Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8)

Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8)

by Monica Ferris

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Overview

Snow is not the only thing falling this December - spirits are, too. That's because this year's needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle's unsavory reputation causes suspicions to flare. She has plenty of enemies with more than enough motive. Leave it to Betsy and the other knitting hands to unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest...for a long winter's night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425198278
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

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

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Crewel Yule (Needlecraft Mystery Series #8) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Instead of working at her stitchery store, Crewel World in a small Minnesota town, Betsy Devonshire and her employee Godwin are in Nashville attending the annual cash and carry market hosted by the International Needlework Retailer¿s Guild. Their friend Sergeant Jill Larson is also in town attending a police conference. The three friends meet for dinner at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel. However a freak snowstorm strands Jill at Betsy¿s hotel.--- Belle Hammermill, co- owner of Belle¿s Samples and More in Milwaukee, falls off the balcony to her death in the atrium below. Betsy saw the incident and feels a misfortunate accident occurred as no one was in the vicinity of the victim. Jill has doubts and accompanied by Betsy questions people quickly learning that at least three women wanted Belle dead, but which one and how did that person escape eye witnesses accounts of not seeing the culprit perform the deed.--- There is a sad irony to this entertaining sleuth tale as the victim was an amoral nasty piece of work who some will say deserved what she got while the killer is a beleaguered troubled person who performed the homicide on impulse and regrets her actions. Thus readers will empathize with the killer. Jurisdiction aside, Monica Ferris stitches together a delightfully clever yarn that will get the audience into the holiday spirit.--- Harriet Klausner
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy Devonshire and her friends are at a needlework convention in Nashville. They're snowed into the hotel when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill falls to her death from nine stories up in the hotel. A woman with plenty of enemies the suspect list is almost everyone she has had dealings with. Not a bad read if a bit predictable and the murderer is well flagged throughout. I had stash aquisition envy.
LyzzyBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Acquired via BookCrossing 29 Jan 2009 - RABCK from WelshHelen (who will read it on my spiral)Time for a Betsy Devonshire mystery, this one read on the coach there and back to see Molekilby on the Fourth Plinth! Again taking a trip away from home, Betsy, Godwin and Jill end up trapped by snow in a Nashville hotel where they are attending a big needlework convention and sale. A Christmas theme and a shocking death, with more than one person at the convention with a motive for murder! Again well done although I did guess whodunnit a little earlier than in other books!
Glenajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Crewel Yule, Betsy Devonshire, owner of a needle work shop called Crewel World, goes to a pre-Christmas market in Nashville along with her assistant Godwin. Their friend, customer, and police officer Jill is also in Nashville attending a police convention in another hotel. An ice/snow storm obstructs the roads, forcing the three to stay at the market hotel after meeting for dinner. The next day, another needlework storeowner falls from the top railing and the investigation begins.The unique background of needlework and a market provide an interesting setting for this murder mystery. Even though I love handwork, however, this book remains a simple mystery, quickly read, and quickly solved, and the characters were mildly interesting. Crewel Yule is quick, light, pleasant reading.
texasheartland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was such a lovely book! While it does center around needlepoint, I couldn¿t put it down! I love Christmas so I went to pick up a few Yuletide fiction novels while my sister had a book waiting for her at the local library. I saw this book and without reading the first sentence (which will usually automatically tell me if I¿ll be interested or not), I checked it out. The characters have tons of personality and while the story is somewhat short, it was wonderfully written. I don¿t know needlepoint so what my Mom didn¿t know after I asked her, I searched on the Internet for. Thanks to all the knowledge I learned from Mom and Google, I now want to learn needlepoint. They say you learn more from educational books rather than fiction. They obviously haven¿t met avid book readers! And as an added bonus, there was a needlepoint pattern that centered around the pattern in the book- for you to try!
