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Thai Die (A Needlecraft Mystery #12)

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The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft mystery series returns to pick up another deadly stitchincludes a free needlepoint pattern!

As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley Hardcover (first published December 1st 2008)
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Another fun mystery.

When one of the Monday Brunch (Doris Valentine) comes back from a month in Thailand, everyone can't wait to see what she brought back. At the very bottom of her suitcase is a box containing a small Buddha statue that she brought back to America for someone she met in Thailand. She has to bring to an Antique Dealer in St. Paul - but is convinced to show it to everyone at the Needlework show before she delivers it.

The next day she delivers the Buddha statue - and then the weir
Sep 15, 2012 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The blurb on the book actually spoilt the plot on this one, but it's not as if anyone who is familiar with the series - or with reading cozies - isn't going to figure it out right off the bat. This one was a bit more convoluted, with people running helter and skelter like a pod of skitterish red herrings that they were.

What I liked in this episode (following right on the heels of reading #11) was the author removed Godwin (aka "Goddy) completely from the plot by sending him off to Florida creat
Jane Wetzel
It was enjoyable though not riveting. Sometimes I want that--not to be anxious or on the edge. There is a little bit about Thailand and I always love the mental pictures and good feelings induced by such words as silk, yarn, needlework, fabric, thread and deep, vibrant colors. When not into a "deep" book, it's nice to hear or read a light mystery with nice people. And aren't needle crafters nice people!
Oct 24, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable series! One of the best yet.
Claudia Cheyne
Oct 18, 2016 Claudia Cheyne rated it really liked it
Doris Valentine, a member of The Monday Bunch, returns from a trip to Thailand bearing souvenirs and a small statue of Buddha she agreed to deliver to an antiques dealer in St. Paul. Once the exchange is made the store owner is murdered. This book is filled with events involving guns and more murders that take place in other jurisdictions. There are plenty of suspects but when it appears that an international crime ring is responsible Betsy acknowledges that she is in over her head. I liked all ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Thai Die, by Monica Ferris, b-plus, narrated by narrated by Connie Crawford, produced by BBC-America Audio, downloaded from

This is part of the Needlecraft Series involving Betsy Devonshire, owner of a yarn shop in Wayzata, (a suburb of Minneapolis. The shop is called Crewel World, and a group of women meet there every Monday night to knit and learn about new patterns together. This week they had a special meeting because Doris Valentine, one of their members, had just returned from
Jennifer Perkins
Dec 04, 2014 Jennifer Perkins rated it liked it
Thai Die is the cute name for the cozy written by Monica Ferris. This is my second book in the series that I’ve read. Betsy Devonshire, A full-time store owner and part-time investigator, helps out her friend, Doris, who is back from a sight-seeing trip in Thailand. Not too soon after Doris is back, there’s a burglary and people are murdered, all due to some items Doris brought back from her trip. Someone even threatens Doris’s life.
Never having made the trip, this story brings in some nice bac
May 29, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Betsy Devonshire owns the needlework shop Crewel World, and solves murders on the side. Her friend and tenant Doris has just returned from Thailand laden with souvenirs, and a statue she's delivering for an exporter she met in Bangkok. She's not supposed to open the box, but her friends insist, and they find a beautiful Buddha statue wrapped in an old rag that Doris tosses away. Betsy retrieves it because of the interesting embroidery. After Doris delivers the statue to an antique shop, the ...more
Almost 3 stars. Much better than the last one. This time the story is driven by two forces: Betsy, a much welcome return to an active participation in the story thank you very much and some of the Monday Bunch participants who go off on an adventurous trip with deadly consequences. Goodwin is sideline off to a Florida vacation and is only doing figuration in this story.

The story is coherent and interesting. The only fault I find with this novel is the enormous info dump sections. There are pages
Oct 29, 2015 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Usually, I am right along with Betsy in solving the case she’s working on. In many ways, that was the case here as well. However… I had figured out almost immediately what the thief was after – and not because the blurb on the back has a huge spoiler. When the identity of the killer was revealed… I figured it out with Betsy. When she saw the clue that led to his identity, I knew who it was as well.

