Thursday, April 21, 2016


The fourth month in our calendar is one of only four months that have 30 days.  We here in the states associate spring with April but our friends down under associate it with fall.  April, a fall month likened to October here is hard for most of us to imagine. The Romans called it Aprilis that has come from the verb aperire, "to open" apparently because it was the time when trees and flowers began to bloom.  To confuse things further April was the second month in the Roman calendar.  Anyway, here we are and it is almost over.  So enjoy the break from the winter drab and enjoy the colors returning to the earth.  See you in May.   (20% discount code - Mary95)

Some years ago I received this in a letter from a book friend/customer that I rediscovered this when I was cleaning out my overstuffed filing cabinets.  Linda wrote:
     "While in Victoria, I made a pilgrimage to Murchie's tea shop and replenished my supply of Empress Afternoon Blend (which I'm sipping now, but the way). It reminds me of a passage from Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson. Wilson is citing a 19th century song aptly named the "The Tea".

        The tea! - the tea! - the wholesome tea!
        The black, the green, the mix'd, the good, the strong Bohea!
        For it's good for the nerves, and warms the heart,
        And from it I will never part....
        And death, whenever he comes to me,
        Will find me-drinking a good up of tea.

Linda end by wishing me many wholesome cups of tea .... and I wish you all the same. 

What we need to remember is that having a cup of tea is much more than dunking some tea bag into hot water.  I've discovered the shape of the tea bag affects the flavor. In the usual flat tea bag the tea hasn't enough room to expand fully which lowers the quality of your tea. There are tea companies, like Revolution Tea that uses a triangular tea bag they call the infuser. I've used it and can recommend it. When used with a high grade of tea (which they use) you will never go back to a regular tea bag.

I learned from them that brewed tea is referred to as the "liquor". They also explained that machine picked and processed tea contains uppermost buds but also older leaves and stalks and stems. That's what we usually buy in a grocer store. The best tea grows in higher elevations and on steep slopes so hand picking is the only way to go. This is premium tea and what makes tea lovers happy.  

I'm placing my next order with Revolution Tea for a great cup of tea.  If you'd like to visit their website: www.  If you like to learn more about tea I've listed a number of excellent books below.

As for Murchie's Tea & Coffee Linda wrote about I discovered that it has been in existence since 1894 and is a part of Canadian West Coast History.  They have an interesting  As does Revolution Tea (here in Arizona they too sell great teas and coffees and more on line.

Have fun visiting both of them.  And take time to enjoy a great cup of tea.

Amalfi, Francis - Tea Time: Delicious Recipes, Fascinating Facts, Secrets of Tea Preparation, and More - Tea is a plant with many beneficial qualities for one's health and spirit. In fact, the long life span of people in China has been associated with the people's intake of green tea. This heavily illustrated book is the most complete guide to this Oriental treasure, which million of Westerners also enjoy. This book includes a complete guide for tea gourmets, the Japanese tea ceremony, step by step, over 60 recipes, including sangria tea, fajitas with tofu macerated in green tea, and many more. $22.99

Ellis, Markman, et al - Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf That Conquered the World - Tea had ong been known in China and Japan, with a rich and cultured history, but was a new and exotic product when first offered for sale in seventeenth-century London. Imported by the East India Company in increasing quantities across the eighteenth century, tea inaugurated the first regular exchange between China and Britain, both commercial and cultural. While European scientists struggled to make sense of its natural history and medicinal properties, the delicate flavor profile and exotic hot preparation of tea inspired poets, artists, and satirists. Thisimpressively detailed book based on extensive original archival research provides a rich cultural history exploring how the British way of tea became the norm across the world.  $45.00

Fisher, Aaron - The Way of Tea - This classic book draws upon the wisdom of ancient writings to explain how modern tea lovers can bring peace and serenity to their time with a steaming mug of their favorite beverage and how to carry that serenity with them throughout the day. This shows us that the way of tea does not need to be a somber religious ceremony, but can instead be a path for anyone to experience and shre inner peace.  $19.95

