Seven Threadly Sins

Cover of Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin shows dresses ready for fashion show in conservatory

Threadville Mystery #5


Sins of fashion can be a real killer... 

Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff  in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.  

But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair.  

After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t  exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow. Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets.

Night of the Living Thread

Cover of Night of the Living Thread by Janet Bolin. Elaborate wedding skirt in gazebo in Threadville

Threadville Mystery #4

Nominated for 2015 Bony Blithe Award 

Something stitched this way comes... 

Zombies, killer dresses, and ancient curses prove that Halloween in Threadville can be sew spooky...

As  a friendly prank for Edna’s wedding, Willow and the rest of the  Threadville gang have fashioned an overly extravagant hoopskirt,  complete with lights and music.

But in a bizarre turn of events, the garish gown is implicated in a mysterious lakeside murder. Now Willow must follow a trail of glow-in-the-dark thread, delve into ancient Egyptian curses, and creep through a haunted graveyard to unearth a killer—before she becomes the next fashion victim. 


Thread and Buried

Cover of Thread and Buried by Janet Bolin. Needlecraft shops and two cats in Threadville.

Threadville Mystery #3

National Bestseller      

Nominated for 2014 Bony Blithe Award  

The truth lies just beneath the surface... 

Every town has a legend. For Threadville, it’s the story of Snoozy Gallagher, the hotel owner who disappeared thirty years ago with a bag full of stolen  jewelry, never to be heard from again. That is, until now—when Snoozy’s loot is discovered buried behind Willow Vanderling’s embroidery shop, In  Stitches.  

When villagers mysteriously become ill, and a body shrouded in materials from Threadville shops appears in the exact spot in Willow’s back yard where the treasure was, Willow needs answers. And who left two kittens in her yard about the time the body was dumped  there?

But she gets in over her head and has to unravel the entire  deadly mystery, or she might get tangled up as the killer’s next victim…  

Threaded for Trouble

Cover of Threaded for Trouble by Janet Bolin. In Stiches machine embroidery shop in Threadville

Threadville Mystery #2

Nominated for 2013 Bony Blithe Award  

A “killer” sewing machine lives up to its name… 

Darlene  Coddlefield, the winner of a national sewing competition, has come to Willow Vanderling’s embroidery shop, In Stitches, to be presented with a top-of-the-line Chandler Champion sewing and embroidery machine as her prize. But Darlene’s triumph is short-lived after she’s found dead under her sewing table, apparently crushed by the heavy machine.

It  soon becomes clear that this was no freak accident. Who had it in for  Darlene Coddlefield? The long string of suspects includes Darlene’s fire chief husband. So Willow and her best friend, Haylee, become volunteer firefighters to uncover the truth. But when a second sewing machine sparks trouble, the friends realize they may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire…  

Dire Threads

Cover of Dire Threads by Janet Bolin. Bird's-eye view of Threadville and Lake Erie

Threadville Mystery #1

Nominated for 2012 Agatha Best First Novel award

Nominated for 2012 Bony Blithe Award 

Thoughtless threats lead to dire consequences... 

Threadville, Pennsylvania, has everything - a fabric store, yarn shop, notions store, quilting boutique, and Willow Vanderling's brand new shop, In Stitches, a hit with tourists eager to learn embroidering in the latest way, with software and machines.  

But when the village's bullying zoning commissioner picks a fight with Willow and turns up dead in Willow's yard, the close-knit community starts unraveling at the seams.  

Willow must stitch together clues and find the real murderer, or the next thing she embroiders may be an orange prison jumpsuit . . .