Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12)

Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12)

by Monica Ferris

Hardcover(Cross Stitch Patterns Included)

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Overview

As owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads together. Just back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show her stitching friends her souvenirs, which includes dazzling Thai silk. She also has a small stone Buddha that she agreed to deliver to an antique store in St. Paul. It's wrapped in a dirty rag, which she throws away. When she meets the dealer, he is surprised that she unwrapped it, though relieved the statue's delicate hands aren't damaged. The next night, Doris's apartment is broken into, and the things she bought in Thailand are taken. The antique shop owner is found murdered and his shop ransacked. The Buddha is gone. Then someone confronts Doris with a gun, demanding the "Thai silk." Meanwhile, Betsy starts to wonder about the dingy wrapper she retrieved from the trash.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425223468
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Series: Needlecraft Mystery Series , #12
Edition description: Cross Stitch Patterns Included
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(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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Thai Die (Needlecraft Mystery Series #12) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
alnuts More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed her other books in the series, however, this one was a disappointment. The writing was poor, the character development sloppy and the story was very choppy. I will give her one more try on the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the owner of a building containing three apartments, one of which she lives in, and where the Crewel World needlework shop is located, Betsy Devonshire is once again in the middle of a murder case. When Doris Valentine returned from Thailand, she is eager to show Betsy and the Monday Bunch all the beautiful things she found in Bangkok especially silk.----------- Doris also promised an American living in Bangkok that she would deliver a package to an antiquities dealer who has a buyer. She opens the box to find a stone Buddha wrapped inside bubble plastic and a filthy cloth. She throws the cloth out but Betsy sees a beautiful design on it and saves it. The dealer is unhappy that she opened his package when Doris returns to her apartment she finds it ransacked. Needing to get away, she and a few friends stay at an inn only to have a person with a gun demanding she give up the Thai silk.. With the antiques dealer murdered and Doris¿ life threatened, Betsy turns amateur sleuth to uncover who is behind the crime wave and why.------------ Monica Ferris consistently writes delightful cozies with her latest being another fun bloodless tale. Readers are treated to a wonderful cerebral whodunit with clues out in the open so that audience has a chance to solve the case. Betsy (and the audience) is dealing with a difficult inquiry because of the numerous red herrings, false leads, and the threat to her friend. Doris is glad to have her in her corner.--------- Harriet Klausner
eawsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am still trying to figure out the first sentence of this book, and I have to say the confusion it engendered when I read it ilngered through much of the book. I enjoyed the book, for the most part, but there were a number of characters in it who weren't very well identified and left me scratching my head as to who they were. I have read all of the other books in this series and enjoyed them a great deal, but this book did not really live up to the others. Set in Minnesota, the book features Betsy Devonshire, owner of a needlework shop called Crewel World. As I recall, the other books in the series featured more discussion of needlework in its infinite variations, whereas it was more of a side note in this book. One of Betsy's friends has been to Thailand and comes home to show off her purchases. She also has brought along a package as a favor to a fellow American she met while there. Delivery of this package leads to several murders and attempted murders, all of which involve Betsy in efforts to solve the crimes. Some of the loose ends were not tied up adequately for me, but perhaps I am just being too picky. Although I I was able to deduce who the murderer was about halfway through the book, it was nice to see the culprit brought to justice.Overall this was a pretty good book, but if someone is new to the series, they should start with one of the older books because they are better written.
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series years ago, because of "meeting" Ms. Ferris via rec.crafts.textiles.needlework . It's odd to think of how much has changed since then—I don't even have a dedicated usenet client installed any more! Still, I still stitch, and I still enjoy the little handwork bits throughout Ferris' novels.Unfortunately, the digressions into minutia on other topics (do I care where Goddy picked up an expression? Honestly, no) gets annoying. If there had been one more sentence about Lars' Stanley Steamer, I might have thrown the book across the room.Still, these books are much brighter in tone than so much of what I read that they make a nice break here and there. The free patterns at the back of each book certainly don't hurt, either.
journeygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, the publisher gives away the entire story on the dust jacket. I read the dust jacket and thought that information must come to light early on...so I kept waiting and waiting for something I didn't already know. I've enjoyed the other books in this series, so I'm sure my disappointment this time comes from already knowing the twist.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy takes a back seat in this newest book featuring her shop, Crewel World. Instead, Betsy's tenant, Doris Valentine becomes the catalyst for a series of robbery attempts and murders, after she returns from a trip to Singapore, tourist baubles in hand. Although Betsy's inquisitive mind stillhelps crack the case, I missed her usual style of sleuthing.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doris Valentine, one of Crewel World's Monday Bunch, returns from a month-long trip to Thailand with lots of colorful fabric and silk floss, and, tucked into a corner of her suitcase, a replica of an unusual Buddha statue she's been asked to deliver to an antique dealer in St. Paul. Soon after Doris delivers the statue, the dealer is murdered, and Doris's apartment is trashed. Doris continues to be a target of an unknown person, but amateur sleuth Betsy Devonshire can't figure out what Doris has that this person is after. This case will try the limits of Betsy's sleuthing abilities.This book is one of the weaker efforts in this series. The mystery is convoluted, and the plot seems to get away from Ferris at some points. Readers familiar with the series will enjoy seeing more of the Monday Bunch in this book, and may also like the connection with a much earlier book in the series. There are better books in this series, and readers new to the series shouldn't start with this one.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy's friend Doris has returned from a trip to Thailand. Among the items that she brings back is a statue of the Buddha which she is to deliver to an antique shop in the Twin Cities that has a buyer for the item. When Doris apartment is trashed after delivering the statue and the antique shop dealer turns up dead, Betsy sets out to investigate. The "who" was not difficult to figure out. I wish that Godwin had played a bigger role in this installment. I also believe that Ferris should have never taken Jill off the police force. Her presence was missed in this installment. I enjoyed this work, but it was not as captivating as earlier novels in the series.
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Enjoyed this read.
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FootballRN More than 1 year ago
Betsy's at it again. A fun read. Good book to cozy up by the fire with hot chocolate and forget the winter weather outside!!
ohiostar46 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Monica's Needlecraft Mysteries and enjoy them very much. Her characters are enjoyable and entertaining. Being a machine quilter and knitter I feel like I would be right at home sitting in the shop taking a class. I don't do counted cross stitch but do enjoy reading about it. If you like mystery and needlecrafts you would enjoy this book.
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SpinningLara More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I she would put some knitting patterns in the back of the book rather than cross stitch.
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TRaceyCity More than 1 year ago
This is a good book in the Needlecraft mysteries. These books always have good characters and is easy to read. This is a book I could read over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A better than average mystery. A good example of the modern cozy. The patterns are an extra bonus. I have stitched several of them. The characters are old friends.