Hoffman, Frances - Steeped in Tradition: A Celebration of Tea -From drawing rooms of Victorian Britain to Ontario kitchens, rituals of afternoon tea have always delighted. Devotees to this splendid ceremony attest to the fact that tasty treats and fresh brewed tea really do have a way of seducing and calming even the most frazzled of souls. And so, it is no accident that this deliciously elegant occasion continues to entice. Capture the essence of this splendid institution through the eyes of one who learned to sup the golden brew on her Granny's lap. Enjoy recipes from Ontario's finest Tea Rooms. In addition to those from a Lancashire Family long steeped in the tea-time tradition. By looking at the ceremony of tea drinking and the history of "taking tea" in Ontario, one comes to understand why this great institution is still very much alive and flourishing.  $12.95

Peltier, Warren and John T. Kirby - The Ancient Art of Tea: Discover happiness and Contentment in a Perfect Cup of Tea - The authors bring us a delightful look at the philosophy, history, and culture of tea in China. The health benefits of tea, from green tea, from green teas to white, oolong and black teas, are well known in our world today. Making a perfect cup of tea is a dynamic process that requires the right environment, good spring water, a suitable fire to boil water, skill in steeping tea, and deep understanding of tea connoisseurship. I love the history of tea as well.  $15.95

Pettigrew, James and Bruce Richardson - Social History of Tea -This is a classic treatise on the history of British tea has been expanded and updated with the inclusion of the American tea story told by Bruce Richardson. Follow the story of tea as it traveled from the ports of Canton to London. Boston and beyond. These two tea historians have included all their favorite stories of how tea shaped British and American culture, politics, fashion and commerce for three centuries. This National Trust of England publication has been thoroughly updated with new research and illustrations. $24.95

Rose, Sarah - For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drinks and Changed History - About the book, The Washington Post said it best, "If ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cup of tea, this is it." In this dramatic story of one of the greatest acts of corporate espionage ever committed, this books recounts the fascinating, unlikely circumstances surrounding a turning point in economic history. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the British East India Company faced the loss of its monopoly on the fantastically lucrative tea trade with China, forcing it to make the drastic decision of sending Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to steal the crop from deep within China and bringing it back to Britain plantations in India. This reads like adventure fiction, revealing a long-forgotten chapter of the past and the wondrous origins of a seemingly ordinary beverage.  $16.00

Rosen, Diana - Taking Time for Tea - 15 Seasonal Tea Parties to Soothe the Soul and Celebrate the Spirit - For more than twelve years, journalist and tea maven, Diane Rosen has traveled the world in search of the perfect cup of tea. Here she shares her special expertise in blending elements of tea traditions from diverse cultures to bring us 15 parties for the spring, summer, fall and winter.  $16.95

Worsley, Lucy - Tea Fit For a Queen: Recipes and Drinks for Afternoon Tea - Enjoy a spot of tea and delectable cakes inspired by the rich, royal history of London's most iconic palaces. From a delicious bakewell tart to orange-scented scones, delicate finger sandwiches and champagne cocktails, this charming collection of recipes brings you a taste of tea fit for a queen.  $18.95

Excuse me now while I brew myself a great cup of tea.

           "The rhythm of the repetitive - the gesture - is a very important aspect in the making of my work. My stitching is a form of drawing, an intensely physical activity; the actual process being as meaningful as the finished work."
                           From her artist's statement

When a creative mind gets to work incredible things happen.  This is true of Jean Draper a textile artist from England that has taken textiles to a new place.  She has no trouble creating 3-D pieces out of a flat fabric and is fascinated with how land is shaped by natural elements and time and by the people who live there.
She regards hand stitching as a personal means of expression as personal as handwriting.

She loves to travel to develop her personal memories and puts this emotion into the pieces she creates. She loves India that had as she says, "a profound effect on her work." As you can see her work comes from a deep place inside her soul. She
always carries a notebook with her to catch her feelings before they evaporate. Jean considers drawing absolutely necessary along with her written notes for developing her ideas.  I can tell this is a creative person that takes much "thinking" time to fish through her notes, photos, drawings, and brain to reach new heights in her art.

I will let her stitch art speak for itself which will give you a wonderful insight into her work than all the words I could write would. 

