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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monica Ferris Narrator: Susan Boyce Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Needlecraft Mysteries Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781482981322
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The cold, blustery Midwest winters don’t exactly agree with Betsy Devonshire, but since moving to Excelsior, Minnestoa, she sure has met a lot of warm, friendly people. So she isn’t too surprised when the town’s most talented needleworkers volunteer to restore a damaged tapestry that was found in the basement of a local church. Betsy even offers to donate materials for the project, thinking that the free publicity will boost sales at her financially troubled needlecraft shop. But soon Betsy is afraid of losing more than her business—because her good intentions have unleashed some deadly secrets. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful amateur sleuth tale…Hobbyists and amateur sleuth lovers will enjoy the novel due to the deep, believable characters that provide local color to an interesting story line.”

    Harriet Klausner

  • “Abounds with tidbits of information about knitting, needlepoint and the art of creating needlework...[A] very entertaining book with a good dose of suspense.”

    Affaire de Coeur

  • “Entertaining…Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this book.”

    Rendezvous, praise for Framed in Lace

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/20/2014

    " Great entertainment, nothing heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 2/13/2014

    " Someone is trying to kill Betsy Devonshire, the protagonist of the series. A renovation at the local Episcopal church turns up an unfinished tapestry started by the wife of the previous rector of the church. It seems the woman was fond of putting hidden messages in her works, usually the names of her family. Soon after it's found, Betsy agrees to donate materials to help finish it. She figures it will help bring in business to her shop, which is barely operating in the black. Unfortunately, the tapestry soon disappears, along with Betsy's notes. Could it be her ex-husband, who only recently showed up in town? Or some other malevolent force? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/12/2014

    " Once again, very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cswallen | 2/5/2014

    " I have to stop reading these. It makes me want to go buy all kinds of needlepoint crafty things and then you all will end of with crafty type gifts that you don't know what to do with. It's like the other mystery series where the main character cooks all the time and I gain weight just reading about it. Doesn't make me want to cook though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/30/2014

    " As usual, an entertaining and quick read. I don't usually read cozy mysteries, but I like this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " This one is one of my least favorites in the Needlecraft Mystery series by Monica Ferris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 1/22/2014

    " Just another fun book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lain | 1/19/2014

    " This was the first Needlecraft Mystery that I figured out before the book was halfway done. While it's still well-written and entertaining, I did find it a bit transparent (and, at the same time, confusing!). There were a lot of new characters introduced, and I had trouble keeping them and their stories straight. All the same, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2014

    " Finished: August 31, 2007. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/17/2013

    " Quick, engaging read - for once I worked out 'whodunnit' before it was revelaed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/9/2013

    " Trying to read the series in order. I would love to see an exhibit of the works that are described in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/9/2013

    " Another fun mystery for stitchers. I couldn't wait to know who the murderer was - and I had to wait to the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/26/2013

    " A fun read. Uses needlepoint terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 10/29/2013

    " Especially enjoyed this quick read where Betsy is stranded in a Minnesota blizzard. Reminds me to get my emergency supplies in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbygal | 10/21/2013

    " Good themed mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 5/24/2013

    " Once again a very fun murder mystery. And if for nothing else I learned new terminology in this book which added to my boggle score :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/21/2013

    " A Stitch in Time (Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris (2000) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 4/13/2013

    " Not as good as the first book, but still an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia Ashby | 4/8/2013

    " Monica Ferris did it again. It is fun how the needlepoint helps solve the mystery. This one wasn't a murder, but an attempted murder. I guessed who did it early on, but it wasn't until the last 20 pages that it all came together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2013

    " The characters are really enjoyable at this point so I'm not sure why I don't read them more often. Of course, I also have to read them in order......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/7/2013

    " Betsy Devonshire is learning to do needlework at the same time she is learning to run the needlework shop she inherited from her sister. Amid the struggle with finances, scheduling and patterns she also finds herself the target of a would-be murderer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patt | 11/3/2012

    " This was the best so far in the Needlecraft Mysteries. I couldn't put this one down when I got about half way through. Betsy Devonshire is the victim of three attempts on her life. Who is behind the attempts? Read it to find out in this fast moving book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 9/30/2012

    " A Stitch in Time (Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris (2000) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Sharp | 6/28/2012

    " I always love reading the books in this series. I think the regular characters in this series are all very intresting and make the storylines so much more excitig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/17/2012

    " Audio version has good reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 2/6/2012

    " you guessed it--another re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanadal1 | 12/12/2011

    " very cute - Sophie the cat got a little more personality in this book, which i really liked "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cece | 9/30/2011

    " Cute, light, entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 9/18/2011

    " Just another fun book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 7/27/2011

    " Perfecf ending to the trio of first 3 mysteries - I enjoyed it very much - couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 5/16/2011

    " As usual, an entertaining and quick read. I don't usually read cozy mysteries, but I like this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/4/2011

    " Trying to read the series in order. I would love to see an exhibit of the works that are described in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 5/22/2010

    " Eye candy for the escapist reader. A relaxing-after work read with cozy characters and always a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/16/2010

    " A fun read. Uses needlepoint terms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 2/7/2010

    " A decent mystery revolving around a church scandal. Just a tad too religious for my tastes. (The agnostic in me was rebelling.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 1/17/2010

    " A Stitch in Time (Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 9/19/2009

    " Lots of information new to me in this book!

    For example, the way to clean up mildrew on needlework (see page 18) meanings of attributes and symbols of the Christian church (p.p 29-31), and how newspaper reporters used to designate the end of their stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 6/16/2009

    " Once again a very fun murder mystery. And if for nothing else I learned new terminology in this book which added to my boggle score :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/1/2009

    " Betsy Devonshire is learning to do needlework at the same time she is learning to run the needlework shop she inherited from her sister. Amid the struggle with finances, scheduling and patterns she also finds herself the target of a would-be murderer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 3/3/2009

    " This was a harder book to solve than the other ones. Everything was just too neat and tidy, but then the attempted murderer had a change of heart and helped me figure it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 10/2/2008

    " Not as good as the first book, but still an entertaining read. "

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About the Author
Author Monica Ferris

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

About the Narrator

Susan Boyce is an audiobook narrator and an actor who has worked onstage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major ragtime and traditional jazz festival in the United States. She has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.