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