Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery.
This is a collection of 11 short stories. Featuring stories from genres like mystery, history, romance and action, this anthology has been highly rated by readers all over the world and has 4.8 out of 5 rating on Goodreads.
I am so excited to share this book on my blog today:
Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery
Author: S.R Mallery
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology, Short Stories, Romance, Mystery, Action
The eleven long short stories in "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads" combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial star and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macram artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.
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I really enjoyed this collection. S.R. Mallery's words paint images that transport the reader to another time, place and culture.
You'll enjoy getting lost in each experience.
Each tale gives a deeper understanding of history.
Among my favorite's are Lettie's Tale, the story of a slave child viewed as less valuable since she is deaf and mute. Lettie becomes a master seamstress and is invaluable quilting messages and directions to help slaves escape.
A very exciting story.
Also, Murder She Sewed, about detective Carla Del Riggio, burnt out after cases gone wrong, who is ordered to take a leave of absence. She finds herself not only on a cruise but with an arm-chair sleith for a cabinmate.
Mary Ellen Stafford is teaching a quilting workshop on the cruise.
This lighter, breezy tale proves vacation can be murder.
The book opens with the title story, Sewing Can Be Dangerous, a heart tugging tale about a disasterous fire in 1911.
It covers the horrendous conditions for immigrants both at work and at home.
A Drunkard's Path is a mystical mystery of a different sort, with ties back to the Salem Witch Trials.
The Comforter takes us to yet another era, where an art professor turned passport forger risks his own life, and his wife's, to save Jews from the Nazis.
A Plague on both Your Houses is a modern day twist on the classic from which the title is borrowed.
Border Windfalls makes us think deeper about our life choices and their consequences. Does the end justify the means?
Emma at Night is a harrowing adventure of duplicity and betrayal, secret messages sewn and almost unnoticed.
Speaking of duplicity - there is no telling who is really who in Layla's Summer of Love.
Two additional tales make the reader consider how how different races and culture are viewed, even today.
Nightmare at Four Corners is a study of contrasts. Can it end up being inspiring and encouraging? Who will make a difference if only someone will listen?
Precious Gifts was very interesting and enjoyable. Taking place around 1872, after Mr. Singer himself brings his sewing machine to the territory fair.
At great expense and sacrifice, Mama becomes addicted to her machine and spends many hours sewing in the middle of the cornfield.
That decision puts her in the path of an Indian retaliation, but what ends up happening could be a spiritual intercession.
Could sewing actually create greater understanding?
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