Needlecraft Mysteries

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

Crewel World Summary

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….

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  • Book 1

    • Crewel World

    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This mystery will keep you on your toes guessing.

    • By IAN on 03-05-13

    Regular price: £13.59

  • Book 2

    • Framed in Lace

    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When the historic Hopkins ferry was raised from the bottom of the lake, who would have thought they were literally raising the dead! But there it was—a skeleton—right before their eyes. Unfortunately, the evidence is slim and soggy: the boat sank in 1949, the victim on board was a woman, and near the body is a piece of unidentifiable lacelike fabric. Sounds like a job for Betsy Devonshire. Betsy knows there's more to this story than what’s on the surface.

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  • Book 3

    • A Stitch in Time

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The cold, blustery Midwest winters don't exactly agree with Betsy Devonshire, but since moving to Excelsior, Minnestoa, she sure has met a lot of warm, friendly people. So she isn't too surprised when the town's most talented needleworkers volunteer to restore a damaged tapestry that was found in the basement of a local church. Betsy even offers to donate materials for the project, thinking that the free publicity will boost sales at her financially troubled needlecraft shop. But soon Betsy is afraid of losing more than her business....

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  • Book 4

    • Unraveled Sleeve

    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota, as owner of the town’s needlecraft shop. So why is she suffering from terrifying nightmares? She hasn’t a clue - but thinks maybe it would help to get away for a while. With her friend Jill in tow, she heads north for a “stitch-in” at a remote, rustic lodge. But her nightmares only get worse - especially after she finds a dead woman no one else had seen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful as always!

    • By Claire Kendall-Price on 01-09-17

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  • Book 5

    • A Murderous Yarn

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, but denouement is a bit tenuous

    • By Littlehurster on 22-02-18

    Regular price: £13.19

  • Book 6

    • Hanging by a Thread

    • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled. The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsey believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty. But she'll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose ends that will prove his innocence once and for all.

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  • Book 7

    • Cutwork

    • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota - craftsy and non-craftsy alike - has turned out for the art fair. So when an artisan is murdered there, the list of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first regain Jill's trust.

    • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-12
    • 5 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

    • Blackwork

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    There's a witch running loose in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is…beer. Actually, Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca, which many mistakenly believe to be sorcery or black magic. Then, after one too many pints, local alcohol aficionado Ryan McMurphy accuses Leona of being a real witch, blaming her for the series of accidents. When Ryan ends up dead, without a mark on his body, Leona is not only the target of a witch hunt but also the prime suspect.

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  • Book 14

    • Buttons and Bones

    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier--the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not very interesting

    • By Creeda on 24-06-18

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  • Book 15

    • Threadbare

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    When an elderly homeless woman is found dead on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, she's wearing something that holds the key to her identity but also opens up a mystery. Embroidered on her blouse is her will, in which she bequeaths everything she owns to her niece: Emily Hame, a member of the Monday Bunch at Betsy Devonshire's Crewel World needlework shop! Emily's aunt turns out to be the second homeless woman to be found dead under mysterious circumstances.

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  • Book 16

    • And Then You Dye

    • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    At Crewel World - the needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, run by Betsy Devonshire - an array of beautifully hand-dyed yarns are supplied by Hailey Brent, an avid hand-dyer as well as a customer. But shortly after her most recent delivery of yarn, Hailey is found dead in her home, with a gunshot wound to the head. Betsy can't imagine who might have killed Hailey, but she is determined to find out.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very obvious plot

    • By Ms Lixie on 14-06-14

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  • Book 17

    • The Drowning Spool

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Betsy Bronson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Betsy Bronson is no Susan Boyce

    • By Claire Kendall-Price on 30-08-17

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  • Book 18

    • Darned if You Do

    • A Needlecraft Mystery
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    After a tree falls on Tom Riordan's house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota - including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch - offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates. But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property - his cousin, Valentina - becomes the number-one suspect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Excellent Mystery from Excelsior

    • By Claire Kendall-Price on 12-08-17

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  • Book 19

    • Knit Your Own Murder

    • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 19
    • By: Monica Ferris
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fundraising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as they bid. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Marsha Hanover, who keels over halfway through the event. After she is pronounced DOA at the hospital, an autopsy reveals that Marsha had been poisoned.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decent story line

    • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 22-11-16

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