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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….

©1999 Monica Ferris (P)2011 AudioGO

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IF YOU LIKE HER BOOKS YOU WONT BE DISSAPPOINTED!

DECISIONS, MYSTERY, COOL PEOPLE, DEATH,AND JUST PLAIN GOOD SLEUTHING! IF YOU ARE A FAN YOU WILL STAY A FAN

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • betty
  • west sunbury, PA, United States
  • 03-06-12

Good, clean fireside mysteries.

This is a series that is easy to listen to. The whole series is a clean listen, and enjoyable for young and old. Listen to them in the proper order and they make more sense.

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Great Book

What made the experience of listening to Crewel World the most enjoyable?

This book kept me listening to see who was the murderer. I really had no idea who it was.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crewel World?

I loved the references to knitting. It made me want to knit again.

Any additional comments?

I'll definitely read the rest of the series.

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it takes time

Where does Crewel World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The narrator for this is really dry and that causes a person to want to turn it off and go to another book. Give it time and the story will finally draw you in. This is one that you shouldn't multi-task when listening. There are changes of dialog that would be better if the narrator actually changed the voices to give character references so you need to pay attention.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Boyce?

I want to hear the series so I am stuck with her as the narrator but she does a poor job for this one. Hope the next improves ...

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  • Skye
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 05-29-15

Much better than expected

The plot was tight although I think character development was weakest part of the story. Heroine was not likeable.

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very pleasant!

I'd already read a number of Crewel World stories, and always wondered how everything got started. This first book in the series was a great story line with a very pleasant ending.

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  • Kathy N
  • Long Beach, CA United States
  • 01-11-15

Pleasant diversion

The culprit is easy to spot, the characters are one-dimensional and sometimes seem inconsistent, and the reader, though generally competent, is occasionally robotic. But if you're not looking for Agatha Christie plot and character development quality and you enjoy a cozy set in the world of needlework, this is a pleasant enough diversion.

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Easy listening

A whodunnit with needlecraft information ;-) Nothing too thrilling, easy to listen to with half an ear, although I suspect that I must have missed a few clues early on, not paying sufficient attention. It's a bit slow, which had my mind wandering, but still interesting enough to deserve a positive rating (maybe 4 stars are generous, but as I wouldn't pick up a 3 star book, it'll have to be a 4).

Susan Boyce does an OK job narrating, and although I didn't like it much (emphasis and pauses at odd spots, the voices sligtly different but not to the point where you could actually pick out who might be speaking), it doesn't put me off getting a couple more of the series.

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Love this series

I have listened to the entire series. These are easy listening stories - not complex murders full of gore, interweaved with the lives of needle pointers. I am waiting (hopefully) for the next story.

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  • Laura
  • Dearing, GA, United States
  • 11-01-13

Liked it

If you are not a needlework fan then another series might be more to your liking. It takes a few chapters to get into the mystery, and before the mystery most of the talk is between the characters about yarn and needlework. I enjoyed it and will purchase more, a good listen and the murder is gross and sick as in some.