Knitting Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #11)

Knitting Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #11)

by Monica Ferris

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Knitting Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #11) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
grantmelisa More than 1 year ago
this book makes you feel like part of the community.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own and have read all 11 books in this series, five of them autographed by the author. This book was very out of step from the others. Some of the characters are beneath the dignity of previous books. I love needlepoint and mysteries, but Betsy and needlework were not real features of this book. Needlework references seemed to be artificial additions to the story. Ms. Ferris, please bring back realistic needlework references and all the personalities of Crewel World. Perhaps sending some of them on a needlework centered trip. China or the British Isles would be very interesting destinations with rich histories in needlework!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) local chapter members feel great that their stitching efforts earned $24,000 for the Heart Coalition charity fund raiser. However, after handing over the check to a man sent by the coalition to the EGA banquet, they since learn he vanished without turning in the money. Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, is apartment-bound, after breaking her leg from falling off a horse while riding with friend and customer Jill Cross Larson. The store manager make that Vice President of Operations Godwin still believes she should investigate what happened to the check raised by their clients the EGA, but Betsy insists she is immobile and drugged so cannot follow clues nor think of solutions. Still he makes the case that she can run the case from her home while he follows her orders with the street work. As they work in tandem to learn what happened to the check Tony Milan laid up also with a broken leg caused by a drunken driver running a light wonders about the same check. ---- Having Betsy lead a distant investigation makes for a refreshing amateur sleuth as the heroine has to go over every step one stitch at a time. Series fans will enjoy the inquiry as Godwin fumbles to be Betsy¿s field operative while she is his handler. The missing person mystery is cleverly designed, but it is the Betsy-Godwin sleuthing combo that makes KNITTING BONES a terrific tale. ---- Harriet Klausner
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy Devonshire is devistated when she is housebound for the Embroiderers Guild's gathering with a badly broken leg. When the meeting ends up with controversy and a missing cheque she's drawn into the mystery. Other people have to do the legwork for her, mostly Godwin. To add to the story she ends up harbouring a fugitive - a crow who will be killed if he isn't smuggled out of the state who is smart and feisty.It's pretty obvious what's going on but it's the interactions between the characters and the fact that Betsy had the good sense to call in law enforcement when she knew things were getting sticky. I'd like to see Detective Omernic in later books, I think he's interesting.
brsquilt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable series. Betsy solves mystery from home where she is recovering from a broken leg.
betseych on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prefer other knitting fiction/mystery series. Characters are predictable and the action a little slow for me.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Betsy Devonshire mystery, with much knitting and needlework. The main story concerns the disappearence of a large check -- the money was raised by a needlework group and donated publicly to a charity related to women's heart disease. The person who accepted the check has disappeared, and his wife asks Betsy to find him. The pun of the title is that Betsy and the chief antagonist both have broken bones, which limits their mobility and is an essential part of the story. Betsy's store manager, Godwin duLac, has a larger part to play than in other books, as he goes around asking the questions in her stead.Godwin had actually attended the banquet wherein the check was presented, and is convinced that the missing man is gay. Betsy doesn't quite believe that.The book also follows Tony Milan, a petty crook that seems to have something to do with the check's disappearance, but since he was in an accident that night, he doesn't quite know where the check might be, either. Did he mug the man? He was planning to, but he doesn't remember, and where is that check, if he did?This is a quick read, filled with the commonplace items familiar to those who do needlework. There are names of needlework designers that readers will probably recognize. All of these details ground the book firmly in the 21st century world of needlework and organizations. There is also a knitting pattern in the appendix, of a piece that Betsy learned while she was recovering from the broken leg. A fun book.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good book from Ferris - light, fun, easy read yet with the little mystery woven in. I liked the new cop she brought in and hope to see him as a possible romantic interest for Betsy in future books!
