WOW! This book had been sitting on my shelf for a moment of desperation. The idea of a book that included a free cross stitch pattern seemed a little hokey.
But when I got to the desperation point, I couldn't believe it. What a great book! I quickly felt I knew the characters, there was some detail without the details bogging you down, and I thought I had the mystery solved on several occasions.
I can't wait to get more from this author!!
Another good mystery from Monica Ferris. This was a really quick read, I finished it one day. Betsy Devonshire ends up investigating a 50 year old murder after one of her shop's Monday Bunch is suspected. She's still trying to adapt to living in the freezing North, and trying to work her way through owning a business, of which she knows next to nothing. I like that Ferris isn't afraid to finger regular characters in her books. There's nothing worse than that old "new guy in town" who ends up doing the deed.
Wonderful, colorful descriptions of needlework of all kinds abound in this book, as well, as always, a pattern at the back of the book if you are talented enough to try it out.
This one was easier to get into than the first one in the series (this is the second). The plot was decent, the characters interesting, although there are a few that are plain strange, and the setting has a lot of charm. Worth the read.
Betsy Devonshire, owner of a small-town needlecraft shop, helps solve the mystery of a skeleton of a woman who was victim on an historic ferry which sank in 1949 in Excelsior, Minnesota. The important clue is an unidentifiable lacelike fabric found near the body.
The second of the needlecraft mysteries finds Betsy Devonshire invited by her cop friend Jill to watch the raising from the lake of an old barge that will be turned into a trolley. It becomes the scene of a crime when a skeleton is found in the wreckage showing the marks of murder. The corpse turns out to be that of Trudie, a waitress who had disappeared in 1948 and long suspected to have run off with Carl Winters, who also disappeared at the same time. His wife Martha is arrested for the murder, and her friends all implore Betsy to investigate and prove her innocence. Ferris's second needlecraft mystery is as finely wrought as the first, though if you can actually remember details unlike me, there are enough clues for the reader to solve the murder. And as with the first, I really wish they'd put pictures or illustrations as the description of bobbin lace sounds fascinating!
Second book in Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mystery series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first one, as the reader gets to know the characters in the story better. In this one, amateur sleuth and needlecraft shopowner Betsy Devonshire reluctantly agrees to try to solve a 50-year old murder. The murder itself is an interesting one: when an old ferry is raised from its resting place on the bottom of the lake, a skeleton is found on board. When one of Betsy's "Monday Bunch" of stitching friends is arrested for the murder, Betsy decides to solve the crime.
Great characters in this series, along with a healthy dose of cross-stitch and knitting tidbits.
Number 2 in this cozy series, the characters are building and it's fun to watch them grow. She's doing a good job of building a great series. Enjoyed very much.
Mixing Needlecraft and crime in one book. Fast but good read
This one kept me guessing until the end. The clues were there, I just didn't put them together. There were too many loose ends that I couldn't tie up; but Betsy could! Better than the first book. This is number 2 in the series.
Great story, love getting to know the characters! Love the needlework talk!
When the historic Hopkings ferry was raised from the bottom of the lake, who would have thought they were literally raising the dead! But there it was-a skeleton- right before their eyes. Unfortunately, the evidence is slim and soggy: The boat sank in 1949, the victim on board was a woman, and near the body is a piece of unidentifiable lacelike fabric. Sounds like a fob for Betsy Devonshire. Betsy know there's more to this story than what's on the surface. And once she and patrons of her needlecraft shop start lending a hand, they're sure to stitch together the details of this unnerving mystery.
Murder in a small town keeps one smart lady on pins and needles! I liked it!
Another good cozy mystery involving a neelework shop and the ladies who meet there. As usual, this Monica Ferris book is filled with warm,but sometimes odd, small-town characters! When a body is found on a sunken boat, all of the "old friends" begin to wonder!
Betsy's progression into sleuthing is increasing, her instincts catching those subtle hints that the police miss or don't realize need to be noticed. Great story.
Ferris is a very good author; any book by her is worth reading, even if you don't care a lot about needlework (I certainly don't!).
I love the Monica Ferris books; warm fuzzy and a fun read.
Part of a needlework mystery series. Has free cross stitch pattern in book.
The historic Hopkins (MN) ferry is raised, and it has more than seaweed on it. A body from 1949 is found. Who was it, and why is it there? Needlecraft shopowner Betsy Devonshire is involved in unraveling another mystery.
I'm a quilter not a needleworker, but I still liked it well enough to request her following books in the series. This is the 2nd.
Second in a great series of "cozy" mysteries.
This is a great cozy series, and this book has a bit of a historical twist.
book 2 in the series. I find I am enjoying the further advetures of betsey and her group of friends, and I learn little more about diffrent types of needle work while enjoyng a good mystery.
The second in the "needlecraft mystery" series, this book is very entertaining. The whole series is well worth your time!
Another excellent read by Monica Ferris. I read this second to the first in her series. But you could read it without having read the first book as it's a good stand alone. Love this authors writing and style.