Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8)

Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8)

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by Monica Ferris
     
 

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Snow is not the only thing falling this December - spirits are, too. That's because this year's needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle's unsavory reputation

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Snow is not the only thing falling this December - spirits are, too. That's because this year's needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle's unsavory reputation causes suspicions to flare. She has plenty of enemies with more than enough motive. Leave it to Betsy and the other knitting hands to unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest...for a long winter's night.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The hardcover debut of Monica Ferris's popular Needlecraft mystery series is a fine piece of work -- a seasonal yarn that's sure to delight needlecrafters and mystery fans alike.

The time leading up to the holidays is always full of difficult choices, but this year that goes double for Betsy Devonshire, amateur sleuth and owner of the Crewel World needlework shop in Minnesota. She never expected to have to choose between coping with the joys and headaches of the holiday rush on her home turf and the thrill of attending the Nashville Needlework Market. Still, she can't afford to miss this chance to shop for her business at the huge cash-and-carry trade show where members of the International Needlework Retailers Guild pick up all the latest tips and tools of their trade. There's usually no conflict -- the holiday rush is only a memory by the time the Market's usual date rolls around. But, this year, the hotel overbooked their traditional February time slot and offered the stitchers a sweet deal for December instead.

Then tragedy strikes, and Betsy is witness to another shop owner's deadly fall from an upper floor to the atrium lobby far below. With a freak snowstorm interfering with access to the site and the Nashville police and the hotel staff eager to write this off as a deadly accident -- a case of wrong place, wrong time -- Betsy and her police officer friend, Jill Larsen, have lingering doubts about the pattern of events. Not only does the dead woman's fall seem inexplicable, but it soon becomes clear that there are many people at the market who had reason to want this particular shop owner out of business…permanently. Sue Stone

Publishers Weekly
Monica Ferris makes her hardcover debut with Crewel Yule, the eighth in her cozy series to feature Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, "a sweet little needlework store in Minnesota." At the annual needlework convention in Nashville, a Milwaukee, Wis., needlework shop owner plunges to her death into the hotel atrium-is it an accident or murder? Despite multiple flashbacks in the book's first third, the story moves along at a sprightly pace, and readers will enjoy the customary detail about needlework that makes this series increasingly popular. Agent, Nancy Yost at Lowenstein-Yost Associates. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the first hardcover in the best-selling series, Betsey Devonshire, part-time sleuth and full-time owner of a needlework shop, unravels a case of untimely death at a needlework convention. A free pattern is included. Ferris lives in a Minneapolis suburb. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425198278
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2004
Series:
Needlecraft Mystery Series, #8
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

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

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Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Instead of working at her stitchery store, Crewel World in a small Minnesota town, Betsy Devonshire and her employee Godwin are in Nashville attending the annual cash and carry market hosted by the International Needlework Retailer¿s Guild. Their friend Sergeant Jill Larson is also in town attending a police conference. The three friends meet for dinner at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel. However a freak snowstorm strands Jill at Betsy¿s hotel.--- Belle Hammermill, co- owner of Belle¿s Samples and More in Milwaukee, falls off the balcony to her death in the atrium below. Betsy saw the incident and feels a misfortunate accident occurred as no one was in the vicinity of the victim. Jill has doubts and accompanied by Betsy questions people quickly learning that at least three women wanted Belle dead, but which one and how did that person escape eye witnesses accounts of not seeing the culprit perform the deed.--- There is a sad irony to this entertaining sleuth tale as the victim was an amoral nasty piece of work who some will say deserved what she got while the killer is a beleaguered troubled person who performed the homicide on impulse and regrets her actions. Thus readers will empathize with the killer. Jurisdiction aside, Monica Ferris stitches together a delightfully clever yarn that will get the audience into the holiday spirit.--- Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept hearing from a friend how great Monica Ferris was as an author, so I splurged and bought this book. Not only poorly written with plenty of typos that other reviewers have pointed out, but it was one big YAWN! Maybe I should have started with book one. Oh, well. Can't understand how one reviewer could give it a 5 star....didn't she read it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series of Needlecraft Mysteries by Monica Ferris and Crewel Yule doesn't belong in it. It was so bad that I wrote to the publisher and asked them how they could publish this book and not be embarrassed. The story was thin, if not thread-bare, and the book never had an iota of proof-reading before it went to printing. On top of this the book gods decide to make this book in the series the first hardcover with the accompanying price tag of a hardcover! Well, I feel like a fool for putting out good money. The characters in this series of mysteries I have enjoyed and I think there has been good character development through the stories. I just hope the next book in the series comes back up to the expectations set out by the previous 8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does not live up to the fun of the previous titles in this series. Most unfortunately, the book appears to have been hastily written and published - it is full of typos and the plot is almost non-existant. Very disappointing