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Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone w Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.


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Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone w Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.

30 review for Sins and Needles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    A long-lost relative, a hidden treasure map, a murdered matriach leaving behind a quirky will... this story had all the potential to be a page turner. But while this was a well-written book in the language sense, I found the plot extremely difficult to follow. There were too many new characters, too many threads for the mystery to follow, and too many unnecessary passages (like spending PAGES on the family's visit through Aunt Edyth's house) and strange "mistakes" (like Katie calling Jan "aunt" A long-lost relative, a hidden treasure map, a murdered matriach leaving behind a quirky will... this story had all the potential to be a page turner. But while this was a well-written book in the language sense, I found the plot extremely difficult to follow. There were too many new characters, too many threads for the mystery to follow, and too many unnecessary passages (like spending PAGES on the family's visit through Aunt Edyth's house) and strange "mistakes" (like Katie calling Jan "aunt" when she's really her cousin). I appreciate the author's vivid imagination, but she needed a good editor to reign her in a bit and have her focus more on a few storylines, rather than introducing so much at once. And though I'm always willing to suspend disbelief, I'm starting to raise my eyebrows at Betsy's involvement in situations where she has absolutely no business being. And her leaps of intellect (following "clues" to bizarre conclusions) left me in the dust. If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. I'm rounding up because Ferris is such a talented writer. PS What happened to Betsy's boyfriend? And I miss Jill!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    What an interesting story! A more personal story involving a whole family and Betsy as the side line. Pretty good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    When I truly love a series, I devour it. This has happened with these books. I'm completely lost in them, to the point where my boyfriend has to say my name about five times just to get my attention. They are beyond good, for one of my absolute favorite genres! This one had some interesting boat information, which is a sentence I never thought I'd write. Any kind of history interests me, but Monica Ferris has a gift of making obscure topics interesting and fresh. I had to look up exactly what a B When I truly love a series, I devour it. This has happened with these books. I'm completely lost in them, to the point where my boyfriend has to say my name about five times just to get my attention. They are beyond good, for one of my absolute favorite genres! This one had some interesting boat information, which is a sentence I never thought I'd write. Any kind of history interests me, but Monica Ferris has a gift of making obscure topics interesting and fresh. I had to look up exactly what a Baby Gar was, but I can see why they're so valuable! A really good mystery with a host of excellent characters. Onto the next book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brandie

    Well, I read this once before and forgot I read it. So I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. LOL! No, I read these as light, easy reads. Something I can pick up quickly even while the kids are being loud and crazy! I love Ferris's books though. They are cute and fun and love that they revolve around knitting/needlework/etc! Well, I read this once before and forgot I read it. So I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. LOL! No, I read these as light, easy reads. Something I can pick up quickly even while the kids are being loud and crazy! I love Ferris's books though. They are cute and fun and love that they revolve around knitting/needlework/etc!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandy (WI girl at heart)

    Finished Monica Ferris's book 'Sins and Needles'. Another new author for me. Loved the twists and turns this author put in her writing. Did not see the ending coming, not till the last few pages, was a given for me. Great fast read and a author I plan on picking up more books in this series to read. Would I recommend it to others: yes. Would I read it again: maybe. Finished Monica Ferris's book 'Sins and Needles'. Another new author for me. Loved the twists and turns this author put in her writing. Did not see the ending coming, not till the last few pages, was a given for me. Great fast read and a author I plan on picking up more books in this series to read. Would I recommend it to others: yes. Would I read it again: maybe.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoy all of Monica Ferris books..including this one! It kept me guessing until the end on whodunit!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris is the 10th book of the Needlecraft mystery series set in contemporary Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire owns her own needlework shop, lives above the shop, and capably runs it with the help of her flagrantly gay store manager Godwin "Goddie". When a woman comes into the shop, Betsy greets her by name. However she isn't Jan Henderson, the woman Betsy knows, even though she looks just like her. Visitor Lucille recently discovered she was adopted, and is searching for h Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris is the 10th book of the Needlecraft mystery series set in contemporary Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire owns her own needlework shop, lives above the shop, and capably runs it with the help of her flagrantly gay store manager Godwin "Goddie". When a woman comes into the shop, Betsy greets her by name. However she isn't Jan Henderson, the woman Betsy knows, even though she looks just like her. Visitor Lucille recently discovered she was adopted, and is searching for her biological family. Convinced she's related to Jan, Lucille joins a knitting class to get to know Jan better. As Goddie teaches them to knit a sock, Jan and Lucille learn they have much in common. Betsy, Jan, and Jan's niece Katie are suspicious at the sudden appearance of a female relative; their wealthy aunt has just been murdered, and her estate goes only to female descendants. Betsy goes into sleuthing mode to investigate the newcomer, and she also gets to know all the family members, including their past feuds, to determine possible motives. A family tour of the estate, where each member chooses a memento from their aunt's valuables, provides revealing clues. Betsy helps Jan hunt for 'hidden treasure' when they find a needlework treasure map among her great-aunt's possessions. The 'treasure' reveals a long-hidden family secret.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alison Berry

