Crewel Yule (A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 8)
Preview — Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris. Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder. This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbl Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime.
This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. Now Betsy, Godwin, and other knitting hands must unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published October 4th by Berkley Books first published October 5th More Details A Needlecraft Mystery 8. Betsy Devonshire. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Crewel Yule , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 10, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: read. Not a bad way to spend my Sunday. This was a pretty fast listen and I liked watching Jill investigate everything even when everyone told her oh it wasn't murder! They were very wrong : Betsey and Jill have great team work skills and really complemented each other when they would interviews suspects. I thought I knew who the murderer was and then I convinced myself I was wrong, but I actually wasn't!
So that was fun. I liked seeing the different needlework crafts, definitely gave this a festive Not a bad way to spend my Sunday. I liked seeing the different needlework crafts, definitely gave this a festive air. The 8th book in the Needlecraft Mystery Series. This book has Betsy and Goddy heading to Nashville for a needlecraft convention. In a 'this only happens in fiction' coincidence - Jill is also there for a police officer convention.
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When they get to Nashville there is a freak snowstorm and Jill ends up having to stay at the hotel with Betsy and Goddy. This surprise ends up being a good thing since since an attendee of the convention is pushed over a railing and falls to her death. I suspected sh The 8th book in the Needlecraft Mystery Series. I suspected she tried to grab a ball of Malabrigo yarn out of the hands of another attendee - but apparently I was wrong.
Another fun read! Dec 20, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: challenge , christmas.
I do like this series more the further I get into it. This was fun since it took place at a hotel in Nashville during a buyers Market for the shop so it was fun being in a different setting. Betsy seemed to have to work harder at her sleuthing as well. Oct 16, Kerry rated it liked it Shelves: 6 , mystery , 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 adventur I didn't enjoy this latest needlecraft mystery as much as I have the others. 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.
Aug 25, Kirsti rated it it was amazing Shelves: cozy-cat-murder-mysteries. I really love how this author takes the essentials of cozy mystery, but always comes up with fresh ways to present them. Not too many of the murders Betsy solves are actually in her home town, and in this one she has gone away to a Market being held in a hotel close to Christmas. Together with Godwin, it's meant to be a simple shopping trip to stock up on new designs for Crewel World, but when Jill is forced to spend the night with them due to weather, and a woman falls mysteriously from one of I really love how this author takes the essentials of cozy mystery, but always comes up with fresh ways to present them.
Together with Godwin, it's meant to be a simple shopping trip to stock up on new designs for Crewel World, but when Jill is forced to spend the night with them due to weather, and a woman falls mysteriously from one of the higher floors and dies, you know there's some investigating to be done! Another delightful episode, can't wait to begin reading the next! Five stars. Sep 22, Lollyletsgo rated it really liked it. Love the set up of this one. At the beginning of the story you already know the suspects' motives before Betsy or Jill and still you are left guessing till the end.
It's also a closed room murder as well so if you like those, this one is for you! Aug 13, Carol rated it really liked it. It's been quite awhile since I've read a book by Monica Ferris but since I'd loved all of the previous Needlecraft mysteries that I've read, I was looking forward to hanging out with Betsy and her crew again. Once again, the timing is right for Betsy to stumble onto the opportunity to sleuth around and try to solve the mystery of what really happened to cause a fellow shopowner to fall from the 9th floor into the lobby area below.
There were 3 main suspects, each with their own reason to want to It's been quite awhile since I've read a book by Monica Ferris but since I'd loved all of the previous Needlecraft mysteries that I've read, I was looking forward to hanging out with Betsy and her crew again. There were 3 main suspects, each with their own reason to want to cause harm to the victim, and just when Betsy and Jill thought they had things figured out and the mystery solved, a new clue came out to send them back to the drawing board. The book did wrap up neatly and no big surprises on who the culprit turned out to be.
Despite the book not being a nailbiter or me having to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the final reveal, I really did enjoy the book. Overall it was a fun decent read for me. It felt like I was going back in time about 11 years ago and visiting with some old friends. Dec 27, Shelley M. I picked this up because it's Christmasy, and I liked that it took place in a town that completely shuts down with snow, like my own town was doing while I was reading. But how could I forget my issues with Monica Ferris's ableism?
I forgot that in the last book of hers that I read, there was a character with a chronic illness, and everyone felt sooo bad for her husband for having to deal with that. And then this one had a couple of characters in wheelchairs, and the wheelchairs were such issues I picked this up because it's Christmasy, and I liked that it took place in a town that completely shuts down with snow, like my own town was doing while I was reading. And then this one had a couple of characters in wheelchairs, and the wheelchairs were such issues! All these comments like "well there's obviously no way someone who uses a wheelchair could own a business on their own!
