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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (584 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 2003 ISBN: 9781482974027
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Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsy believes Johns when he says he isn’t guilty. But she’ll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose ends that will prove his innocence once and for all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You need not be a needlecrafter to enjoy this delightful series.

    Mystery Time

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " A little choppier and thinner in the plot than previous stories in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/13/2014

    " I like the characters in this series. That fueled my desire to read all about Crewel World and Betsy Devonshire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/11/2014

    " A much better written mystery and also better than many of the needlework store owner books I've read. Think I'll look for more from her. "

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

    " I enjoy the needlecraft mystery series by Monica Ferris. They are light, quick and easy reads. Perfect for when you don't have a lot of time, but need a brief escape from the rest of the world. The grammar and sentence structure in these books isn't the best, but I'm a die-hard needleworker and I enjoy mysteries, as well. Monica winds up the mystery enough to let you form your own theories while slowly unraveling the facts and piecing them into an answer. Yes, it's fluff, but it's fluff that revolves around my favorite hobby and one of my favorite genres. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patt | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed this book in the Needlecraft series. This time an unsolved murder leads to an investigation that finally clears the name of one of the town's own. Interesting sidelights about the needlecraft business are included in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/20/2014

    " Minnesota mystery from the shopkeeper of the needlecraft shop "Crewel World". Fun read which sets things right and resolves wrongs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Datz | 12/26/2013

    " If you like crafty books, this series is for you. The author usually has a pattern in the back of her book for your use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie Waldron | 12/11/2013

    " it was an okay book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/2/2013

    " Finished reading on August 17, 2008. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Doolittle | 11/25/2013

    " A mystery series set in Minnesota--enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/22/2013

    " shop owner solves 5-yr-old mystery of double murders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindig | 11/14/2013

    " I don't do needlework but I enjoy this series anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/6/2013

    " This one was much less obvious than the previous books in the series, and for once I did not have it all solved before Betsy spelled it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/27/2013

    " Another fun book to listen to. For some reason I enjoyed this one more than some of her books. I think I like these books because they are set in Minnesota and I recognize places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 7/23/2013

    " Hanging by a Thread by MONICA FERRIS (2003) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 5/14/2013

    " Love this series, but now seeing mistakes by the author in the character confiding in people she already told the clues to a second time with the same information and mixing up names of suspects. Don't know if I will continue with the series yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy Gerbode | 3/7/2013

    " Interesting mystery, fun, light reading. Not a lot of "substance" to these books, but certainly entertaining. A lot of talk about needlework, as might be expected, so that's a point of interest for those who are into needlework. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 12/19/2012

    " I like this one a lot. The focus is back on the shop and town, with Betsy trying to clear the name of a man suspected of 2 murders for the past 5 years. Also she has a new boyfriend, a detective she met in the previous book, Hanging by a Thread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie | 12/9/2012

    " Must have been very good, I read it in one afternoon. Nice that there were no actual murder findings - just rehashing an old case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faye | 12/1/2012

    " Not my favorite so far, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/10/2012

    " I loved this book! I really liked that it takes place in MN, not very far from where I used to live! Very cute cozy series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Sharp | 7/15/2012

    " I read this book a few years ago but I can't remember it so I think I will read it again,though I am sure it was a great book:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 6/6/2012

    " This is a very good read. It's not a typical mystery, but well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 6/4/2012

    " This one was interesting right until the end. Besty is at her best when trying to prove someone didn't do it. She gets the perfect job from Foster Johns whom everyone in Excelsior believes murdered his mistress and her husband. Jealousy, appearances and a little bit of gossip go a long way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Havlovic | 5/27/2012

    " Again another fun and quick easy 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.