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Publisher's Summary

As owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads together. Just back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show her stitching friends her souvenirs, which include dazzling Thai silk. She also has a small stone Buddha that she agreed to deliver to an antique store in St. Paul. It's wrapped in a dirty rag, which she throws away. When she meets the dealer, he is surprised that she unwrapped it, though relieved the statue's delicate hands aren't damaged.

The next night, Doris' apartment is broken into, then the antique shop owner is found murdered, his shop ransacked, and the Buddha gone. And Betsy starts to wonder about the dingy wrapper she retrieved from the trash.

©2008 Mary Pulver Kuhfeld; 2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Worst narrator ever

This might have been a good book. However, the inflection and emphasis on the wrong words make for a painful listening experience. Also, sometimes she speaks in a low flat voice which seems very odd. The story was okay and could have been better if it had a different narrator.

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Give US SUSAN BOYCE!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would NOT recommend this book ONLY because of the narrator! Where the heck is Susan Boyce! This reader just skims through the text and voices - with very little variation between any of the characters; AND the worse part is, Godwin who should 'get' to show off his personality via his voice - gets no special attention - therefore he sounds no different than the group of women. OMGosh - I enjoy this series; I have most all of them in my library - but this gal has got to go! She should give her wages back!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Interesting premise and the author approached the 'usual' murder in the community from a new angle - which was great! But geez - it gets lost in the narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely. Connie Crawford should go in to another line of work! Narrating a book is not a race; "she who reads it fastest, giving no intonation or character to the voices wins!' I don't think so!

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It should be re-recorded by Susan Boyce and re-released! I hope Monica Ferris has some control over who is the reader for her books. I will look more closely at the narrator for her books from now on before I click 'purchase'!

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Silken Treasures and Drastic Measures

When Doris Valentine returns from her trip to Thailand, the Monday Bunch is thrilled to see the beautiful silk she has purchased in Bangkok. Doris also shows them the Buddha statue that she brought back for a local collector, a rare find she was told, as the Buddha wasn't the normal fat form that everyone was so used to seeing. Little did Doris know that Buddha would put her and her friends in a lot of danger. After delivering the statue to the collector, discarding the old cloth it was wrapped in, Doris' apartment was ransacked . . . and the collector was found murdered. Betsy gets busy trying to help the cops solve the murder . . . but it isn't long until someone else turns up dead . . . and Betsy is scared. Doris and Phil (lovebirds 😍) are as cute as can be together. He does his best to protect her as the killer gets closer and closer. Great installment in the series, with plenty of needlework, friendship and crime solving capers. Excellent conclusion to the murder mystery!

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Slower than the others

I've enjoyed all the stories so far however this one was just not as exciting as the others. Also since the narrators have changed I don't feel that connection w the characters that I did in the first books. The current narrator's voice isn't as distinctive w the characters voices so I'm never really sure who is speaking until a few words have been said. The storyline wasn't bad. It just seemed to have more involvement in the Monday Bunch crew rather than Betty solving the murders. Still worth a listen though.

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Very Pleased

I would listen to more of these books. Takes you right to the end until you find out whodunit. Can't wait for more of this series to become audible.

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Just one quick note

This is a typical, Crewel World mystery--ever growing regular characters, not particularly strong one-time only characters (including the killer) and really interesting information on needlework.

Only complaint? Don't like the reader. Not really sure why. It's mainly her voice for Betsy (our hero)--it's flat and low and not very interesting.

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great story

Loved everything about this book. Interesting storyline. Unexpected twists and turns although left a little of a hole in the end.

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Narrator so poor

The narrator was so poor it was hard to follow the story. All characters sound the same. There is no emotion in the narration. I like these books but if this was my first from this author I would not listen to another.

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This narrator is more suited to V.I.Warshosky than Betsy Devonshire or any character in a cozy mystery. Tone and cadence are too flat/serious for this genre, which made the storyline too dry in otherwise (probably) interesting factual narratives. The series is very likable but I’m hoping for a switch in narrators in upcoming editions. This book seemed, to me, more predictable than most of the previous ones.

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tediously overwritten

oh for a well-crafted cozy mystery. after 30 minutes i was squirming, after 45 i gave up completely on this painfully overwritten and underplotted book...with a gang of five women in a needlework shop, each 'event' is told and retold to the point of wanting a sharp knitting needle at hand to poke the author out of the endless retelling and repeating...good idea, terrible execution. where was the editor????

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