The latest Needlecraft mystery has likable, resourceful Betsy Devonshire trying to solve a crime while sidelined with a broken leg. Although the pacing is slow in areas, readers will appreciate the clever mystery and the endearing characters.
Needlecraft shop owner Betsy Devonshire suffers a broken leg from a horseback-riding accident and can't attend a convention where the Embroiderers Guild is to present a donation to the National Heart Coalition. Then the representative who accepts the check goes missing, along with the money. The suspected thief is soon found dead, but the money is still missing. Stuck at home, Betsy calls on her friends to do a little investigating. Meanwhile, a con artist with a memory lapse is trying to figure out how he ended up in the dead man's clothes and what happened to the missing check. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Dec., 256 pp., $23.95)