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Crewel World (Needlecraft Mysteries, Bk 1)
Crewel World - Needlecraft Mysteries, Bk 1 Author:Monica Ferris Literary Times Margot Berglund owns a needlework and wool store called Crewel World. She's fifty-three, a widow and an expert in her field. Her store does very well for a small town, and she is able to support two part time staff as well as other casual workers. Her husband Aaron had been a wealthy man but despite this she lives a simple life, c... more »ausing speculation among the town's people.
Margot's older sister, Betsy, comes to live with her. When Betsy was young she ran off to join the navy and married a sailor and now her second husband is divorcing her. Betsy seems to be planning to sponge off Margot, she sees living off Margot an easy solution to her problems, at least for the short term.
In the idyllic world of Margot there are some problems. Her landlord wants her building so he can build something new and charge more, but Margot has a cheap lease that is good for another four years. So Joe sues Margot regularly and threatens her too, but she has a good lawyer to protect her. She also has a "Wanta be" successor who wants to run her own needlework store in a town that cannot support two. Irene is a little nuts and readily admits that she wants something to happen to Margot so that she can take over. Unfortunately for Irene she has no people skills and is not very successful with the customers.
A few nights after her arrival, Betsy comes home and finds Crewel World trashed and Margot murdered. The mystery begins and Betsy takes it into her own hands when she thinks the police aren't doing enough.... Michelle Sawyer« less
The first in the series, and a very good read. It's fast, the characters are colorful and even though I'm not into needlepoint crafts, it's a fascinating way to learn about it. I'm looking forward to reading others in this series.
Enjoyable read although, a bit slow moving. I do recommend it for someone who likes needle arts such as knitting and needlepoint. I enjoy those things and I feel it will be more a satisfying read to someone who knows about those things than someone who does not. But don't take my word for it! =D