Needlecraft Mysteries
Books in series17
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(3.9 based on 1487 ratings)
  • 1
    Crewel World | Monica Ferris

    Crewel World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    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....

    British style mystery set in America
    Reviewed on January 13 2014 by Sara (USA)
  • 2
    Framed in Lace | Monica Ferris

    Framed in Lace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (90)

    When the historic Hopkins ferry was raised from the bottom of the lake, who would have thought they were literally raising the dead! But there it was—a skeleton—right before their eyes. Unfortunately, the evidence is slim and soggy: the boat sank in 1949, the victim on board was a woman, and near the body is a piece of unidentifiable lacelike fabric. Sounds like a job for Betsy Devonshire. Betsy knows there's more to this story than what’s on the surface.

    Great book!

    I love this series. It is clean and a fun listen. Great for all ages.

    Reviewed on March 06 2012 by betty (west sunbury, PA, United States)
  • 3
    A Stitch in Time: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    A Stitch in Time: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    The cold, blustery Midwest winters don't exactly agree with Betsy Devonshire, but since moving to Excelsior, Minnestoa, she sure has met a lot of warm, friendly people. So she isn't too surprised when the town's most talented needleworkers volunteer to restore a damaged tapestry that was found in the basement of a local church. Betsy even offers to donate materials for the project, thinking that the free publicity will boost sales at her financially troubled needlecraft shop. But soon Betsy is afraid of losing more than her business....

    Fun Mystery

    Every time I read a book in this series I wish I lived in Excelsior with Betsy and Jill. I love the plot, characters and setting in the series. Whic..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 12 2012 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 4
    Unraveled Sleeve | Monica Ferris

    Unraveled Sleeve

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota, as owner of the town’s needlecraft shop. So why is she suffering from terrifying nightmares? She hasn’t a clue - but thinks maybe it would help to get away for a while. With her friend Jill in tow, she heads north for a “stitch-in” at a remote, rustic lodge. But her nightmares only get worse - especially after she finds a dead woman no one else had seen.

    Another good!!!

    These are definately fireside listens. They are far fetched in that the police are so laid back. Hopefully this is not the way in real life, but the..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 10 2012 by betty (west sunbury, PA, United States)
  • 5
    A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    Another mystery!!

    I sound like a parrot when I write these reviews. They are simple, clean mysteries. They border on silly, but they are also enjoyable. It is so har..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 20 2012 by betty (west sunbury, PA, United States)
  • 6
    Hanging by a Thread: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 6 | Monica Ferris

    Hanging by a Thread: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsey believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty. But she'll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose ends that will prove his innocence once and for all.

    Another in the Crewel World series.

    This is a Betsy Devonshire series book, the sixth one. In this book, Betsy hires a general contractor to replace the roof on her store. His work is ve..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 28 2012 by Kathleen (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • 7
    Cutwork: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 7 | Monica Ferris

    Cutwork: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota - craftsy and non-craftsy alike - has turned out for the art fair. So when an artisan is murdered there, the list of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first regain Jill's trust.

    An early entry in the Betsy Devonshire series.

    the Excelsior Minnesota art fair is happening, and Betsy is involved volunteering for the fair. When an artisan is murdered there, the list
    of sus..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 26 2012 by Kathleen (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • 8
    Crewel Yule | Monica Ferris

    Crewel Yule

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Snow is not the only thing falling this December - spirits are, too. That's because this year's needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle's unsavory reputation causes suspicions to flare. She has plenty of enemies with more than enough motive.

    Light, fun, and easy mystery series

    Another 4 stars. This is a light and quick read. The characters lovable and realistic. If you are looking for a series with a likeable, honest, str..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 28 2010 by Dale (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 9
    Embroidered Truths | Monica Ferris

    Embroidered Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 06 2009 by Miriam (San Angelo, TX, United States)
  • 10
    Sins and Needles: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    Sins and Needles: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    When adoptee Lucille Jones comes to town researching her roots, Betsy Devonshire notices that she bears a remarkable resemblance to local Jan Henderson. Betsy introduces the look-alikes and they quickly hit it off. But then Jan's wealthy great-aunt is found dead, helped to her grave by a stiff metal wire --a double-zero knitting needle, in fact. Just like the kind Jan knits with.

    Totally addictive series

    I'm not a knitter, had to look up "counted cross stitch" to figure out what they were talking about, but the Minnesota locale drew me in to the first ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 03 2013 by karen (United States)
  • 11
    Knitting Bones | Monica Ferris

    Knitting Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild raised over 20,000 dollars for charity - but the representative who accepted the check at the annual convention disappeared with it. It turns out that he's the husband of the local chapter president, Allie Germaine, who insists on his innocence. But if Bob Germaine didn't pocket the check, who did? And where is Bob now? Since needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has broken her leg horseback riding, solving the latest crime will have to be a group project.

    Easy Listening

    Love this series. Can't wait until there are more of this series on audible. It is fun and I like the plots and the mystery of whodunit.

    Reviewed on April 06 2009 by Miriam (San Angelo, TX, United States)
  • 12
    Thai Die | Monica Ferris

    Thai Die

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    As owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads together. Just back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show her stitching friends her souvenirs, which include dazzling Thai silk. She also has a small stone Buddha that she agreed to deliver to an antique store in St. Paul. It's wrapped in a dirty rag, which she throws away.

    Worst narrator ever

    This might have been a good book. However, the inflection and emphasis on the wrong words make for a painful listening experience. Also, sometimes s..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 25 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 13
    Blackwork: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    Blackwork: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    There's a witch running loose in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is…beer. Actually, Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca, which many mistakenly believe to be sorcery or black magic. Then, after one too many pints, local alcohol aficionado Ryan McMurphy accuses Leona of being a real witch, blaming her for the series of accidents. When Ryan ends up dead, without a mark on his body, Leona is not only the target of a witch hunt but also the prime suspect.

    Charming "Who Done It?"

    These are all good 'three stars.' If a change from teeth grinding suspense and gory descriptions of macabre emotional mayhem are what you seek perhaps..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2011 by Sandy (BUCKETTY, Australia)
  • 14
    Buttons and Bones | Monica Ferris

    Buttons and Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier--the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.

    Too Sweet

    Maybe it's me, but the plot wasn't much and easy to figure out -- the cops looked like idiots -- one major clue was obvious to a middle school kid -- ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 05 2012 by Lavinia (Wichita, KS, United States)
  • 15
    Threadbare: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    Threadbare: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    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.

    One of the better entries in the series

    With Threadbare, Monica Ferris has gotten back into the swing with the Needlecraft Mystery series. A plot that you couldn't figure out immediately, m..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 02 2012 by Amazon Customer (Great Neck, NY, United States)
  • 16
    And Then You Dye: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 16 | Monica Ferris

    And Then You Dye: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (65)

    At Crewel World - the needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, run by Betsy Devonshire - an array of beautifully hand-dyed yarns are supplied by Hailey Brent, an avid hand-dyer as well as a customer. But shortly after her most recent delivery of yarn, Hailey is found dead in her home, with a gunshot wound to the head. Betsy can't imagine who might have killed Hailey, but she is determined to find out.

    And Then You Dye

    Great story - Monica Ferris has done it again! The performance left a lot to be desired in my estimation. Susan Boyce put emphasis on the wrong word..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 07 2013 by Cheryl (Kennesaw, GA, United States)
  • 17
    The Drowning Spool: A Needlecraft Mystery | Monica Ferris

    The Drowning Spool: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Betsy Bronson
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    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.

    narration ruins the story

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 03 2014 by genevieve (carmel, indiana United States)