Hot Best Seller

Crewel Yule

Availability: Ready to download

Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder. This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbl Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder. This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. Now Betsy, Godwin, and other knitting hands must unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest...for a long winter's night.


Compare

Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder. This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbl Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder. This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. Now Betsy, Godwin, and other knitting hands must unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest...for a long winter's night.

30 review for Crewel Yule

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Not a bad way to spend my Sunday. This was a pretty fast listen and I liked watching Jill investigate everything even when everyone told her oh it wasn't murder! They were very wrong :) Betsey and Jill have great team work skills and really complemented each other when they would interviews suspects. I thought I knew who the murderer was and then I convinced myself I was wrong, but I actually wasn't! So that was fun. I liked seeing the different needlework crafts, definitely gave this a festive Not a bad way to spend my Sunday. This was a pretty fast listen and I liked watching Jill investigate everything even when everyone told her oh it wasn't murder! They were very wrong :) Betsey and Jill have great team work skills and really complemented each other when they would interviews suspects. I thought I knew who the murderer was and then I convinced myself I was wrong, but I actually wasn't! So that was fun. I liked seeing the different needlework crafts, definitely gave this a festive air.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 8th book in the Needlecraft Mystery Series. This book has Betsy and Goddy heading to Nashville for a needlecraft convention. In a 'this only happens in fiction' coincidence - Jill is also there for a police officer convention. When they get to Nashville there is a freak snowstorm and Jill ends up having to stay at the hotel with Betsy and Goddy. This (surprise) ends up being a good thing since since an attendee of the convention is pushed over a railing and falls to her death. (I suspected sh The 8th book in the Needlecraft Mystery Series. This book has Betsy and Goddy heading to Nashville for a needlecraft convention. In a 'this only happens in fiction' coincidence - Jill is also there for a police officer convention. When they get to Nashville there is a freak snowstorm and Jill ends up having to stay at the hotel with Betsy and Goddy. This (surprise) ends up being a good thing since since an attendee of the convention is pushed over a railing and falls to her death. (I suspected she tried to grab a ball of Malabrigo yarn out of the hands of another attendee - but apparently I was wrong.) Another fun read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars. I do like this series more the further I get into it. This was fun since it took place at a hotel in Nashville during a buyers Market for the shop so it was fun being in a different setting. Betsy seemed to have to work harder at her sleuthing as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I didn't enjoy this latest needlecraft mystery as much as I have the others. I'm not sure why, except that I wonder if moving out of the familiar setting of Excelsior was the problem. Here, instead of familiar characters (beyond Betsy, Godwin and Jill) we have a set of new strangers along with a bunch of people many cross stitchers will know by name because they are real people in the needlework industry. Ferris has given real, living people words to say that they have never said and an adventur I didn't enjoy this latest needlecraft mystery as much as I have the others. I'm not sure why, except that I wonder if moving out of the familiar setting of Excelsior was the problem. Here, instead of familiar characters (beyond Betsy, Godwin and Jill) we have a set of new strangers along with a bunch of people many cross stitchers will know by name because they are real people in the needlework industry. Ferris has given real, living people words to say that they have never said and an adventure they have never had. I think this may be my problem as this sort of thing very rarely works for me outside historical novels - and there I still expect the author to have done their research. Not only that, but she took an institution of the industry and moved it around by two months and made it do what she wanted. I feel that if Ferris wanted to write about the Nashville Market, she should have left it in February where it belonged instead of changing everything around. It was like she was trying to be clever, but couldn't make the story fit into the normal set of events so started changing them to suit herself. To me, that's lazy, fannish writing. If it didn't work, she should have changed the story, not the real events. The murder is relatively simple really, with a limited number of suspects, none of whom really engaged me. I guess, all up, I didn't really care for the murdered woman, the suspects or anyone very much. It wasn't a really bad read, despite this, but certainly the lowest of the series. [Copied across from Library Thing; 17 October 2012]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    I really love how this author takes the essentials of cozy mystery, but always comes up with fresh ways to present them. Not too many of the murders Betsy solves are actually in her home town, and in this one she has gone away to a Market being held in a hotel close to Christmas. Together with Godwin, it's meant to be a simple shopping trip to stock up on new designs for Crewel World, but when Jill is forced to spend the night with them due to weather, and a woman falls mysteriously from one of I really love how this author takes the essentials of cozy mystery, but always comes up with fresh ways to present them. Not too many of the murders Betsy solves are actually in her home town, and in this one she has gone away to a Market being held in a hotel close to Christmas. Together with Godwin, it's meant to be a simple shopping trip to stock up on new designs for Crewel World, but when Jill is forced to spend the night with them due to weather, and a woman falls mysteriously from one of the higher floors and dies, you know there's some investigating to be done! Another delightful episode, can't wait to begin reading the next! Five stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lollyletsgo

