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Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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This time of year, when the goblins and witches are out in full force, people are easily spooked. Leona Cunningham is the owner of a popular microbrewery called The Barleywine, and a practitioner of Wicca.
Leona is troubled by the accusations of alcoholic Ryan McMurphy as he tells everyone around town that she is a real witch. He is starting to have an affect on her business.
As the Monday Bunch meet for their weekly get-together at Crewel World to work on their respective projects, the news and views of the small town are thoroughly discussed, including a recent destructive attack on Leona's property.
When Ryan is found dead in a locked room without any marks on his body, Leona becomes the main suspect.
Although reluctant to become involved, Betsy is soon on the case and the killer is in trouble as a growing number of clues lead Betsy through a series of suspects to the unexpected culprit.
Monica Ferris has constructed another interesting mystery that will keep most readers guessing to the end. Those who are not comfortable with reading about the practice of Wicca may not enjoy this book as much as the other books in the series.
As is usual with any theme cozy mystery, there is much talk about the main topic - in this case, crewelwork and its themes, patterns, and stitches. At the end of the book, a crewel pattern of a witch's hat is included. Directions are provided as well as a website address for further information.
The novel's theme fits into the Halloween season and could become a popular yearly fall read.
Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery)
This time, the prime suspect is a member of the Wicca religion - many people blame her because the murder is not easily explained and her religion not understood. So what they don't understand, they condemn.
But the careful reader can see what's going on. There are no real twists and turns and sudden surprising revelations. (I guessed the murderer - but it's not easy). If you pay attention to the details, everything makes a lot of sense - extremely satisfying.
The new characters are both believable and likable. Personally, I'd like to see more of the shop and less of the surrounding village politics. But the mystery is straight forward and an ideal entertainment for the Halloween season.
The story takes place over about a two week period, just before Hallowe'en, and the Excelsior Hallowe'en Parade. A superstitious drunkard, Ryan MacMurphy dies of "natural causes", but...he's only 34? How can that be? He had been telling people that a local microbrew owner, a practicing Wiccan, was a real WITCH who cursed him. There are a few twists and turns in the story, and an exciting climax. Yes, at times the book is a bit predictable, and that's why I've given the review only 4 out of 5 stars. However, the characters are interesting, and I find I would like to know more about Godwin and his new friend, Rafael. I want to learn more about the amateur sleuth / shopkeeper, Betsy Devonshire, and the other denizens of Excelsior.
Since it was a fast and enjoyable read, I know I'll be checking out some of the other Monica Ferris titles. I think if you enjoy mysteries and like any type of needlework or crafting, you would get a kick out of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The righties detailed, the reading is easy--takes my mind off everything else. I get tired of unacceptable verbage and situations I'm exposed to in many of today's books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't like it. After the first 30 or 40 pages I realized it was going to be a book on witchcraft. I was very disappointed since I don't care to read about that subject. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R.F.
Great story. have now bought all of her books in this series. They will be fun rereads next summerPublished on August 22, 2014 by vivian simon
Good characters, interesting plot. Story line moved fast enough to keep the reader's interest without being confusing. Interesting account of brewing beerPublished on April 25, 2014 by maryn
I enjoyed reading this book by Monica Ferris. I like this series. It was a good mystery and fun to read.Published on July 27, 2013 by Kathleen
I don't know how she does it, but the author can really weave a very exciting book. Thanks for doing that.Published on June 13, 2013 by Elizabeth D. Salmon