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Buttons and Bones [Hardcover]

Monica Ferris

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Book Description

Dec 7 2010 Needlecraft Mystery (Book 14)
A new Needlecraft mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Blackwork.

Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier- the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (Dec 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425237044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425237045
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #997,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only because I love the series...and Betsy. Dec 18 2010
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is perhaps the weakest entry in the series. I usually don't even try to solve the mysteries as I am reading, but I had this one figured out within pages of them discovering the skeleton. I love the series, so I am giving the book three stars...but if this was the first book I read of Monica Ferris', I doubt I would bother to read any others.
Too much of Jill's children (cute as they are supposed to be, their presence really did nothing for the story) and Betsy's man troubles, and not enough of Crewel World, Godwin, or The Monday Bunch.
The book felt rushed and incomplete to me.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing addition to a favorite series Dec 16 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Much too much pointless hypothesizing and discussion about how and why the murder may have been committed. Such sections did not further the story, since they were no more than long and involved guesses based on very little information when they appeared. Worse yet, I identified the murderer half-way through the book. I rarely do this, and I wasn't trying.

I am usually sorry when I finish a "Crewel World" book, but I lost interest in this one once I identified the killer. The pace was slow, and the usual ensemble of characters were largely absent.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I just wish she would..... Jan. 7 2011
By Agatha Christie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just wish Monica Ferris would go back to using the needlecrafts as the basis for her stories.

There is little to no needlecraft involvement in this book. And that's a shame. I really enjoyed the ones that revolved around some facet of needlework

And she needs more Godwin again!! He is the highlight of her books and he is in there less and less. A real shame.
And her Monday group needs to be in there again. They were such a nice added dimension. Their names are barely mentioned this time.

She seems to have lost the basis for what made her stories good. Now they just seem mediocre.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hypnotic mystery Dec 11 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Excelsior, Minnesota Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World needlework shop, was instrumental in getting Lars and his wife Jill a the fixer upper log cabin with six acres of land attached to it. The property is in a state park and part of the property is on the shore. While ripping up a floor and linoleum, they find a trap door that leads to a concealed basement. There they see the bones of a skeleton in the shape of a human are found. Whoever it was did not die a natural death.

Jill has a need to know who the victim and the killer are. Betsy joins her on the investigation. They soon learn a former WWII German POW camp was nearby and one person successfully escaped never to be seen again. Twentyish Dieter Keitel had a cold crown on his tooth just like the corpse appears to have. To affirm they found Deiter's bones, the daughter of Betsy's friend does reconstructive forensic modeling from six pictures of him. The results stun Betsy and the audience

There is no blood, or gore just bones in Buttons and Bones yet Monica Ferris once again (see Blackwork) knits together a hypnotic mystery due to the directions the investigations takes her. The murder happened over a half a century ago, but Betsy treats the killing as if it happened yesterday as she takes it as an affront in a believable manner as some of those involved back in WWII still live. This is a terrific 1940s whodunit investigated in the twenty-first century by an amateur sleuth who would have been a great police detective.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much baby talk May 24 2011
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Don't buy this book unless you have a high tolerance for baby talk as there's so much you'll think it should take place in a nursery. It was also disappointing that Godwin did not make an appearance. I have read and enjoyed all the books up to now. Will give the next book of the series a chance, but if she's still writing with so little connection to needlework that will be the last one for me.

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