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Embroidered Truths (Needlecraft Mystery Series #9)

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After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money—and a lot of enemies. Now Betsy has to untangle a cat’s cradle of lies if she’s going to save Godwin…before the murderer decides to cut off all the loose ...

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Overview

After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money—and a lot of enemies. Now Betsy has to untangle a cat’s cradle of lies if she’s going to save Godwin…before the murderer decides to cut off all the loose ends for good.

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Monica Ferris's popular Needlecraft mystery series has established a delightful pattern of crafty mysteries that satisfy both stitchery fans and mystery readers. In Embroidered Truths, Betsy Devonshire, amateur sleuth and owner of Crewel World needlework shop in Minnesota, starts out trying to untangle her gay friend and employee Godwin's failing relationship. Godwin's overly controlling significant other, John, has tossed Godwin out after yet another a bitter quarrel. This time, however, there's no chance the mismatched pair will kiss and make up, for someone has changed the pattern of John's life permanently. When gentle, hardworking, reliable, fun-loving Godwin is arrested for John's murder, Betsy will stop at nothing to set him free, following the elusive threads of the evidence and picking her way through a tangle of truths, half truths, and outright lies until she reveals the real murderer's deadly design. (Needlecrafters will also enjoy the free counted cross-stitch pattern included in Embroidered Truths.) Sue Stone
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In Monica Ferris's Embroidered Truths: A Needlecraft Mystery, the ninth entry in this winning cozy series (after 2004's Crewel Yule), needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire comes to the rescue of her friend and employee, Godwin, when Godwin is accused of killing his obnoxious and controlling lover, John. As always, Ferris sprinkles a generous helping of knitting and cross-stitch tips throughout. Agent, Nancy Yost. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Spring in Minnesota is good for Betsy Devonshire, owner of needlecraft shop Crewel World (Crewel Yule, 2004, etc.), until her manager and friend is accused of murder. Godwin Du Lac's been staying with Betsy since his lover, attorney John Nye, unexpectedly threw him out upon their return from a Mexico City vacation. When Goddy and Betsy find Nye's body, some valuables are missing. But the police arrest Goddy when they discover two wills. The unsigned second will cuts Goddy out of a substantial sum. Yes, Goddy was out of the house that night, but Betsy, who has a knack for sleuthing, knows he's incapable of murder, and she's happy when many of their customers pitch in to keep things going so that she can help prove his innocence. Betsy hires a topnotch lawyer and gets unexpected help when Susan Lavery, a customer who works for John's firm, offers to root around for possible lawyerly suspects. Meanwhile, John's brother has found that John had a false identity set up and an awful lot of money that couldn't have come from his day job. Susan narrowly escapes with her life when she's attacked and dumped in a car trunk. But it's Betsy who puts together the clues to the killer's identity. A lighthearted tale with no real sense of danger, unless you prick yourself working the included needlework pattern.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425206126
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 628,016
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.77 (h) x 0.77 (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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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    GREAT READING

    Wahst can I say about Monica's books they are GREAT. They always keep things moving and if you are a stitcher like myself you won't put this down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The story line is fast-paced with several cross stitch twists

    In Excelsior, Minnesota, Betsy Devonshire wonders where her best friend and shop manager of her needlecraft store Crewel World Godwin ¿Goddy¿ DuLac is as he is never this late. Goddy eventually shows up unshaven and wearing yesterday¿s clothing. His wealthy lover John Nye tossed him out of the house. Betsy helps Goddy cope with his personal crisis though being tossed is a recurring theme. The two men make up when Goddy takes his lover to Mexico for fun and sun although he maxed his credit to the limit and a shade beyond that................... Not long afterward, John throws Goddy out again. Quite depressed, he moves in with Betsy, but this time there is no reconciliation. Someone murders John with Excelsior Police Sergeant Mike Malloy arresting the deceased¿s former lover, who had the means, the opportunity, and the motive. Betsy knows Goddy could not hurt a fly so she investigates who actually killed John...................... A stitch in time saves nine seems apropos as Betsy puts aside her needlepoint to prove Goddy is innocent, risking her life to do so. The story line is fast-paced with several cross stitch twists that will please amateur sleuth fans. Though the murder comes towards the middle of the tale, fans will understand the need to display indirectly the relationship between the gay couple as one becomes the victim and the other the prime suspect. Monica Ferris stitches together such a fine who-done-it that her readers will appreciate it and newcomers will seek the CREWEL WORLD backlist................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    Poor writing

    Great theme (I'm a stitcher), and pretty good character development, but the author's sentence structure and poor punctuation made it a struggle to read. Not sure how this writer gets published. IMO, she needs a creative writing and English 101 refresher course!

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