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Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota - craftsy and non-craftsy alike - has turned out for the art fair. So when an artisan is murdered there, the list of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first regain Jill's trust, then figure out who had designs on the dead designer.…

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  • Kathleen
  • 26-08-2012

An early entry in the Betsy Devonshire series.

the Excelsior Minnesota art fair is happening, and Betsy is involved volunteering for the fair. When an artisan is murdered there, the list
of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that
they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives
Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first
regain Jill's trust, then figure out who had designs on the dead designer. This is not one of Monica Ferris’ best. It’s pretty easy to figure out the murderer early on, but she does move along Godwin’s story in this book and provides tons of information about needlecrafts. I’m not a needlecrafts person, but the discussions of that craft in these books are fascinating even to me. The comic thing to me about these books is that each one starts by stating that Excelsior Minnesota is a quiet town where murder never happens, and in these books, murder happens every time, mostly in Excelsior. In fact, Excelsior is a quiet town along the shore of Lake Minnetonka.

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  • Donna
  • 06-03-2014

holds my interest

I enjoyed the story, it moves along without becoming boring, I enjoy sewing so the subject of the needle shop does interest me. I like how she puts the pieces together.

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  • michele
  • 30-11-2013

OK story - irritating narration

Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

very irritating narrator - monotone story OK for a time filler

If you’ve listened to books by Monica Ferris before, how does this one compare?

same as others mediocre

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change the narator

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  • Debbie
  • 17-01-2021

Murder at the Art Fair

This series of Needlecraft Mysteries is excellent and Cutwork is no exception. A wide range of needle arts are featured at the shop where Betsy and her friends work and craft, all of which I love to hear about. In this book, however, they're all involved with the annual art fair where a wood carver is murdered in his booth. With little to go on except for some footprints in the man's booth, the police arrest a teenage boy who has had several scrapes with the law. When Betsy is asked by the teen's parents to look into the murder, she finds that the boy is lying . . . but is he a killer? Betsy and Jill have a lot of work to do to repair their strained relationship, after Betsy shares something Jill has told her in confidence regarding the case. Betsy's investigation into the murder of the artist takes a lot of twists and turns into unexpected places. I love all the folks in these stories, the quirks and hangups they have, and the ways that they work through their differences. I don't agree with some of the things that they do, but I still care deeply about them. Great mystery and resolution!

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  • Mary Kilne
  • 11-01-2021

Too much fluff

Too many times the narrator used the same voice for more than one character in a conversation and it was very difficult to determine who was saying what. Lots of useless dialog and repetition and not as well crafted as previous books.

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  • Dawn
  • 28-12-2017

Every installment gets better

Monica Ferris continues to grow and every installment gets better than the last. I highly recommend this to cozy mystery fans.

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  • Customer
  • 17-08-2017

Love it

I love the combination of needlework & murder. These are great stories to stitch by.

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  • Beatrice
  • 01-09-2012

A nice cozy mystery

This was an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. Ferris does a good job of developing all of the characters and establishing motives. However, if you are a mystery lover you will probably figure out the villain right away. Even though I was 90% percent sure of who did it I still wanted to know why and see the development of my favorite characters in the book. You won't be disappointed if you listen to this book.

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