Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13)

Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13)

by Monica Ferris

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Overview

This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on the case spells trouble for the killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425229903
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #13
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

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Blackwork (Needlecraft Mystery Series #13) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ferris once again treats us to a well-plotted story. This is one of her best. The characters may be familiar from earlier novels, but the plot is a little different - a practitioner of Wicca, a microbrewery, an alcoholic, and a Halloween celebration are combined to create a story that is unlike the others in this series. Ms. Ferris integrates these various topics in such a way that the plot advances seamlessly. Needlecraft terms never get in the way of the plot. An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Blackwork, Betsy Devonshire takes on a strange and twisted plot, involving alledged witchcraft. Did the local Wiccan put a spell on Ryan McMurphy or are there more mundane forces at work? It takes Betsy awhile, what with needlecraft and a store to run, until the plot is laid bare.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's nearly Halloween, and Betsy Devonshire, owner of Excelsior's Crewel World, is serving on a committee organizing a Halloween parade. Recovering alcoholic Ryan McMurphy, who will drive an antique fire engine in the parade, attends a committee meeting at a microbrewery owned by a Wicca practitioner. Ryan falls off the wagon and his drunken behavior creates problems with a number of people. A few days later, Ryan is found dead in Shelley Donohue's craft room, where Shelley and her live-in boyfriend had allowed him to stay after Ryan's wife kicked him out of their home. Local gossip soon blames microbrewery owner Leona for Ryan's sudden death, claiming that Leona, a Wicca practitioner, cast a spell on him. Betsy wants to help her friend, Shelley, as well as defend Leona from unfounded accusations, so she sets out to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ryan's death.I learned more about Wicca than I wanted to know in this book, and I wasn't all that interested in the descriptions of the microbrewery, either, since I don't drink alcoholic beverages. The Halloween theme was fun, and I particularly enjoyed the description of the poetry party thrown by Godwin's new friend, Rafael. I also liked learning about blackwork, a type of embroidery I wasn't familiar with before I was introduced to it in this book. Ferris continues to come up with new ideas for this long-running series. The method for the murder is one of the more creative ones in the series, and I think this will end up as one of the more memorable books from the series.Recommended for most cozy fans.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's nearly Halloween, and Ryan McMurphy accuses stitcher and beer-maker Leona Cunningham of witchcraft. He soon ends up dead. Although many of the townspeople believe Leona put a hex on Ryan, Betsy is convinced that Leona's Wiccan beliefs would only be used for good. I did not enjoy the plot involving Wicca and witchcraft. I think this mystery could have been just as effective with the method used for killing without that element marring my enjoyment of the novel. I've enjoyed previous installments in the series, but if the author continues to feature pagan practices, I will abandon the series. The method utilized in the murder and the motive were interesting and unusual for a cozy mystery.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice and light mystery read with a little needlework on the side. Interesting characters and character development and unique chase scene towards the end.
booklady2031 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun fast read, like all of the others in the series.
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c-39 More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a knitter/handiwork type person I do enjoy the series and the details that are in the story does not confuse or take away from the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Reminded me of the mysteries I read years ago. It was very interesting. Held my attention until the end. I plan on purchasing more of her books.
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sharno22 More than 1 year ago
This the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading all the books is this series.
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