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Embroidered Truths (A Needlecraft Mystery #9)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,160 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money—and a lot o ...more
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Published (first published 2005)
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Kathleen Hagen
Embroidered Truth, by Monica Ferris, b-plus, narrated by Melissa Hughes, produced by BBC Audio Books-America, downloaded from

Monica Ferris is a local author who writes about Minneapolis and the suburbs along Lake Minnetonka. Melissa Hughes’ narration was a little irritating. The voice she chose for Godwin, a gay male character, was whiney and somewhat effeminate. And she kept mispronouncing the name of one of the suburbs: Wayzata in the twin cities is not pronounced as it sounds, bu
Of all Monica Ferris's books that I've read so far (I'm reading them in order), I think this was the least satisfying of them all. The writing was consistent with her previous work: an easy-going casual style. The plot though had too many holes in it; there were too many questions left unanswered. It seemed as if the author wasted too much time on describing how Betsy hired a lawyer and debated bailing Goddy out and then suddenly realized she had hit some mystery page limit and had to finish the ...more
Embroidered Truths by Monica Ferris is the 9th book of the Needlecraft Mystery series set in contemporary Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire inherited needlework shop Crewel World from her sister. She runs the shop with the help of her gay manager Godwin. When "Goddie' and his lover John fight, and John throws him out (yet again) Betsy offers her guest room. This time they don't make up; instead John is found murdered, Goddie is arrested and sent to jail. Betsy can't afford the shocking $100,000 non-re ...more
Nov 26, 2009 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another light, slightly fluffy read - perfect for a cold miserable weekend. In this one Betsy's shop manager Godwin is in a lot of trouble, as he is arrested for Murder. Thankfully Betsy comes to his aid, and begins her own investigation into the murder. Godwin is my favourite character in this series so it was great having him so much in middle of the story. There were a few places where I though Goddy's reactions to things were unrealistic, especially bearing in mind his boyfriend has just die ...more
I guess I've been expecting this scenario from the very beginning; it was just set up a little too much. This is not a bad thing, in fact I wanted it to happen very much. Not the murder, just the innocent accused of it, because I knew Betsy would prove herself again. I was not disappointed!

If that gives away anything about the plot, I'd be surprised haha. Hopefully people still go into this a surprised, although I believe if you've read the rest of the series you'll expect this too. I adored thi
Oct 10, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Betsy and her friends at Crewel World are once again embroiled in a murder investigation, only this time it is personal. When Godford's partner is killed just days after their breakup he becomes the chief suspect in the murder. Naturally Betsy is immediately on the case to try and find out who actually killed John, and why.

With little snippets of helpful advice for knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint and other needle arts scattered in the narrative this is a fun series for someone who loves need
Jul 27, 2009 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I am not a "needlecrafter" myself I enjoy this series (and others that deal with sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting....). Betsy Devonshire is a very likeable character and I love her shop manager, Godwin. I would recommend this series whether you are a needlecrafter or not because it is a "goodread".
May 12, 2017 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in this series so far. Goodwin is such a darling character I loved having him being the center of attention for this book.
Theresa McClanahan
One of the series I am listening to that I enjoy.
LeslieandJoe LaCava
May 14, 2017 LeslieandJoe LaCava rated it really liked it
I enjoy the Needlecraft Mysteries a great deal. They are clean and decent.
Feb 14, 2016 Julesy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read 8 books in this Needlecraft series, almost all of them on audio. The reason why I have enjoyed this series is due to the Needlecraft theme. In every book, there are descriptions of various needlecraft. Some of the books even had clues in the craft, art or needlework. I loved that! It made it seem like an adult-version of Nancy Drew where she would find clues in tapestries, ceramics, art, etc.

However, this book fell way short for me for the following reasons:

1. There was barely any
Sep 18, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Betsy Devonshire runs Crewel World needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, with the invaluable help of her store manager Godwin. Godwin's relationship with John, the lawyer with whom he lives, has always been volatile, but this time it seems he's thrown Godwin out for good. The inconsolable Godwin is staying with Betsy, and just as she thinks he's calming down, they get a call from John's secretary to say that he didn't show up for work. When Godwin and Betsy go to John's house, they find him m ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun as usual. I know I can always count on Monica for a "friendly" mystery. Possibly that is the very definition of a "cozy." I'm glad we got rid of this particular victim since they were annoying me. I liked meeting John's brother and the nuances he brought to character scene, and I liked seeing Godwin develop. And, I love how Monica has made me feel like I know these people and this place -- I can completely understand the hatred of the shop bell and I actually found myself wondering what I'd ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
(2.5 stars) The 9th book in the Needlecraft mystery series focuses on Betsy's second in command at the shop, Godwin. He and his boyfriend John have always had a tempestuous relationship. Their relationship was unequal partly due to John's age and financial means as compared to Godwin. They have recently returned from a trip to Mexico City that Godwin won in a competition. In a fit of pique, John throws Godwin out again, and he ends up on Betsy's doorstep and she offers to have him stay with her ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 5, 2006
This was a pleasant enough read while I was reading it, but there really wasn't very much here.

I get the feeling that once again Ferris is more interested in name dropping - designers, manufacturers, craft techniques, bail conditions and even Polish food - than it taking the time to put together a good plot.

