Very predictable--knew the culprit and her/his unlikely and uncompelling motive VERY early on. Weird, underdeveloped characters--"weird" as in "awkward and unlikable", not as in "quirky and interesting". Flat narration. I don't recommend this book at all.
The narrator nearly ruined this for me. She was very stilted in her delivery, especially of the main heroine's voice, which made her sound unappealing. But the elements of a good "cozy mystery" were there, especially it you like crafts. If later books in this series have a different narrator, I'd definitely consider them. Otherwise, it's off to the library. Be sure to check out the sample recording and see if you can tolerate the narration.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
DECISIONS, MYSTERY, COOL PEOPLE, DEATH,AND JUST PLAIN GOOD SLEUTHING! IF YOU ARE A FAN YOU WILL STAY A FAN
West Sunbury, Pa.
This is a series that is easy to listen to. The whole series is a clean listen, and enjoyable for young and old. Listen to them in the proper order and they make more sense.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This audio book was an unexpected fun and fresh listen for me . . . I love quilting books that mostly focus on the relationships of the people in the small towns and particularly the women who form close friendships while they learn to quilt. Well, this series is similar, but with a different twist . . . MURDER!!! I like that it is family friendly, interesting, and features cross stitch, crewel, needlepoint and all levels of crafters from expert to beginners. I enjoy many, many different kinds of books . . . and this one is a great change of pace . . . not too serious, not too dreary, just the right amount of "who done it" mixed in with small town life . . .
A whodunnit with needlecraft information ;-) Nothing too thrilling, easy to listen to with half an ear, although I suspect that I must have missed a few clues early on, not paying sufficient attention. It's a bit slow, which had my mind wandering, but still interesting enough to deserve a positive rating (maybe 4 stars are generous, but as I wouldn't pick up a 3 star book, it'll have to be a 4).
Susan Boyce does an OK job narrating, and although I didn't like it much (emphasis and pauses at odd spots, the voices sligtly different but not to the point where you could actually pick out who might be speaking), it doesn't put me off getting a couple more of the series.
Say something about yourself!
I have listened to the entire series. These are easy listening stories - not complex murders full of gore, interweaved with the lives of needle pointers. I am waiting (hopefully) for the next story.
If you are not a needlework fan then another series might be more to your liking. It takes a few chapters to get into the mystery, and before the mystery most of the talk is between the characters about yarn and needlework. I enjoyed it and will purchase more, a good listen and the murder is gross and sick as in some.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
As an avid handcrafter myself, I thought let's see if you can solve a crime by knitting. Well, they kind of did in the story but that took ages to develop. It was like never seeing in the end of a tube knitted scarf. I would have loved a bit more spunk and fun.
Tell us about yourself!
Much of the story describes the shop, characters, and superficial mention of many types of needlework. The murder is "worked" into this background.
This book is right in the center: not excellent, not too bad. I did listen to the whole thing. This is the basis for the ongoing series, but I like more intensity in my listens. I haven't decided if I will continue with later installments.
The narration is suitable to the material.