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Hanging by a Thread (2003)

by Monica Ferris

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Betsy Devonshire hires Foster Johns to fix the roof of her needlepoint shop. She then finds out that everyone in town believes Foster killed two people five years ago. Betsy agrees to look into the murders and try to clear Foster's name. I enjoy this series and you don't have to be into needlework to like them. This book was a little light on the investigating part of the story. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This story very much reminded me of the Sherlock Holmes Problem on Thor Bridge with a very similar resolution. I wonder if the author is a fan of Holmes? The characters didn't seem to grow but remained stagnant to their previous adventure. The mystery itself wasn't very involved but the background was fun. ( )
  cyderry | Apr 22, 2015 |
This seems to be turning into "all you may ever want to know about running a needlecraft shop" series than a cozy murder mystery series; the murder mystery seemed to be almost superfluous to the story.

I still enjoy the characters, but these last two came across as a tad rushed and lacking the mystery intricacies that caught my fancy in the first books. ( )
  dreamingbear | Feb 6, 2014 |
This one was interesting right until the end. Besty is at her best when trying to prove someone didn't do it. She gets the perfect job from Foster Johns whom everyone in Excelsior believes murdered his mistress and her husband. Jealousy, appearances and a little bit of gossip go a long way. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 4, 2013 |
Fast, fun predictable yarn, pun intended. ( )
  AdorableArlene | Mar 6, 2011 |
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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 5-year old unsolved double murder on him. Betsy believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty. The dead man, husband to a woman he fell in love with and was murdered, was far more controlling and conniving than most of the townfolks realized.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425187144, Mass Market Paperback)

“Monica Ferris has a talent for vivid detail,” raves the Old Book Barn Gazette. And her heroine, needlecraft shop owner Betsy Devonshire, is “a great character” says Midwest Book Review. Now it’s up to Betsy to unravel a five-year-old murder case that refuses to die…

 

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. Betsy 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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Needlecraft shop owner Betsy Devonshire tries to unravel the truth surrounding a five-year-old double murder and clear the name of her new roofer and friend, Foster Johns, in a mystery accompanied by a counted cross stitch pattern.

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