It was nice to see Jill in the story again. I just wish we’d see her more often. I realize that she
Feb 29, 2016 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Betsy's tenant and friend Doris is just back from Thailand as the book opens. She comes to Crewel World to show the Monday Bunch the souvenirs she brought back. She has beautiful silks and a statue for her apartment. Left behind in the suitcase is a box that is not a souvenir. Doris brought a statue from Thailand that she is to deliver to an antique dealer in St. Paul. The Monday Bunch convince her to open the box and show them the Buddha inside. The statue has a dirty piece of cloth wrapped ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 12th book in the Needlecraft Mystery series. Betsy’s friend Doris has just returned from a trip to Thailand and comes to the shop to show off some souvenirs. She has also brought an unusual Buddha statue that she was asked to deliver to an antique shop in town. Her return is documented in the local paper. Doris is shocked to find out that her apartment has been ransacked with many of the items from Thailand stolen. Things get worse when the antique shop owner is found murdered. Betsy ...more
Cyn Armistead
Jun 02, 2009 Cyn Armistead rated it liked it
I started reading this series years ago, because of "meeting" Ms. Ferris via rec.crafts.textiles.needlework . It's odd to think of how much has changed since then—I don't even have a dedicated usenet client installed any more! Still, I still stitch, and I still enjoy the little handwork bits throughout Ferris' novels.

Unfortunately, the digressions into minutia on other topics (do I care where Goddy picked up an expression? Honestly, no) gets annoying. If there had been one more sentence about La
Julie P
Jan 08, 2009 Julie P rated it it was ok
I truly enjoy Monica Ferris' mysteries, so I buy them out of habit. This makes it difficult to give a really good review, because I'm going to buy the next Monica Ferris book regardless of whether it is good or not. This particular story was told from a different point of view than Ferris' other stories in this series, and while that was innovative, it wasn't as attractive a method of storytelling as in previous books. The reason you read a series is because you grow fond of the protagonist; ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
Doris goes to Thailand for a surgery that her insurance will not cover, but is cheaper in Thailand, including travel. When she comes back she is a changed woman. She brought back silk that she found for sale and silk that is made into threads for cross stitch. She shares with her friends. She also brings back a statue of a very old duplicate Buddha (standing). But it is wrapped in an old silk. She throws it away and Betsy rescues the silk because of the embroidery on it. In trying to find out ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
i love Monica Ferris and her Needlecraft Mysteries. In Thai Die Betsy is hosting her Monday Bunch, they are anticipating the arrival of one of their members who has been visiting in Bangkok, and she is bringing gifts!

One of the things she has brought back is a Buddha sculpture to be delivered to an antique shop a town or two away.

After the statue is delivered is when the trouble starts. There are three murders a break-in, and a couple of attempts at murder. All of which sets Betsy on the trail o
Feb 12, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, hardback
As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities, Betsy fears something is seriously warped.

In this book Betsy's friend and member of the Monday Bunch returns from Thailand with gifts and a new look. But then it gets interesting. I enjoyed the descriptions of Thailand and the fabulous silks as well as t
Vicky Marie
Aug 08, 2016 Vicky Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Not her best. I didn't like the chapters with the Monday Brunch because I felt it added nothing to the story. The chapter with them having lunch and going to the shop afterward was the most pointless thing I have ever read. Really, there was nothing of importance to it. I pushed myself through, hoping to get back to Betsy and her sleuthing as soon as possible. Doris and Phil weren't exactly likable here either. They gave Betsy such a hard time.

This series isn't the best written or developed, but
Jennifer Hodges Young
When Besty's friend Doris returns from a trip to Thailand she comes bearing gifts not only for the Monday bunch but she also brings back a rare Buddha for an antique dealer. When the dealer and close friends of Doris start turning up dead Besty is once again called upon to solve the mystery.

