Murder Most Crafty
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Murder Most Crafty

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There's a pattern to these crimes...
Idle hands are the devil's workshop, which is why it's best to keep them busy with everything from knitting, candlemaking, and papermaking to wreathmaking, basketry, and gourd decorating. For some, skill, patience, and creative expression is also lent to darker pursuits--like murder. In this "witty, unique anthology," writers with a knac...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Berkley (first published 2005)
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This collection of short stories was published in 2005. Not done yet.

The Collage to Kill For by Susan Wittig Albert -- OK, murder and blackmail
The Gourd, the Bad, and the Ugly by Maggie Bruce -- Good, a fortune
Call it Macaroni by Jean Burke -- Sisters, macaroni, and divorce
No Good Deed by Dorothy Cannell -- Funny, but disturbing -- man a big bore
If You Meet the Buddha by Susan Dunlap -- Not my style, messed up criminal records
Strung Out by Monica Ferris and Denise Williams -- very good, boys, k...more
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I came across this while searching for Monica Ferris books. This is a compilation of mystery short stories. Some of them are better than others, as you would expect. I meant to write down a couple of the authors that I particularly enjoyed, to investigate more of their books, but alas, I had to return it (interlibrary loan) before I got around to that step. The premise of the compilation is that each one is connected to a craft somehow (e.g. the protagonist in Monica Ferris’s books owns a needle...more
I'm not big on short mystery stories, mainly because the plot seems to be either way too thin to offer much intrigue, or way too complicated to be packed into a few thousand words. I was pleasantly surprised with Murder Most Crafty. Most of the stories were meaty enough to offer some level of speculation regarding "whodunit," while not too complicated to follow. I found some old favorites, as well as some new authors to check out - and the craft projects were an added plus.
There's a whole subgenre of domestic mysteries out there where the protagonists are involved in crafts. This book collected short stories by some well-known writers. Each featured a short description of a craft project at the end. Some were complicated, a few were doable at my level. The stories were pretty good. I think the shorter format meant that there was less crafty filler.
I hoped I would find some new authors I would like. I didn't get a good enough sense from the short stories, and no story was so amazing that I feel I need to write down that author. I thought some of the stories were just dark, which is not why I read mysteries. I do like that there are instructions for various craft projects.
An assortment of mystery stories, some very loosely based around a craft but no less enjoyable for that. I particularly enjoyed the story by Sharon Newman which was set in Paris a few hundred years ago. Authors included Dorothy Cannell, Monica Ferris, Denise Williams and Gillian Roberts.
I'm not blown away by this book, but it's a unique enough concept: combing craft & mystery. I've been introduced to one new (to me) textile art or craft that I spent some time researching actually. I know there's more to come.
Blah! This collection of short stories is probably fun for mystery lovers but confirmed for me that Mystery is something I should just stay away from.
Very nicely paced. Some are bittersweet, all easy to read and enjoy. Craft projects are included....
A collection of short mystery stories. Very cute. Found some new authors to check out.
Deb Sharp
This was such a FuN book to read, I loved all the different stories in it:)
I enjoyed this anthology. It introduced me to some great mystery authors!
May 09, 2008 A added it
didn't like any of the stories.
Great little stories.
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Maggie Bruce, the creator of the Lili Marino series, is otherwise known as Marilyn Wallace, editor of the award- winning five-volume Sisters in Crime anthologies, co-editor of Deadly Allies, and the author of several mystery and suspense novels.
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