    Love the set up of this one. At the beginning of the story you already know the suspects' motives (before Betsy or Jill) and still you are left guessing till the end. It's also a closed room murder as well so if you like those, this one is for you!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    It's been quite awhile since I've read a book by Monica Ferris but since I'd loved all of the previous Needlecraft mysteries that I've read, I was looking forward to hanging out with Betsy and her crew again. Once again, the timing is right for Betsy to stumble onto the opportunity to sleuth around and try to solve the mystery of what really happened to cause a fellow shopowner to fall from the 9th floor into the lobby area below. There were 3 main suspects, each with their own reason to want to It's been quite awhile since I've read a book by Monica Ferris but since I'd loved all of the previous Needlecraft mysteries that I've read, I was looking forward to hanging out with Betsy and her crew again. Once again, the timing is right for Betsy to stumble onto the opportunity to sleuth around and try to solve the mystery of what really happened to cause a fellow shopowner to fall from the 9th floor into the lobby area below. There were 3 main suspects, each with their own reason to want to cause harm to the victim, and just when Betsy and Jill thought they had things figured out and the mystery solved, a new clue came out to send them back to the drawing board. The book did wrap up neatly and no big surprises on who the culprit turned out to be. Despite the book not being a nailbiter or me having to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the final reveal, I really did enjoy the book. Overall it was a fun decent read for me. It felt like I was going back in time about 11 years ago and visiting with some old friends. Recommend

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Pearson

    I picked this up because it's Christmasy, and I liked that it took place in a town that completely shuts down with snow, like my own town was doing while I was reading. But how could I forget my issues with Monica Ferris's ableism? I forgot that in the last book of hers that I read, there was a character with a chronic illness, and everyone felt sooo bad for her husband for having to deal with that. And then this one had a couple of characters in wheelchairs, and the wheelchairs were such issues I picked this up because it's Christmasy, and I liked that it took place in a town that completely shuts down with snow, like my own town was doing while I was reading. But how could I forget my issues with Monica Ferris's ableism? I forgot that in the last book of hers that I read, there was a character with a chronic illness, and everyone felt sooo bad for her husband for having to deal with that. And then this one had a couple of characters in wheelchairs, and the wheelchairs were such issues! All these comments like "well there's obviously no way someone who uses a wheelchair could own a business on their own!" And comments from the disabled characters about people assuming they weren't mentally capable, but does the author do much better? (view spoiler)[And then of course one of the wheelchair users was the murderer! Why was I even surprised? (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristie J.

    This is the first Needlecraft Mystery I've read. Kind of awkward to jump into the series with book #8, but I wanted to read the Christmas book at Christmastime. I didn't know the background stories of the main characters, such as the "amateur sleuth" of the series, Betsy, however I didn't really need to know to enjoy the story. This story was set in a hotel in Nashville during the annual needlework convention when a blizzard hits and they get stuck in the hotel. I do crochet, not needlework usua This is the first Needlecraft Mystery I've read. Kind of awkward to jump into the series with book #8, but I wanted to read the Christmas book at Christmastime. I didn't know the background stories of the main characters, such as the "amateur sleuth" of the series, Betsy, however I didn't really need to know to enjoy the story. This story was set in a hotel in Nashville during the annual needlework convention when a blizzard hits and they get stuck in the hotel. I do crochet, not needlework usually, but it was still interesting to hear about the needlecraft world. The mystery was interesting and engaging. I might read some of the other books in the series, but it sounds like most of them take place in Betsy's needlework shop in her small town.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    Betsy and Goddy are attending a needlework show in Nashville and their friend, Jill, is there for a police convention. In the midst of a snowstorm which shuts down the town, one of the needlework shop owners falls to her death. Is it a suicide? Murder? And accident? Jill and Betsy are soon investigating and learning the woman had many enemies. Reading this series always makes me want to get out my counted cross stitch projects! The more I read of this series, the more I enjoy it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    My least favorite so far. Part of the problem is that the audiobook narrator changed, and that always gives me a hard time. Also, the writing style changed to include the points of view of the suspects and time stamps of events. It didn’t flow as well in my opinion, and the suspect was obvious to me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    When a fellow shop owner falls 8 floors to her death, Betsy starts asking questions. As a blizzard rages, no one can leave so the killer is stuck there. This is the 8/9th book in the series and I finally figured out who the killer was before the end of the book!!! A great mystery and a great read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Are you into crossstitching and have heard of the Nashville Market in Spring, where all new patterns are released and your LNS owners go and buy new stock for you... then you might like to read this harmless little cosy murder mystery. It is a quick and fun read with a pretty well researched Market.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A solid cozy mystery. I liked the characters, for the most part, and I enjoyed the investigation, but it wasn't quite was I was looking for at the moment. It's nothing to do with the book, just my mood, and I will certainly look for more books in this series in the future, when I want a cozy mystery that isn't a Hallmark movie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    The beginning of the book was very difficult to follow. The timeline and the POV changed constantly for the first few chapters, back and forth and back again. After the timeline hopping stopped the story became a lot more interesting. I'm a fan of Christmas themed mysteries and vacation mysteries and this book was both.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a fun cozy mystery set in the world of needlecraft esoterics and marketing. Well written, it left me wondering just how much I didn't know about the almost lost art of handsewing and making me want to go to some sort of needlecraft show. The author set up the story very well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat Beard