This installment was lacking in the closeness that usually goes on between the main characters which is what I enjoy about this series. Instead we spend time with people we don't know and do not really get to
Jun 07, 2010 Tracy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
So many of the characters in this series are old and crotchety. They always seem to be annoyed with one another. I liked the beginning of this one, but then it got a little bit confusing. Too many off-screen characters were involved. This is the 12th book in the series, and I had the culprit figured out about 3/4 of the way through, but maybe only because I've read the first 11 and find the author predictable. I do like the setting of these books, and all the needlework chit chat, much more than ...more
Jan 26, 2014 George rated it liked it
#12 in the needle point mystery series set in Minnesota with Betsy Devonshire as an amateur sleuth who helps the local police detective solve mysteries. Betsy owns and operates a needle point craft store called Crewel World. Betsy's boarder and knitter Doris Valentine has just returned from a trip to Thailand with a number of items. It includes a small Buddha statue that she is asked to deliver to an antique shop on her arrival. That results in murder and and several attempts on her like and ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Franny rated it liked it
This is a really silly book, but I'm giving it 3 stars as I suppose, for a "cozy", it's standard fare. The story is loaded with irrelevant conversation: We must read "Hello. Crewel World. This is Betsy. How may I help you?" at least a dozen times and the nonsense chit-chat intended to inject "reality" is downright boring but apparently pumps up the word count. The plot is thin and the characters behavior illogical but, I'm guessing people in the Minneapolis area will enjoy the millions of local ...more
A book lent to me by a co-worker has opened up a whole new series (cozies, in this case, mysteries that feature stitchers) that I'm going to have to start reading.
Doris Valentine has just returned from Thailand with copious amounts of silk (and a new face lift). It was just a relaxing vacation but now someone is trying to kill her!
It's up to Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World, to help solve the mystery.
A fast, fun read with a good look at the stitching world, including the realities of own
Aug 23, 2009 Paula rated it liked it
I liked Thai Die. The Monica Ferris Needlecraft mysteries are light hearted and easy to read. I focus more on the needlework explanations and side stories than the unfolding of the mystery. I just can't buy that Betsy's help would be appriciated by the police or even requested by her friends. I listened to Thai Die via audiobook and enjoyed it more than reading the book. I did miss out on the patterns at the back of the book, though.
Ann Boytim
Feb 05, 2015 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
This is the twelfth book ij this series and Betsy is in the thick of things again. Her friend Doiris has returned from a trip to Thailand and has some silk to show her friends and also was asked to deliver a small statue of Buddha to an antique dealer who ends being murdered. Betsy is asked by her friends to try and find out who did the murder and then ransacked Doris's apartment Twists and turns as usual but Betsy finds the answers.
Jan 09, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This outing by Betsy Devonshire gets an extra star because I really, really enjoyed the scene in which the Monday group watches a woman at her spinning wheel, spinning straight from the angora bunny in her lap! A spinning wheel and a bunny - what's not to love?

I've already copied out the cross-stitch pattern for a phoenix, which may become my next cross-stitch pattern, and made notes about silk.

As always, good escape reading!
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016. A mystery.

I am beginning to wonder IF somewhere someone made a list of this series OUT of ORDER. I am having trouble (in part my fault since I read some out of order) keeping track of Betsy's male friends and Goddy's male friends, as well as the status of Jill's relationship with Lars.

A tale of international intrigue and theft of historically significant art treasures.
Mary Newcomb
Betsy Devonshire's friend and tenant, Doris came home from Thailand with souvenirs and a mysterious package which she is to deliver to an antique shop in nearby St Paul MN. Acting against instructions, she open the package prior to delivery. This begins a cluster of murders, suspicious deaths and a robbery. Eventually Betsy figures it all out but the crimes have really stacked up prior to the resolution.
Linda Lou
Jun 05, 2015 Linda Lou rated it liked it
Coming back from a trip to Thai land by herself, Betsy's friend shows off her souvenirs. The one in the box intrigues them all as the persuaded her to take out and let them have a peek. What could it hurt, right. Well it was beautiful but the rag it was wrapped in was dirty and unnecessary now the trip was esting bit of threadwork on the fabric and has it taken in for a complete prewash. That is were the mystery and murders begin.
Jan 28, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiber-arts
I think I've read all of this series - I like the main characters, and I like reading the literary equivalent of junk food between more demanding books.
The writing is OK, although the structure Ms. Ferris used at the beginning of this book - repeating scenes through different characters perspective - was clumsy and annoying. But she gave that up and I was pleasantly surprised by the revelation of Whodunnit at the end.
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Mary Monica Pulver (real name)
Mary Kuhfeld
Margaret Frazer (with Gail Frazer)

[from the author's own website)

Mary Monica Pulver (her maiden name) is an incidental Hoosier — Terre Haute, Indiana, had the hospital closest to her parents’ home in Marshall, Illinois. She spent the later part of her childhood and early adult life in Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Milwaukee.

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A Needlecraft Mystery (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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