A Deadly Stitch

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The dedication ceremony for "Espresso Yourself," a new charity coffee shop in the Paisley Craft Market & Artist Lofts, turns out nothing like Shannon McClain expected. When her ground-breaking dig in the flower bed next to the store reveals a dead body, a gruesome mystery is unearthed. The corpse is identified as Ed Burkhart, ex-husband of Shannon's friend, Melanie. Even more shocking, one of Melanie's knitting needles is buried in his neck.
Is someone trying to frame Melanie? Or is Shannon's newly inherited business the intended casualty of the crime?
Shannon determines not to sit idly by, waiting to find out, much to the frustration of ex-cop, Michael Stone. He fears she's treading into dangerous territory and urges her to leave the investigation to the professionals. Despite his warnings, Shannon and the crafty ladies of the Purls of Hope knitting circle set out to catch the killer. 
At the same time, with her kids half a world away at college, empty nest syndrome takes an emotional toll on Shannon. She reaches out to them by phone, but Alec keeps her at a distance. The harder she tries to connect with him, the more he pushes her away. She knows something is wrong, but he refuses to confide in her. Feeling helpless in the matter, she spends her sleepless nights crafting and baking until the wee hours of the morning. 
With a freezer full of cookies and a craft store that's been turned into a crime scene, Shannon struggles to keep it together as she digs into both mysteries. Getting her teenage son to talk seems like an impossible task, but catching a killer who stays two steps ahead of her at every turn may prove to be the biggest challenge of her life. Will she catch the crafty villain before she becomes the next target?

The Characters

Shannon is an avid beader -- running her own custom jewelry business. She thrives on expressing her talents through her one-of-a-kind creations. She is headstrong and can be stubborn at times. But she's best known for her sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, and for her beautiful smile. Widowed at only 37, she draws strength and inspiration from her two teenage children, but worries about their future. She knows she needs to move on with her life ... but she never expected anything like this mysterious inheritance!

A striking and personable 42-year-old, Michael is 6 feet 2 inches, with straight black hair and striking blue eyes. He owns an elite security consulting firm with many long-reaching connections to nearly all levels of industry and politics. He is strongly attracted to Shannon from the moment he meets her, but unwilling to reveal his secrets, which raises a barrier between them. Death has followed people he's loved, having lost his wife as a result of his dangerous career -- and he is unwilling to trust his heart again. This will change with Shannon, though he tries to hold her at a distance for a long time.

Morgan is the manager of the craft market and quite the expert at card making and stamping. She is most unhappy to have Shannon on the scene as her new boss but she hides it well. What dark secret lurks behind her friendly façade?

Alec has his father's calm, thoughtful nature. He is a good son and very supportive of his mother's quest to learn the truth about her past. When he's not out with his friends, or studying for his classes, he enjoys fishing, something his father taught him to do years earlier.

Lara has inherited her mother's flashpoint temper. But she also inherited her mother's creative talents and is an expert crocheter. Lara possesses a rare talent for noticing things others miss -- seen as well as unseen. This makes her a great asset to her mother throughout the series as Shannon is drawn into the mysteries of Apple Grove.

Deborah was Shannon's grandmother's cook and confidant for more than 30 years. She becomes a comforting presence in Shannon's life, helping her adjust to life in America. Deborah is thrilled that Shannon has inherited the crafts mall. An avid quilter herself, she and Shannon find much to talk about.