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Monica Ferris : Hanging by a Thread (Ferris, Monica. Needlecraft Mysteries.)
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Author: Monica Ferris
Title: Hanging by a Thread (Ferris, Monica. Needlecraft Mysteries.)
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Published in: English
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 272
Date: 2003-01-07
ISBN: 0425187144
Publisher: Berkley
Weight: 0.3 pounds
Size: 0.77 x 4.36 x 6.84 inches
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“Monica Ferris has a talent for vivid detail,” raves the Old Book Barn Gazette. And her heroine, needlecraft shop owner Betsy Devonshire, is “a great character” says Midwest Book Review. Now it’s up to Betsy to unravel a five-year-old murder case that refuses to die…

 

Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsy believes Johns when he says he isn’t guilty. But she’ll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose ends that will prove his innocence once and for all.

 

Reviews: sandra (USA: MN) (2015/04/03):
so far have read all the titles up to this one & have been entertained & enjoyed them.. i am a little over half way through this one & cannot say the same.. the mixture of Christmas/Halloween, an old murder/small town gossip about it & overly detailed (boring to me even though i am familiar & do some myself) needlecraft brands/patterns have really not lived up to my expectations for this author & this series... it was 90 pages in before any mention of Sophie the fat cat that has been a cute tid bit in all the others.. i was beginning to wonder if i had missed it & the cat had died or it was from another series!
also this book seems to be overly PC (politically correct) with its characters & even Betsy's window display.. being so overly all-inclusive is not adding to the story or my enjoyment..

i will probably finish this one but if the next in the series is the written same way i will be saying 'no thank you' and not pick up anymore.

really disappointed since the series/author are from MN (my home state) & had liked that local flair & feel that the first books had.. this one has not drawn me in, don't have a good suspect and not sure that there even will be a new murder to guess who the victim or killer may be... and really not having a new crime in this flat story will be all the more disappointing.



sandra (USA: MN) (2015/04/03):
one more thing...
this relationship with Betsy & Morrie... i totally don't remember the character from the last book... granted i read it a little while ago but not ringing any bells.... either my memory is going (which could be!) or Ferris's style of writing is not very memorable... this story/setting feels familiar but in some ways completely strange & new at the same time... some of the old characters, but LOTS of new ones.... like i said the thing with the cat, now a new guy.... but NO NEW MURDER?! just one from years ago that everyone has an opinion on and their mind made up about, even though there was no prosecution or arrest... STRANGE, STRANGE, STRANGE...
if the book ends better than i am anticipating & i really like it or find its more interesting i'll add another bit to my review(s)...
but so far i would NOT RECOMMEND this title to those who've read the others or for a new reader interested in the series to pick this one out...



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