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Threadbare (edition 2011)

by Monica Ferris

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Title:Threadbare
Authors:Monica Ferris
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Threadbare by Monica Ferris

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The bodies of two homeless women are found frozen in Excelsior. Both women are connected in some way to ladies who shop in Betsy Devonshire's shop, Crewel World. When the local police investigator believes murder may be involved even though there is no real evidence to suggest it at first, Betsy's customers become suspects and ask her to look into it. Betsy receives some assistance from a homeless woman named Annie who attends the funeral of one of the women. Their investigation takes them by train to Fargo to gather information. The character of Annie was a great addition to the series, and I hope we'll see her back in future installments. I listened to this mystery via an Overdrive download from my library on a road trip. The narrator was better with female voices than with male ones, and I really loved the way she did Annie. I was quite disappointed in Godwin's voice, but he played a minor role in this installment. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 26, 2012 |
When the bodies of not one, but two homeless women are discovered in the snow in Excelsior, MN, the local police suspect that the women died from something other than exposure. Coincidentally, both women have relatives in the area who are customers of Betsy Devonshire's needlecraft shop. When both customers fall under suspicion for the murders, Betsy agrees to look into the deaths.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is spending time with characters who seem like old friends. A new character steals some of the scenes in this installment. In the course of her investigation into women's shelters, Betsy befriends a homeless woman, Annie. Annie turns out to be a helpful ally in Betsy's investigation. The two even go on a rail journey together. I really liked Annie and I hope we'll see her again.

This installment has a little more depth than many of the other books in the series. As she investigates the murders, Betsy (and her readers) learn about the problem of homelessness. Readers new to the series shouldn't be distracted from the plot by references that only make sense if you've read earlier books in the series. The author provides just enough of the back story for the series to make sense to new readers without giving away major spoilers for earlier books. ( )
  cbl_tn | Sep 26, 2012 |
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Randy Untweiler, seventeen, a tall, skinny kid with dark blond hair, was the one who found her.
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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. It's up to Betsy to discover the common thread between the deaths-and to determine if a murderer may strike again...

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In this needlecraft novel from author Monica Ferris, Betsy Devonshire gets embroiled in an embroidery mystery. 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's Crewel World needlework shop! Emily's aunt turns out to be the second homeless woman to be found dead under mysterious circumstances. It's up to Betsy to discover the common thread between the deaths, and to determine if a murderer may strike again.… (more)

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