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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. When she meets the dealer, he is surprised that she unwrapped it, though relieved the statue's delicate hands aren't damaged.

The next night, Doris' apartment is broken into, then the antique shop owner is found murdered, his shop ransacked, and the Buddha gone. And Betsy starts to wonder about the dingy wrapper she retrieved from the trash.

©2008 Mary Pulver Kuhfeld; ©2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 03-25-14

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 she speaks in a low flat voice which seems very odd. The story was okay and could have been better if it had a different narrator.

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Very Pleased

I would listen to more of these books. Takes you right to the end until you find out whodunit. Can't wait for more of this series to become audible.

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Just one quick note

This is a typical, Crewel World mystery--ever growing regular characters, not particularly strong one-time only characters (including the killer) and really interesting information on needlework.

Only complaint? Don't like the reader. Not really sure why. It's mainly her voice for Betsy (our hero)--it's flat and low and not very interesting.

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Thai Die Cozy and comfortable read

I always enjoy Monica Ferris' books. She tells great tales and I enjoy the background details she gives in her stories. I appreciate her controlled use of language too.

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Slower than the others

I've enjoyed all the stories so far however this one was just not as exciting as the others. Also since the narrators have changed I don't feel that connection w the characters that I did in the first books. The current narrator's voice isn't as distinctive w the characters voices so I'm never really sure who is speaking until a few words have been said. The storyline wasn't bad. It just seemed to have more involvement in the Monday Bunch crew rather than Betty solving the murders. Still worth a listen though.

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Give US SUSAN BOYCE!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would NOT recommend this book ONLY because of the narrator! Where the heck is Susan Boyce! This reader just skims through the text and voices - with very little variation between any of the characters; AND the worse part is, Godwin who should 'get' to show off his personality via his voice - gets no special attention - therefore he sounds no different than the group of women. OMGosh - I enjoy this series; I have most all of them in my library - but this gal has got to go! She should give her wages back!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Interesting premise and the author approached the 'usual' murder in the community from a new angle - which was great! But geez - it gets lost in the narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely. Connie Crawford should go in to another line of work! Narrating a book is not a race; "she who reads it fastest, giving no intonation or character to the voices wins!' I don't think so!

Any additional comments?

It should be re-recorded by Susan Boyce and re-released! I hope Monica Ferris has some control over who is the reader for her books. I will look more closely at the narrator for her books from now on before I click 'purchase'!

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Worst read story ever!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story was typical light mystery, but listening to the reader's lack of inflection and pauses and emphasis on the wrong words was almost painful or at least irritating. I couldn't finish the book because of it.

What didn’t you like about Connie Crawford’s performance?

See above

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Leave the South out of It!

Where does Thai Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't like the narrator. Just use the original narrator from now on!

How could the performance have been better?

Use the original narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when the author made a sly reference to Southerners regarding racism during the water aerobics pool scene with the guy from Kentucky. Leave this garbage out of your books from now on please! As a Southerner I do not appreciate this!

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FUN STORY

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A NICE COZY READ DURING THE LONG WINTER MONTHS, NOT TO MENTION JUST PLAIN FUN.

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  • Jackie
  • SALMON ARM, BC, Canada
  • 11-20-11

Intonation and flow distracting

Kept falling asleep while listening, or was distracted from the story by the readers intonation. Felt "off" to me.