I really love this series, and after taking a long break from it, it was terrific to read this 6th installment. This one seemed better than the previous couple, and makes me want to pick up the next one right away! Very entertaining and fun. And one doesn't have to be a needlework fan to enjoy them, though I certainly am and I love it!
Solving a murder mystery about something that occurred years ago, the author lets us in on all the clues, and we get to clear the accused of the crime right along with her. Fun, lots of action, fast read.
I don't understand the good reviews this book got. This was my first book by this author and definitely the last. I found parts of the story just thrown in b/c it needed something to fill the pages rather than actually contributing to the story. Luckily, it was a fast read and I didn't waste too much time on it.
Betsy Devonshire is new to Excelsior, so she does not know that the contractor she hired to fix her roof is suspected by everyone to have murdered his lover and her husband 5 years ago, and gotten away with it from lack of evidence. But when Foster Johns protests his innocence and offers to pay her to investigate, Betsy believes him, against the advice of most of her friends, and she is determined to find the truth.
This book went a little slower than previous volumes of the series. There seemed to be long stretches of conversation that didn't lead anywhere, to hide one clue which was pretty obvious to the reader anyway, and long stretches of description. If I wasn't as interested in the characters, having read previous books, I might have been more bored with this one. Still, the mystery was decent, and although a bit of a stretch in places in the final revelation, satisfying enough to make me stick with the series.
Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsy believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty and she sets out to prove his innocence.
There was no great mystery to this one or a whole lot of suspense, but it was an enjoyable read. Betsy sets out to solve a 5 year old double-murder and help clear the name of the supposed murderer, which she does with relative ease. The whole book is basically Betsy running around talking to various folks to see what they have to say about the murders then figuring out what really happened. Like I said, no thrills or chills but an ok book none the less.
Betsy Devonshire hires a man to fix the roof to her needlework shop, and she finds that most of the town think that this man has been guilty of a double murder five years before she hired him. She has to find out what really happened! A great story with warm, friendly characters and lots of suspense in this cozy mystery!
Back cover: Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to know know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needles. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsy believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty. But she'll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose sends that will prove his innocence once and for all.
I'm enjoying this series quite a bit. This one was a bit of a disappointment, although not because of the writing. I'm not fond of stories-within-stories, and there were a lot of "flashbacks" and ghost stories. A good read, but not my favorite, just because of my own personal tastes.