I learned about Jean from John Waddell who was luckily in Phoenix and dropped off his Kimono book at my house.  This book is listed down further in this article.  He and his wife were all excited about going north to gorgeous Sedona (Arizona's Red Rock country) to take a class in 3D textiles from Jean Draper and I had to discover her work (I knew her book listed below.)  They told me she was coming out with a new book in autumn of 2017 called Stitch and Pattern.  Something great to look forward to. 

Enjoy her work I posted here. What a treat!

Stitch and Structure - This is her book on design and technique in two and three-dimensional textiles that is an essential book for any textile artist-looking to expand their repertoire into two-and three-dimensional work. This leading textile artist, teacher and examiner takes you through the entire process from designing through construction to embellishment with mixed media.   $34.95

Waddell, John - Kimono Revisited : More than 90 Stitches - John took this Maggie Lane design and made it easier for the needlepointer to stitch this wonderful design. Pick your own colors if you prefer and way you go!  $30.00

Now enjoy peruses these books on textiles:

Beaney, Jan and Jean Littlejohn - Stitch Rhythms and Patterns - Jan and Jean show how to observe the amazing rhythms and patterns that surround us in ever day life. From these they develop unique designs and convert them into marvelous textile art using a wide range of exciting techniques, combining innovation and tradition. Glorious color.  $48.95

Chronicle Books - Smart Textiles - We are on the cusp of a revolution where the intersection of technology, the human body, and everyday objects will become completely seamless. Smart textiles are a key part of this revolution. Designing with Smart Textiles introduces the different qualities and properties that can be embedded in, integrated with, and applied to fabrics and looks of the different qualities and properties that can be embedded in, integrated with, and applied to fabrics and looks at the different context in which these smart textiles can be used.  A survey of specific fabrics grouped by properties provides a core reference section and a palette for the designer and design teams, showing their processes and working methods.  $40.00 

Fox, Alice - Natural Processes in Textile Art - More and more textile artists are using natural processes in their work, from dyeing with rust to working with found and scavenged items, and this book is the first to bring these increasingly popular techniques together. It promotes a way of working creatively with what is close at hand.  $29.95

Grey, Maggie - Stitches, Straps and Layers - This book looks at exciting ways of using this treasure trove by building from the bottom up. Backgrounds and layers provide a base for stitch and make the sometimes difficult job of designing textiles much easier.  $46.95

Holmes, Cas - Stitch Stories - The events of your life, from local walks to exotic trips, can provide endless inspiration for textile art. This inspiring book shows you how to record your experiences, using sketchbooks, journals and photography, to create personal narratives that can form a starting point for more finished stitched-textile pieces.  $29.95

James, Rosie - Stitch, Draw, Design and Techniques for Figurative Stitching - Stitch Drawing is the act of using a needle and thread to draw with - a method of textile artistry quickly growing in popularity. In this book, expert Rosie James reveals the huge creative scope these techniques offer. $29.95

Kerpoe, Lisa - Visual Texture and Fabric - This is a comprehensive guide to water-based resist dyeing techniques that makes the process easy. Creative dimensional effects with ingredients like oatmeal, sugar, and soy wax. Mix and match 8 resists with 7 applications techniques for endless possibilities.  $24.95

Thitichai, Kim - Reclaimed Textiles - Techniques for paper, stitch, plastic and mixed media brings us new ideas in reclaiming , recycling and reusing a range of fabrics and papers in textiles with the use of both stitch and heat tools. Whether you want to be thrifty, green or want to add a sense of heritage to your work reclaiming old textiles this is an innovative way to go. Step-by-step projects.  $29.95

Wellesley-Smith, Claire - Slow Stitch - The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions. This book is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice.  $29.95


BULLETIN:  Winter Stitches - by The Little Canvas Shoppe that was postponed from the March release date should be on its way to me by the time you read this.  This book is spiral-bound and about 5 1/2 x 7 in size but much more material than the first two bestsellers: Stitch Landscape and Ins and Outs.  If you are one of the many waiting - it's almost here!  I'll ship immediately.  $45.95

