Marcy is starting to feel at home in Tallulah Falls. Her embroidery specialty shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is doing well, and she's made a few good friends.
But when an elderly woman is taken ill in the shop and dies soon afterward, rumors start that the property is cursed.
When the county police, who are investigating the incident, find out that the death was caused by an overdose of a drug that might have been in the woman's tea, they focus on the person who gave it to her: Marcy. Marcy decides that the only way to dispel the rumors and encourage the police to find the real killer, is to find out the truth for herself.
Mrs. Ralston, the deceased woman, had brought a sampler to the shop, saying that she "needed to find Ivy". Certain that "Ivy" is a person, not a plant, Marcy begins to search for her. During the course of this search, Marcy learns a great deal about the history of her new home while at the same time tracking down the murderer.
Lee's (aka Gayle Trent) characters are true-to-life, especially Marcy and her female friends. The denizens of the town are varied in age and heritage, and the romantic notes are believable. More entries in the series are eagerly anticipated.
*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.