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SINS AND NEEDLES
by Monica Ferris

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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This 10th installment of
Ferris' Needlecraft series again
finds Betsy Devonshire up to her
ears in murder. The needlework
shop owner and part-time sleuth attempts to clear her friend Jan Henderson, who is under suspicion
in the death of her wealthy and
eccentric aunt.

Mixed up in this entire mess are
various family members as well as
a newcomer to town who bears a
striking resemblance to Jan. It's up
to Betsy to unravel the threads of
these mysteries before the killer
strikes again.

Despite an interesting premise, and some colorful characters, the pace of this novel is just too slow to build any measure of suspense. Readers familiar with the series and needlepoint aficionados alike will probably enjoy all of the needlecraft tidbits, but for others the slow movement of the plot and a dearth
of character development could make this difficult to finish. (Jul., 304
pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Stephanie Schneider

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: July 2006

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