Great Escape Tours: Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin

10 May

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Seven Threadly Sins
by Janet Bolin

This is a great setting for a mystery. The author did a great job of weaving the hints and clues into the story just like you would weave a blanket.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

This was a fun read and one of my favorites.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Willow sure does get herself in some sticky, and stinky situations in this book! Sometimes, I found myself laughing out loud (LOL).
~Melina’s Book Blog​

The backdrop setting is a town called Threadville. So anyone that enjoys crafting that involves fabric, embroidery or needlecraft will enjoy that aspect.
~Lilac Reviews 

This book was fantastic the clues where well done and there are several to keep you guessing and the characters were great.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

Seven Threadly Sins (A Threadville Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268001

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…


About This Author

Janet Bolin enjoys sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her two dogs, who are strangely like the dogs in the Threadville Mysteries. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.

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It is my pleasure to welcome Janet Bolin as a guest today.


My mother didn’t drive, and a shopping trip was an all-day adventure. By the time we arrived downtown via mass transit, we were hungry. To me, a meal at the department store’s lunch counter was a major treat. I always ordered a BLT, a glass of milk, and lime sherbet for dessert.

Then we headed for the fabric department. Everything was bigger when I was a kid, so touring the department and inspecting every fabric that might be even vaguely suitable took an hour or so. But we didn’t mind. We looked, we touched, we compared, we discussed.

With a few (about thirty) favorites in mind, we seated ourselves on stools and opened the heavy pattern books to the children’s clothes. If the styles in the rather large selection did not quite match the sketch I’d made and brought along, my mother reminded me that for her, the pattern was only a beginning, and we were limited only by our imaginations. She had learned to sew from her mother who had learned to sew from her mother, and none of them had used patterns. Visualizing the final garment, they had simply started cutting. Patterns were a luxury my mother was beginning to like and understand.

After settling on two or three dress designs, we shuttled back and forth between the patterns and the fabrics until we chose the perfect match. We carried the bolt of fabric to the windows for natural light so we could match and/or contrast thread, zippers, and other fabrics. We were fond of piping, edging, and trim in different fabrics, and I was convinced that my mother could do anything when it came to sewing, which was close to the truth.

My mother always bought a little extra fabric, just in case, a tradition I have happily carried on. Our purchases bagged, we hit the lunch counter again for a snack, and then went home, tired, but excited. I don’t know which of us was happiest, me because I would soon have a new dress, or her because she had another project to work on.

Is there someone in your life who likes fabric shopping as much as you do and who joins you in your planning, designing, touching, comparing, and buying?

It didn’t take long for Janet Bolin to begin sewing her own clothes. And then, because she also loves to do other things with fabric, thread, and yarn, and also likes to read and write, it was only natural for her to write mysteries set in a community where crafty people can buy whatever they need for their sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, machine embroidery, and other textile arts projects.

SEVEN THREADLY SINS is the fifth Threadville Mystery. Willow and her Threadville friends help out in a charity fundraiser fashion show, but just about everything that can go wrong, does, and someone tries to pin a murder on Willow. She figures it would be a sin not to clear her name…

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Thanks Janet. I used to take my grandmother (who also didn’t drive) shopping. Not just for fabric, but everything. I was a teenager and I’m ashamed that sometimes I was a bit impatient with her search for just the right items. Today, on Mother’s Day, I would give anything to be taking her shopping again.

My thoughts:  

This is the first of Janet’s books that I have read. And though this is the 5th in the Threadville series, it’s easy to read this book as a stand alone.  Janet has created a cleverly crafted story that will keep the reader engaged to the end.There are plenty of clues, and twists & turns to keep you guessing. If you enjoy needlework the book has the added bonus of helpful tips as wells a machine embroidery project.  I plan to read more of this author and I think you should, too.

If you would like to win a copy of Seven Threadly Sins check out the rafflecopter giveaway over at the Great Escape Tour Page.


Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Great Escape Tours: Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin

  1. kayekillgore

    May 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I really love this series.

  2. Patricia

    May 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I look forward to another visit to Threadville!


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