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Crewel World's proprietor, Betsy Devonshire, breaks her leg in a riding accident, her assistant Godwin must represent the needlework shop at the Embroiderers Guild convention. The Guild has raised several thousand dollars for the National Heart Coalition, and a representative of the Coalition is on hand to pick up the check at the Guild's banquet. When the representative and check disappear after the banquet, Goddy continues to fill in for Betsy in a missing person investigation.Monica Ferris keeps the series fresh by deviating from the usual series formula. This book is more like a police procedural than the typical whodunnit in this series. A criminal is introduced to the reader very early in the book. Does he or doesn't he have something to do with the check's disappearance and the missing man? How will Betsy and Goddy will discover what really happened the night of the banquet?Readers new to the series shouldn't start with this book. I'd recommend reading two or three of the earlier books in the series first. There are several references to the events of Embroidered Truths so it might help to have already read that one.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this series up because I'm a needlewoman, but I keep reading it because I think it's unusually good. I love the characters, which is essential if I'm going to continue a series. One of the things that I like best about Ferris' world is that time passes, people change, etc. She doesn't run plotlines into the ground: problems that occur in one book are eventually resolved a book or two later. Betsy Devonshire, for example, starts off struggling with a difficult landlord, and later ends up discovering the dubious joys of being the landlord. She also passes the commonsense test: she knows when to call the police. I get exasperated with amateur detectives who literally and figuratively keep going down into the cellar looking for an axe murderer. Lastly I enjoy the fact that Betsy isn't involved in a romance although she dates from time to time. Now that's different and refreshing! First book in the series: Crewel World (Needlecraft Mystery). This volume brings Godwin DuLac, Betsy's store manager, into the detective business. Hampered by a broken leg, Betsy cannot investigate for herself, so Godwin enthusiastically throws himself into the legwork, with mentoring by Betsy and Jill.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After taking a tumble from a horse, Betsy is laid up with a broken leg. When a VIP from the Heart Coalition disappears along with a large donation to the organization from the EGA, the man's wife calls on Betsy to help clear his name. Betsy must rely on Godwin to do much of the questioning and legwork. The solution to this mystery was pretty obvious and I even anticipated the manner in which the guilty party would meet his fate, but it was still an enjoyable read. The officer from the Minneapolis Police Dept. was an interesting character. I'd like to see him in future installments of the series.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cozy mystery with perhaps a little more evil lurking in the background than usual. Betsy is recuperating from a broken leg that keeps her confined to her apartment - leaving the sleuthing to dear Goddy who has more enthusiasm than ability. Fortunately he is willing to take advice that improves his questioning technique and uncovers valuable leads that bring the mystery to Betsy's doorstep - literally. Enjoyable as always. Godwin cracks me up.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World in Excelsior MN, is on the disabled list following an accident. She¿s confined to her apartment above the store and struggling to move around on crutches. When Robert Germaine, an exec of a national heart organization, is accused of running off with a large donation from the local chapter of the Embroiderer¿s Guild, his wife Allie asks Betsy, an experienced amateur detective, to help locate him and prove he didn¿t steal the money. Eager to get in on the investigation is Godwin DuLac, Betsy¿s store manager. He¿s been on the sidelines before, itching to do some snooping of his own. Betsy would rather have her friend Jill, a former cop, or a real private detective on the case. With Jill uninterested and the PI on another case, Godwin gets his wish. Of course, Goddy has Betsy and Jill to coach him in the methods of an amateur sleuth. While Betsy was in the hospital after her accident, Tony Milan was a fellow patient following an accident in which his car was struck by a drunk driver. Tony, as it turns out, is also wondering what happened to the check. Goddy and Tony Milan¿s investigations intersect as they both seek the truth about what happened to Bob Germaine and the check. Another plot thread centering on an injured crow hiding out in Betsy¿s apartment adds an interesting and humorous touch. Knitting Bones is a wonderful addition to this well-constructed and well-written ¿Needlecraft Mystery¿ series. I¿ve always found Godwin a colorful character and it is fun to see him center stage. Betsy¿s and Jill¿s tutoring lessons were particularly enlightening. And, although I¿ll probably never take up knitting, readers who are knitters will find the ¿Mitered Square¿ pattern a big plus. By Diana. First published in Mystery News, Feb-Mar 2008 issue.Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
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Enjoyed the book and every story so far.
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This is the first time I have read one of these "Knitting series". The book was mildly entertaining but I found the ending to be predictable. The introduction of a crow into an injured woman's home just seemed bizarre to me. It was good reading for my daily train ride but it didn't keep me up at night finishing the book.
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Waste of money! Speaking of money....... the book cost tooo much if you want to buy this,don't I promise you'll regret it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoy some needlework while you sit out this plodding plot and wait for the next installment. Hopefully it will be worth the wait. This one wasn't.