    Nice cozy. Good to see the characters out of their usual setting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Quite a complex plot

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I enjoy a fun cozy that doesn't get too intense. This book fills that need for fun reads and needlework.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Not my favorite in this series. Still fun though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Nice and easy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Maxey-Wilson

    Long, drawn-out story with a predictable conclusion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Munroe

    Interesting enough but strangely, No free needlework pattern! A recipe instead!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Quick read and the format of this novel was slightly different from the others. I liked seeing things from a different perspective.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Impressive. I enjoyed the story. Three potential suspects. Each with their own issues to commit murder. Good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Supple

    One of my favorite craft store books. Doug Kreinik of Kreinik fibers and Frank Bielec of Mosey 'n Me designs cameo.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris is book #8 of her Needlecraft Mystery series. The series is primarily set in Excelsior, a small town in modern-day Minnesota. When Betsy Devonshire inherited needlecraft shop Crewel World from her sister, she moved to Excelsior, completely changed her life, and made fast friends. Several times Betsy has helped local policewoman Jill, a talented needleworker, solve baffling murder cases. Crewel Yule is set in Nashville Tennessee, on a snowed-in Saturday in December. B Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris is book #8 of her Needlecraft Mystery series. The series is primarily set in Excelsior, a small town in modern-day Minnesota. When Betsy Devonshire inherited needlecraft shop Crewel World from her sister, she moved to Excelsior, completely changed her life, and made fast friends. Several times Betsy has helped local policewoman Jill, a talented needleworker, solve baffling murder cases. Crewel Yule is set in Nashville Tennessee, on a snowed-in Saturday in December. Betsy and her assistant manager Godwin are attending a needlecraft shop owners market, where they can purchase the newest designs in patterns and kits for sale in the shop. Jill is attending a police seminar also held that weekend in Nashville. A record storm hits Nashville, so after they meet for dinner, Jill ends up snowbound at the hotel with Betsy and Godwin. She’s on hand the following morning when a woman falls to her death from the top floor of the hotel. The local police force is stretched thin across the city due to the storm emergency, so they are thankful Jill can question witnesses and help them out. At first it seems an tragic accident, but Jill isn’t so sure. Subplots from different points of view reveal reasons why people were very angry with Belle: she cheated suppliers, wrecked a marriage, and sabotaged a designer’s debut at the market. Jill and Betsy interview the people who knew Belle, and slowly and painstakingly uncover how Belle has damaged lives (revealed earlier to the reader). As Betsy homes in on the truth, the killer becomes desperate to stop the investigation. This is a charming and delightful cozy mystery series, of special interest to cross-stitch and needlepoint lovers. Reading the description of new patterns and designs at the show made me want to pull out and work on my stitching projects. The books in the series balance solving mysteries with heartwarming stories of friendship. I recommend this series to any cozy mystery reader who also enjoys needlecrafts.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill Tool

