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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.A Murderous Yarn Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year’s a 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.A Murderous Yarn 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 determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won’t be easy…


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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.A Murderous Yarn Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year’s a 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.A Murderous Yarn 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 determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won’t be easy…

30 review for A Murderous Yarn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    A 3.5-4 star read for me. It was a nice change that the mystery was set around an antique car run. Lots of information on old cars ... at times a little too much for my taste. The murder happened quite a bit into the story and "whodunnit" was pretty obvious. But even though the investigation was fun and entertaining and made for a quick read. A 3.5-4 star read for me. It was a nice change that the mystery was set around an antique car run. Lots of information on old cars ... at times a little too much for my taste. The murder happened quite a bit into the story and "whodunnit" was pretty obvious. But even though the investigation was fun and entertaining and made for a quick read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris is the 5th book in the Needlecraft Mystery series. Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, sponsers a fried in an antique car run and when one of the entrants is murdered, she is asked to investigate. A nice typical cozy mystery with a lot of information about antique cars in this book. The solution was fairly obvious with the mystery taking a back seat to the antique cars. Gordons relationship problems and whining was rather grating though. An enjoyable book o A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris is the 5th book in the Needlecraft Mystery series. Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, sponsers a fried in an antique car run and when one of the entrants is murdered, she is asked to investigate. A nice typical cozy mystery with a lot of information about antique cars in this book. The solution was fairly obvious with the mystery taking a back seat to the antique cars. Gordons relationship problems and whining was rather grating though. An enjoyable book overall.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Good little mystery. I liked the antique cars in this one, that was a fun addition. Good sleuthing on Betsy's part. Good little mystery. I liked the antique cars in this one, that was a fun addition. Good sleuthing on Betsy's part.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I like this series but something about it doesn't set right with me & I couldn't figure out what it was. Well now I know! It's the narrator. She sounds angry & rude all the time. Instead of making the characters seem conversational she makes them sound mad & confrontational. I will still listen to some of them on CD since I have pinpointed the problem. Maybe I can find them with a different reader. I like this series but something about it doesn't set right with me & I couldn't figure out what it was. Well now I know! It's the narrator. She sounds angry & rude all the time. Instead of making the characters seem conversational she makes them sound mad & confrontational. I will still listen to some of them on CD since I have pinpointed the problem. Maybe I can find them with a different reader.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Forsgren

    Not my favorite book in the series. The mystery took a back seat to the antique cars and their description.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A needle shop owner finds the murderer during a antique car race. As a needleworker myself who is always leaving little bits of thread all over my house, it was interesting that the murder was solved because of the lack of bits of thread, known as orts. I hadn't known that word before' A needle shop owner finds the murderer during a antique car race. As a needleworker myself who is always leaving little bits of thread all over my house, it was interesting that the murder was solved because of the lack of bits of thread, known as orts. I hadn't known that word before'

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    When her best friend's boyfriend Lars bought himself a 1912 Stanley Steemer, Betsy Devonshire was fascinated enough to offer to sponsor him for a local antique car run. She figured it would be good advertising for her needlework shop, Crewel World, in Excelsior, Minnesota. What she doesn't figure on is one of the owners being burned to death beneath his own car, and the owner's wife--who had spent the day with Betsy--asking her to investigate. While I enjoyed the antique cars in this one, and now When her best friend's boyfriend Lars bought himself a 1912 Stanley Steemer, Betsy Devonshire was fascinated enough to offer to sponsor him for a local antique car run. She figured it would be good advertising for her needlework shop, Crewel World, in Excelsior, Minnesota. What she doesn't figure on is one of the owners being burned to death beneath his own car, and the owner's wife--who had spent the day with Betsy--asking her to investigate. While I enjoyed the antique cars in this one, and now wish I could go for a ride in a Victoria touring car by Renault, this wasn't much of a mystery. I figured out the killer and the alibi pretty much immediately, they were so obvious. For readers of the series, the only reasons to read this one are if you like antique cars, or want to witness Betsy's first encounters with Maury Steffens, who features in many of the later books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patt

    Another in the Needlework mysteries. This was different because it didn't center around Betsy's shop. Her friend Jill's boyfriend becomes an antique car enthusiast and Betsy sponsors him in an antique car run. Of course, there's a murder and, of course, Betsy is able to help solve it. What is her clue? Floss orts, of all things, and unless you do cross stitch, you probably don't know what floss orts are 1 Another in the Needlework mysteries. This was different because it didn't center around Betsy's shop. Her friend Jill's boyfriend becomes an antique car enthusiast and Betsy sponsors him in an antique car run. Of course, there's a murder and, of course, Betsy is able to help solve it. What is her clue? Floss orts, of all things, and unless you do cross stitch, you probably don't know what floss orts are 1

