I decided to put these all on one posting. I didn't read them back to back, but they are such quick reads that it made more sense to put my comments on one spot rather than spread out over several weeks.
A Murderous Yarn: Book #5 in the Needlecraft Mystery series.
This is my other fluff mystery series that I like to read in addition to the Tea Shop series. Betsy Devonshire is a more practical amateur sleuth, she knows when to involve the police, she doesn't run around confronting the murderer in dark houses all alone, and she tells her friends where she is going and what she is doing so someone can check up on her. Besty is also struggling with juggling being a widower in a new town (Excelsior, MN - hmm, I do like my 'local mysteries don't I?), keeping a needlepoint/craft store afloat, and now, being a landlord. As a reader, I appreciate the practicality. The author keeps Besty grounded in the here and now and not always running hither and tither.
Did I mention this is a fluff series? Brain candy, fun to read in a weekend, while waiting in the airport, or on a shuttle bus between the Cities and Duluth.
Hanging by a Thread: Book #6 in the Needlecraft Mystery series.
Christmas is right around the corner and managing Crewel World is keeping Besty is busy with Holiday demands. Her group of freinds find out Besty hired John Foster, local contractor to handle the new roof on the building Besty now owns. Shunned for five years for a double murder he claims he didn't commit, the town of Excelcior has snubbed and slandered the man and his business. Desperate, Foster asks Besty to look into the old case in a last attempt to clear his name once and for all.
This was a nice departure from the rest of the series as once again, Besty was dealing with a past murder and not a live new one (see Framed in Lace, Book #2). Because, really, just how many people can realistically die of murder in one small City? Though I really did wonder just how incompetent the police investigators were in this situation if an amature sleuth five years later can puzzle it out yet they couldn't when the evidence was still fresh?
But so it goes. Another quick read - was coping with a headcold that left me sniffly-sneezy and just wanted to read some fluff.
Cutwork: Book #7 in the Needlcraft Mysteries
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