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Buttons and Bones (A Needlecraft Mystery #14)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  829 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A new Needlecraft mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Blackwork.

Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier- the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a my
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Berkley (first published October 25th 2010)
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The Larsons have brought a cabin in Northern Minnesota. On a trip there Jill and Lars planned to cleanup the cabin and Betsy went along to hear the loons call. The old linoleum floor is removed showing a trapdoor. The group found a skeleton that appeared to be murder. Jill wants to know who and how skeleton was placed in the cellar. Betsy agrees to help in Jill's investigation. They soon find that body might be that of a German POW that escape from the concentration camp during World War Two. Th ...more
Judy Iliff
I do like this series of books. (And, yes, I know I've said the same thing many times before!)I always feel like I need to get back to my counted cross-stitching after I finish one of these.

Betsy and her friend Jill discover a skeleton in the root cellar under the cabin Jill and her husband have recently purchased. Trying to discover not only who the skeleton was but who killed this person leads the two friends on an interesting part of WWII history. (I did not know the US held German prisons in
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was an excellent look into the lives of persons outside the normal daily lives in Minnesota during the Second World War. German POW's are billeted in the Mid-West during 1944. However, what does that bit of history have to do with a skeleton found beneath a log cabin decades later?

Since Jill and Lars are the new owners of this log cabin and since Bess is feeling shaken about her new means a mystery to be solved.

The history was fascinating and taught me about the times prior
Surprisingly good. A strong 3 1/2 stars. The mystery is interesting, the research is not given in spurs of infodumps but is an integral and organic part of the story. This is a really good one in the series where Monica Ferris succeeded in mixing crafts, plot points and character history together and create something interesting and clever. Her secondary new characters she introduces are interesting, clever and not paper thin (I'm thinking about Peg for instance or Violet). Here's hoping this is ...more
Beth - ;)
I have read all of the needlecraft mysteries to date and this one was one of the better ones. Although I did figure out who the skeleton was about halfway through and before Betsy did and also what had basically happened. It was still a good story with most of the usual accompanying characters. A small bit of trivia - I was checking my list of books read in 2010 and the first one on the list was also by Monica Ferris. So, unless I manage to finish my next start before Friday midnight Betsy will ...more
After a couple of meh thriller-mysteries, I needed something solid, dependable, and well, cozy. Monica Ferris's Needlecraft mysteries fits this requirement to a T. Kinda a Murder She Wrote type series, it features a vibrant woman over 60, who's found herself transplanted from California to Excelsior MN, running her deceased sisters needlepoint and yarn shop (Crewel World) and solving mysteries on the side. She's methodical, talks to people, makes mistakes, and calls the cops when she should call ...more
What an enjoyable series of books. This is my second, and this family just purchases a cabin that is quite old, and as they are cleaning, organizing, and pulling up old carpet and linoleum, they find a trap door that goes into a root cellar. Well surprise surprise surprise, there is a skeleton down in there that had been there since around 1944. Betsy, the owner of the Crewel World, at times seems to have a gift of crime solving, and she puts her talents to work and they find what happened. It's ...more
This was another good addition to the series. Betsy and Jill solve a 50 year old murder. I like that the murder is an old one. It becomes too unrealistic if Betsy is constantly solving murders of her friends. They would all be picked off to quickly.

I would have liked more of the store and Godwin. I really like when she talks about the needlework. I don't like the direction Jill is taking. I thought she was better as a policewoman rather than a stay at home mom. And Betsy's relationship with her
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When Betsy's best friend Jill Larson invites Betsy to spend the weekend with her family at their lakeside cabin Betsy decides to go. Her romance isn't going as smoothly as she would like and with Godwin's encouragement decides a weekend away might do her some good. The Larson's have been slowly remodeling the cabin and decide to rip out the carpeting. After pulling up the carpeting and two layers of linoleum they discover a trap door that leads to a tiny root cellar. When Jill goes down to inves ...more
Jodie Hill
Betsy Devonshire goes to her best friends Jill and Lars Larson's new lake cabin to check it out and help with some initial clean up. Guess what? Betsy discovers a skeleton in the cellar... and thus starts another search for answers because Jill (a former cop) wants to know what happened in the cabin before they start spending a lot of time there with their small children. Add in Betsy's new love interest with the spoiled brat daughter and it was just ehh...

