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Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12)
     

Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12)

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by Monica Ferris
 

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Back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show Betsy, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, her souvenirs. Later when the souvenirs are stolen from Doris?s apartment, Betsy thinks there is something more to some of this exotic embroidery than meets the eye.

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Back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show Betsy, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, her souvenirs. Later when the souvenirs are stolen from Doris?s apartment, Betsy thinks there is something more to some of this exotic embroidery than meets the eye.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Thai silk to die for plunges Betsy Devonshire, the proprietor of Crewel World in Excelsior, Minn., into danger in Ferris's winning 12th needlecraft mystery (after 2007's Knitting Bones). Among the many souvenirs Betsy's friend Doris Valentine brings home from a Thailand vacation is a stone Buddha to be delivered to a St. Paul antiques dealer. When Doris discards the dirty cloth the Buddha was wrapped in, Betsy rescues the cloth, which turns out to be valuable silk more than 2,000 years old. Has Doris become an unwitting pawn in an international antiquities theft operation? After someone ransacks Doris's apartment and murders the antiques dealer, Sgt. Mike Malloy of the Excelsior police and "civilian detective" Betsy find themselves involved in a case more complicated than any needlework pattern she's ever attempted. With more action and a stronger plot than Knitting Bones, this entry in the popular cozy series offers such choice knitting tidbits as how to spin hair from a 14-pound angora rabbit. (Dec.)

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Library Journal

Ferris has written another gentle cozy involving the needlecrafters from Crewel World, the finest shop in Excelsior, MN. One of the women returns from a trip to Thailand, bringing with her many samples of silk and yarns. She also has a small statue reputed to be of no value. Soon it has been stolen, and a man murdered. Ferris never misses an opportunity to educate the reader. Here, she dwells on ancient Chinese silk. Needlecrafters and fans of Maggie Sefton's knitting mysteries will snap this up.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Exotic objects, doubtful imports, theft and murder-what's going on in a quiet Minnesota town?Sleuthing needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire is happy to welcome Doris Valentine home from her trip to Thailand. In addition to her own purchases, Doris has brought back something for a St. Paul antique dealer. Her friends all admire the stone Buddha and ignore the dirty rag in which it's wrapped. When Doris throws it out, Betsy rescues it from the trash. The dealer's murder naturally arouses Betsy's curiosity. Although she's appalled when Doris's apartment is wrecked in a search, the outrage just increases her interest. After Doris is attacked while she's snowed in at a bed and breakfast with her boyfriend Phil and some other friends, the attacker is killed in a fall down the stairs, but Doris's troubles have only begin. The searchers clearly want the Thai silk, but Doris has only the material she bought for herself. Betsy astutely suspects the dirty rag the Buddha was wrapped in may be of more interest than its looks suggest. Research shows that it's an ancient and very valuable item stolen from a Chinese tomb. In the end, Betsy and her friends are lucky to escape alive from a obsessively determined thief. Betsy's adventures (Knitting Bones, 2007, etc.) are always pleasantly cozy. This one adds a bit more excitement to the mix.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425231562
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Needlecraft Mystery Series , #12
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
466,437
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
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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Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
alnuts More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed her other books in the series, however, this one was a disappointment. The writing was poor, the character development sloppy and the story was very choppy. I will give her one more try on the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the owner of a building containing three apartments, one of which she lives in, and where the Crewel World needlework shop is located, Betsy Devonshire is once again in the middle of a murder case. When Doris Valentine returned from Thailand, she is eager to show Betsy and the Monday Bunch all the beautiful things she found in Bangkok especially silk.----------- Doris also promised an American living in Bangkok that she would deliver a package to an antiquities dealer who has a buyer. She opens the box to find a stone Buddha wrapped inside bubble plastic and a filthy cloth. She throws the cloth out but Betsy sees a beautiful design on it and saves it. The dealer is unhappy that she opened his package when Doris returns to her apartment she finds it ransacked. Needing to get away, she and a few friends stay at an inn only to have a person with a gun demanding she give up the Thai silk.. With the antiques dealer murdered and Doris¿ life threatened, Betsy turns amateur sleuth to uncover who is behind the crime wave and why.------------ Monica Ferris consistently writes delightful cozies with her latest being another fun bloodless tale. Readers are treated to a wonderful cerebral whodunit with clues out in the open so that audience has a chance to solve the case. Betsy (and the audience) is dealing with a difficult inquiry because of the numerous red herrings, false leads, and the threat to her friend. Doris is glad to have her in her corner.--------- Harriet Klausner
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Enjoyed this read.
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FootballRN More than 1 year ago
Betsy's at it again. A fun read. Good book to cozy up by the fire with hot chocolate and forget the winter weather outside!!
ohiostar46 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Monica's Needlecraft Mysteries and enjoy them very much. Her characters are enjoyable and entertaining. Being a machine quilter and knitter I feel like I would be right at home sitting in the shop taking a class. I don't do counted cross stitch but do enjoy reading about it. If you like mystery and needlecrafts you would enjoy this book.
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SpinningLara More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I she would put some knitting patterns in the back of the book rather than cross stitch.
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TRaceyCity More than 1 year ago
This is a good book in the Needlecraft mysteries. These books always have good characters and is easy to read. This is a book I could read over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A better than average mystery. A good example of the modern cozy. The patterns are an extra bonus. I have stitched several of them. The characters are old friends.
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