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Publisher's Summary

Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

©2002 Monica Kuhfeld. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGo

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Another mystery!!

I sound like a parrot when I write these reviews. They are simple, clean mysteries. They border on silly, but they are also enjoyable. It is so hard to find a book that can be listened to by young and old alike.

I will listen to them all, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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A great light reading with enjoyable story line!

What made the experience of listening to A Murderous Yarn the most enjoyable?

The narrator is great and easy to listen to. She does a great job in making the story come to life with wonderful narration.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot is wonderful and light, the mystery is something that makes one think. Trying to figure out what the clues are is fun and the characters are wonderful.

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A great story and the intertwining of the antique cars with needle arts is so refreshing.

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Least Best - so far.

What did you like best about A Murderous Yarn? What did you like least?

I like the characters and their further development. Loved the idea of the antique cars and got more insight to Betsy, the main character. I have listened to several, maybe 5 of these - however this one was a big disappointment. There was not near the investigation by Betsy, we didn't get the little minutia, and logical thinking that Betsy usually goes through. It was a much thinner plot, not as involved, in fact fairly transparent. I will listen to one more, and if it's this 'simple' - then I'm done.

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Would you consider the audio edition of A Murderous Yarn to be better than the print version?

I know it hasn't been from my previous reviews since the recordings have been available before I started the series. Just have to say that the narrator has improved some and there are now a few small variations in her voice assisting in depicting the characters and in giving some life and interest to the story. Please keep it up and do add more to future recordings.

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this was not knit lit!

I love to read stories that involve knitting and sewing. This story was about antique cars. Boring!

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Loved the classic cars, but missed the mystery.

If you're into needlecraft & ever wanted to know more about classic cars, this is a mystery for you.
I love that the author wanted to expand Betsy's hobbies & classic cars are gorgeous. Unfortunately it felt more like the mystery existed just so the author could write about classic cars. The mystery was very haphazardly tossed together & Betsy barely did an snooping. The answers practically popped out at you. There was barely any mystery to this cozy mystery, but lots of classic cars & some character development.
As usual the narrator did an excellent job portraying the various characters.

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More fun.

Another great listen!
Really enjoying this series and the character progression. Fun! Takes me away from 2021!

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Didn't really care for this one

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I did find it interesting that there was a classic car club for people who like cars from early 1900's but the long drawn out conversations was so tiresome. This series is a needle craft series but this one just didn't grab me. The best part was the end.

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clever

once again I had no clue who the killer was. I enjoyed the way the story wound around like a mountain road.

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Antique Cars, Stitching and Fiery Death

Betsy Devonshire, owner of Crewel World is sponsoring Lars Larsen in his Stanley Steamer on the Antique Car run. When one of the car and its driver, Bill Birmingham doesn't make it back, it is discovered that his car was found burned to a crisp along the drive back. His car was having some difficulties and he was working on it intermittently all during the race, so it was thought that it was an accident, at first. But soon it was determined that he was shot prior to the fiery explosion. Now Betsy, successful amateur sleuth is on the job again, along with her police woman friend, Jill. This is a fun addition to the series, with all the normal characters included. Great story and resolution to the murder.

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  • Littlehurster
  • 02-22-18

Entertaining, but denouement is a bit tenuous

I love the needlework mysteries, and they are always very well read, but the rationalisation at the end was a bit unconvincing.

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  • Sarah Lou
  • 03-30-22

Different

Rather a different setting, with its focus on pioneer cars, but I learned a lot! A weaker ending than previous ones, but I like the way these stories gently unfold and will be searching out the next one.

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  • from UK
  • 03-14-22

Only interesting if you like early collectible cars

As I am at best indifferent to vintage car rallies or the technology of early cars, I found this book most boring and kept skipping through it. I am not into needle point crafts either but usually the story lines and persons involved are interesting enough to keep my attention whilst doing housework for example. But this story simply seemed boring. Oh well, let’s see what the next one brings

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  • Verity
  • 01-30-15

Not up to usual standard

All about antique cars. So much boring detail. Felt a bit like wading through mud. None of the usual charm.