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen Parker

    Have been reading the series in order, and this book is quite delightful. I was relieved that for once Betsy neither got hurt nor was in imminent threat of being killed. I enjoyed the mystery itself, the characters and story line, and the bonus of a smattering of information about antique autos.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the first book I have read by Monica Ferris and I will definitely be reading more! I found this story to be delightfully entertaining and a light read. Sure, there is a mystery, but the book focuses much more on the people than on the gruesome details of murder as some mysteries do. I found that this particular story focused less on the needlepoint/crafting angle and more on a new interest in antique cars. Most likely this is due to our protagonist (Betsy's) best friend Jill's boyfriend This is the first book I have read by Monica Ferris and I will definitely be reading more! I found this story to be delightfully entertaining and a light read. Sure, there is a mystery, but the book focuses much more on the people than on the gruesome details of murder as some mysteries do. I found that this particular story focused less on the needlepoint/crafting angle and more on a new interest in antique cars. Most likely this is due to our protagonist (Betsy's) best friend Jill's boyfriend Lars purchasing an antique car, which Betsy then proceeds to volunteer to sponsor. On an antique cars run, Betsy is recording the departure and arrival times of the cars. When one never makes it to the destination, someone is sent back to check on it and finds the car destroyed and the driver dead. Betsy is pulled into the mystery of the death by being the alibi of a suspect and at the request of the deceased's family. I love that our amateur detective Betsy does not pretend to be a professional or even talented in solving mysteries, rather telling people point-blank that she is a rank amateur who has simply had good luck in solving mysteries by asking lost of questions and getting to know the people involved. She is very observant and has a knack for putting together scenarios that is unusually accurate. She is also completely down-to-earth and I love that she combines two of my favorite pastimes--mysteries and crafting. I look forward to reading more of her adventures and would definitely recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    Betsy Devonshire may own a needlepoint shop but she is no stranger to solving murder mysteries! This time she finds herself sponsoring her friend and his Stanley Steamer in an antique auto rally. That isn't too bad until one of the drivers turns up dead on the side of the road under his car. The mystery is that he didn't die in the fire that fried his car...it was the bullet to the chest that did him in. The dead man's widow asks Betsy to look into it, as the two ladies spent time together at the Betsy Devonshire may own a needlepoint shop but she is no stranger to solving murder mysteries! This time she finds herself sponsoring her friend and his Stanley Steamer in an antique auto rally. That isn't too bad until one of the drivers turns up dead on the side of the road under his car. The mystery is that he didn't die in the fire that fried his car...it was the bullet to the chest that did him in. The dead man's widow asks Betsy to look into it, as the two ladies spent time together at the time of the man's death. Or did they? Things become more interesting when the oldest son tells Betsy to stay out of his father's death and other siblings want her to continue. Some help comes from her Stanley Steamer friend as he is one of the local cops, along with her best friend Jill. A little inside information helps to clear up some of the mystery. This is a cozy mystery that hums along at a nice pace.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kiyono

    Betsy’s friend Jill is upset when her boyfriend Lars invests in an antique car. It’s an expensive and time-consuming hobby, but Betsy is intrigued by the Stanley Steamer, decides to sponsor him in a local race and volunteers to help out. But her excitement is dampened when one of the racers is found dead under his car and the death is ruled a homicide. Betsy is again pulled into helping solve the crime. There are a couple of secondary plot lines that don’t seem to go anywhere, and I’m wondering Betsy’s friend Jill is upset when her boyfriend Lars invests in an antique car. It’s an expensive and time-consuming hobby, but Betsy is intrigued by the Stanley Steamer, decides to sponsor him in a local race and volunteers to help out. But her excitement is dampened when one of the racers is found dead under his car and the death is ruled a homicide. Betsy is again pulled into helping solve the crime. There are a couple of secondary plot lines that don’t seem to go anywhere, and I’m wondering if they’ll be dealt with in later books. The bulk of Betsy’s time is spent away from the Crewel World needlework shop. The murder, of course, is solved and the answer was a surprise. I’ll be curious to see if the hint of a romance for Betsy is developed in the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel N.