    4 Star reviews for Crewel Yule, the eighth book in A Needlecraft Mystery. I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series, and I was able to follow along nicely without feeling like I’ve missed a lot from the previous books. The characters were developed well, the story line moved on a nice pace, and the mystery wasn’t bad at all, it was a nice light mystery, however, I was bouncing between three suspects and I kept going back and forth, and when the perp was disclosed, I was pleased that the 4 Star reviews for Crewel Yule, the eighth book in A Needlecraft Mystery. I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series, and I was able to follow along nicely without feeling like I’ve missed a lot from the previous books. The characters were developed well, the story line moved on a nice pace, and the mystery wasn’t bad at all, it was a nice light mystery, however, I was bouncing between three suspects and I kept going back and forth, and when the perp was disclosed, I was pleased that they were one of the three that I suspected. The big annual needlework show happens every year in February, but the hotel that books them had a conflict and moved it to December. Betsy Devonshire, the owner of Crewel World and her assistant Goddy are heading to Nashville for the convention. Their friend Jill, a police officer is also heading there to attend a conference for the police department. After they all arrive a huge snowstorm shuts down the town and everyone is snowed in. But things start heating up when a fellow shop owner, Belle, falls from the ninth floor of the hotel. Jill is on hand to secure the scene since the local police department can’t get to them, she takes it upon herself to start gathering information, and questioning people, and looking for clues. When the hotel manager calls the police station to inform them of the “accident” they are thinking that it is a possible suicide, but Jill and Betsy doesn’t think so. While Betsy and Jill start questioning people, they come to find out the woman that died wasn’t such a nice person after all. The three main suspects that would have motive to kill the woman is, Cherry Pie (yes, that’s her name in the book) she co-owns the shop with Belle, Lenora, a stay at home mom that is trying to break into being a designer, and an ex-employee of Cherry and Belle. All three have motives beyond means.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lee Miller

    It started off well-enough but ended weakly, I thought. This is an excellent cozy series and I highly recommend it, but I thought this was not as strong as other entries. I was attracted to this particular volume for two reasons; one, I like the character of Godwin and had the impression that he would have a stronger role here, but that was only partly true. Second, I was looking for a Christmas cozy to read during the holiday season. While this one occurs during December, there really isn't tha It started off well-enough but ended weakly, I thought. This is an excellent cozy series and I highly recommend it, but I thought this was not as strong as other entries. I was attracted to this particular volume for two reasons; one, I like the character of Godwin and had the impression that he would have a stronger role here, but that was only partly true. Second, I was looking for a Christmas cozy to read during the holiday season. While this one occurs during December, there really isn't that much about the holidays in it. One unusual feature is that it takes place during a national needlework show - a sort of convention where wholesalers display their products and sell to retailers - and that was interesting and different. A negative, however, is that the convention takes place in Nashville. One doesn't read these books to read about Nashville, but to visit the small town of Excelsior, MN, and I missed that charming, cozy, small-town appeal. The author's characterizations are excellent. Moreover, I "read" this with the audio book using Amazon's "Whispersync" technology that lets you go back and forth between the audio book and the Kindle version, and the narrator was wonderful. The narrator, Melissa Hughes, makes me want to purchase more audio books in the series and discover what else she has narrated. The solution to the crime, however, was a bit of a let-down. Despite an excellent cast of characters and the very real and sympathetic personalities that the author created for her suspects, the ending was not much of a surprise and solving the murder was a little dull. I suppose this is required reading for fans of this almost always fun and charming series, but if you are selecting your annual Christmas cozy, I'd look elsewhere.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Betsy and Godwin go to Nashville for the convention and Jill also goes but to a different hotel for a different convention (police officers). While they are there they get together and a snow storm closes down the city. When they return to their hotel, Jill stays with them because it wouldn't be safe to return to her own hotel. While everyone shops and meets and greets, three women who hate Belle are all at the convention also. They had different reasons for their dislike of her, but which one w Betsy and Godwin go to Nashville for the convention and Jill also goes but to a different hotel for a different convention (police officers). While they are there they get together and a snow storm closes down the city. When they return to their hotel, Jill stays with them because it wouldn't be safe to return to her own hotel. While everyone shops and meets and greets, three women who hate Belle are all at the convention also. They had different reasons for their dislike of her, but which one would be willing to throw her over a railing. Jill doesn't believe it was suicide or an accident. Because of the snow storm she begins her own invesitgation and convinces Betsy to help her. They begin looking at Cherry Pye (her real name) the partner who was losing lots of money to Belle. They looked at Eve Suttle who used to be an employee who wanted to kill Belle, but she was too late, someone else did it for her. Belle had stolen Eve's husband and caused her so much stress that she also lost her baby. But she had moved away and got back on her feet. There is also Lenore who had created an awesome new design that didn't get finished in time because Belle never called to change the finishing date due to jealousy. Kreink also was telling all the people at the convention that in dealing with Belle do not accept an order from her without payment up front. It seems that Belle had started stealing from him as well. But he had witnesses that he was no where near the Belle, in fact he watched her fall with people from his shop.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.