Crewel World (Needlecraft Mystery Series #1)

Crewel World (Needlecraft Mystery Series #1)

by Monica Ferris, Terry Bookman

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When Betsy's sister is murdered in her own needlecraft store, Betsy takes over the shop and the investigation.But to find the murderer, she'll have to put together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime...Includes a beautiful embroidery pattern!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425167809
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 473,699
Product dimensions: 4.20(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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Crewel World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
BibianaMB More than 1 year ago
A great read - and I liked the characters, which is a must for me. An excellent "cozy" mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read with likeable characters and good plot. Will read more in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this out of order I first read Crewel Yule, which I loved, but also felt the ending was very predictable. I read Crewel World, and again I was shocked with the predictability of it. The first half of the book was incredibly boring. I had figured out the murderer maybe by page 55. I give up on Monica Ferris. The whole needle point thing is really cute, but the plots just can't hold my attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the readers who have enjoyed this book that this is, indeed, a good first outing for Monica Ferris! In addition, I own the first 4 in the series and have enjoyed them. I hope to have time to visit the needlework shop in Excelsior that has helped her with her books on one of my future visits to Minnesota.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a truly wonderful story, especially for the beginning of a series. It has a cast of interesting characters that I look forward to meeting again. I also like that it is a mystery, rather than a thriller. The perpetrator isn't a psychotic serial killer, we're not wading in blood, and best of all, the amateur sleuth doesn't take such stupid risks that one feels it serves her right if she gets killed. The emphasis is on the intellectual puzzle, not gory scenes or overwrought action.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I just love Monica Ferris’ murder mystery books. A quick read that covers all the bases and a free pattern to boot. What more can you ask for?
turtlesleap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mystery lite. Betsy Devonshire needs a new beginning for her life and visits her sister in Minnesota to think things over and decide on her best course of action. Her sister, who owns a needlework shop, is killed shortly after her arrival and Betsy takes on the dual task of finding the killer and keeping the shop going. A very light read but entertaining.
khoov00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love this series. They are a little bit fluffy as a mystery series but very enjoyable and a fast read. The characters are engaging and at the end of each book I find I really want to know what happens to them next. The plots are fun and easy to follow. I recommend them to anyone who just wants some light mystery reading without all of the gore.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another knitting-type mystery, this one focusing mainly on needlepoint. A good, engaging little read!
Talbin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crewel World, by Monica Ferris, is a light mystery set in "small town" Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire has just divorced and travels from California to Minnesota to stay with her sister, Margot Berglund. Margot runs a little needlework shop in Excelsior, a suburb of Minneapolis. (While it may have been a small town 75 years ago, today Excelsior is most definitely a suburb - and a rich one, at that). When Margot is murdered in her shop, the police characterize it as a burglary gone bad. But Betsy senses there is more to Margot's death and starts asking questions.This was a light-weight read that pretty much fits the definition of a "cozy" mystery (amateur sleuth, small town, gossipy friends - think "Murder, She Wrote"). When I started it, I knew that it had a needlework theme. I cross stitch, so I thought it would be fun. What I didn't know was that the book is set in the Twin Cities, which was a bit of an extra added bonus - it's always fun to read about places you know. Overall, though, this is not a series I'm likely to continue. The mystery was pretty transparent, the characters were okay but not that intriguing, and honestly, Ferris dropped a few too many "localisms", even for this local. Plus, I think I like more grit and grime with my murder mysteries - this one read a little too much like a one-hour TV drama for my taste.
sdunford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a decidedly light-weight but enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great beginning of a series. Had me going right up to the end.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting book and a very quick read. My first thoughts were of the title Crewel World and wondered if it would transpose into Cruel World in the novel. I will say, I think for the main character, she went from a sort of cruel world (but not really) into a very good place.The ending was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed it mostly because I was knitting as I read it (which I thought was a very appropriate thing to do!)I would read a novel by Monica Ferris again if I needed some light, easy reading!
glenda1710 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A light murder mystery set around the owner of a needlecraft shop and her detecting. An easy read.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Betsy is trying to get her life back in order and visits her sister. Then her sister is killed. What happened? I'm not a needlework guy, and I'm sure that was part of my problem with this book. But mostly, I found the pacing pretty uneven.
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Very good light mystery. The characters and the story were very good. I recommend it as an easy enjoyable read. Reading "Framed in Lace" now.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first 50-odd pages of this book and just couldn't force myself to go on. It's boring. The characters are dull (even the one intended to be zany), and nothing much is going on. I bought the book on the strength of reviews from other readers on this website. Apparently somebody liked it, so if you're interested, I'd advise you to go to a bookstore, sit down with a copy and read the first chapter or so to see if its low-energy style appeals to you.
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