C and T Publications - Favorite Fabric Bowls, Boxes & Vases - 15 quick-to-make projects - 45 inspiring variations. This projects are easily made in a day all designed by Linda Johansen. She teaches you to sew sturdy fabric containers of all shapes and sizes to corral your odds and ends. Each pattern includes stylish variations and embellishments ranging from artistic to playful, ideal for gift giving and displaying treasured fabrics.  $24.95.  Due beginning of June.  $24.95

C and T Publications - Make Pincushions - 12 darling projects to sew from top designers, from 3D shapes to cute little critters. Try out a variety of techniques - like applique, embroidery, and piecing, in this value-packed booklet. These charming pincushions are so quick to sew, you'll want to make them again and again. $12.95

Johns, Susan - Embroidery for the Absolute Beginner - A Complete beginner's guide to embroidery that teaches you to use traditional techniques to create attractive home accessories and a wide range of fashionable garment - explained with clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow text.  $21.95

Design Originals - 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery - Hundreds of simple but lovely embroidery motifs are arranged by category, from home, holidays and food to animals, monograms and borders.  $14.99

Eckert, Monika and Stephanie Van Der Linden - Romantic Lace Knitting - In this book you will find 20 gorgeous lace knitting designs in a range of styles. While away your knitting hours with delicate yarns and beautiful colors to create shawls and scarves to take with you wherever you go. Step-by-step instructions for all the techniques used in this book.  $19.95

Gardiner, Wendy - The Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine - This book is from Search Press is a great place to begin your machine sewing - has 200 color photos.  $25.95

Thornton, Liz and Jean Power - Beading for the Absolute Beginner - Here's another book in this new series of beginner book with color pictures throughout.  $21.95

Mercer, Marrianne - My Handmade Wedding - This is a practical, friendly guide to planning and personalizing your big day. It contains over 20 tried-and-true tested projects, with helpful advice on cost-cutting, time-planning and preparation. This is great even if you just want a few handmade projects.  $19.95

Weston, Jem - The Knitted Nursery Collection - This is a delightful selection of 14 knitted toys, accessories and decorations to bring a fresh and modern style to your baby's nursery. The designs range from a super simple striped blanket with matching elephant to a fluffy-tailed squirrel with matching intarsia blanket and more.  $19.95


Life moves so swiftly and changes are a constant. It's wonderful there are always new books to read but sometimes in all the rush we miss out on some great titles.  Below you will find a list of great books that aren't ready to move aside for new titles. They are great additions to your library depending on your preferences of course.  So take a peek and see if you've missed out on any of these highly sought after titles.

Baird, Carolyn Hedge - Teeny Tiny Needlepoint Stitches - This top seller is a great book on stitches perfect for small spaces on your canvas.  $30.00

Blomkamp, Hazel - Crewel Intentions - Jacobean shapes as the foundation for an extensive vocabulary of stitches including Needle Lace, Brazilian and Bead Embroidery, Stumpwork and Weaving techniques.  This book has been a great seller since it appeared a few years back.  $30.00

Bosworth, Diane - Beards I Have Known - This book has been a favorite of all needleworkers who need a beard for a Santa or other bearded men. The book features stitches she has used on beards for her Peter Santas. It includes color photos of each beard along with stitch diagrams.  $22.95

Carey, Jacqui - Elizabethan Stitches - From examination of surviving 16th & 17th c. textiles, a new stitch vocabulary is presented in this first documentation of these long forgotten stitches. Diagrams that show relationship to modern stitches and instructions for these stitches covered.  Distributor says this is now available again and I'm happy.  $48.00

Evans, Jan and Liv Weiss - Threads: A Needle Necessity: Thread Reference Guide for the Needle Arts - Untold hours were spent on compiling the details of all the popular threads on the market and researching and cataloging not only the obvious details of the threads, yardage, manufacturer, composition and number of colors and they tested the threads.  The format is 5 1/2 x 7 and spiral bound for easy use and taking it with you everywhere.  $30.00