    I had read all the Needlecraft Mysteries years ago as each book was released. I decided to listen to the books in order. I found each book had a decent mystery as I rarely guessed the ending. My reaction to each book was definitely influenced by the reader. I struggled with a couple of the readers as they seemed to bring out the worst in the main characters - Besty seemed mean, Godwin very silly and often cruel in his remarks, and other characters not very likable. There are 19 books in the seri I had read all the Needlecraft Mysteries years ago as each book was released. I decided to listen to the books in order. I found each book had a decent mystery as I rarely guessed the ending. My reaction to each book was definitely influenced by the reader. I struggled with a couple of the readers as they seemed to bring out the worst in the main characters - Besty seemed mean, Godwin very silly and often cruel in his remarks, and other characters not very likable. There are 19 books in the series and I listened to 16 of the books with rereading the last 3. The series does not have a final resolution to Betsy marrying her long-term boyfriend which seemed sad. Overall the series is OK - entertaining enough with the characters moving forward over the series. A decent cozy mystery series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Maynard

    I am currently going through this series in audio form. I was disappointed in this one. The series usually rates at least a 4 star from me and the previous one Crewel Yule rated at 4.5. The narrator was changed again for this book and she is horrible. She reads as the main character in a low almost manly voice and the character of Godwin, well his voice is so so bad ! The story was lacking. Not much investigating done by main character and a lot of side story antiquing. Not very much stitching r I am currently going through this series in audio form. I was disappointed in this one. The series usually rates at least a 4 star from me and the previous one Crewel Yule rated at 4.5. The narrator was changed again for this book and she is horrible. She reads as the main character in a low almost manly voice and the character of Godwin, well his voice is so so bad ! The story was lacking. Not much investigating done by main character and a lot of side story antiquing. Not very much stitching references used. I have looked at the next in series and the same narrator is used. I am going to try to plug through it but may have to switch over to physical paperback form if they keep this narrator.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    I am not interested in any kind of needlecraft (sewing, knitting, etc) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this mystery. Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, a shop focused on all things for people who love making or learning how to make stitchery items has interests that go far beyond the shop. In this novel, Edyth Hanraty, a 97 year old spinster rich woman who had lived a very active life but she had no interest in men, was found murdered. Her will left her money to charities and to her I am not interested in any kind of needlecraft (sewing, knitting, etc) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this mystery. Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, a shop focused on all things for people who love making or learning how to make stitchery items has interests that go far beyond the shop. In this novel, Edyth Hanraty, a 97 year old spinster rich woman who had lived a very active life but she had no interest in men, was found murdered. Her will left her money to charities and to her female descendants; no men were to inherit anything not even her nephew’s daughters were included. When she died at age 97, the surprise was that she was murdered. This mystery kept me guessing…. and I turned out wrong

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lida

    This is another entertaining installment in this series, though I miss the friends Betsy has cultivated over the course of this series. Jill is sidelined with a husband and baby; Betsy’s and her boyfriend tried a long distance romance and that must have fizzled, as he has not been in the last couple of books. No Monday Bunch or Shelly, and very little Godwin. The narrative dwelled a long time on a family going through the house of the deceased, and as it was about money and not the woman who die This is another entertaining installment in this series, though I miss the friends Betsy has cultivated over the course of this series. Jill is sidelined with a husband and baby; Betsy’s and her boyfriend tried a long distance romance and that must have fizzled, as he has not been in the last couple of books. No Monday Bunch or Shelly, and very little Godwin. The narrative dwelled a long time on a family going through the house of the deceased, and as it was about money and not the woman who died, it was lengthy and painful. Betsy is as sharp as ever, and still interesting to read, even 10 books in.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I enjoy the cozy mystery about needlecraft, they are very well written, this one about Lucille coming up to friend her biological mother was good, I was surprised at some of the finding and then find out who done it was even another big surprise, I don't want to tell you anything about this story it would give it away. If you enjoy reading Monica Ferris you will enjoy this fast reading mystery. I enjoy the cozy mystery about needlecraft, they are very well written, this one about Lucille coming up to friend her biological mother was good, I was surprised at some of the finding and then find out who done it was even another big surprise, I don't want to tell you anything about this story it would give it away. If you enjoy reading Monica Ferris you will enjoy this fast reading mystery.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Humbledaisy

