Betsy Devonshire is the kind of character who feels so true to life that each new Needlecraft mystery is like a phone call from a old friend. The quaint-verging-on-artsy town of Excelsior, Minnesota, is a worthy setting for this singular heroine.

Godwin, Betsy's trusted employee and friend, is as unique and lovable a character in his own right. So when he's dumped by longtime partner John, readers feel his pain. When John stops answering his phone and going to work, Godwin and Betsy check out his house, where they find John murdered. Godwin's devastated, and when he's arrested and jailed, it's up to intrepid Betsy to discover the identity of the true killer.

Stitch this and frame it: Monica Ferris is a gifted writer who makes sleuthing and needlework fun! (Jun., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison