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Publisher's Summary

The cold, blustery Midwest winters don't exactly agree with Betsy Devonshire, but since moving to Excelsior, Minnestoa, she sure has met a lot of warm, friendly people. So she isn't too surprised when the town's most talented needleworkers volunteer to restore a damaged tapestry that was found in the basement of a local church. Betsy even offers to donate materials for the project, thinking that the free publicity will boost sales at her financially troubled needlecraft shop. But soon Betsy is afraid of losing more than her business - because her good intentions have unleashed some deadly secrets....

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©2000 Mary Monica Kuhfeld (P)2011 AudioGO

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Fun Mystery

Every time I read a book in this series I wish I lived in Excelsior with Betsy and Jill. I love the plot, characters and setting in the series. Which is a good thing for this book. I figured out the who and the why midway through the book. However, I enjoyed listening to the plot unfold. Betsy and her supporting crew are delightful. The ending while predictable, did have a couple of surprises at the end.
This story also gave the audience and Betsy a chance to say a final goodbye to her ex husband. A fun and delightful read for anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

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Great series.

This is the third book in the series, and it is just as good as the first two. I love this series.

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Enjoyable

Where does A Stitch in Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoy Monica Ferris mystery books because they are not a formulaic as others I have listen to recently. I am now listening to her 4th book in the series.

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Enjoyed & I Didn't Drop a Stitch

Enjoyed the story and relaxed as I finished my fiber project. It was fun to be so engaged in a story that I felt a part of the community. Narrator helped too.

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Monica Ferris characters are excellantly written

I purchased my first Monica Ferris at a libary book sale. After reading it I purchased all the others she wrote and make sure I have gotten each new one published since.

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Still waiting for something to happen

I purchased A Stitch in Time because it is set in the area my mother's family was from. I was bemused by the woodsy small town feel of the setting, While Excelsior (why don't narrators check for local pronunciations) is a small town, it is on the shore of a large lake surrounded by big houses, waterfront businesses, lots of other small towns or villages, and lots of old money. There is very little open space left between the Lake Minnetonka area and Minneapolis and the intervening suburbs. Actually, this story could be set anywhere. A inside joke about hotdish (casserole to much of the country) was the only Minnesota touch I heard in the four hours I listened.

My biggest complaint was that, after 3.5 hours into the story, nothing mysterious had happened. Actually nothing much had happened at all. The potential (and I think eventual) mystery plot line about a tapestry was dropped almost as soon it was mentioned. Instead the listener was treated to a 10 minute internal monologue about the evolution of how Betsy's cat let Betsy know when it was feeding time and a scene at an overly long Christmas party. Neither did anything to move the story forward. Most of the story took place in a needlework shop Betsy inherited from her late sister. The subplot of Betsy having to economize because the business (Crewel World) was unprofitable at the moment was a laugh because Betsy was due to inherit $3 million in a couple of months.

What I really hate are supposedly smart heroes who do stupid things, and Betsy is so stupid she drove off into a raging blizzard to pick up and deliver a needlepoint pillow. Not only that, when her car went off the road in a whiteout, she actually got out and considered walking down the road. There was excuse for such a stupid action, all for the love of needlework. I don't care if Betsy had been living in San Diego, she was from Wisconsin where she would have learned some winter driving and survival smarts.

I have no idea what the crime or mystery in the story was because I just couldn't listen any more. Nothing happened and the narrator grated on my nerves. The writing is fine, it's just that a story should go somewhere before it ends. Maybe if I had been into needlework, I would have stayed the course. But I doubt it.

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Fun story, terrible performance.

This series is a fun set of books but the narrator is terrible. Odd accents on pronouns and very unnatural. It sounds like she’s reading them for the first time instead of telling a story.

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This is the third in the series with the same narrator. The stories are great but the narration is horrible. You need to have some variation in voice to help those listening along to know who is talking when there are so many characters and scattered settings for dialog in the story. I'm just about ready to give up on this and just go buy the books to read.

What didn’t you like about Susan Boyce’s performance?

She doesn't make enough variation in her voice for the different characters and it gets confusing. When I am done with this series (if I finish it) I will be making a mental note of her name and hope to never come across another story narrated by her.

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Great mystery

A stitch in time is an excellent mystery.
A tapestry is uncovered during a church renovation. Betsy & her shop offer to provide materials to restore the tapestry.
Then Betsy's ex comes to town, trying to convince her to take him back.
Not long after an attempt is made on Betsy's life. Now the murder Betsy needs to solve is her own, before her mysterious enemy succeeds for good.

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Twists turns and tapestry

I love a mystery and this book has many twists and turns and is enough different from others. The characters personalities in her series are fun. I love to do handwork and have learned a few new ideas for needlework I will be looking into.