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The Drowning Spool: A Needlecraft Mystery | [Monica Ferris]

The Drowning Spool: A Needlecraft Mystery

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.
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Publisher's Summary

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk's therapy pool, and Betsy's sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers - each with a motive for the murder. It's up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer.

©2014 Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    genevieve 03-03-14
    genevieve 03-03-14
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    "narration ruins the story"
    What disappointed you about The Drowning Spool?

    The narration was awful. Of all the Crewel World mysteries I have this was the poorest narration I have experienced. While Betsy's voice was good the other characters all had either whiney similar voices,or comical type accents whether male or female. Godwin's voice was terrible. Officer Jill Cross's voice, usually conveying calm and an authoritative air also had that strange nasal twang that almost all the female voices had. It was really distracting and I couldn't enjoy the story at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Betsy Bronson’s performances?

    NO.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    When providing the snippets to listen to the story before buying, please pick a section where more than one voice is used if at all possible. I listened to the snippet and Betsy's voice was good - but had I heard any of the others I would never have purchased this title.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Larson 01-22-15
    Paul Larson 01-22-15

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    "Weak story and worse voice over artist performance"
    If you could sum up The Drowning Spool in three words, what would they be?

    Okay but lazy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She has no feel for acting the written word out audibly. Her presentation was uninspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was lack luster and fairly obvious about 3/4 of the way through and to add the poor narration not the series or the authors best book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine WARREN, MI, United States 01-09-15
    Christine WARREN, MI, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator should get a 0"

    I enjoy this series and it is a fun read and have listened to all of them. This narrator however is the worst! Pleas bring back Susan Boyce! Makes the story not very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 09-09-14
    Kathy 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "NARRATION KILLED IT"
    Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Betsy Bronson?

    MONICA FERRIS - DEFINITELY YES!
    BETSY BRONSON - DEFINITELY NO!


    What other book might you compare The Drowning Spool to and why?

    Monica Ferris' other novels about the same main character are fun. I have not listened to anything else narrated by Betsy Bronson. This will be one that I need to physically read.


    What didn’t you like about Betsy Bronson’s performance?

    The voices that she uses for the individual characters are ridiculous. My rating of a 4 for the story was solely based on Monica Ferris' other novels as I was unable to listen to more than 15 minutes of The Drowning Spool before I turned it off. I will not be going back to it. The other narrators for Monica Ferris' books are much better. This makes me wonder if she even had to audition for the job. I don't mean to be cruel, I'm sure Betsy is a lovely person, but narration is not her forte.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    TOTAL AND UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 06-24-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It was okay"

    This wasn't as good as the others but it was okay. I found myself skipping forward a couple of times. I hope the next book in the series is more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 04-19-14
    Denise 04-19-14
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    "Boooooring!!"
    What disappointed you about The Drowning Spool?

    To be fair i am only criticing the first 5 chspters because thats all i could take !!! Between the tedious story and the monotonous narrator I just couldnt believe this was the same series I've enjoyed in the past! So disappointing!


    What could Monica Ferris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gotten into a juicy story within the first chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Luckily I often listen to audio books to help me fall asleep, and this is perfect for that. To be fair to the narrator she didnt have much excitement to work with, but the reading was void of even an attempt at making mundane actions and conversations bearable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Drowning Spool?

    Definitely the first 5 chapters, perhaps it improved in ch. 6?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Young 04-16-14
    Pat Young 04-16-14

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    "the reader was wrong its was so distracting"
    What disappointed you about The Drowning Spool?

    The person who was reading this was so wrong it became a distraction and hard to follow the story to the point that I just couldn't go on any more.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Monica Ferris again?

    As long as Betsy is not reading it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Betsy Bronson?

    Susan B was reading again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    No just get Susan back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-24-14
    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting story, failar communityof characters"

    The 17th book in a pleasant series about the owner of a needlework store, with strong supporting cast of recurring characters. The story is interesting and trails enough red herrings in the form f plausible bad guys to keep the reader guessing .
    The narrator of this book, however, is not a good choice. She gives many of he voices an unpleasant nasal quality and many of the people sound as if they had bad head colds .It is sometimes hard to tell male and female speakers apart. . Entirely missing is the light teasing voice of Godwin and Conner’s Irish lilt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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