The Drowning Spool (Needlecraft Mystery Series #17)

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In the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, knows how to untangle even the most knotty of mysteries. But a soggy murder case might have Betsy in over her head…

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn’t hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, ...

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Overview

In the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, knows how to untangle even the most knotty of mysteries. But a soggy murder case might have Betsy in over her head…

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn’t hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk’s therapy pool, and Betsy’s sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers—each with a motive for the murder.

It’s up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer, or the wrong man is bound to get pinned for a crime he didn’t commit…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
In Ferris's diverting 17th needlecraft mystery (after 2012's And Then You Dye), intrepid needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has to exercise at Watered Silk, a senior living facility near her home in Excelsior, Minn., because the pool at her regular gym is under repair. When the nude body of a young woman turns up in the Watered Silk pool, it raises several questions. Who is she? How did she get in past the five locked doors? And why is there lavender bath salts in her lungs? The realistic needlework details are germane to the investigation, which includes a second death. Readers will readily accept that Betsy is smarter than the cops and that the police welcome her contributions. A tougher sell is her adoring live-in boyfriend, Connor Sullivan, who cooks, cleans, knits, shops for groceries, makes Betsy tea when she's stressed, and sits quietly by while she cogitates on the crime du jour. And pigs fly. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-07
Who knew that retirement homes could be such dangerous places? Betsy Devonshire, the amateur sleuth who owns the Crewel World needlework shop, is happy to teach a punch needle class at Watered Silk, a senior retirement home, since she's going there anyhow for water aerobics classes while her usual pool is being repaired. Both classes go well except for the disturbances caused by Wilma Carter, who's in the early stages of Alzheimer's. When the instructor finds the naked body of a lovely young woman in the pool, Betsy is drawn into the investigation by one of her customers, who asks her to prove her nephew innocent. College student Ethan Smart, who had a night job at Watered Silk, monitored all the doors but claimed to have seen no sign of the victim entering the facility. And no wonder, since the autopsy results show that pregnant Teddi Whalberger was drowned in a bathtub and moved to the pool. Teddi and her two roommates were free-spirited party types, and Teddi had quite a few boyfriends, including a married man, who might find it inconvenient to be named her baby's father. During a sleuthing visit to Watered Silk, Wilma shows Betsy an outside door that appeared to be closed off but was obviously the point of entry for Teddi's body. For her pains, Wilma is murdered in a clever way that makes Betsy's hunt for the killer even more complicated. A pleasant addition to Ferris' long string of needlework whodunits (And Then You Die, 2012, etc.) featuring the ebullient Betsy, her gay assistant and her live-in boyfriend. This one is full of needlework lore but doesn't feature much of a mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425270080
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #17
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 55,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Ferris

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms, including the long-running Needlecraft Mystery series. She lives in Minnesota.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Good, no nonsense read. Finally a woman sleuth who isn't the tow

    Good, no nonsense read. Finally a woman sleuth who isn't the town busy body & gossip. Betsy has like able
    personality... 
    Plus an enjoyable setting. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    I enjoyed this totally. Betsy is always a worthwhile read and s

    I enjoyed this totally. Betsy is always a worthwhile read and she switched things up in a good way. Loved it! Thanks for a great read!

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