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Threadbare (Needlecraft Mystery) Hardcover – December 6, 2011

Book 15 of 17 in the A Needlecraft Mystery Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Monica Ferris’s Needlecraft Mysteries

“Not just for needleworkers, this is a series that should appeal to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, populated by characters who continue to grow and evolve.” —CA Reviews

“A comfortable fit for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“A first-rate mystery supported by a wonderful heroine and vibrant supporting cast that will keep many readers eagerly turning pages until the very end.” —The Romance Readers Connection

“Ferris’s fans will be charmed.”—Publishers Weekly

“Monica Ferris is a talented writer who knows how to keep the attention of her fans.” —Midwest Book Review

“Filled with great small-town characters…A great time…Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this.”—Rendezvous   --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Customer Reviews

The story was plausible and moved well.
Goodshoe
This is one in many of the Monica Ferris books and that they are easy to read you can go through all of them in know time.
Beverly Bottin
Love knowing her characters and really come to life.
Debbie Kollar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Two teens find the body of an apparently homeless elderly woman near a movie theater in Excelsior, Minnesota. The female is identified as fifty-three years old Carolyn Marie Carlson who had a long rap sheet. The assumption is she froze to death while intoxicated; but a week later the autopsy proved she had no alcohol in her blood. Thus Sergeant Malloy revises his assumption as he now believes Carolyn was murdered and suspects the family.

Carolyn's cousin Margaret Smith, a frequent patron of Crewel World knitting shop, begs owner Betsy Devonshire to investigate the death of Carrie. Meanwhile North Dakota investigator Irvin Morcambe visits Emily Hame in Excelsior to ask if she knows where homeless Janet Turnquist is as she has inherited a fortune; Emily says no though she worries about her troubled Aunt Janet. A teen finds Janet's corpse and on her blouse is embroidered her last will and testament in which her kind loving niece Emily inherits her estate if it proves legal. Wanting to know who killed her Aunt Janet, Emily asks Betsy to investigate. Betsy knows there is a link between the two homicides besides both are homeless females, but struggles to knit cohesively the clues.

The latest Crew World needlecraft mystery (see Buttons and Bones) is an engaging whodunit as Malloy and Devonshire find the evidence does not come together in either murder case or together with one murderer. The entertaining story line is fun to follow as Betsy works two seemingly related homicides, but how they tie together never seems to surface as series fans will appreciate what the "tie" is once Monica Ferris reveals it to the audience.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B Squared on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that I wasn't too thrilled with the last few books in the Crewel World series. Generally, I was happiest in the early part of the series, when Betsy was in her shop, working with Godwin, dealing with her cat, and interacting with her fellow crafters. And this novel returns to what I like best.

The story revolves around the murder of two seemingly unrelated women, both homeless, both found frozen in the snow of a Minnesota winter. Betsy is again approached by one of her customers, who is under suspicion by the local police, who asks her to find out what really happened. Betsy manages to outwit the police, find out the real story, and bring the assailant to justice.

What I like best about these books (other than the fact that needlework is always in the background) is that Betsy is an average, middle-aged woman with average middle-aged problems (arthritis, man-trouble, etc.) The characters are well drawn, there isn't too much violence, and you enjoy the craft shop and its regulars (and can pick up some needlework tips along the way).

There are a number of reasons why I don't give this a higher, 5-star rating. No police officer would allow a civilian to put herself in jeopardy as happens in this story. Too many people volunteer information to Betsy (if she asked me some of these questions, I'd tell her to mind her own business) and I often feel I'm being preached to - in this case, the plight of the homeless. However, even with these drawbacks, the book is a pleasant read - a fun way to while away the time on a winter's evening. But, frankly, I doubt I'd remember much about the story a month from now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Akers Jordan on January 2, 2012
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This is one of my favorite series and I really enjoyed this book. I won't give anything away but there are some new characters, very sneaky clues, and an excellent plot. One of the things I enjoyed most was Betsy's train trip to Fargo. Leaving Excelsior, briefly, does not detract from the cozy setting and its wonderful to see modern characters traveling in such a time-honored manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The basic storyline is revealed in book description. However, the storyline leads Betsy to travel to Fargo and it is a interesting sideline. I really liked the character Annie I was disappointed that the book didn't have a conclusion for Annie character at the end. I found the investigation of two similar victims interesting and challenging as it seemed there was no connection. Very well done. I think most will find the mystery quite mystifying and conclusion a twisty one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2012
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I don't know know about the print version, but the table of contents in the Kindle version has the equivalent of a blinking neon sign advertising the identity of the murderer!
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I enjoyed this novel for some different reasons than my usual love of murder mysteries. This novel explored the conditions of homeless women and how easy it is to become one. The book studied three women in this condition. One was homeless due to a loss of job and you really feel how easily persons living check to check could fall into this group. The next person suffered a true mental illness and became just too hard to care for as the illness advanced. The third had turned to alcohol and drugs as a solution and lived by stealing.

Two women that are homeless end up dead in the rather well to do town of Excelsior, MN. Not only does this shock the community, our needlework sleuth, Betsy Devonshire is asked to look into both cases by clients of her store, "Crewel World." It is almost ironic that the title of the store resembles the world these homeless women found themselves living in. Life was cruel to them. Betsy finds a third homeless woman willing to be her 'inside' sleuth since she lives in the women's shelter herself.

Betsy becomes educated with this set of society and we are also educated as readers. Leaving Godwin to man the store, Betsy travels to North Dakota and Minneapolis to try and find out what the connection is between the two victims.

This book took us out of our usual comfy world of Betsy's and we travel with her on the journey to solve the crime. The ending was appropriate but different.

All in all, I enjoyed this book very much and I'm going to pay more attention to our town's women's shelters at donation time.
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Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms.

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