Considering I normally LOVE Monica's b
Dec 30, 2011 Sue rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Buttons and Bones was not as strong as Ferris's other books. The setting was interesting - Excelsior MN and northern MN by Thunder Lake (Walker/Remer Area). The historical aspect of POW camps for German soldiers in Northern MN was also interesting. I felt like there was alot of repetition when Lars, Jill, and Betsy keep having to introduce themselves and explain what they found in the cabin. Also, the reader could almost immediately solve the mystery but had to wait till the last few pages for t ...more
Kathleen Hagen
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This is the latest in the Needlecraft Series involving Betsy Devonshire and her needle crafts store, Crewel World, in Excelsior, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. In this book, Betsy goes with her friends Jill and Lorris, and their two children to see the cabin Jill and Lorris have just acquired in northern Minnesota. The flooring looks truly tacky, so Betsy and Jill start pul
This is my 14th episode with Betsy Devonshire and friends at Crewel World in Excelsior, Minnesota. This seemed to be the most clever mystery yet. When Betsy and her friends Jill and Lars visit the lakefront cabin the Larsons have purchased, the find a skeleton hidden away in the root cellar of the cabin. What ensues is a clever and intriguing investigation into the identity of the bones. I so enjoy the way Betsy is able to meet people who help her with her quest. Along the way, she has a new lov ...more
Betsy Devonshire, the owner of Crewel World Embroidery Shop, is invited to visit the new cabin that her best friend Jill and her husband Lars have purchased on the lake. The cabin has been empty for years and needs a lot of work. When they pull up the old carpet and linoleum that covered the floor, they find a trapdoor. When they open it up, there is a skeleton that appears to have been there for a very long time. When Jill and Betsy look up the history of the cabin, they find that there is a my ...more
Margaret M.
This type of mystery novel is not my cup of tea, but I am aware there is a big following of readers of these mystery "series." These mysteries feature an amateur woman sleuth whose occupation is the theme of each book in the series, i.e. caterer, librarian, or as in this case, the owner of a needle craft shop. There is usually a minor romantic element, but very tame. The writing is third person, and uncomplicated. It has a mid-western setting, and I did learn some facts about the setting of whic ...more
Julie P
Betsy Devonshire is at it again. An unexpected surprise awaits Betsy and the Larson's in the root cellar of their cabin in the woods. Never one to pass up on amateur sleuthing, Betsy and Jill decide to figure out who the skeleton is. If you're looking for a lot of needlework in this book, you won't find it. This book involves a lot of talking and supposition in order to solve a 50 year old mystery. While not one of Monica Ferris' better endeavors, it is still okay entertainment, and features the ...more
Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier- the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.

This is another good one from Monica Ferris. This one focuses on Betsy and Jill (along with Lars and the kids) and
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This is one of the cozy mystery series I’ve been following, courtesy of the public library – my goodness, this is the 14th “Needlecraft Mystery.” Anyway, the conceit is that Betsy Devonshire owns a needlework shop in a small Minnesota town, and has a knack for solving mysteries. Not all of the series hits the mark, in my opinion, but this one definitely passes it. Maybe I’m biased because it has a significant historical element – the mystery is about something that happened during or after World ...more
Pam Jewell
I always enjoy Monica Ferris mysteries. They have some interesting twists and turns that make you want to keep reading to find out what will happen next. I must admit I figured out "who done it" midway but it was interessting to see how the plot was played out.
I'm not sure why I bothered to finish this book. The answer was so patently obvious. And it read like a bad Nancy Drew. Amazed so many people have given such good marks to the series.
Mar 07, 2014 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Jill and Lars buy an old cabin on a lake.
They find a skeleton in the hidden basement.
Story of German POW's in Minneapolis.
Betsy has boyfriend, Connor.
She meets his daughter.
Betsy Middleton goes with her friends Jill and Lars to work on the decrepit log cabin they've bought on one of Minnesota's many lakes. Jill finds an unexpected crawl space, complete with skeleton. The local police decide that the bones belong to an escaped German POW (yes, there were camps in Minnesota). Betsy and Jill investigate who used to live in the cabin, and discover another World War II puzzle--this one connected with a major who apparently deserted when given orders to go to the Pacific ...more
This is a cozy series I've been reading for years. Takes place in Minnesota and for a change it was the summer season, usually its winter brrrrrr. The main character Betsy owns a needlework, yarn shop and I like when they reference types of yarn and different cross stitch patterns, etc. Being a knitter and needleworker I enjoy reading about the craft. Also, after reading the books I usually get into the mood to work on some project that I have. If you're into cozy's this series, which starts wit ...more
I have to admit this one disappointed me, but I guess after a great string of stories and great characters it was bound to happen sometime. From the beginning the regular characters felt "depressed" to me, like everybody was in a bad mood throughout the whole thing. I just got that sense and it never let up. The storyline was okay, but even Goddy couldn't cheer this one up. I hope the characters get some therapy or something by the next one so they won't be so grouchy and depressed! Maybe the sm ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Ellen added it
Love all the needlework talk, and learn a lot about types of needlework I have never done and/or never heard of.
 Gigi Ann
This was the first book I've read by this author and also the first book of this series, not realizing it was a series book when I bought it. However, it was a good stand alone book, even if it is a book in the series.
It was a quick and easy book to read.

I must say I found the story quite predictable...I guessed who was the murderer and who the dead body in the root cellar was early on in the story. It was fun guessing and to find out I had guessed it correctly. I thought it did have a bit of a
Patty Allen
Interesting mystery, in this book Betsy and Jill solve a cold case murder from the 1940's
This is another good entry in Monica Ferris' Betsy Devonshire series. It's interesting because the murder mystery is about a skeleton (from 1944!) but it's still fun to have Betsy and her friend Jill working out what happened. It's late summer in this book so not a lot of snow (unusual for Minnesota) but Jill and Lars have bought a cabin at the lake so that's really cool. I hope there are still more to come in this series, I really enjoy the needlework aspect and the characters are folks I'd lik ...more
Ferris keeps this mystery series fresh by moving part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire out of her hometown of Excelsior, MN. Betsy's good friends have just bought what is the dream of many a Minnesotan, a cabin up north. Betsy travels with the Larson's to their new cabin to help with renovations and is on the spot when they discover a skeleton in an old root cellar. The mystery wasn't too hard to figure out, but what made this so interesting was the WWII tie-in of German POW workers in Minnesota nea ...more
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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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