catsalive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these Betsy Devonshire mysteries. I tend to let the technical needlecraft stuff wash over me, although some of it even I find interesting - I can sew a button back on & that's it. This episode has Betsy, Godwin & Jill away from Excelsior at a Needlework Market convention in Tennessee which makes a nice change, and they still can't avoid getting involved in murder. The characters in these books are likeable, even many of the murderers, which adds to my enjoyment.I haven't read one for a while so that may have added an extra fillip to my experience. I highly recommend these books to cozy-mystery readers.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ferris' latest is as enjoyable as always. I do recommend that the reader try to read the books in order, as the characters develop, although it isn't absolutely necessary. The needlework lore is, as usual, fascinating, and I think that story is interesting even for someone who doesn't do needlework.Ferris made a lot of good decisions in setting up this series that add to both the storytelling and the plausibility. Betsy is not an expert craftswoman (she inherited the store) and so it is reasonable to have people explaining things to her. Her best friend is a capable policewoman. She knows when to call the police: no going down alone into dark cellars to look for axe murderers.Ferris strands Betsy, Godwin and Jill in a snowbound hotel in Nashville for a needlework trade show. Jill and Betsy attempt to solve the death (murder, suicide, accident?) of a store-owner who had abused a lot of people. Godwin spends most of his time being his usual charming self. The characters are as likeable as always, the dialogue is well done. I was amused by the setting of a hotel besieged by snow - eventually, that sort of thing of thing is funny. My chief regret is the Mavreen Harrison, the overworked night manager/acting day manager in this crisis, will presumably be staying in Nashville. What a delightful character!The reader does need to check the dates that head some of the paragraphs. The book begins with a series of flashbacks explaining the background of the character and the suspects intermingled with the beginning of the mystery. Considerable setup is required for the story, so it keeps the action going while telling the reader the important facts.I also enjoyed Ferris' theme relating to the character of the deceased. Ferris dwells on the contradictions and frustration created by a person who swings between kindness and cruelty and supposes, as one of the characters notes, that cuteness is a license to behave however one likes, and an apology means that it never happened and the victim has to forgive and forget. Too often, there is an epiphany at the end of the book (movie, TV episode) in which one good deed wipes out years of pain. While Ferris isn't recommending murder, she does deal meaningfully with anger. If this interests the reader, I'd recommend Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd, which turns on the difference between being kind or well-meaning and thoughtful.I have one very serious complaint: this is probably the worst copy editting that I have ever seen. Whole phrases are left out of sentences, character names are confused. There are electronic grammer check programs that would have caught a lot of these mistakes. Inexcusable!First book in the series: Crewel World (Needlecraft Mystery)
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this latest needlecraft mystery as much as I have the others. I'm not sure why, except that I wonder if moving out of the familiar setting of Excelsior was the problem. Here, instead of familiar characters (beyond Betsy, Godwin and Jill) we have a set of new strangers along with a bunch of people many cross stitchers will know by name because they are real people in the needlework industry. Ferris has given real, living people words to say that they have never said and an adventure they have never had. I think this may be my problem as this sort of thing very rarely works for me outside historical novels - and there I still expect the author to have done their research. Not only that, but she took an institution of the industry and moved it around by two months and made it do what she wanted. I feel that if Ferris wanted to write about the Nashville Market, she should have left it in February where it belonged instead of changing everything around. It was like she was trying to be clever, but couldn't make the story fit into the normal set of events so started changing them to suit herself. To me, that's lazy, fannish writing. If it didn't work, she should have changed the story, not the real events. The murder is relatively simple really, with a limited number of suspects, none of whom really engaged me. I guess, all up, I didn't really care for the murdered woman, the suspects or anyone very much. It wasn't a really bad read, despite this, but certainly the lowest of the series.
shellyamendola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this was pretty average; love the patterns: the plot was lacking
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept hearing from a friend how great Monica Ferris was as an author, so I splurged and bought this book. Not only poorly written with plenty of typos that other reviewers have pointed out, but it was one big YAWN! Maybe I should have started with book one. Oh, well. Can't understand how one reviewer could give it a 5 star....didn't she read it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series of Needlecraft Mysteries by Monica Ferris and Crewel Yule doesn't belong in it. It was so bad that I wrote to the publisher and asked them how they could publish this book and not be embarrassed. The story was thin, if not thread-bare, and the book never had an iota of proof-reading before it went to printing. On top of this the book gods decide to make this book in the series the first hardcover with the accompanying price tag of a hardcover! Well, I feel like a fool for putting out good money. The characters in this series of mysteries I have enjoyed and I think there has been good character development through the stories. I just hope the next book in the series comes back up to the expectations set out by the previous 8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does not live up to the fun of the previous titles in this series. Most unfortunately, the book appears to have been hastily written and published - it is full of typos and the plot is almost non-existant. Very disappointing