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Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13)
     

Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13)

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by Monica Ferris
 

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This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on

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This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on the case spells trouble for the killer.

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Publishers Weekly
Ferris's spooky 13th needlecraft mystery (after 2008's Thai Die) finds Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, preparing for the upcoming Halloween festivities in Excelsior, Minn., along with a host of other locals, including Leona Cunningham, a Wiccan and senior partner in a microbrewery pub, who's mixing a new brew called “Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Ale.” When Ryan McMurphy, an auto mechanic who's offered his restored antique fire truck for the parade, turns up dead in a friend's basement sewing room, Betsy once again puts on her sleuthing cap. Some of the stitchers, who serve as a sort of friendly Greek chorus, are into blackwork, an intricate reversible form of embroidery. Instructions for a blackwork pattern, “Witchwork,” appear at the end. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Murder interrupts the Halloween festivities at Excelsior, Minn. Leona Cunningham has two strikes against her: She owns a microbrewery and practices Wicca, the ancient religion many mistake for devil worship. When a local drunk who'd been banned from her establishment turns up dead of unknown causes, gossip blames Leona. It's up to sleuthing needlework-shop owner Betsy Devonshire (Thai Die, 2008, etc.) to find the killer. Before his untimely decease, alcoholic Ryan McMurphy had been slated to drive a restored fire truck in the Halloween parade. His wife had recently thrown him out, and he'd been staying in the basement sewing room of Shelly Donohue, whose live-in love Harvey Fogelman was his old friend. Although Leona suspected Ryan of trashing her porch, she was far from the only one with a reason to wish him dead. Ryan's drunken driving caused a severe injury to one of his friends. His cousin was furious that he ruined her daughter's chances to get into the Naval Academy. He was blackmailing Harvey. And his wife is now in line for a $2 million insurance payout. Even after her gay friend Godwin's near-fatal experience with dry ice gives Betsy the clue to the cause of death, she still needs to figure out who did the deed. Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern and the ongoing adventures, pleasant if not exactly exciting, of Betsy, Godwin and their pals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101145173
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Needlecraft Mystery Series , #13
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
234,359
File size:
445 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms.

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Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ferris once again treats us to a well-plotted story. This is one of her best. The characters may be familiar from earlier novels, but the plot is a little different - a practitioner of Wicca, a microbrewery, an alcoholic, and a Halloween celebration are combined to create a story that is unlike the others in this series. Ms. Ferris integrates these various topics in such a way that the plot advances seamlessly. Needlecraft terms never get in the way of the plot. An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Blackwork, Betsy Devonshire takes on a strange and twisted plot, involving alledged witchcraft. Did the local Wiccan put a spell on Ryan McMurphy or are there more mundane forces at work? It takes Betsy awhile, what with needlecraft and a store to run, until the plot is laid bare.
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c-39 More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a knitter/handiwork type person I do enjoy the series and the details that are in the story does not confuse or take away from the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Reminded me of the mysteries I read years ago. It was very interesting. Held my attention until the end. I plan on purchasing more of her books.
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sharno22 More than 1 year ago
This the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading all the books is this series.
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lakota12 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series for a few years, and I watch for new books. This one did not disappoint me. The same "core" characters are here, we progressed in some relationships and formed new ones, while not killing off too many of the local residents. This is a quick read, perhaps one afternoon or long evening. I enjoyed my visit with my old book friends. I won't become a knitter, but it is interesting to read about knitting styles & types. I look forward to the next installment of this series. Thanks for the entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wait impatiently for the next Betsy Devonshire tale to be available, and I have never been disappointed. Start with Crewel World and follow the series. Many happy hours!