When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order....
Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills....
Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited. It's an authors' getaway, but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder....
In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer....
After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle....
When dessert chef Casey Feldstein finds out that her late aunt's business, Yarn2Go, has one more yarn retreat scheduled, she decides to go ahead and host the event....
If it weren't for the fact that she's replacing a dead man, Kelly Jackson would love her new job managing the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast....
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder....
Holly's plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch Margaret Fenwick, is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games....
Pepper Reece, owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer - until a murderer ends up in the mix....
When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life....
Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun...
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. Then the body disappears - and she knows she won’t get any rest until she untangles the mysterious threads of the crime....
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 they make for easy and enjoyable listening.
I am going through the whole series in the proper order, and enjoying each of these books.
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Having read this series when it first came out, I decided to listen to the audio version on my work commute. Apparently I had forgotten to read this one because the story was new and the mystery, like the sleepy Betsy, kept eluding my brain. I love the twists and turns. the voice actress was consistent with only one vocal slip on a very minor character. An excellent choice!
In the past month I've listen to several of the needlework stories. I'm surprised the narrator, who is a professional never learned the correct pronunciation of so many Minnesota towns and legendary names. She mispronounces Wayzata, Brule, Medina, Ole, Edina....and more. She doesn't get better as the series goes on. I hope the story never takes place in Grand Rapids and she needs say the name of the Main Street "pokegama".
I so enjoy Monica Ferris mysteries!
This narration was a bit challenging for me to listen to at first due to it being so choppy. However, I have listened to later book marathons by Susan Boyce and she is much improved!
Very different from the first ones! A great change and loved the medical aspect! Betsy gets really tough, too!
It wasn't one of my favorite Monica Ferris stories. I felt that there was too much needle work situations. The snotty conversation between different types of needlework was a bit "high school ish".
Where does Unraveled Sleeve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I rate this in my top 10 of "just to relax & enjoy". Although it is not what I would personally call a "gripping" book, again it is a VERY great story that is told in a very clean & calm atmosphere with an easy to listen to narration. I listened to it twice in the first 3 weeks of purchase, and will return to listen yet again without a doubt, as with the other titles in this series.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
This house is filled with movies & books - finding one that actually keeps us on the "edge" are very rare. I will say it was a very smooth written and not easily figured out by the end of each chapter.
Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I am very pleased with her work to date.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"Allergic to Falling Flakes" * due to the weather, the waterfall that is involved, what she was knitting at the time*
Any additional comments?
I am off to read the next in the series ! I need to soon begin searching for another series of books that will keep me going through the many nights of 3 am knitting as I try to fight the routines of chronic pain.
What made the experience of listening to Unraveled Sleeve the most enjoyable?
Being able to relate to the characters and the story line.
What other book might you compare Unraveled Sleeve to and why?
Agatha Christi's books
Which character – as performed by Susan Boyce – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, my friends would enjoy the characters in this book.
What other book might you compare Unraveled Sleeve to and why?
Susan Boyce's other books in this series.
What does Susan Boyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reader helps bring out the individual characters.
I like this series but I am a crafter and really that aspect of the books. The mysteries are pretty easy to figure out and Betsy is really no great sleuth to be honest. But they are gentle and light. I did however get the next in the series - A Murderous Yarn and found it to be dreadful. It was even slower than normal and almost completely about antique cars (which I guess if you enjoy...I don't). I returned it and therefore can't review it (which is odd when you think about it). I do plan to buy the next in series provided it is back on track with a focus on crafting.
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Betsy goes from strength to strength in this clever story set in snow away from Excelesior.
An enjoyable addition to the needlecraft mystery series. A new setting, with our heroine sleuthing on vacation, provides a new raft of characters. Suspending belief is, as always, required, but this is a pleasant listen.
The narration is, however, something of an acquired taste. The delivery is quite stilted and wouldn't suit everyone. I found that, once I had become used to the style, it didn't spoil the book for me.