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
I'm a fan on Monica Ferris, so I'll even read her books about needlepoint (which I couldn't care less about). She's a wonderful storyteller and it's fun to learn about upper Minnesota, where this takes place.
This is the first in Needlepoint Series. I really enjoyed this and plan to read the rest.
When her sister Margot turns up dead in her own needlecraft store in Excelsior, Minnesota, Betsy Devonshire launches her own investigation into the murder, uncovering an array of suspects ranging from an ambitious former employee to a greedy landlord.
When Betsy arrived in Excelsior, Ninnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and to get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good-until Margot was murdered..
In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act. But Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime.
Wonderful cozy--the first in a series that was new to me. I was quite surprised that the person I thought would be the main character of the series was actually the murder victim instead. I'm quite looking forward to collecting the others.
I think I have had most of the books in this series for quite awhile, but just finally got around to reading the first one. What a great series! This, for me, was one of those books that you automatically feel cozy with after the first two pages and just know you are going to like. The characters are all so interesting. While I was somewhat surprised to find out who done it, I have to say I kept flipping back and forth between likely suspects for the whole book. Very glad I have a whole bunch of them to go through!
I decided to try this series when I discovered that Monica Ferris and Margaret Frazer (one of my favorites) are the same author, Mary Monica Pulver. Betsy Devonshire, in the middle of a mid-life crisis, has been invited by her sister Margot Bergelund for an extended stay at her home in Excelsior, Minnesota. She helps Margot run her needlecraft shop, Crewel World. But when Margot is found dead, she believes it to be deliberate instead of a burglary gone wrong, and is determined to find out the truth. The story exhibits the author's skill with character development; though it is not as engaging as her medieval mystery series, it's still enough for me to want to read more.
This is a mystery series based on a needlework store. The book is filled with fun characters - people I'd like to know. And I'd also like to linger and go through the merchandise! Very well writte; almost in the English style of "cosy mysteries". Recommend it to mystery lovers, and to needlework fanatics!
It took me a while to get into this one. The first 70 pages or so were very slow going, but once the murder happened and the investigation began the pace picked up and it became quite interesting. I liked the setting and the information about the various needlework techniques. I'll be giving the others in the series a try for sure. This book is the first in the series.
When Betsy arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good-until Margot was murdered.... (needlepoint pattern included in book)
An engaging read. If you enjoy crafting (this book references cross stitch, needlepoint, knitting) and enjoy mysteries, you'll enjoy this lighthearted mystery. No parental guidance needed for this mystery.
first book I have read by Ferris...was slow getting started...not sure I was going to like it...the writing is a bit different from what I'm used to...but really enjoyed the story once I sat down with it...interesting twists of plot kept me glued till the end...had the suspect nailed before the last chapter...but the ending was a nice touch...will definitely try book two of this series!