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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (443 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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781482980097
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Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier—the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy’s investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Needlecrafters will delight in the details.”

    Library Journal, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

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

    " I liked that the book was not gruesome but still provided a good mystery. Also, I thought it was a neat idea to include a crosstitch pattern at the end of the book. I can't wait to get started on it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2014

    " A nice cozy little murder mystery for a rainy afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/16/2014

    " I have this whole series and enjoy it. I love the pattern that is always at the end of the book. You can never have too many patterns :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/14/2014

    " This is by far my favorite of the Monica Ferris Needlecraft Mysteries. The theme is good, the plot strong (though I figured it before the end), and the events were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/10/2014

    " Ferris keeps this mystery series fresh by moving part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire out of her hometown of Excelsior, MN. Betsy's good friends have just bought what is the dream of many a Minnesotan, a cabin up north. Betsy travels with the Larson's to their new cabin to help with renovations and is on the spot when they discover a skeleton in an old root cellar. The mystery wasn't too hard to figure out, but what made this so interesting was the WWII tie-in of German POW workers in Minnesota near the end of the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/3/2014

    " Thankfully the Monday Bunch isn't much involved here and Godwin's become less of a cartoon. The solution is fairly evident by about halfway, but still a light and enjoyable read. More like her earlier work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 1/1/2014

    " A great installment in one of my favourite series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dany | 12/26/2013

    " Predictable. I think I'm about to give up on this series. The "mysteries" are not that great and the characters come off as stiff and formal/awkward. Mildly entertaining at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori66 | 11/17/2013

    " another great easy read. I enjoy a mystery without the gore. I also enjoy how Ms Ferris has developed the characters and I feel like they are my friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/16/2013

    " This wasn't the best of Monica Ferris's books but it was decent, an 'historial' mystery. That is, the mystery solved in the present took place in the past. I would like to have seen more of Goddy and Sophie, Betsy's cat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/31/2013

    " Pretty good. The mystery was a little too easy to figure out. I wasn't even aware that there were German POW camps in the US Midwest during WWII, so I learned something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deana | 6/18/2013

    " It was okay but I will not seek out reading any more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/8/2012

    " I really enjoyed the history that was included with the mystery in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C Elizabeth | 7/11/2012

    " Finding skeletal remains in a friend's newly purchases Wisconsin summer cottage doesn't bring easy answers to who was he and who done it! Prisoner of war, villager soldier disappears after summons to report for duty, buttons, visitors, lightened with weekly turtle race for the children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Foerst | 5/6/2012

    " Betsy Devonshire works with her friend Jill Larson to solve the mystery of a skeleton. Enjoyable light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June | 3/18/2012

    " I really couldn't put it down, had to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillybean | 3/1/2012

    " Caught up on this series . . . :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristien | 2/25/2012

    " I have liked every book in this series. This story has an unexpected twist. Nicely done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/20/2011

    " Easy mystery but interesting with a bit of history about German POWs in the US during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 9/22/2011

    " This one was different in that Betsy is trying to solve a murder from 1945, after a skeleton is found in the cabin her friend Jill has just bought. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 6/25/2011

    " Not enough needlework in this one. I think Betsy could have owned a hardware store for all the difference it made. It wasn't as bad as the one about steamer cars, but it was also not nearly as good as some of the early ones in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/20/2011

    " Thankfully the Monday Bunch isn't much involved here and Godwin's become less of a cartoon. The solution is fairly evident by about halfway, but still a light and enjoyable read. More like her earlier work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grey853 | 4/26/2011

    " When a skeleton is found in a friend's cabin, Betsy sets about helping her figure out who it might have been. While there are parts I liked, such Betsy's relationship with Goddy and the details of running her shop, I found the historical digging a bit slow and repetitious.

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

    " I really enjoyed this book... but it wasn't a mystery to me. As soon as the elements were in play it was obvious what had happened. In spite of knowing what happened, I enjoyed reading it very much, and seeing the clues come together for the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 3/31/2011

    " I just opened the book but the other books in the series are fun. An enjoyable book but I figured out the solution to the mystery about 2/3 of the way through. Sweet characters but not enough suspense! "

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

    " A nice cozy little murder mystery for a rainy afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/9/2011

    " Not enough needlework in this one. I think Betsy could have owned a hardware store for all the difference it made. It wasn't as bad as the one about steamer cars, but it was also not nearly as good as some of the early ones in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 3/2/2011

    " What I learned: if you send $3 to the social security administration with a name and social security number, they'll forward a message to that person.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/23/2011

    " This wasn't the best of Monica Ferris's books but it was decent, an 'historial' mystery. That is, the mystery solved in the present took place in the past. I would like to have seen more of Goddy and Sophie, Betsy's cat. "

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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.