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Thai Die by Monica Ferris
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Thai Die by Monica Ferris is the 12th book of the Needlecraft mystery series, set in contemporary Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire inherited needlework shop Crewel World in Excelsior from her sister. The Monday Bunch gather at the shop to welcome fellow stitcher Doris home from her vacation in Thailand. Doris has a suitcase full of souvenirs to show-and-tell, most notably beautiful Thai silk fabric. Doris also has a box containing a statue she was asked to hand-carry to an antiques dealer in St. Paul, by an expatriate American antiques dealer Doris befriended in Thailand. Her friends persuade her to take the statue out of its box and show it around. It's wrapped in a dirty frayed silk rag that Doris tosses in the trash. Betsy notices hand embroidery on the rag, and retrieves it, wondering if it can be cleaned without destroying the silk.

Doris delivers the statue, noticing a customer waiting across from the shop in a Hummer. Doris and her pals at Crewel World are dismayed to read of the antique dealer's murder, and wonder if the statue was contraband. Doris's apartment is ransacked, first of a series of scary incidents all related to her trip to Thailand. Each time a death seems to end the violence, it continues. Finally Doris's boyfriend takes her away to hide in a safe place, not telling their friends. Jill the former policewoman makes a brief but key cameo appearance, alerting Betsy to Doris's whereabouts just in time.

The Monday Bunch take a long drive through the Minnesota countryside to visit a woman who spins silk. Their trip is described in lavish detail, bound to trigger memories in a reader familiar with Minnesota. At Crewel World, Betsy describes several advanced needlework designs and patterns, likely to intrigue a cross-stitcher, needlepointer or knitter. The plot is satisfyingly complex, with convincing red herrings, and clues fairly presented. Betsy finally fits all the clues together, but spunky Doris saves the day!

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