Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13) [With Counted Cross-Stitch Pattern]

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As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has unraveled more than a few lies. There's a witch in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is . . . beer. Actually Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca. But when a local alcohol aficionado accuses her of being a real witch and ends up dead, Leona becomes the target of a witch hunt -- and the prime suspect.

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Overview

As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has unraveled more than a few lies. There's a witch in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is . . . beer. Actually Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca. But when a local alcohol aficionado accuses her of being a real witch and ends up dead, Leona becomes the target of a witch hunt -- and the prime suspect.

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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.)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410423160
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #13
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

    Posted February 13, 2010

    TOP-NOTCH CHARACTERS, AN INTERESTING PLOT

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Betsy Devonshire Rides Again!

    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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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    excellent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended--Enjoyed reading

    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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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Enjoyable!

    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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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    I love this mystery series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    I love Monica Ferris!

    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!

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

    I collect Monica's work.

    I enjoy reading her books, because they are written as the ordinary person talks.

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