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A Stitch in Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Monica Ferris
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Jan. 11 2002 Needlecraft Mystery
When a damaged tapestry is discovered in a small-town church closet, needleworkers join to stitch together the clues which lead to a crafty crime.

"Entertaining...Fans of Jessica Fletcher will devour this book." --Rendezvous


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Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a comfortable and cozy book! Aug. 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having enjoyed the first in this series, I somehow missed the second. I won't miss any more, that's for sure. This third book is as comfy and cozy to wrap yourself up in, as a much-loved, hand-knitted sweater or afghan. Betsy Devonshire is a marvelous character, one that you can easily believe in, and wish to have as a friend; furthermore, she's a perfect match for Excelsior, Minnesota.
Betsy had returned to the cold midwest from San Diego for a much-needed respite from her immediate past while renewing the relationship with her sister, Margo. Unfortunately, Margo was the victim in book one, but she left her business "Crewel World" to Betsy, who, in spite of knowing little about the world of needlework, endeavored to settle into it.
Learning how to run a business, as well as learning about needlework exposes her to all sort of people and situations, while allowing her to use her not inconsiderable curiosity to help the small-town police department solve persistent puzzles.
In this episode, it's very near to Christmas, and while Trinity Episcopal Church prepares for the holiday season, it is also preparing for a major renovation. To the surprise of all, a mildewed, hand-worked tapestry is discovered hidden away in a closet. When it's discovered to be the work of the previous rector's wife, all concerned decide to restore the piece as a decoration for the new addition.
Immediately, strange things begin to happen to Betsy, who has agreed to furnish any yarn necessary for the renovation of the tapestry. One of the strangest, while totally unconnected, is a visit from her former husband, Hal the Pig, who seems to sincerely want to mend his fences and re-establish the relationship with Betsy. Not surprisingly, she is of the totally opposite opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for fiber fans Jan. 21 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Betsy Devonshire series is a fun read for any fan of cozy mysteries and is particularly fun if: 1)you know what "LYS" stands for (local yarn store), and/or 2)Minnesota figures in your life. I'm lucky enough to fall into both categories. So, one minute I enjoy the chatter about worsted weight versus sport weight yarn and in another moment, I laugh out loud at the discussion of "hot dishes" (called casseroles by the rest of us in the USA).
Ferris is improving with each episode. In this book, Betsy keeps having scary "accidents" and can't figure out why someone would be out to get her. We, the readers, know of course. It's fun to follow the twists and turns as Betsy figures out what's up. Catching the culprit is almost an anti-climax.
A fun read with lots of snow and Christmas for atmosphere. Now, if they'd only produce the series on audio-tape so I could knit and "read" at the same time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun! July 18 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire is once again pushed into investigating a crime, despite her protests that she's not a detective. Everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota is now convinced that she can solve any crime, even when, as here, the criminal is trying to kill Betsy herself. She manages to survive the murder attempts, while trying to figure out why someone is attempting to kill her, and also deciphering a cryptic code in a recently-discovered needlepoint tapestry. The conclusion is satisfying and logical, as is Betsy's refusal to consider a reconciliation with "Hal the pig," her philandering ex-husband. As a needleworker, I enjoy seeing needlework portrayed as an avocation of intelligent, creative people, both men and women, and I enjoy the Crewel World books. If Ms. Ferris keeps sending members of the Monday Bunch to jail, though, she'll have to form a Tuesday Bunch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stitch in Time Aug. 19 2000
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Betsy Devonshire, the new owner of The Crewel World, has suddenly become the victim of a series of nasty accidents. Could it all be coincidence? Or could it have something to do with the sudden appearance of her ex-husband? Or perhaps it might actually have something to do with her charitable impulse to donate the materials neccesary to repair the damage done to a lovely piece of tapestry recently discovered at the local Episcopal church...
This is a mystery novel that really involved reader response! I groaned out loud each time Besty took a wrong turn when investigating who was out to get her. And even though it was fairly obvious who the culprit was, I'd still recommend this book (and series) as an enjoyable "cozy" worth curling up .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful needlecraft cozy July 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A STITCH IN TIME is the 3rd book in this needlecraft series by Monica Ferris. Betsy, the protagonist, is a novice at needlecrafts, but she is aided by a number of knowledgeable and quirky crafters in running her shop, Crewel World. When a tapestry is found hidden in the local church, Betsy donates the materials necessary to repair it. It soon becomes obvious that someone didn't want the tapestry found, and Betsy is nearly killed several times in order to maintain the secret of the tapestry. The killer's identity was obvious to me halfway through the book, but I very much enjoyed the book anyway. I think most cozy lovers will find this series delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go, Betsy, go! June 7 2001
By A Customer
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Betsy Devonshire is certainly busy stitching and sleuthing. With each book in the series she is getting better at both, as is Ms. Ferris's writing. This was the best so far. The characters feel real and are getting to be my friends. I miss them when the book is over. Though from the South, I understood and enjoyed the hot dish and Lutheran references. Stitching, humor, and a good mystery--who could ask for anything more! I can hardly wait for the next book. One problem: reading makes me want to cross stitch and stitching makes me want to read. What's a girl to do?
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Appeal is in the Subject Matter
This book is appealing to stitchers, but not so much for real mystery fans. It's a passable book, not totally predictable, but in some areas seems a bit forced. Read more
Published on April 2 2003 by Dallas
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stitch in Time
The third book in the needlework series. When a damaged tapestry is discovered in a church closet no one expects it to cause an uproar, let alone murder. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Betsy Devonshire even when she doesnt want to her cusiosity takes her to help discover the secret behind the tapestry. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001 by M. Porrata
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
I found all three of her books enjoyable. They were interesting, fast to read and also great characters. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one in the series yet!
This is so far the best book in the whole series! I really enjoyed the mystery, the nice balance of needlework and relationships. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, highly recommended
There's never a dull moment in Betsy Devonshire's life, and her experience in this volume, A Stitch in Time, is no exception. Read more
Published on July 23 2000 by J. M. Verba
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book
I've read all three of the "Crewel World" books and found this to be the best yet. I gave up my usual ritual of stitching nightly, so I could get to the end.
Published on July 14 2000 by EMBESTE
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