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Embroidered Truths (A Needlecraft Mystery #9)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  911 ratings  ·  69 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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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
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
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
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
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
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".
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
(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
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
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
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
Nov 06, 2008 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mary by: found on library shelves
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
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.
Ann Boytim
Another adventure in the knitting/crewel stitchery shop with all the regulars but this time Godwin is accused of murder of his partner. Betsy Devonshire is on the track to find the real murderer but in the meantime all her friends gather to help her keep her shop open while she dies her amateur investigating.
This was an OK book just too predictable. The story is set in a needle craft shop called Crewel World and the owner is a part time sleuth. When the store manager is accused of murdering his lover Betsy has to step in and prove he's innocent. It's an OK story with no language or violence.
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
Godwin is accused of murdering his ex-lover, John.
John never developed any traction in this series, so was expendable. Things are happening at the law firm, Betsy has a helper who works there.
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.
Dav'ne (Davney)
An adequate book if one doesn't want to think. Since I'm not a knitter I found way too much yarn, needle and knitting detail.
Very good storyline, but it seems a bit slow. Don't know if its the actual story or the narrator.
I am reading this series one after the other. I love the characters and the town of Excelsior, Minnestoa!
Quick read...before I knew it, I had finished it. This is one of my more liked books within the series.
Mary Havlovic
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.
Patty Allen
Book is filled with twists, turns, and a lot is suspects.
I like these books. Short, sweet and fun.
Pleasant read. It was especially fun for this Twin City native to have so many local places mentioned in the book.
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.
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.
In this one, things get very personal. Goodwin, Besty's manager and friend is accused of murdering his lover of many years, John. Things don't look good but Besty with the help of the gang at Crewel world gets to the truth. I liked this one quite a bit because instead of being someone from a friend's family, the tragedy hits close to home, like in the debut novel of this series. Pretty good.
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Mary Monica Pulver (real name)
Mary Kuhfeld
Margaret Frazer (with Gail Frazer)

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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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  • Framed in Lace (A Needlecraft Mystery, #2)
  • A Stitch in Time (A Needlecraft Mystery, #3)
  • Unraveled Sleeve (A Needlecraft Mystery, #4)
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