Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Blackwork - 13th in the Needlecraft Mystery series
Author: Monica Ferris
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Excelsior MN
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Monica's Website/Blog: www.monicaferris.com
Betsy Devonshire, is the full-time owner of the Crewel World Needlework Shop and is also a part-time amateur sleuth. She has unraveled many a needlcraft mystery but, Halloween is fast approaching and Betsy is about to become knee deep in mayhem and murder.
Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, a microbrewery pub in Excelsior, MN is engaged in the art of WICCA, which is a religion that many people in the area consider to be sorcery and/or black magic. However, that doesn't seem to stop the thirsty crowds of people who come in to sample Leona's tasty beers. Nor, does it bother the Halloween Committee who have come to really love the tasty ales that Leona serves.
Of course, there has to be a fly in the ointment. Ryan McMurphy, after knocking back a few beers, accuses Leona of being a real witch and he proceeds to blame her for a series of accidents that have occurred in the town. Unfortunately, Ryan ends up dead without a mark on him to identify the cause of death and Leona becomes the target suspect and also the target of a witch hunt.
However, Betsy is on the case and will do everything possible to exonerate Leona. This is a fun book with a lot of great small-town characters. And, I do mean characters. The story is definitely not just for needleworkers and will appeal to any and all cozy readers. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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