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Knitting Bones (Needlecraft Mysteries) Hardcover – December 4, 2007

Book 11 of 17 in the A Needlecraft Mystery Series

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In Ferris's 11th crafty cozy (after Sins and Needles), former cop Betsy Devonshire, now proprietor of the Crewel World needlework shop in Excelsior, Minn., tries to solve a mystery from home while recovering from a horseback riding accident. At the annual Embroiderers' Guild of America convention, which Betsy missed thanks to her busted leg, National Heart Coalition exec Robert Germaine accepted a check for a substantial charitable donation and then disappeared with it. Betsy reluctantly takes on the case when Germaine's wife begs for her help and Godwin Goddy Dulac, Betsy's overeager assistant, offers to do the legwork. Meanwhile, Tony Milan, an ex-con who was planning to mug Germaine for the check, wakes up three days later with a concussion. He's lacking some vital memories thanks to a car wreck, but he knows something's up when he discovers he arrived at the hospital wearing Germaine's suit and watch. Serious mystery readers might yawn at this less than intricate yarn, but Ferris's fans will be charmed. (Dec.)
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About the Author

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

  • Series: Knitting Mysteries (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425217523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes light mysteries that are not scary.
Kathy Roeder
Having Betsy lead a distant investigation makes for a refreshing amateur sleuth as the heroine has to go over every step one stitch at a time.
Harriet Klausner
It gives the author the ability to really develop his character in this installation.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on December 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Stephanie Boyd

In Monica Ferris's eleventh Needlecraft Mystery, Knitting Bones, featuring the intrepid Betsy Devenshire and her friends from Crewel World, Betsy isn't able to get around and do her usual sleuthing because she has a broken leg. So this time her lovable employee Goddy decides to do the "leg work."

The mystery involves a missing check for over twenty-thousand dollars raised for the National Heart Coalition by stitchers-and the man who accepted the check for the charity is missing, too. Allie Germaine, the local Embroiders Guild president and the missing man's wife both insist that something horrible has happened to her husband-he would never steal that check.

It is Allie who gets Betsy and Goddy involved, and something about Allie's story makes Betsy think that her husband may not be the perpetrator, but a victim. Goddy on the other hand has a much harder time staying neutral and keeps jumping to conclusions that may cause them to miss crucial clues. Can Betsy solve this mystery without talking to people herself while laid up in bed, and can she teach Goddy how to interview people without telling them what he wants to hear?

I love this series! Often by the time an author gets to the eleventh book of a series, the story line is getting stale and they are running out of new ideas, not so for Monica Ferris and her Needlecraft Mystery series!

Goddy has always been a funny character in this series, and putting him in charge of the trying to find the information Betsy needs to solve the crime, is hilarious. And of course if you are a needleworker the story is full of tips, new needlework ideas, and a knitting pattern.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Stewart on June 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the books in this series & have enjoyed all of them until now. I liked this book the least of all in the series. Betsy gets hurt right at the beginning of the book & the rest of the book is devoted to Betsy coaching Godwin on how to be an amateur detective. It was alright enough to finish reading and the end of the book was actually enjoyable and the mystery within was good - but the whole center about coaching Goddy the basics of sleuthing skills was nerve racking for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on July 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book because it's by another Minnesota native, and I too am interested in a variety of handwork crafts. That said, I have to admit that I'm in agreement with those who found it a little disappointing. It is the first of the series that I've read, and since others have indicated that they enjoyed the other books more than this one, I will try again.

In my case I found that the central character's confinement to her apartment because of an accident somewhat claustrophobic and limiting. Having to learn everything about the murder and its venue second hand was not very satisfying or illustrative, even given the stream-of-conscious narration from the main suspect. I felt a little blind. I realize that the Nero Wolfe series employs this tactic to show the genius and eccentricity of its central character, but the active agent, Archie Goodwin, is such a colorful and informative one that there is less of a feeling of limitation imposed (see Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels.) The character of Goddy, while charming and interesting, lacked the witty personality and acute observation of Archie.

I'll try another and see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SavtaD on December 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a variety of types of books and especially when stressed, and do like to sit down with a good cozy mystery with very little direct violence. I have read other books in this series in order, and have enjoyed them, especially the earlier books .

However, I agree with the person who titled the review "Disappointed." This book read more like a so-so young adult novel, with immediate action in the first few pages, i.e. the protagonist breaking her leg, etc. in a horse-riding accident. Lots of things were thrown in. And the end left what happened to the check unclear. I pushed myself to finish reading the book just to see what happened, but it definitely was not a satisfying read.

The mystery is OK but simplistic. There is very little character development -- there definitely was more in her earlier books in the series. Ferris had begun to develop Goddy into a more mature character, but with the stereotyped description of mature, irresponsible guy men, she went downhill. Such description definitely was a put off for me.

The one thing that seems to be described well is some of the knitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alesta Sherman on February 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you enjoy any kind of needlework along with a good mystery and a great cast of characters, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rare Bird on June 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a member of the Embroiderers' Guild of America and found many inaccuracies in Ferris's use of the organization as a plot device. Only one vendor at a major gathering of the EGA? Never! Even with Betsy's large inventory of various needlework supplies and patterns. The introduction of the crow seemed very strange, but before long I knew exactly how it was going to figure in the ending. This book could have used some strengthening in both plot and facts. Sorry I couldn't like it more.
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