Thread and Buried (Threadville Mystery)
by Janet Bolin
Cover Artist: Robin Moline
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425252185
Date: 04 June 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Willow is settling into Threadville quite nicely. She's got the cottage moved to higher ground, or more secure ground at least. And she's having the ground readied for something. I never really did grasp what she's planning for the site, but she needed a hole. And what's in the hole? The loot from a famous, 30-year-old robbery. The day before the loot was found, a skeleton was found in another excavation. The skeleton is believed to be that of the man who stole the loot--jewels from a local lodge's safe, stolen, purportedly, by the hotel's manager. Now the jewels have been found, and so has the manager. They were buried in different locations, but they were both buried.
Well, it's not Willow's problem to find out what really happened. After all, the chief of police keeps telling her to stay out of it and it is midsummer madness. This is the night the town stays open and has a sidewalk sale. Usually, the customers are very nice. Tonight, however, somebody is going around starting fights. And the next night is the town picnic. But why are people getting sick -- really, really sick, at the town picnic? Chief Smallwood is one the first, and she goes home with Willow.
The next morning, Chief Smallwood is feeling better and steps out the back door to enjoy the morning. And finds a body in the same hole the loot used to be in. But it's not Willow's problem. Nope. Willow is not investigating. She's letting the police do the police work.
So, let's see. An old dead body, a new dead body, a bag of jewelry stolen 30 years ago, some kittens that were probably dumped in Willow's backyard (and adopted by her dog), and a case of flu or food poisoning going around town. Still, Willow is not investigating. No sir. That's not her job. Of course, she does investigate, at least a little.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. I wish I'd started the series at the beginning. The book has a wonderful cast of characters, and I feel like I missed a lot of the story by not starting at the beginning of the series! Maybe if I'd read the earlier books already, I know what the hole was for. Other than that little detail, it's entertaining, well written, and has a surprise ending. Yes, there were clues to the ending, but not until almost the end of the book. The clues did not give it away too early.