    My least favorite Betsy Devonshire novel so far. It still has the components of her earlier novels - crafting, small town life, sleuthing, Minnesota name dropping - but set against a much less compassionate background. Almost all the characters are much darker - less friendly? loving? - and new mysteries are quite unpleasant. I’d almost say this was written after some event which tarnished the author’s faith in humanity. I read this over the holidays and it was not cheerful in the least.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    When a stranger comes to town who looks like one of Betsy's best friends; she finds it amusing but doesn't think much of it. But, when this stranger starts asking questions and Betsy's friend gets suspicious, they ask Betsy to look in to it. A faded pillow and a treasure map help lead them to a buried treasure. Another good mystery from this author. When a stranger comes to town who looks like one of Betsy's best friends; she finds it amusing but doesn't think much of it. But, when this stranger starts asking questions and Betsy's friend gets suspicious, they ask Betsy to look in to it. A faded pillow and a treasure map help lead them to a buried treasure. Another good mystery from this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill Watson

    See Avid Series Reader Review. A light read, no blood 'n guts. Betsy doesn't help that much with finding the killer, or with finding out if Jan and Lucille are related. However she certainly is a catalyst. Surprise ending, don't read the last few pages first! Ms. Ferris looks like fun! Wish I could knit well enough to try the the pattern in the back of the book! See Avid Series Reader Review. A light read, no blood 'n guts. Betsy doesn't help that much with finding the killer, or with finding out if Jan and Lucille are related. However she certainly is a catalyst. Surprise ending, don't read the last few pages first! Ms. Ferris looks like fun! Wish I could knit well enough to try the the pattern in the back of the book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Tatar

    A wealthy widow has been killed, and her will stipulates that her fortune is left to only females descended through her sister's female line. Add in a possible secretly adopted daughter, and Betsy again is called on to solve the mystery which involves a needlework pillow, secret map and more. A wealthy widow has been killed, and her will stipulates that her fortune is left to only females descended through her sister's female line. Add in a possible secretly adopted daughter, and Betsy again is called on to solve the mystery which involves a needlework pillow, secret map and more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This Monica Ferris series is one I have been reading off and on for years. It is always fun. I enjoy the characters. She seems to put a little thought into the murders which also makes it fun for me to try to figure out. If you like cozies I recommend this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    How does this author keep coming up with fresh, well worked out plots even with 9 previous mysteries? It helps that each book explores a little of a new "world" or hobby, in addition to covering some new facet of needlecrafts. Very readable, very enjoyable. How does this author keep coming up with fresh, well worked out plots even with 9 previous mysteries? It helps that each book explores a little of a new "world" or hobby, in addition to covering some new facet of needlecrafts. Very readable, very enjoyable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Another solid offering in the needlework cozy mystery series by Monica Ferris. Quick read, with some twists that I actually did not anticipate - when you read a lot of mysteries, it’s nice to sometimes actually be unsure of what’s going to happen! Moving on to the next in the series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Lynne

    My first cozy in quite a while and this was a fun re-introduction to the genre. Really got a kick out of the small Minnesota town vibe, very different & yet very similar in many ways to my native Carolinas. Fun & quirky characters, a plausible crime, & plenty of suspects to go round.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Soulia-Smith

    Becky finds herself involved with another mystery and this includes two of the Monday club ladies. There are several individuals that really could be the killer.. At the last min. Becky finds the real culprit. An ending with a bad and good out come.

  22. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Hill

    The deeper I get into this series the more time the author spends on giving embroidery, knitting, etc. lessons. I don’t know if I will continue with this series. If the next book is like this, I may be done Also, what happened to Betsy’s boyfriend?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Generally I love the Needle craft Mysteries, however I really struggled with this one. This is the first book in this series that I've read where Betsy wasn't the main character & I think I kinda struggled with caring about the characters this book did focus on. Generally I love the Needle craft Mysteries, however I really struggled with this one. This is the first book in this series that I've read where Betsy wasn't the main character & I think I kinda struggled with caring about the characters this book did focus on.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    Like all of her books

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Forsgren

    One of my favorites in the series. Complex mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Enjoyed this episode of the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I had read some of this series several years ago and just got back into it. I will definitely finish this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Better than the average knitting mystery. Also available in audio at my library.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fun little cozy. The estate wouldn't be disposed of during the height of the murder investigation I'm quite sure, but then the story couldn't happen the way it did. A fun little cozy. The estate wouldn't be disposed of during the height of the murder investigation I'm quite sure, but then the story couldn't happen the way it did.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laraf123

    Started strong

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