Lake, Carole and Michael Boren - Twisty Stitches: String Art for Needlepoint: Volume I: Amadeus-Jessica - This is not a rulebook; rather; it is a guidebook to these fascinating stitches. The stitching techniques laid out in this book reflect the way we work these stitches and teach them. So what is curve stitching? This is a technique invented in 1904 by Mary Everest Boole, an Englishwoman and math instructor. Sometimes these stitches are referred to as "Hilton Stitches" after Jean Hilton who took curve stitching and moving them to the needlepoint canvas. The popularity of her designs speak for themselves.  (This taken from the introduction). Jump aboard and enjoy these stitches.  $52.95

Lake, Carole and Michael Boren - Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book - Stitching a painted canvas can incorporate many advanced canvaswork techniques and a unique opportunity for the stitcher to create the illusion of realism, to create depth, dimension and texture, and to create the third dimension on a two dimensional plane. These two creative teachers share their ideas with you. This is a classic best-seller.  $34.95

Lake, Carole and Michael Boren - Desert Island Stitches: A Take Along Idea Book - Book I - Ideas for Small Spaces - $25.95; Book II - Ideas for Creative Borders - $29.95

Richardson, Lynda - Stitches a la Carte - This is a neat book of graphed stitches that came to our author mind when she didn't want to leave the background blank but didn't want to fill it up. She found a little twisty turny sort of background stitch and she just kept going from there.  $29.95

Sharon G. - It is About Darn Time! - If you've wanted to learn about darning stitches in needlepoint or improve what you already know - here's the book for you. She divides the book into eight chapters: Darning101, Horizontal Darning, Open Lacy Patterns, Mixed Darning, Darning Patterns, Darning with a Bead, Diagonal Darning, and Zigzags. The graphs are large and easy to use.  $49.95

Seidman, Renee - Got Stitches? Multilayered Stitches for Needlepoint - This portable encyclopedia of multi-layered stitches categorizes stitches by the number of thread per each stitch. Whether you have two, three, or four different threads, they have the perfect stitch for your project. Also included are chapters on trame and trellis stitches.  $29.95

Thomas, Cynthia - Noses, Roses and Other Fun Stuff -  Cynthia jumps right into the book (index in back) with wire applique and takes you through attaching sequins, glasses, goodgly eyes, mock bullions, mock ruching, needleweaving, noses, twisted cord hair and much, much more.  $39.95

Van Niekerk, Di - Little Flowers in Silk and Organza Ribbon -This irresistible step-by-step project book is all about making little flowers in silk and organza ribbon. Using a combination of thread, ribbon embroidery, stumpwork and other techniques. This book is packed with information and many new techniques. All completed projects are smaller than A4 size and templates of all the original designs are included, with easy-to-follow instructions.  Learn to achieve the exquisite 3-D effect.  $24.95


Barrett, Lorna - A Fatal Chapter: A Booktown Mystery - This N.Y. Times bestselling author presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series as mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles finds out that murder is no walk in the park.  While out walking Sarge, her sister's bichon fries, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo who she recognizes is Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society. When Pete later dies at the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his ram suggests he may have been murdered. Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history.  $7.99

Bridge, Kathleen - Hearse and Garden: A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery - A Hamptons interior designer deals with skeletons in the closet  in this new mystery. To keep her mind off the legal battle over the oceanfront cottage she's trying to buy. Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the massive Montauk estate. of wealthy Harrison Falks.  But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room in one of the estate's many bungalows. The remains turn out to be those of Harrison's son who went missing nearly twenty years ago along with one of his father's Warhol paintings.  As Meg delves into the Hampton's pop art past, she gets drawn into the sketchy goings-on and family drama at the estate.  $7.99

Carlisle, Kate - Ripped From the Pages - From this N.Y. Times bestselling author comes another mystery starring Brooklyn Wainwright a book restoration expert. While Brooklyn has temporarily relocated to her parents place in Sonoma, California she attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under their commune. A room is unearthed, revealing artwork, rare books, cases of wine, a chest of jewelry and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man's possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne's "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" containing a secret treasure map. This find draws reporters, art appraisers, and questions. It's clear not all crime is buried in the past so Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.  $7.99

Cochran, Peg - Berry the Hatchet: A Cranberry Cove Mystery - The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk, an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it's the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica's mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it is discovered that the mayor was dating both of them.  $7.99

