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Subject: Monica Ferris's Needlework Cozies
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 6:43 AM ET
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I discovered these shortly after joining PBS.  I have enjoyed the first several, reading them especially after reading a dark or lengthy book.  However, either I'm getting tired of them or they are not as well-written as the series goes on.  The last one I finished, I didn't enjoy much at all.  Then, later, I tried the next one (Hanging by a Thread), and put it down after about 80 pages.  Has anyone else had this experience or is it just me?  I had several more, but I guess I'll just post them.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 9:47 AM ET
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For me, cozies tend to get formulaic after a while but the good thing about this is, I don't really notice if I only read one or two and then take a break and read something else. I LOVE cozies, don't get me wrong! But a constant diet of cozies is rather like having the same thing for dinner every night for six months. Not so good. You might consider placing the books that you haven't yet read at the bottom of your TBR pile and come back to one of them in October. It will be like running into a long lost friend at the local bookstore. :)
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I agree, I also have to alternate my cozy authors... I may not switch genres, but, I will find authors whose writing styles of cozies are different enough that I feel like I get a break from one particular author.


Date Posted: 6/9/2008 11:07 AM ET
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I understand what you both are saying; however, I read several books in between reading these.  They were just to be a break.  I may take your suggestion, beanbean, and put them aside for several months.  I was so pleased to get most of the series and just took the newest ones off my wish list after this last one. 

Has anyone else read this particular series and had the same feeling?

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Date Posted: 6/9/2008 12:22 PM ET
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 I've had the same feeling with other series, although I still enjoy the Needlework series.  I haven't felt that the writing has changed at all, but  I do alternate with different genres, because I feel that too many cozies can bore me, too.      

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I've read the first four in the series so far and plan to keep reading them.

To be honest, I've never thought that they were the best written books, but they're OK and I like them for other reasons - primarily because I'm a stitcher.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 2:12 PM ET
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I've read through crewel yule (I pace myself so I don't run out; have Thai Dyed on pre-order already)... I've found alot of cozy series seem to have a thrid or fourth book slump. You've met all the characters, and you kow anyone newcomer to town is the victim or the killer, personal relationships have stymied, yadayada yada....  I didn't feel that slump with this series, though.  I agree they are not the best written books, but I too love them for the stitching.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:40 PM ET
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Vivian ~ I totally agree with you...but I keep on reading them :)  So far, I thought Sins & Needles was the worst, but I do have Knitting Bones on my wish list.  I hope I feel differently about that one.....

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 6:12 PM ET
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I read her first three in a single volume (Patterns of Murder).  They were enjoyable, but never really "sparked" for me.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 7:09 PM ET
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There were a few I didn't like and I *think* hanging by a thread was one of them (where this woman was killed and this handman was blamed and her  husband died too or something - that one was creepy). and one I was so mad she solved the murder because, well, I thought the bi*ch deserved to be killed! that was the christmas one where they were at a convention or something. But I read these mostly for seeing what projects they're all working on in their group LOL!

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 7:14 PM ET
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I like this series. I just finished...one of them. LOL I think Crewel Yule is next. Anyway, I'm still enjoying them, I don't see a change in the writing or whatnot. *shrug*

Maybe you do just need a break. :)

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:51 AM ET
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My mom enjoys needlework so I might have to check these out for her. She is always looking for something to read.
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 1:28 PM ET
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     Check my bookshelf.  I have two listed--Hanging by a Thread and A Murderous Yarn.  I'm taking everyone's advice and not reading another one for a while.  I have several on my TBR shelf.