Wednesday, January 21, 2015


DARNED IF YOU DO by Monica Ferris

Book 17 in the Needlecraft Mystery series
Monica Ferris

In the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, knows how to untangle even the most knotty of mysteries. But a soggy murder case might have Betsy in over her head…

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.

Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk’s therapy pool, and Betsy’s sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers—each with a motive for the murder.

It’s up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer, or the wrong man is bound to get pinned for a crime he didn’t commit…


My Review

It always amazes me how an author of a long running series can keep each new book fresh. How they are able to find new ways to commit the crimes, and come up with new locations and settings. But in this seventh installment of her Needlecraft Mystery series, author Monica Ferris does just that.

THE DROWNING SPOOL was a well written mystery that kept me engaged and guessing. I had no idea who had perpetrated the crime until it was revealed.

Ms. Ferris has a knack for creating “visual” stories. This book was filled with vivid descriptions making me feel as though I was in each situation with the story’s heroine, Betsy Devonshire.

There is a fun Embroidery pattern for needlecraft lovers. But be assured, you do not need to know needle work to enjoy this book.


Book 18 in the Needlecraft Mystery series
Monica Ferris

The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries have shown that when it comes to murder, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, doesn’t mess around. But when a local hoarder is murdered, she’ll need all her wits to dig a new friend out of a heap of trouble…
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. Betsy believes there’s more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer’s identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack …


My Review

This eighteenth installment of the Needlecraft Mystery series starts out with a bang! No, really. It starts with a raging storm, and a tree falling on someone’s home. And that’s just the beginning of the excitement.

Ms. Ferris has managed yet again to add a fresh take on a long running series. I don’t know how she does it, but the author always finds something new to get into for her protagonist, Betsy Devonshire and Betsy’s Crewel World Monday Bunch.

As with her past books, DARNED IF YOU DO is very descriptive, ensuring that you “see” things as they happen while you’re reading. You can’t help but visualize the scenes.

The mystery was filled with plenty of twists and turns, keeping me guessing. And once again, as with the book before this one, book seventeen in this series, THE DROWNING SPOOL, I had no idea who the killer was until Ms. Ferris spelled it out for me.

The needlecraft project in this installment is for a crochet pattern for Classic Lace. You do not have to know any sort of needlework to read this book, but it sure makes you wish you did. 

Both titles release
February 3

THE DROWING SPOOL in paperback
DARNED IF YOU DO in hardcover

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  1. Lisa, you've found another "new-to-me" author, yet this w/b her 18th!!

    1. LOL Pat. Am I a good or bad influence on you? Yes, Monica has been doing this series for some time now!

  2. Thanks for the review Lisa! I read the debut in this series and have been collecting each installment as they're released. So happy that #'s 17 & 18 will be releasing soon!