Sins and Needles (Needlecraft Mystery Series #10)

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Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.

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Overview

Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.

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Publishers Weekly
Betsy Devonshire, proprietor of a needlework shop and sometime sleuth, looks into the mysterious death of Edyth Hanraty, an eccentric, elderly multimillionaire in the engrossing 10th installment of Ferris's smalltown Minnesota needlecraft series (after 2005's Embroidered Truths). Edyth's great niece, Jan, who stands to inherit a small fortune, comes under suspicion. Betsy is determined to clear Jan, who is one of her most loyal customers. Plenty of other suspects abound-Jan's own mother, Jan's resentful and immature uncle and Lucille Jones, a charming Texas gal who claims to be Jan's long-lost sister. The discovery of a decades-old embroidered map, possibly leading to buried treasure, adds to the intrigue. The brisk plot and well-developed characters make this complex novel one of the stronger entries in this cozy series. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A search for a birth mother provides the impetus for a murder in Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire, amateur sleuth and owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, sees a startling resemblance between nurse Jan Henderson and Lucille Jones, a visitor from Texas. So does Lucille, who, looking for her birth mother, admits that she'd seen Jan at a medical conference and stolen her hairbrush for DNA tests. Jan and her mother, Susan McConnell, are in line to inherit a fortune from Susan's eccentric Aunt Edyth, a man-hater who's cut Susan's brother Stewart and his family out of her will. When Edyth is found dead with the remnants of a knitting needle in her brain, Jan begs Betsy (Embroidered Truths, 2005) to help find the killer. The relatives are obvious suspects, along with Lucille and her husband, who'd hit the jackpot if she could prove she was a family member from the female side. A visit to the mansion to allow each relative to choose something shows that Stewart's been researching the contents when his daughters all choose antiques of great value. But Stewart himself, who hopes to open a fishing business if his relatives will help finance it, picks a decrepit speedboat. An innocent choice? Hardly. An old knitted cushion on the boat hides a treasure map that holds the solution to the mystery. Betsy, who's growing as a character, gets an especially interesting case this time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425216361
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 534,424
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Ferris

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

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Captured Your Interest

    Kept your interest until the very end, just like the very first book of the series

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    A woman's mystery spun around a needlework shop

    One of those novels where I thought, "ah, I know who dunnit." Each time I was wrong. The killing of the aunt was the mystery and many characters played a part. It was a surprise at the end to discover the killer. It dropped many interesting clues along the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    sins and needles

    Ablolutely love this author can not wait for next scrapbooking mystery. Great suggestions and really good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    A Bit Disappointing

    I've thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Crewel World mysteries, but I found this one a bit disappointing. Most of the regular characters are either absent or given only cameo appearances, and even in the cameo appearances, they seem a bit forced and out of character, as though Ferris has gotten tired of them. Instead, we're asked to participate primarily in the thoughts of new characters who may or may not show up in future books, and frankly, I didn't find any of them especially interesting. In previous books, Ferris has gradually built the regulars detail by detail, but here we're dumped unceremoniously into the minds of strangers who, on the whole, don't have much individuality. There also isn't much of the actual needlework talk that makes the other books so special. Yes, a needlework project is the focus of the mystery, but no one else does much needleworking. Even Betsy herself doesn't play a major part in most of the book, and her one big outing seems contrived, as though Ferris is trying to pump some action into a flagging plot. Again, has Ferris grown tired of her characters? I hope the next book returns to form.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great cozy

    In Excelsior, Minnesota, the elderly and wealthy Edyth Hanraty, was apparently recently murdered. Most locals, especially the police, assume the eccentric multimillionaire was killed for her money thus suspicion points towards Edyth's great niece, Jan, who is expected to inherit much of her fortune.--------------- Betsy Devonshire knows Jan, who frequents her store Crewel World, a needlework shop. The shopkeeper cannot believe that the kind and caring Jan would murder her relative to inherit early though she admits greed is a strong motive and Jan had the opportunities. Betsy, who enjoys solving a mystery as much as being proprietor of Crewel World, begins to investigate in an effort to prove Jan is innocent. She quickly finds a host of other family suspects with the motives of greed and envy. Betsy looks closer at Jan's mother, uncle and a newcomer from Texas claiming to be the prime suspect¿s long missing sibling.--------------------- This is terrific entry in one the better cozies on the market today as the suspects are fully developed so that the audience struggles to decide who would commit murder. The story line is fast-paced with Betsy doing what she does best, solving a homicide. Fans will appreciate her efforts as she embroiders the case one stitch at a time.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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