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Embroidered Truths | [Monica Ferris]

Embroidered Truths

After her good friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with John, his significant other, full-time needlework shop owner and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. Betsy doesn't mind having company, though Godwin is restless and unhappy over the sudden break-up. But sadness turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy knows her friend couldn't be the killer, and sets out to prove it.
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After her good friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with John, his significant other, full-time needlework shop owner and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. Betsy doesn't mind having company, though Godwin is restless and unhappy over the sudden break-up. But sadness turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy knows her friend couldn't be the killer, and sets out to prove it. What she learns is that John had a cat's cradle of secret dealings that had made him a bundle of money, and a lot of enemies. Now, Betsy has to untangle a web of lies if she's going to save Godwin--and find the murderer.

©2005 Mary Monica Kuhfeld; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Miriam R. Crump Texas 04-06-09
    Miriam R. Crump Texas 04-06-09 Member Since 2007

    Miriam

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    "Pleasure to listen to"

    This series is a new one for me. This was easy listening. It also had you hooked until the end. I could not guess whodunit. I can't wait until more of her books are on audible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ali M. Fitzgerald Anchorage, AK United States 04-29-15
    Ali M. Fitzgerald Anchorage, AK United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good cozy mystery"

    I may listen to this story again. I am a Jackie-of-all-crafters, and when I'm doing a long, rather boring job (spinning pounds of alpaca into yarn, for example), I like to listen to a pleasant-on-the-ears story that makes the tedium a little less...tedious. This book fits the bill. The characters are interesting and out-of-the-ordinary, and while the mystery plot is original and detailed, the ending is not, so while the cast of characters may not always do what you think they're going to do, the good guy always wins in the end. Ho hum, but OK if you're not going to give this book your full attention.
    There are several things I like about Monica Ferris's stories, the first being that the main protagonist is a single woman of a certain age who is NOT slobbering over a man, but is instead focused on running her business and living her life. There are other core characters who are slightly formulaic but still interesting, and peripheral characters that vary from book to book vary greatly and give a unique and interesting twist to the story. I like that Ms. Ferris is willing to write outside of the box, which is why she is one of the few authors who I listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-29-14
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "And enjoyable story"
    If you could sum up Embroidered Truths in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable cozy mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Embroidered Truths?

    When the cat tried to comfort Betsy. Also when Betsy realized a friend might be in serious trouble.


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

    I think this is the first time I've heard a book by Melissa Hughes. It is hard for a new narrator to come into the series. However, I think she did a very good job.


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

    Each book in the series is fairly short. This makes it easy to listen to them in one sitting. I enjoyed this book while running errands and cleaning house today. It made an otherwise boring day move swiftly and enjoyably along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 03-03-13
    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2015

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "THE BEST EVER, FROM BEGINNING TO END."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    IF YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE SERIES, SO FAR THIS ONE IS VERY INTERESTING.


    What did you like best about this story?

    GAUDIE IN A PICKLE.


    Which character – as performed by Melissa Hughes – was your favorite?

    GAUDIE


    Any additional comments?

    WHILE I LOVE MONICA FERRIS AND HER WRITING, I AM SORRY, THAT GAUDIE HAS TO BE GAY TO BE INTERESTING. I LOVE GAUDIE, BUT OBJECT TO THE LIFESTYLE.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 04-12-12
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2015

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Really great book. Ditto the previous books."

    All I can say is, read my reviews on the preceding books. I am sure the rest of the books will get the same great raves.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Houston, TX, United States 11-28-10
    Dale Houston, TX, United States 11-28-10
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    "Entertaining"

    This was pretty good light read. I wish the entire series was on Audible. I gave it 4 and not 5 stars because while it is entertaining I figured out the killer before it was revealed. I gave it 4 stars because I liked the characters and the flow of the story. I will buy the next few books that are available on Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 04-18-13
    AudioAddict 04-18-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Not enough going on..."

    STORY - This is a light-hearted mystery about a young gay man (Godwin or "Goddy") accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend. Goddy works in a needlework shop called Crewel World, which is owned by Betsy, the main character. Betsy is an ameteur sleuth, and she sets upon proving Goddy's innocence. The story is obviously meant to be a simple small town whodunnit. IMHO, the mystery is not particularly interesting or complicated, there's no humor...the whole story is just "fluff." Also, I just never particularly cared for Goddy. His being gay could have added a clever dimension to the story, but he was just whiney.

    NARRATOR - The narrator does a pretty good job with most of the characters; however, I thought Goddy sounded like a matronly older woman rather than a 20-something gay male.

    BOTTOM LINE - This book is basically a waste of time, and I won't listen to any more in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delia 11-14-11
    Delia 11-14-11
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    "Different Style..."

    The storyline was good overall. I found the the book difficult to follow at times as the writing style was much different than her previous books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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