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Crewel World | [Monica Ferris]

Crewel World

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....
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Publisher's Summary

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….

©1999 Monica Ferris (P)2011 AudioGO

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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-21-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Basic beginning to series..."

    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.

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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
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    "Gentle and easy to listen to series"

    Nothing special but still enjoyable none the less. Love the crafting part of the book.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-25-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Start"

    This is a good beginning to a new series. The characters are likeable and the story is believable.

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    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 09-13-12
    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 09-13-12
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    "Please Kill Someone Sooner"

    I got to the point in this book when I just yelled, die someone, die. Too much backstory, present story, fluff. Once someone died, it wasn't too bad. I don't know if this will tempt me to listen to other books in this series. Not bad, not great. Good thing it was short.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12
    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

    Maria Elena

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    "Predictable but fun"
    Where does Crewel World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at a five out of ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the dialogue and relationships between some of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Susan Boyce does an OK job in this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, it for made good company during my walks and runs.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DeJong LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-04-12
    DeJong LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No Thanks"

    Maybe knitting isn't my thing. I found the story simplistic, not intriguing at all. I will admit the writing is pure Minnesota. The reader mispronounces several place names and city names which to me is unacceptable. Both the reader and the producer should know better.

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    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 08-03-12
    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2012

    WildWiseWoman

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    "Fluffy, feminine, but not much fun"

    When I choose a "cozy" mystery centered in traditional women's worlds of cookery, needlecraft or typing, I look forward to clever story told with warmth and humor. This story had a fairly surprising windup at the end (rather abruptly), but the characters were tired and not very likable. Two sisters who know nothing of one another's lives, yet there is no explanation of an estrangement. They had a happy childhood and are close in age. One falls on hard times and comes to live with the other knowing NOTHING about her sister's life, career, friendships or finances. They treat each other as virtual strangers. One is surrounded by friends and everyone loves her, so why has she been so cold to her sister? It would have made more sense to make them old college roommates just back in touch. Anyway, it was a completely humorless tale and the writing was mechanical at best. The solution to the mystery comes out of left field at the end. Susan Boyce did a fine job reading. I found her delivery a little stilted after a while but I don't think there was much more she could do with the prose she was given.

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-25-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mildly entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    The book did manage to make me as interested in needlework as I was in the actual murder.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-05-12
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-05-12 Listener Since 2010
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    The story was pleasant enough and I might have bought others (on sale) in this series as I am a fibre enthusiast but not with this narrator. I found that she enunciated each word, especially in the dialogue, so much so that I kept thinking she was targeting her reading to a 2 year old. However, I did finish the book so it certainly wasn't the worst narration I've endured.

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    Kristina Queensbury, NY, United States 01-23-14
    Kristina Queensbury, NY, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Reading the book might have been better"

    I like mysteries...I like needle work...I even like Minnesota, but I did not feel like the narrator made the story come together. I did not respond well to the narrator's stilted sort of delivery, so I will not likely choose to follow this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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