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Buttons and Bones Hardcover – Dec 7 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.