Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town by Willow Vanderling, from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

My Favorite Places in Threadville

Hi, I’m Willow Vanderling. A few years ago, many of the Victorian-era stores in the village of Elderberry Bay had been boarded up. My best friend, Haylee Scott, persuaded her mother and her mother’s two best friends to join her in opening stores catering to needlework crafters. Before long, the village became known as Threadville, and Haylee convinced me to open In Stitches, which specializes in sewing and embroidery machines, plus all of the supplies needed for machine embroidery. Each woman has a unique (a couple of them very unique) apartment. During the day, we teach workshops to busloads of tourists. At night, we sometimes need to investigate crimes…

Here are five places you won’t want to miss in Threadville:

The Beach: Elderberry Bay is on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie, just west of Erie, where the Elderberry River joins the lake. We have a long, wide sand beach on the lake, smaller beaches on the river where people can launch kayaks and canoes, and a concrete boat launch for larger boats.

The Riverside Hiking Trail: A hiking trail runs for miles from the beach up the Elderberry River. I had a gate installed in my back fence so that my two dogs and I can easily slip out for walks along the trail. We often head for the beach.

The Cottage Colony: In summertime, people stay in quaint cottages along the shore. Many of us, villagers and cottagers, gravitate toward the ice cream stand most evenings, where we joke and chatter with each other while savoring the world’s most delicious icy desserts. The exhilarating holiday mood lasts all summer.

The Elderberry Bay Lodge: My (ahem) friend Clay helped the new owner restore the lodge to its Victorian glory. With its beautiful dining room looking out through French doors toward lawns sloping to the beach, the lodge is popular for special events and weddings. That lodge may harbor a few secrets, though.

Lake Street: In addition to In Stitches, needlework aficionados can browse (and buy) in Haylee’s fabric store, her birth mother’s yarn shop, her mother’s best friends’ notions and quilting stores, and in other stores, including a home décor shop and a costume design and rental shop. You might want to stop at the bakery, too, and enjoy a meal or two in the restaurants.

Janet Bolin’s first Threadville Mystery, DIRE THREADS, was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the 2012 Bony Blithe Award . The second in the series, THREADED FOR TROUBLE, was nominated for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award. Her third mystery, Thread and Buried, is available at these booksellers

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  1. Each of these places sound inviting [except maybe the hiking trail - i don't like to walk :) ]. I'd especially like to stay, and eat, in the Lodge, and visit the needlework and sewing stores.

    I will be looking for these Threadville Mysteries.

    1. Thanks, Donna! Yes, the Lodge is wonderful! That trail might not be for everyone, though, and sometimes I'm not always happy about the ease with which people can sneak close to--and sometimes into--my back yard...


  2. I have the first two but haven't read them yet. Glad to hear that there's a third one. I think that there's a Blueberry Cottage in them; a cute, cozy name.



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