Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A-Z Wednesday: "C"

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicki at Reading At The Beach, and here are the guidelines:
To join, here's all you have to do:

Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.

1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.)
4~ Return to the host's blog and leave your link in the comments.
This week's letter for A-Z Wednesday is "C." So I went to my shelves, and this is what I pulled out.

Crewel World, by Monica Ferris (1999)

1. See the author's website (and read an excerpt) here.

2. Description from GoodReads:
When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and to get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered…

The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy - 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.

3. And a photo of the paperback edition (I'm not sure these books were ever issued in hard cover):

This book is the first in Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mystery series, which is centered around Betsy Devonshire and the shop she inherits from her sister. This first book sets up the premise, introduces most of the regular characters, and (of course) has Betsy getting involved in solving her sister's murder. I love these books because they combine two of my favorite things - whodunits and needlework. Plus, each book includes a free needlepoint pattern. And the writing is usually excellent, too.


  1. I love crewel work, but I've never done it. Sounds fascinating...

    Here's mine:

  2. My mom has recommended this book to me.

  3. I have this one in my TBR and have heard great things about it.

  4. I'm the only female in my family to never get into needlework or any kind of crafty thing. I do however love a whodunit.

    Thanks for playing!

  5. New to me...

  6. Sounds like one I might enjoy. I do love mysteries and can actually handle needlepoint, one of the few sewing things I do. Thanks!

  7. Looks like a fun read. Here is my "C" book.


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