Book Review: Blackwork

Blackwork: A Needlecraft Mystery

Author: Monica Ferris

ISBN 9780425229903

Published October 2009.

Available wherever books are sold.

USA Today Bestselling Author Monica Ferris presents Blackwork as the 13th installment in her Needlecraft Mysteries, following her best-seller Thai Die. Halloween is around the corner in Excelsior, Minnesota, and Crewel World shop owner and sleuth Betsy Devonshire is in the throes of planning the town’s big parade and celebration. But excitement isn’t all that’s brewing. Local beer brewer and Wiccan, Leona Cunningham, is accused of being the cause of a series of accidents around town by the town drunk, Ryan McMurphy. When he winds up dead, all eyes fall on Leona as the culprit. Now it’s up to Betsy to clear Leona’s name and find the real killer- because ghosts and ghouls aren’t the only things that go bump in the night.

Ferris has created a lovable and diverse cast of characters who connect over their common love of needlecraft. Young and old from all walks of life converge on Crewel World to share town gossip while working on their latest project, creating an invaluable information network for Betsy- an ordinary woman with a knack for solving mysteries in her little town. The story is engaging and well-paced, with no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors to trip you up as you follow Betsy’s investigation. It fits well in the cozy mystery genre, with the right mix of hometown feel to criminal mayhem to keep you turning the page. Ferris even provides a free counted cross-stitch pattern in the back of the book- in case the book has inspired you to give needlecraft a try. It’s a fun read that’s perfect for curling up with on the sofa, especially around Halloween.