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!