Donnally, Claire - Catch as Cat Can - This bestselling author brings us another mystery taking place in Kittery Harbor, Maine when a new seafood shop opens and Sunny's tomcat Shadow is on the hunt for tasty treats until Sunny discovers a cold-blooded killer a catch of the day. Working next door to the new seafood shop former reporter Sunny notices the business is already in trouble and when checking on Neil, the owner she finds a murdered man in a freezer. Sunny's boyfriend, Chief Investigator nets Neil as prime suspect. But the open and shut case seems fishy. Now Sunny wants to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.  $7.99

Fox, Mae and Amy Lillard - Pattern of Betrayal:Vineyard Quilt Mysteries - Set in a B and B in a quaint town nestled among the rolling hills of Missouri wine country. Julie Ellis, and her ever-practical assistant, Hannah Marks make preparations to host the Quilt haus Inn's first ever quilting murder mystery weekend. The props are set, the scripts are ready, and each guest has a role to play. But when the lights cut out, someone goes off script, and a real dead body takes centre stage. Every guest becomes a suspect in the murder and as the clues unfold, it seems they all have something to hide. Can Julie identify the killer before someone else checks out -permanently?  $7.99

Hechtman, Betty - Seams Like Murder: A Crocheting Mystery - Knitting and crocheting books are selling like crazy at the bookstore where Molly works, so to keep the customers coming, she sets up a series of classes where the Tarzana Hookers can pass on their skills to others; A Yarn University. The only problem is the teacher of the most popular seminar Sheila is getting a massive case of stage fright about being in front of a crowd. The Hookers plan a practice class at crocheter CeeCee's a mansion. But before the lesson begins, Molly and the gang stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee's garage.  $7.99

Holt, Hazel - Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word - Arson and murder in the English countryside in the wake of a reporter's death. Biographer Sheila Malory must dig through the remnants of his life to discover the devil is in the details. Sheila's friend, Eva Jackson, has returned to the village after losing her husband, Alan who had reported on dangerous stories but the cause of his death was more mundane: kidney failure in a London hospital. After Eva decides to compile a book of Alan's unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a mysterious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there is a killer at large.  $7.99

Logan, Kylie - Irish Stewed: An Ethnic Eats Mystery - This bestselling author brings us this new mystery series. After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio helping her Aunt Sophie run her restaurant. much to Laurel's dismay, Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt had her believe.  Instead it's a run-own greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save this business, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials. But then there is the body in a booth with a receipt spike in his back that turns out to be Jack Lancer, an investigative reporter. Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. $7.99

Parra, Nancy - Newlywed Dead: A Perfect Proposal - A country club wedding reception becomes a scene of a baffling crime. The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy's sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it's just a tragic accident. After all, who'd want to kill a virtual stranger at a country club wedding reception? A search into Ashley's past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still  shadowing members of high society including a filthy-rich battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper's Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats.  $7.99

Thompson, Victoria - Murder at Amsterdam: A Gaslight Mystery - From the national bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights, midwife Sarah Brandt and former police detective Frank Malloy investigate a murder in the secretive, high-society world of 19th century New York City. In the midst of Sarah and Frank's wedding preparations, Sarah, accompanied by her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Oakes, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. But Charles's father believes his son was poisoned, and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion.  $7.99


I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR VISIT.  If you haven't visited us before I'd like to introduce you to our business. We've been in business for 22 years and have set up book shops at both the ANG and EGA nationals and regionals and for other needlework organizations as well as being on the web.

Can't find a certain book? Give us a call whether the title is in or out-of-print. We have a website as well as this blog: It is being worked on but still very usable.

Questions? Give us a call Monday thru Saturday at 602-943-0738 between 8:30 and 6pm Arizona time. (Yes, we are the people who never change their clocks forward or backward.) If I don't answer I'm probably in the middle of helping Mark, my husband with M.S. or at the post office mailing books. so please leave a message and I will return your call ASAP. Or you can e-mail us at: or To reach us by mail: Ruth Kern Books 7235 N. 9th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021.  LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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Have a great spring. Remember to keep plenty of time available for stitching and reading.  SEE YOU IN MAY.