Synopses & Reviews
Betsy Devonshire, full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, has hooked more than a few crooks in the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries. Now Betsy learns the hard way that a murder is still murder, any way you color it…
Betsy is a natural-born yarnsmith—so it’s only fitting that some of her favorite items to stock come from the dye-works of Hailey Brent. Hailey makes hand-dyed knitting wool, silk, soy, and corn yarns. She uses only natural vegetable dyes, creating soft and beautiful colors. Which means her yarns are expensive, but well worth it.
Unfortunately, someone thinks they’re worth killing for.
When Hailey’s body is discovered shot dead in her workshop, Betsy discovers that there was a lot about Hailey she would have never guessed. Like her penchant for stealing other’s property for her own use. Her use of dangerous additives to create her so-called all-natural fibers. And a scheming mind that had made her more than one enemy.
Now, Betsy must wring the truth from a bevy of colorful suspects. Because the truth just might mean the difference between living—and dyeing…
“[A] winning cozy series…As always, Ferris sprinkles a generous helping of knitting and cross-stitch tips throughout.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fast-paced with several cross stitch twists that will please amateur sleuth fans…a fine who-done-it.”—Midwest Book Review
“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
“Ferris’s characterizations are top-notch, and the action moves along at a crisp pace.” —Booklist
“Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern, and the ongoing adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries
“Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this.”—Rendezvous
“Ms. Ferris has a talent for telling a story with just the right amount of suspense and humor.”—Fresh Fiction
Praise for Monica Ferriss Needlecraft Mysteries
“A comfortable fit for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Good stories, top-notch characters, and solid and seemingly effortless writing.”—Cozy Library
“Filled with great small-town characters...A great time...Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this.”—Rendezvous
Helping friends renovate their summer cabin, Betsy uncovers a human skeleton hidden in the walls. It appears to be the body of a Nazi soldier-perhaps from the WWII POW camp that once operated not far from town. Stitching together the scant evidence, Betsy is determined to solve the murder-no matter how long ago it may have happened.
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The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild raised over twenty thousand dollars for charity?but the representative who accepted the check at the annual convention disappeared with it. It turns out that he?s the husband of the local chapter president, Allie Germaine, who insists on his innocence. But if Bob Germaine didn?t pocket the check, who did? And where is Bob now? Since needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has broken her leg horseback riding, solving the latest crime will have to be a group project.
Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.
Back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show Betsy, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, her souvenirs. Later when the souvenirs are stolen from Doris?s apartment, Betsy thinks there is something more to some of this exotic embroidery than meets the eye.
Available for the first time in one volume: three mysteries from the USA Today bestselling author of the Needlecraft series...
Shop owner and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire has a knack for stumbling upon dead bodies?and it?s entangled her in more than one knotty situation. Here in one volume are three of Betsy?s adventures as a not-so-seamless investigator.
Includes Unraveled Sleeve, A Murderous Yarn, and Hanging by a Thread.
After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money—and a lot of enemies. Now Betsy has to untangle a cat’s cradle of lies if she’s going to save Godwin…before the murderer decides to cut off all the loose ends for good.
This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on the case spells trouble for the killer.
The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting…and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.
Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota, as owner of the town’s needlecraft shop. So why is she suffering from terrifying nightmares? She hasn’t a clue—but she thinks maybe it would help to get away for a while. With her friend Jill in tow, she heads north for a “stitch-in” at a remote, rustic lodge. But her nightmares only get worse—especially after she finds a dead woman no one else had seen. Then the body disappears—and she knows she won’t get any rest until she untangles the mysterious threads of the crime….
When Betsy's sister is murdered in her own needlecraft store, Betsy takes over the shop and the investigation. But to find the murderer, she'll have to put together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime... Includes a beautiful embroidery pattern!
When a damaged tapestry is discovered in a small-town church closet, needleworkers join to stitch together the clues which lead to a crafty crime.
"Entertaining...Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this book." --Rendezvous
When the historic Hopkins ferry is raised from the lake, a skeleton is discovered. Unfortunately, the only evidence is a piece of lace-like fabric. But once Betsy Devonshire and the patrons of her needlecraft shop lend a hand, they're sure to stitch together the details of this mystery...
"Filled with great small-town characters...A great time!" Rendezvous
The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries have shown that when it comes to murder, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, doesnt mess around. But when a local hoarder is murdered, shell need all her wits to dig a new friend out of a heap of trouble
After a tree falls on Tom Riordans house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesotaincluding Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunchoffer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates.
But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his propertyhis cousin Valentinabecomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes theres more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killers identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack
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About the Author
Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of the Needlecraft Mystery series, including The Drowning Spool, And Then You Dye, and Threadbare, as well as several mystery series under various pseudonyms.