• Blackwork

  • A Needlecraft Mystery
  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There's a witch running loose in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is… beer. Actually, Leona Cunningham, co-owner of The Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca, the nature-based religion that many mistakenly believe to be sorcery or black magic. But that doesn't bother the thirsty crowds - or the Halloween Committee members who have fallen under the spell of Leona's tasty ales.

Then, after one too many pints, local alcohol aficionado Ryan McMurphy accuses Leona of being a real witch, blaming her for the series of accidents that have happened throughout town. When Ryan ends up dead, without a mark on his body, Leona is not only the target of a witch hunt but also the prime suspect. But with Betsy on the case, the murderer doesn't have a ghost of a chance of getting away with it….

Sew much more: listen to another Needlecraft Mystery.
©2009 Mary Monica Kuhfeld (P)2011 AudioGo

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Charming "Who Done It?"

These are all good 'three stars.' If a change from teeth grinding suspense and gory descriptions of macabre emotional mayhem are what you seek perhaps a small town 'murder ' may be in order. This is an amusing tale of committee meetings, grudges, brewing beer, needlework and knitting. And a death from maybe natural causes. The sort of story you can put down for a while, and happily return to again and listen some more.

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Halloween Cozy

Blackwork was the first book I read in the Needlecraft Series by Monica Ferris and I really enjoyed the story and the narrator. I like cozy mysteries but have trouble finding ones I like the narrator on. This was not only an interesting plot but the narrator was easy to listen to. I know this is not the first book in the series but I wanted a Halloween themed cozy since this is October. If you enjoy cozy mysteries and want a light easy listen with a Halloween theme then try this book. I will be listening to more of this series I just wish Audible had them all.

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Ugh witchcraft

I just can’t stand witchcraft!
This book is full of it and I was very dissatisfied to find it out

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Love this mystery series

So glad Susan Boyce was back to narrating she does a great job at bringing the characters to life

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Excellent light fare for needlework lovers

Decent story, a little too obvious of a plot, but I still really enjoyed it although it seems an odd way to commit murder it was at least original (at least I have never seen the use of dry ice in a murder). I stitched whilst listening, it was a perfect pastime together, I loved every minute of it.

The writer knows a fair bit about needlepoint/cross stitch, but I don't think she stitches as there are mistakes an experienced needleworker wouldn't make.

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Enjoyable, easy listening

This is an enjoyable story with interesting characters. The mystery unfolds well. I had missed this narrator and glad she is back! The way she narrates each character is how I have come to recognize them. So I prefer her narration over anyone else's. Easy listening and cozy atmosphere, what I have come to like about the Needlework Mysteries!

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Hooray- much better narrator

Amazing how the storytellers voice affects the Story. Engaging plot, interesting information about beer making and needlework.

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Blackwork

This book was interesting and had quite a few twists and turns in the story that kept me on my toes!

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Susan Boyce is the very best narrator for the Monica Ferris series. She can change her voice so well that each character comes to life on his/her own. Betsy's voice comes across as softer than when Connie Crawford does the narrative.
This story, like all of them, is a great tale and mystery. I have enjoyed all of them.

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solved

I figured put the method of the murder when the first clue was mentioned. sadly not the perpetrator. Enjoyed this book.

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  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • 02-20-22

another fantastic story 👏

could not stop listening to the book loved it so much next one please