The Drowning Spool (Needlecraft Mystery Series #17)

The Drowning Spool (Needlecraft Mystery Series #17)

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by Monica Ferris
     
 

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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

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…

FREE EMBROIDERY PATTERN INCLUDED

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.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Monica Ferris’s Needlecraft Mysteries“A comfortable fit for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press“Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern, and the ongoing adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews“Ferris’s fans will be charmed.”—Publishers Weekly“Ferris’s characterizations are top-notch, and the action moves along at a crisp pace.”—Booklist
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101638286
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Needlecraft Mystery Series , #17
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
52,708
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Monica Ferris’s Needlecraft Mysteries

“A comfortable fit for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern, and the ongoing adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Ferris’s fans will be charmed.”—Publishers Weekly

“Ferris’s characterizations are top-notch, and the action moves along at a crisp pace.”—Booklist

“A first rate mystery supported by a wonderful heroine and vibrant supporting cast.”—The Romance Readers Connection

“Monica Ferris is a talented writer who knows how to keep the attention of her fans.”—Midwest Book Review

“A true accomplishment. The story flows seamlessly and makes for gripping reading.”—Mystery Scene

“Filled with great small-town characters…A great time…Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this.”—Rendezvous

“Good stories, top-notch characters, and solid and seemingly effortless writing.”—Cozy Library

“You need not be a needlecrafter to enjoy this…Delightful.”—Mystery Times

Meet the Author

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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The Drowning Spool 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
threecentsshort More than 1 year ago
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.
DeNeedle More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good addition to the series, but all of the books have been a joy to read.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
It always amazes me how an author of a long running series can keep each new book fresh. How they are able to find new ways to commit the crimes, and come up with new locations and settings. But in this seventh installment of her Needlecraft Mystery series, author Monica Ferris does just that. THE DROWNING SPOOL was a well written mystery that kept me engaged and guessing. I had no idea who had perpetrated the crime until it was revealed.  Ms. Ferris has a knack for creating “visual” stories. This book was filled with vivid descriptions making me feel as though I was in each situation with the story’s heroine, Betsy Devonshire.  There is a fun Embroidery pattern for needlecraft lovers. But be assured, you do not need to know needle work to enjoy this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Istumbled upon Monica Ferris as I was discovering cozy mysteries many years back, and have yet to be dissapointed. This series focuses around Besty Devonshire, owner of Crewel World outside of the Twin Cities in MN, and her friends and employees. And, as I have found, I always learn something about stitchery in these books too. Betsy is asked to help clear one of "The Monday Bunch's " relatives of misconduct at a retirement community. With her expertise in fabric arts, she finds out things no one else can as she gets more and more involved, to both benefit and detriment of her and the relative. Thanks again Monica Ferris for a great story