Godwin is arrested for murder almost immediately for no particularly good reason except that it give Betty a reason to investigate. There is no real build up to a resolution, nothing much hap
Feb 12, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, hardback
After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder. Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money--and a lot of enemies. Now Betsy has to untangle a cat's cradle of lies if she's going to save Godwin... before the murderer decides to ...more
A good entry in this series with a satisfying mystery and the addition of a new character. One thing that I did have a problem with though, was the homophobia that was allowed to run through this book. Godwin, the suspect in this book and one of the series' main characters, is gay and throughout the course of her investigation, people make cruel and unwarranted comments about the homosexual lifestyle. I understand that the author was trying to make a point--that is, she (and we as readers) is to ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mary by: found on library shelves
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Godwin and John have had another fight and this time Godwin is not going to be allowed to return. John has found another lover (much younger) and then he is also killed. First in line for suspects is Godwin, who didn't even know that he was going to inherit from John. A new had been drawn up but not signed. He also had found out and was blackmailing a partner in the firm he worked for. He also had set himself up a fake account and was stashing the money away. His brother came and found a lot of ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A little more substance to this one, a bit more character development in Godwin, but yet the situation left me slightly unsatisfied. Godwin is basically in an emotionally abusive relationship, his partner is murdered and he's framed for it (of course), but I found the resolution a bit too pat. I'm also not particularly enthused about Besty butting heads with the local sheriff. Too much of an amateur sleuth cliché. It was also disturbing that a 25year old (Godwin) would be doing Botox 'to retain ...more
Claudia Cheyne
Dec 06, 2015 Claudia Cheyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betsy Devonshire realizes what a valuable asset Godwin is to Crewel World when he is arrested for the murder of his significant other; John. Customers take turns keeping the store running while Betsy seeks a solution to this mystery. Jill and Lars share their big news - they are expecting a baby! It turns out that Susan Lavery who is a regular customer of Betsy's shop also works at the same law firm as John. Her offer to do some sleuthing of her own almost gets her killed. Time is running out be ...more
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016. A mystery.

Goddy and John have had another argument which John apparently instigated and now Goddy is staying with Betsy. When John doesn't show up to work, Goddy and Betsy go to his home to check on him and find that John has been murdered. Betsy's computer expert is able to unlock the secrets on John's computer and they lead to lots of questions. Frankly, John does not appear to be a nice guy. Goddy may have his faults, but he wasn't playing games the way John w
Feb 04, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godwin gets kicked out of the place he is living with his boyfriend and comes to Betsy for help. He is not only her employee but also a friend. He is staying at her house when they get a call that his boyfriend, John, has not been to work and no one can find him. They go over to the house and find him dead. He has been murdered and Godwin quickly becomes the prime suspect and is arrested.
Betsy goes on the search for the truth and finds others with reasons to kill John at the law firm where he wo
Mary Havlovic
Jun 16, 2013 Mary Havlovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, mystery
Betsy Desonshire owns Crewel World, a needle work store located in Minnesota. In this book Goodwin (Goddy) DuLac is thrown out his home by his significant other John. It appears that they have broken up for good this time. Goddy is heart broken and trying to find out what went wrong in the relationship. John is later found dead in his home and Goddy becomes a suspect when it is discovered that he was removed from John's will. Goddy a killer??? I don't think so. Betsy sets out to prove that he is ...more
Brenda (b)
I like this mystery series a lot and I don't know why I wait so long between reading the installments – maybe I'm trying to save them and draw out my pleasure in reading them – LOL. These characters are ones that I feel a connection to and I would love to have them for my friends. Poor Goddy, not only did he get kicked out by John, but then he and Betsy found John dead. Soon he's arrested for the murder and Betsy launches into sleuth mode to help him.
Emily Cullen
Aug 14, 2016 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betsy Devonshire's manager of her needlecraft store finds himself out on the street due to another quarrel with his lover. When Betsy and Godwin go to check on him they find him dead and Godwin is soon arrested for his murder. It's up to Betsy to find out who really did it. I really enjoy the Needlecraft cozy mystery series. The mysteries are interesting and I feel like Betsy and the supporting cast are my friends. I highly recommend it if you are interested in the cozy mystery genre!
Jan 09, 2014 Jaret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun installment in the needlecraft series. In this episode a beloved character, Godwin is accused of murdering his partner. The character development is well-written, but the ending left me a little flat. The author ended the book and gave the story resolution, but I felt like it came out of left field. I'm not sure the plotline was completely developed. But, the story kept the fun I expect from this series and I definitely will continue.
Sep 25, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Goddy is in prison for murder, and this time the author keeps the reader from figuring out who the real culprit is only by introducing suspects more than halfway through the book. Betsy didn't do too much sleuthing this time. She relied on others to compile her clues, then sorted things out from there.

The way Goddy is described reminds me exactly of Austin Scarlett from season 1 of Project Runway.
Linda Lou
Godwin becomes jailed for a murder he didn't do and Betsy has to try to prove his innocence. She is very good friends with Godwin and will do most anything to get him released. Prying around Lawyers seems a bit far fetched because they would seem to be unwilling to give clues. This seems to work out because of little insignificant clues Betsy picks up and people she knows from school. Wish we were so lucky with our house mysteries.
Jul 01, 2011 Purpleholic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Betsy Devonshire stories. She has her own needlework shop and she loves everything about it. I love the characters that surround her. I love how she stands up for her friends and is a friend to them. I also love how she only 'meddles' when meddling is needed. I haven't read all the series or even read them in order but I have enjoyed them completely. I'm looking forward to catching up and staying current with Betsy.
Oct 18, 2012 Patt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one! John Dye, Goddy's gay boyfriend, is murdered, and Goddy is accused of the crime and thrown in jail. Everyone in town knows that Goddy is no murderer, and Betsy sets out to find out the truth. Susan Lavery, a customer at Crewel World, who works in the same law office as John Dye, proves to be a big help to Betsy, but becomes a victim as well.
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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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