Buttons and Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #14)

Buttons and Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #14)

by Monica Ferris

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Helping friends renovate their summer cabin, Betsy uncovers a human skeleton hidden in the walls. It appears to be the body of a Nazi soldier-perhaps from the WWII POW camp that once operated not far from town. Stitching together the scant evidence, Betsy is determined to solve the murder-no matter how long ago it may have happened.

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ISBN-13: 9780425244968
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #14
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 449,515
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(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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Buttons and Bones (Needlecraft Mystery Series #14) 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Excelsior, Minnesota Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World needlework shop, was instrumental in getting Lars and his wife Jill a the fixer upper log cabin with six acres of land attached to it. The property is in a state park and part of the property is on the shore. While ripping up a floor and linoleum, they find a trap door that leads to a concealed basement. There they see the bones of a skeleton in the shape of a human are found. Whoever it was did not die a natural death. Jill has a need to know who the victim and the killer are. Betsy joins her on the investigation. They soon learn a former WWII German POW camp was nearby and one person successfully escaped never to be seen again. Twentyish Dieter Keitel had a cold crown on his tooth just like the corpse appears to have. To affirm they found Deiter's bones, the daughter of Betsy's friend does reconstructive forensic modeling from six pictures of him. The results stun Betsy and the audience There is no blood, or gore just bones in Buttons and Bones yet Monica Ferris once again (see Blackwork) knits together a hypnotic mystery due to the directions the investigations takes her. The murder happened over a half a century ago, but Betsy treats the killing as if it happened yesterday as she takes it as an affront in a believable manner as some of those involved back in WWII still live. This is a terrific 1940s whodunit investigated in the twenty-first century by an amateur sleuth who would have been a great police detective. Harriet Klausner
Patricia Mims More than 1 year ago
Another fun story at the needlework shop. Quick read.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A weekend in their new cabin at the lake with Lars and Jill Cross Larson and their children sounds like just the thing to take Betsy's mind off of a spat with her new beau. With Betsy along, Jill shouldn't have been surprised when she discovered a skeleton in a hidden trap door underneath the cabin's kitchen. The damage to the skull suggests murder, and evidence indicates that the remains had been sealed in the cellar since World War II. But whose remains are they? The cabin's original owner, who went AWOL during the war? An escapee from a local German POW camp who was never caught? Or is it a missing relative of a subsequent owner, presumed to have run away from home? Are Betsy's amateur sleuthing skills up to the challenge of a decades old cold case?Jill is one of my favorite characters in the series, and I've missed her as she's had a more minor role in several of the recent books. Jill and Betsy make a great team. Their research strategy included several types of records I use for family history research, such as property records and newspaper archives. I'm interested in learning more about the German POW camps from World War II, so that aspect of the story appealed to me as well. Some readers may be disappointed that needlework doesn't have as prominent a role in this book as it does in most books in the series. I think this one could be read as a stand-alone, and readers who don't mind reading series books out of order could easily start with this one.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. I used to love the Needlecraft Mystery series but the last two have not been the usual 'can't put down' books that I am used to from this author. There was too much filler (to use a term from my high school English class); too much "who cares!" information. I was bored with this book and had to force myself to read it through to the end. I kept telling myself it would get better but it didn't. I will have to think twice before reading any more in this series, and that saddens me. The series used to be a fantastic read.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The more recent installments of Ferris' series featuring needleshop owner Betsy Devonshire have not lived up to some of the earlier ones, but she got back on track with this installment that featured an older crime. Betsy has helped Jill and Lars purchase a cabin on a lake about 3 hours away. When they go away for the weekend (with Betsy tagging along), Jill finds an old root cellar when ripping up the flooring. In the root cellar is a skeleton that's been there for awhile. There's discussion of the past ownership of the cabin and whom it could be. Attention is focused on the World War II era when there are known missing in the area. Although the investigation is in the hands of the local sheriff, Betsy and Jill decide to see if they can track down the whereabouts of the woman who lived there during that period and created some nice quilts and a crocheted rug. Their investigation takes them to a few places as well as bringing some persons into town to talk with them. There was one error concerning online record availability that was made. While service records and draft registrations for earlier wars are available, only the records for the "old man's" draft for the World War II era are currently available on the leading source for military records. Although the records were mentioned, they never pursued them. While I had this one figured out early in the novel (and I suspect most avid mystery readers will too), it was still a quite enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was OK and took a while to finish because it did not hold this reader's interest at times.
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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I was so very disappointed! I have read all in this series and this was by far the very worst to read. It was predictable, slow and boring. I'm sorry to say this because I just loved all that came before in this series. The story plot was predictable....I had guessed who was the murderer and who was the dead body in the root cellar even before I was halfway thru the story. The conversations between characters was choppy....and the ending was totally unrealistic. It's time for this series to end! This was beyond bad!
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Claudia Duff More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book ever. It was like someone else wrote the book and not Monica Ferris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definately not one of her best. It was slow to get in to and not very interesting when you finally get there. It was literally filled with "baby talk" from her friend Jill's children. This is not why I buy a book. I will wait until her next book comes out in paperback so I don't waste the price of a hard cover!