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BOOK REVIEW: Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris


When Lucille Jones walks into Crewel World, Betsy notices that she looks an awful lot like Betsy’s friend Jan Henderson. It turns out that Lucille is an adoptee and she’s in town searching for her roots, convinced that Jan must be her sister. Everyone becomes suspicious when Jan’s eccentric great-aunt is found dead in her bed, and the only ones to inherit her fortune are the female children of her nieces. Was it just fortuitous timing that led Lucille to town?

Sins and Needles is the 10th book in the Betsy Devonshire needlecraft mystery series and this time the customers of Crewel World are focused on sock knitting. Part of the enjoyment of this series is discovering how Monica Ferris will incorporate the featured needlework skill into the mystery.

Unlike many of the earlier offerings in this series, Betsy and Godwin do not play as central a role in this book. Sins and Needles focuses mostly on Jan, Lucille, the members of their extended families and the challenges faced in clearing Jan’s name.

Those who enjoyed the Stanley Steamers featured in A Murderous Yarn, will be delighted by Great-Aunt Edyth’s Baby Gar boat and details about boating in the 30s and 40s.

Since Betsy is not as central a character in Sins and Needles, there is little development with Betsy’s personal life. While this was an enjoyable read, this reviewer missed the banter between Detective Mike and Betsy. Their chemistry adds a welcome element to this series.

For an overview of this series, visit Front Street Review.

ISBN10: 0425210030
ISBN13: 9780425210031

320 Pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
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