Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Buttons and Bones - 14th in the Needlecraft Mystery series
Author: Monica Ferris
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Minnisota
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Monica's Website/Blog: www.monicaferris.com
Once again Monica Ferris has come up with a very readable needlecraft mystery. But you certainly don't have to be a needlecraft lover to enjoy it.
Betsy Devonshire is the owner/operator of a shop called The Crewel World located in the Lake Country of Minnesota. She also has the name of being an occasional detective, helping the authorities when something goes radically wrong in her part of the US. Times are getting a little tough finance wise in her shop and she is struggling to keep her shop going in the failing economy. Her social life is also hurting when her significant other, Connor introduces her to his daughter who does not like Betsy and lets her know it on every occasion. So, when Betsy's very good friends the Larsons buy a summer cabin on the lake they invite her to come and stay with them for a holiday weekend and help to make some renovations and she accepts with pleasure. Unfortunately, their work comes to a screeching halt when they find, underneath the linoleum that they were ripping up, a human skeleton that had been there since the 1940's. After calling in the authorities, it is found that the skeleton is that of a man who might have been a German soldier from WWII who had escaped from a German POW Camp that was located near the cabin. Betsy goes into overdrive to help solve this so her friends can start to enjoy their summer getaway without always thinking about why a German POW would be in the Northwood’s of Minnesota and wind up under the floor of a summer cabin.
This is a very good book to read on a rainy, gloomy afternoon, which is what I did. Having read Ferris before I was not disappointed in her story. There are many small town characters involved that readers will be able to identify and you will really like Betsy and her friends as they muddle through this puzzle. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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