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….
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I already have. Probably will again as I like the characters ,subject matter and not too graphic.
When the ladies start to suspect who the killer is (don't want to give it away)
I listen at work so am happy to have long stretches to keep up with the story.
Time Well Spent
Not on the "edge" of my seat - but firmly planted, reluctant to be distracted by anything in the outside world.
When the family came home - the main stereo turned off and the ipod & headphones went to work.
The consistancy of a level calm read.
captivating & tangling into the lives of artful women
The only thing that would of made my experience more enjoyable would of been a calm fire in the fireplace as I sat in my recliner next to a large picture window with snow piled up outside.
I don't have a picture window, we get very little snow anymore, and I do not have a fireplace.
I do have a recliner....
Freelance journalist, now living in Israel. Audible books listener for 30 years, when I had to pretend to be blind to get access.
The only time I buy books this short are when I'm spending a bonus gift card, so frequently I end up with a book written by an author I don't know, a book whose chief asset was that it didn't cost more than the value of the gift card. This was one of those, and a lucky buy.
I like a good cozy now and then -- at least to intersperse with some of the more violent or hard-boiled thrillers -- and this one was exceptionally good. It starts very differently, that's for sure. The woman you think is going to be the protagonist isn't -- its her sister instead, Betsy, who turns out to be a more interesting person than her goody-two-shoes, civic-minded sister would have been -- something about the lure of that 'sadder but wiser' girl that Prof. Harold Hill lusted after in 'Music Man'. Betsy has a bit of history behind her, which makes her all that much more interesting.
The first part of the book deals with Betsy's stepping into her new role, so we get an unusually long 'introduction'. No doubt some listeners will be screaming to get on with the detection part, but I liked this more gradual entry. And besides, it makes you think: What if you arrived in a brand new town, and within a day, found yourself entirely responsibly for planning -- and paying for -- a funeral? Good stuff -- I'll be looking for more books by this author, and I'm glad to know how it all began.
I don't think any knowledge or interest in knitting or crafting of any kind is required -- nor is it gender-specific. Male crewel artists appear, too -- it's ART, and not just for women any more, which this book proves beyond a doubt.
The narrator was new to me as well -- there's a faint trace of Brooklyn or maybe LonGuyland in her voice, even though the story is set in small-town Minnesota. Didn't matter -- she probably wouldn't know what to do with lutefisk or lefse, but she did a fine job reading.
Good book! Now I just wish it had been longer....
I enjoyed this book. The mystery was entertaining and the narration excellent. I didn't want to stop listening once I started.
As Peter's wife, I have knitted & needleworked for most of my life, this is a perfect series for me to listen to while driving. It's amusing but not distracting, the characters are believeable as well as the story lines.
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.
An okay read. Not one I would recommend if you like a story with good twists and turns.
Not a crafty person so all the needlework references were a bit wearing but helped fill an afternoon of housework.
A better reader.
Not well read, in fact I nearly stopped listening.
Reading seemed wooden and many times the accent fell on the wrong words. Very annoying.
Though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed several of the characters. Could be a fun, mindless chic-lit if the proper performance was there.
It ranks at a five out of ten.
I enjoyed the dialogue and relationships between some of the characters.
Susan Boyce does an OK job in this book.
Not really, it for made good company during my walks and runs.
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