Cutwork (Needlecraft Mysteries Series #7)

Cutwork (Needlecraft Mysteries Series #7)

by Monica Ferris

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After an artisan is murdered at the Excelsior, Minnesota, art fair, everyone is on pins and needles. It's up to needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire to figure out who had designs on the dead designer.

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ISBN-13: 9780425193891
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/23/2003
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 421,275
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms.

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Cutwork (Needlecraft Mysteries Series #7) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. Betsy gets involved when an artist is killed at a local art show she helped organize. When Betsy breaks a confidence, her friendship with police officer Jill Cross may be dead as well.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Besty Devonshire, owner of needlecraft shop Crewel World and part-time amateur sleuth, is doing volunteer duty at Excelsior's annual Art by the Lake art fair, she learns that Robert McFey, one of the artists, has been murdered. It seems like an open and shut case; a local teenager, already known for minor drug and burglary offences, left finger prints and bloodied footprints at the scene and has been arrested for the crime. But his family, certain he is innocent of murder, ask Besty to investigate. After meeting Mickey, she decides it is possible he didn't do it after all. Besty soon finds herself involved in the art world - and something out of her depth. All the same, she carries on as best she can, trying to understand all the people involved in the case - from deliquent Mickey to the wannabe goth daughter of the murdered man, from his best friend to his ex-business partner. As always, Besty comes through with the answer in the end, coming to understand not only who killed McFey, but how and why. This is a quick, pleasant little read. It was a perfect choice after the hard work of Kushiel's Dart. I slipped easily back into Besty's world and enjoyed the visit. I guess this could be said to be a formulaic novel. Besty solves another murder in which someone has been wrong accused and there's lots of peripheral needlework activity. But Ferris has a light, pleasant touch that saves these books and makes each one a fun romp that fills up a few afternoons and leaves the reader with an enjoyable memory of a cozy experience. They are fun rather than challenging and we all need that sometimes. There's also lots of development of all the familiar characters we've come to know so well. Jill makes a major change in her life, Godwin takes steps up the corporate ladder and Shelly gets a man. Their stories blend neatly into the narrative without taking anything away from the mystery and add depth to the book. Betsy generally solves her cases by understanding people, and Ferris gives us a lovely balance here of interesting new characters and further background and depth for our familiar friends. This is a stand-alone story. You don't need to have read any of the other books in the series to read this one; but why deny yourself the fun?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Monica's books. It like reading about old friends and people you could see everyday. I was lucky enough to get one autographed when a friend of mine went to a quilt show where Monica was. I will treasure it.
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In the small Minnesota town of Excelsior, everyone looks forward to the yearly Art on the Lake Crafts Fair. At this year¿s event, Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World mans the hospitality booth. When she hears sirens and sees people heading toward a booth near her, she stays away from it but people quickly tell her that someone slashed the throat of the woodcarver Robert McFey.

It isn¿t long before the local police arrest sixteen-year-old Mickey Sinclair for the crime. Mickey¿s bloody fingerprint is found in the booth and money is found in his home. He denies being at the fair but other people have sees him there. Most townsfolk think he is a troubled person, but they don¿t believe he is a killer. After all the homicides Betsy has solved, the townsfolk want her to find the real killer so that Mickey¿s life isn¿t spent behind bars.

What¿s very interesting about CUTWORK is that the family, neighbors and friends all believe the suspect is capable of criminal acts but don¿t believe he is a killer so they band together to pressure Betsy into solving the crime. Betsy doesn¿t want anything to do with the case until she sees Mickey and believes that he might be innocent of this crime. CUTWORK is a fabulous amateur sleuth tales filled with red herrings and misdirection to prevent the reader from seeing who the killer turns out to be until the final stitch is sewn.

Harriet Klausner