When an elderly homeless woman is found dead on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, she's wearing something that holds the key to her identity but also opens up a mystery. Embroidered on her blouse is her will, in which she bequeaths everything she owns to her niece: Emily Hame, a member of the Monday Bunch at Betsy Devonshire's Crewel World needlework shop! Emily's aunt turns out to be the second homeless woman to be found dead under mysterious circumstances. It's up to Betsy to discover the common thread between the deaths - and to determine if a murderer may strike again.
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©2011 Mary Monica Kuhfeld (P)2011 AudioGO
With Threadbare, Monica Ferris has gotten back into the swing with the Needlecraft Mystery series. A plot that you couldn't figure out immediately, more new characters, but retaining enough of the basic charm of the series to make it well worth reading/listening to.
I enjoyed the light hearted story. It was a no brainer just to listen to it. It is very specific target audience: fiber artists. The story line was light on substance and a little moralistic but overall I enjoy her writing.
I will read the Tipping Point
nothing to recommend
My grandmother worked hardanger so it was interesting to hear how difficult it is to do. I would like to explore it.
The mystery was pretty solid, Betsy did her usual thing of investigating. The characters are well written and established. The usual characters are there plus a couple of new ones.
This book was a bit of a departure from the usual quaint and affluent town of Excelsior. Betsy investigates the death of two homeless women. In order to do so she takes a homeless women on to help investigate. In doing so, Monica Ferris highlighted the plight of the homeless. I was a bit disappointed that Betsy didn't offer the homeless woman at least part time employment. If you are going to highlight a problem as big as homelessness, you might as well become part of the solution. Also, I find it unbelievable that Betsy is so cozy with her adversary Mike Malloy. He appears lazy in this novel as Betsy does all of the work and reports to him. It's an ok book. It passed the time. I'll probably read the next one when I'm between books and have nothing else to read.
When I'm in the mood for an "easy listening" book I often choose Monica Ferris. The stories are entertaining and the characters are likeable. I also enjoy the setting. Excelsior is a real place I have visited many times. I've had lunch at Antiquity Rose - it really does exist and the food is very good. If you've enjoyed other Monica Ferris books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
Narrator Susan Boyce has a pleasing voice, good diction, and did an acceptable job with character voices. However her pauses and emphasis on words seemed "off" to me. Many times it sounded to me like she was reading the text for the first time. I would definately listen closely to the audio sample of any other book she narrated before I purchased it.
The only needlework I've ever done was a few crewel embroidery projects many years ago. I enjoyed it, but it did not become hobby for me. The book includes discussions of needlework, but I don't find them overly long or tedious.
This is a relaxing "cozy" mystery. I believe I might have enjoyed it more with a different narrator.
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