Why was I even surprised? Betsy and Goddy are attending a needlework show in Nashville and their friend, Jill, is there for a police convention.
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In the midst of a snowstorm which shuts down the town, one of the needlework shop owners falls to her death. Is it a suicide? And accident? Jill and Betsy are soon investigating and learning the woman had many enemies.
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Reading this series always makes me want to get out my counted cross stitch projects! The more I read of this series, the more I enjoy it! My least favorite so far. Part of the problem is that the audiobook narrator changed, and that always gives me a hard time. Also, the writing style changed to include the points of view of the suspects and time stamps of events. Sep 09, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: monica-ferris. When a fellow shop owner falls 8 floors to her death, Betsy starts asking questions.
As a blizzard rages, no one can leave so the killer is stuck there. A great mystery and a great read. Dec 13, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. This was a fun cozy mystery set in the world of needlecraft esoterics and marketing. Well written, it left me wondering just how much I didn't know about the almost lost art of handsewing and making me want to go to some sort of needlecraft show. The author set up the story very well. Not my favorite in this series.
Still fun though. Sep 14, Phyllis rated it liked it. Nice and easy. Jun 30, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: listened-to. Quite a complex plot.
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Feb 14, Pat Beard rated it really liked it. Nice cozy. Good to see the characters out of their usual setting. Jan 08, Patty rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense , cozy-mysteries. I enjoy a fun cozy that doesn't get too intense. This book fills that need for fun reads and needlework. The series is primarily set in Excelsior, a small town in modern-day Minnesota. When Betsy Devonshire inherited needlecraft shop Crewel World from her sister, she moved to Excelsior, completely changed her life, and made fast friends. Several times Betsy has helped local policewoman Jill, a talented needleworker, solve baffling murder cases.
Betsy and her assistant manager Godwin are attending a needlecraft shop owners market, where they can purchase the newest designs in patterns and kits for sale in the shop. Jill is attending a police seminar also held that weekend in Nashville. A record storm hits Nashville, so after they meet for dinner, Jill ends up snowbound at the hotel with Betsy and Godwin. The local police force is stretched thin across the city due to the storm emergency, so they are thankful Jill can question witnesses and help them out. Jill and Betsy interview the people who knew Belle, and slowly and painstakingly uncover how Belle has damaged lives revealed earlier to the reader.
As Betsy homes in on the truth, the killer becomes desperate to stop the investigation. This is a charming and delightful cozy mystery series, of special interest to cross-stitch and needlepoint lovers. Reading the description of new patterns and designs at the show made me want to pull out and work on my stitching projects.
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The books in the series balance solving mysteries with heartwarming stories of friendship. I recommend this series to any cozy mystery reader who also enjoys needlecrafts. Dec 18, Jill Tool rated it really liked it Shelves: finished-reading. The big annual needlework show happens every year in February, but the hotel that books them had a conflict and moved it to December. Betsy Devonshire, the owner of Crewel World and her assistant Goddy are heading to Nashville for the convention.
Their friend Jill, a police officer is also heading there to attend a conference for the police department. After they all arrive a huge snowstorm shuts down the town and everyone is snowed in. But things start heating up when a fellow shop owner, Belle, falls from the ninth floor of the hotel. All three have motives beyond means.
Dec 15, Lee Miller rated it liked it. It started off well-enough but ended weakly, I thought. This is an excellent cozy series and I highly recommend it, but I thought this was not as strong as other entries. I was attracted to this particular volume for two reasons; one, I like the character of Godwin and had the impression that he would have a stronger role here, but that was only partly true.
Second, I was looking for a Christmas cozy to read during the holiday season. While this one occurs during December, there really isn't tha It started off well-enough but ended weakly, I thought. While this one occurs during December, there really isn't that much about the holidays in it.
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One unusual feature is that it takes place during a national needlework show - a sort of convention where wholesalers display their products and sell to retailers - and that was interesting and different. A negative, however, is that the convention takes place in Nashville.
One doesn't read these books to read about Nashville, but to visit the small town of Excelsior, MN, and I missed that charming, cozy, small-town appeal. The author's characterizations are excellent. Moreover, I "read" this with the audio book using Amazon's "Whispersync" technology that lets you go back and forth between the audio book and the Kindle version, and the narrator was wonderful. The narrator, Melissa Hughes, makes me want to purchase more audio books in the series and discover what else she has narrated.
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