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A Stitch in Time (Needlecraft Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000

Book 3 of 17 in the A Needlecraft Mystery Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425175111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425175118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms.

Customer Reviews

There was an ample amount of humor, mystery and drama.
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In this episode, it's very near to Christmas, and while Trinity Episcopal Church prepares for the holiday season, it is also preparing for a major renovation.
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It's a passable book, not totally predictable, but in some areas seems a bit forced.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on August 19, 2001
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Having enjoyed the first in this series, I somehow missed the second. I won't miss any more, that's for sure. This third book is as comfy and cozy to wrap yourself up in, as a much-loved, hand-knitted sweater or afghan. Betsy Devonshire is a marvelous character, one that you can easily believe in, and wish to have as a friend; furthermore, she's a perfect match for Excelsior, Minnesota.
Betsy had returned to the cold midwest from San Diego for a much-needed respite from her immediate past while renewing the relationship with her sister, Margo. Unfortunately, Margo was the victim in book one, but she left her business "Crewel World" to Betsy, who, in spite of knowing little about the world of needlework, endeavored to settle into it.
Learning how to run a business, as well as learning about needlework exposes her to all sort of people and situations, while allowing her to use her not inconsiderable curiosity to help the small-town police department solve persistent puzzles.
In this episode, it's very near to Christmas, and while Trinity Episcopal Church prepares for the holiday season, it is also preparing for a major renovation. To the surprise of all, a mildewed, hand-worked tapestry is discovered hidden away in a closet. When it's discovered to be the work of the previous rector's wife, all concerned decide to restore the piece as a decoration for the new addition.
Immediately, strange things begin to happen to Betsy, who has agreed to furnish any yarn necessary for the renovation of the tapestry. One of the strangest, while totally unconnected, is a visit from her former husband, Hal the Pig, who seems to sincerely want to mend his fences and re-establish the relationship with Betsy. Not surprisingly, she is of the totally opposite opinion.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Lover VINE VOICE on July 10, 2000
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A STITCH IN TIME is the 3rd book in this needlecraft series by Monica Ferris. Betsy, the protagonist, is a novice at needlecrafts, but she is aided by a number of knowledgeable and quirky crafters in running her shop, Crewel World. When a tapestry is found hidden in the local church, Betsy donates the materials necessary to repair it. It soon becomes obvious that someone didn't want the tapestry found, and Betsy is nearly killed several times in order to maintain the secret of the tapestry. The killer's identity was obvious to me halfway through the book, but I very much enjoyed the book anyway. I think most cozy lovers will find this series delightful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth D VINE VOICE on August 15, 2004
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It's the Christmas Season and everything should be cheery. Betsy Devonshire is still recovering from the murder of her sister Margot and is trying to get into the Holiday mood by immersing herself in her work at Crewel World, the needlecraft shop that Margot had left her. She also left Betsy several million dollars, but the estate is still being settled.

Things are really buzzing a Trinity Episcopal Church, where renovations are underway. Hidden away in a room, they come across a huge tapestry that had been completed by Lucy Abrams, wife of the former rector, Keane.

Just before retiring, Keane had collapsed from a major stroke and Lucy had a fatal stroke as she tried to help him up from the floor. The current rector of the church, John Rettger is thinking about naming a room after the Keane, who now resides in a nursing home, unable to move or communicate.

It's decided that along with naming a room after Keane, they will restore the tapestry and hang it on the wall as a tribute to the late Lucy. Betsy volunteers to donate all the supplies necessary to repair the tapestry and while looking it over, (Worrying because she hadn't anticipated there would be so much work, or that it was so big), she notices little icons sewn onto the tapestry. Betsy wonders if they have some meaning and copies several of them down and borrows a book of Icons for John Rettger to try and decipher them.

Deciphering icons doesn't seem as important when Betsy has an accident while driving in a blizzard and having to spend the night in a freezing car, where she learns the important lesson of why people in Minnesota always have a survival kit in their car.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Verba on July 23, 2000
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There's never a dull moment in Betsy Devonshire's life, and her experience in this volume, A Stitch in Time, is no exception. Her car stalls in a blizzard and she nearly freezes to death, then....well, that's for the rest of the story. And with all the rest of it, she's dealing with the unexpected and unwelcome return of her ex-husband, trying to keep her store in business, and unraveling the symbolic significance of a tapestry. The characters are wonderful, the story is absorbing, and the novel is just plain fun. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on January 21, 2001
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The Betsy Devonshire series is a fun read for any fan of cozy mysteries and is particularly fun if: 1)you know what "LYS" stands for (local yarn store), and/or 2)Minnesota figures in your life. I'm lucky enough to fall into both categories. So, one minute I enjoy the chatter about worsted weight versus sport weight yarn and in another moment, I laugh out loud at the discussion of "hot dishes" (called casseroles by the rest of us in the USA).
Ferris is improving with each episode. In this book, Betsy keeps having scary "accidents" and can't figure out why someone would be out to get her. We, the readers, know of course. It's fun to follow the twists and turns as Betsy figures out what's up. Catching the culprit is almost an anti-climax.
A fun read with lots of snow and Christmas for atmosphere. Now, if they'd only produce the series on audio-tape so I could knit and "read" at the same time!
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