard to stitch together the clues and make sure the right person is pinned for his death. As usual they put themselves in some precarious situations to sew everything up.
All our favorite characters are back. Willow, Haylee, Opal, Naomi, Edna, Ashley and even Mona could all be suspects because they all made up the seven Antonio accused of committing “Threadly Sins”. But they are joined by some very eccentric characters, of course they are “fashion designers” but that doesn’t explain all the eccentricities 🙂
Janet Bolin takes us on quite a ride with several twists and turns. She stitches in humor, a bit of romance and jealousy, along with a finely crafted mystery.
I should mention that this story was one that gave me a “book hangover”. I started reading and stayed up until I finished it. Just couldn’t put it down.
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