Crewel World by Monica Ferris

 

Cozy MysteryCrewel World (Needlecraft Mystery) Crewel WorldMonica Ferris; Berkley 1999WorldCatMargot Berglund owns a needlecraft shop, Crewel World, in a community near Minneapolis. She started it years before and it is now a thriving, established business in the needlecraft world. With her husband dead and no children, she keeps busy with her shop and her many community activities.

Betsy Devonshire is Margot’s older sister. She is divorcing her husband and decides to visit her sister for a while. She moves in with Margot and helps with the store as she puts her life back together. Betsy is unsure of foisting herself onto her more conservative. Margot welcomes her completely.

As Betsy is settling in she meets different community members who work with or are friends with Margot. One night she returns home to find Margot dead in the store. Someone had hit her in the back of the head, then trashed the shop. Betsy now finds herself putting the store back, still piecing her own self together, and puzzling over who killed Margot and why.

The needlecraft technology presented in this book is wonderful, right down to a pattern for a complicated stitching. The story is cute. It threw me because it started from Margot’s perspective. Usually that opening person is the main protagonist in this type of situation. Instead, it is the sister who does not appear for another chapter. This book is fairly average. The characters are believable, but don’t take on a life of their own. I can recommend this book for light, not exciting reading.

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