Friday, September 24, 2021

Literary Sewing Circle: The Sun Down Motel


Our Fall session of the Literary Sewing Circle is starting today! It's a perfect read for the spooky season, and has some serious themes as well as being a gripping ghostly thriller. It's one I read and loved when it was first released, and I hope you'll enjoy it too.

I'm pleased to announce that our group read for this round is:

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James


The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this atmospheric suspense novel.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn't right at the Sun Down, and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden there…

(via publisher) 

Photo credit: Lauren Perry

About the Author:

Simone St. James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

(via publisher)

This book is available for purchase in both hard copy and ebook formats.

You can find many formats at all of these locations:


Book Depository

Chapters Indigo


Barnes and Noble

ABE Books

Or, of course, check your local library!


How does the Literary Sewing Circle work? We read a book together, discuss it, and then make something inspired by our reading. As long as you can point out what inspired you from your reading, even if just a sentence, you can share your makes in our final roundup!

Anyone can join, and you can sew, knit, quilt or embroider - any textile art that you like doing - to participate. This is a reading/sewing circle, very low-key; no competitions here, just reading and sewing for fun. 

There is no official sign-up to worry about; just start reading along if you wish, and leave your thoughts on the book or your project on any of the Literary Sewing Circle posts. We do have a dedicated book discussion post halfway through and again at the end, but leave your thoughts anytime. And you can follow along on Instagram too if you like: look for #LiterarySewingCircle and you'll find us.

And when the final post goes up, so does the project linkup -- you can leave a link to your finished project there, whether it is on your blog, a pattern site, or even Instagram. It's easy :)

So, join in, and share!

Literary Sewing Circle Schedule

Sept 24 - Announcement & Introduction
Oct  1- Inspiration post 

Oct 8- Preliminary book talk
Oct 15  
- Inspiration post
Oct 22
 - Author feature
Oct 29 - Final Post: book discussion wrap up & posting of project linkup

(you will then have 3 weeks to finish your project and post it; we'll close the link-up on Nov 19)


  1. Hi Melanie,
    Have been looking forward to this. Started reading the e-book from library until my 'hold' comes in. It is quite amazing how often clothes are described in just the first couple of chapters! Should be a good read.

    1. Hope you like it! There are some scary bits but I think it is bearable:) I'm a chicken so if I could take it I think it's moderate!

  2. Hmm. This looks like a good read. It occurred to me that I never posted my green jacket based on Amatka. I wear it every morning and have been saved from being eaten up by mosquitoes. I will read this book but don't know if I will have time to finish a sew-along, but that doesn't mean I won't be inspired! I'm always looking for an interesting book recommendation, so thank you for this.

    1. I'm glad you finished and wear your green jacket! This book is an interesting, spooky read, and I hope you'll like it too.


Share your comments, ideas or suggestions here -- I am always interested in hearing from readers. It's nice to have a conversation!