    Betsy Devonshire, owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, decides to sponsor her friend Lars in an antique car run after he buys a Stanley steam car. In a pre-run event one car driver is found under his car, shot and burned. The mans widow asks Betsy to investigate. I'm not at all interested in antique cars so all the information on cars in this book bored me. I'm not majorly into needlework but at least I found the previous cases which involved needlework to be interesting. I also solved the Betsy Devonshire, owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, decides to sponsor her friend Lars in an antique car run after he buys a Stanley steam car. In a pre-run event one car driver is found under his car, shot and burned. The mans widow asks Betsy to investigate. I'm not at all interested in antique cars so all the information on cars in this book bored me. I'm not majorly into needlework but at least I found the previous cases which involved needlework to be interesting. I also solved the case very early on. One thing I do like is that Betsy is independent and doesn't have a boyfriend/significant other unlike most females in cozy mysteries.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Betsy and her friends help out with an antique car race. Lars has a Stanley Steamer, which I didn't even know existed! I learned a lot about the Stanley Steamer along with other antique cars. During the race, one of the members is found underneath his car. It is assumed that when the car exploded; he was killed but later it is discovered that he had a gunshot wound to his head. Interesting characters lead you to believe that his son killed him but it wasn't his son. I like the way the author put Betsy and her friends help out with an antique car race. Lars has a Stanley Steamer, which I didn't even know existed! I learned a lot about the Stanley Steamer along with other antique cars. During the race, one of the members is found underneath his car. It is assumed that when the car exploded; he was killed but later it is discovered that he had a gunshot wound to his head. Interesting characters lead you to believe that his son killed him but it wasn't his son. I like the way the author puts the murderer right in front of you and yet she doesn't actually reveal that person until almost the last chapter. Another good read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Lots of classic cars but very little mystery If you're into needlecraft & ever wanted to know more about classic cars, then this mystery might be for you. If however you were looking for a mystery to delve into this isn't it. I love the introduction of classic cars, unfortunately it felt more like this mystery existed just so the author could write about them. The mystery was very haphazardly tossed together & Betsy barely did an snooping or investigating. The answers practically jumped out at you Lots of classic cars but very little mystery If you're into needlecraft & ever wanted to know more about classic cars, then this mystery might be for you. If however you were looking for a mystery to delve into this isn't it. I love the introduction of classic cars, unfortunately it felt more like this mystery existed just so the author could write about them. The mystery was very haphazardly tossed together & Betsy barely did an snooping or investigating. The answers practically jumped out at you. There was barely any mystery to this cozy mystery, but lots of classic cars & some character development.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lida

    This is a pretty solid mystery series and I can’t usually read multiple books in a series in a row, but listening to these are fun. The narrator’s physical voice and annunciation style bothered me in the first book, but not anymore. This mystery was set around an antique car club, and being more interested in needlework than cars, I found that a little tedious. The dead body doesn’t show up until Chapter 6, after a whole bunch of exposition around the Stanley Steemer, the real star of this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having a renewed interest in counting cross stitch crafting, I'm loving the new advice and vocabulary I'm learning and using in my handiwork. Love Betsy Devonshire's Monkish skills of deductive reasoning used to solve her "cases." Maybe because her influence, I was able to deduct the murderer in this one. Time to start savinging my "orts" for the future. On to Book 6 in this series, Hanging By A Thread! Having a renewed interest in counting cross stitch crafting, I'm loving the new advice and vocabulary I'm learning and using in my handiwork. Love Betsy Devonshire's Monkish skills of deductive reasoning used to solve her "cases." Maybe because her influence, I was able to deduct the murderer in this one. Time to start savinging my "orts" for the future. On to Book 6 in this series, Hanging By A Thread!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    For once it was Jill and not Betsy that was insufferable. How her boyfriend chooses to spend HIS money is none of her concern and her not only lack of support but downright rudeness about something he was excited about was disappointing. again the writer has an isue with gay romances that she isn't covering well - none of the rleationships are healthy yet are put forward as goals. For once it was Jill and not Betsy that was insufferable. How her boyfriend chooses to spend HIS money is none of her concern and her not only lack of support but downright rudeness about something he was excited about was disappointing. again the writer has an isue with gay romances that she isn't covering well - none of the rleationships are healthy yet are put forward as goals.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Maynard

    I enjoy these Needle raft mysteries. I am an affidavit cross stitcher, knitter, crocheted, and needlepoint worker. I so enjoy how the author incorporates all those stitching terms and information. I love it when she describes a technique or pattern and I have worked it myself. The narrator on the audio books speaks in a very halting and unusual way but I have decided to ignore the aggravation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marina Sinelnikova

    So now I got an urge to ride in a very old car... I know some people hate digressions and descriptions, but this is one of the reasons I like this series - I get to imagine myself doing all the splendid things and visiting interesting events.

  21. 4 out of 5

    chrisa

    An enjoyable read. I learned a little about classic cars and enjoyed the frequent mentions to cross stitching and crafting. I did not anticipate who the murderer was which was nice. I look forward to reading more by the author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel “Koala” Glenn

    Great read This installment is very interesting, especially since I'm personally a lover of old cars and stitching. The colorful characters continue to develop and shine. The plot is quite fun and well done. Now my fingers itch to do some stitching. Great read This installment is very interesting, especially since I'm personally a lover of old cars and stitching. The colorful characters continue to develop and shine. The plot is quite fun and well done. Now my fingers itch to do some stitching.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evie von Fleek

    Lots and lots of detail about antique cars, very minimal mystery story. Not my favorite.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is more of a 3.5 than a 4 as I enjoyed it, but was not as interested in all of the information about classic cars as Betsy Devonshire was!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    I enjoyed the antique car descriptions!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Another interesting episode.

  27. 5 out of 5

    D.S.

    The series has some interesting characters, b

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karina Reyes

    The murderer was predictable. Nonetheless, I learned a bit about antique cars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael E. McCullough

    It was ok. I prefer more of the needle work books in this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Much more interesting than the previous book in this series.

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