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.
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The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So too does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire, who’s learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting—and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.
When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was... Read more »
Whenthe historic Hopkins ferry was raised from the bottom of the lake, who wouldhave thought they were literally raising the dead? But there it was—askeleton—right before their eyes. Unfortunately, the evidence is slim andsoggy: the boat sank in 1949, the victim on board was a woman, and near thebody is a piece of unidentifiable lacelike fabric.... Read more »
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... Read more »
The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So too does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire, who's learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting-and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota,... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota—craftsy and noncraftsy 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... Read more »
Snow is not the only thing falling this December—spirits are, too. That’s because this year’s needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle’s... Read more »
After her good friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with John, his significant other, full-time needlework shop owner and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. Betsy doesn't mind having company, though Godwin is restless and unhappy over the sudden break-up.
But sadness turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John... Read more »
When adoptee Lucille Jones comes to town researching her roots, Betsy Devonshire notices that she bears a remarkable resemblance to local Jan Henderson. Betsy introduces the look-alikes and they quickly hit it off. But then Jan’s wealthy great-aunt is found dead, helped to her grave by a stiff metal wire—a double-zero knitting needle, in fact.... Read more »
The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild raised over twenty thousand dollars for charity—but the representative who accepted the check at the annual convention disappeared with it. It turns out that he’s the husband of the local chapter president, Allie Germaine, who insists on his innocence. But if Bob Germaine didn’t pocket the check, who did?... Read more »
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... Read more »
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, the nature-based religion that many mistakenly believe to be sorcery or black magic. But that doesn’t bother the thirsty crowds—or the Halloween Committee members who have... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
Betsy Devonshire,full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, hashooked more than a few crooks in the USA Today bestselling NeedlecraftMysteries. Now Betsy learns the hard way that a murder is still murder, any wayyou color it.
Betsy is a natural-born yarnsmith—so it’s only fitting thatsome of her favorite items to... Read more »
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