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Former antiquities bounty hunter Julie Ellis is on the run, trying to stay one stiletto step ahead of her past. She accepts a position as manager of the Quilt Haus Inn in Missouri wine country, thinking it the perfect place to keep a low profile and embark on a less dangerous career path. It is -- until Daniel Franklin walks through the front door and asks for a room.

Daniel claims he's come to Straussberg in search of a famous sunken ship that he believes in buried in a nearby farm field. Julie finds the handsome historian's story odd at best, but when a dead body is discovered at the proposed dig site, it becomes clear somebody else believes the theory and doesn't want the ship or its secrets exposed. But who in the town would possibly care about the old shipwreck? As frightening things start to happen at the inn --all seemingly connected to the hunt for the missing ship -- Julie realizes she must unearth the truth or someone else is going to wind up buried.

"I was hooked from the first page. It's so refreshing to find a gripping mystery that doesn't have any foul language or explicit violence. Thank you!" Susan M., Missouri

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Threads of Deceit

February 25, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed both this book, and the second in the series, Pattern of Betrayal. The books are well written, the stories and characters are engaging and the authors have a good ear for natural sounding speech and for description. I earnestly hope that there will be more books in the series, as promised on the last page of book 2, but as that was published in 2015, I fear the worst. I would love to read further adventures with Julie, Hannah and the Quilt Haus Inn, so please Annie's, commission the next book in the series!

Threads of Deceit

December 1, 2016

I loved both books and I can't wait for the next ones.

Threads of Deceit

September 23, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book. Just starting another one. Can't wait for my monthly book to arrive.

Threads of Deceit

August 25, 2016

I read both books a while back not realizing they were from Annie's and loved them I am anxiously waiting for the next of the series.

Threads of Deceit

April 11, 2015

I just finished Threads of Deceit by Mae Fox and Jan Fields. It is the first book in the new series Vineyard Quilt Mysteries. Julie Ellis was in antiquities recovery until she recovered an item from the wrong people (mafia). Now Julie along with Hannah are hiding at Quilt Haus Inn in Straussberg, Missouri. Julie is the new manager of the inn and Hannah (her assistant and tech person) is the new cook (and baker). Julie is enjoying her new job, but she misses the excitement of her recovering antiques. Daniel Franklin walks in looking to be a guest at the inn. Daniel is looking for a steamship buried on a nearby farm. The steamship was named The Grand Adventure and she went down with all her cargo. Julie is intrigues especially when Daniel tells her of a riddle and that a clue may be somewhere at the inn. Daniel starts experiencing trouble right away. Someone is messing with the site and then the owner of the farm is approached with an offer to buy his property. The offer comes with the condition that excavation stops immediately. When the owner declines to sell, the violence escalates until Daniel's friend and business partner, George Benning is murdered. Julie is determined to find out who is behind the destruction and murder (plus she is enjoying the excitement). The owner of the inn gives Julie permission to investigate (as long as she gives talks to the guests about the excavation). Julie, Daniel, and a reluctant Hannah set out to solve the case! Threads of Deceit is a delightful book. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I downgraded it a little because I wish they had explained about Julie and Hannah's recovery business and why they had to hide. We are given the barest of details. I look forward to reading the next book in the Vineyard Quilt Mystery series. If you enjoyed Annie's Attic Mysteries, you will enjoy reading Threads of Deceit.

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