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Crime solving is a group project in the latest installment of this USA Today bestselling series. The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity-but they're less pleased when the representative who accepts the check disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy onCrime solving is a group project in the latest installment of this USA Today bestselling series. The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity-but they're less pleased when the representative who accepts the check disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy on pain killers-she can't possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists that he can do the legwork. Little do they know that a man across town has a similar injury-and he too is wondering what happened to that check. Betsy and Godwin have got to figure it out first, or it'll be a bad break for everyone....

Title : Knitting Bones
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ISBN : 9780425217528
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 245 Pages
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Knitting Bones Reviews

  • Grey853
    2019-03-26 13:00

    This was a disappointing book. The main character breaks a leg and is confined through most of it in her apartment. She has her assistant do most of the sleuthing, so there's a lot of repetition. Plus, there are many point of view shifts, which I found annoying.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-24 11:59

    The 11th book in the Needlecraft Mystery series. Betsy and her good friend Jill go out horseback riding and Betsy has an accident landing her in the hospital with a broken leg. When she is released she has to stay off her leg for a few weeks while it heals and Goddy - her good friend and the manager of her store Crewel World - takes over her duties. This means he will have to set up and run the store booth at the Embroiderers Guild Convention in MPLS. When he gets back from the convention he hears that the money raised for the National Heart Coalition went missing - along with the person who received the check for the charity - Bob Germaine. Bob's wife - Allie - is a loyal customer to Betsy's shop and contacts Betsy and Goddy about getting the police to help search for her husband and to clear his name. Betsy is layed up and can't leave her apartment - so Goddy steps up to the plate and plays sluthe on this one. I have to say that I knew who the guilty party was in this almost immediatly. I kept hoping that it would be more complex and that maybe it would not be this simple Point A to Point B as it was. Sadly I was mistaken. I feel like this was an attempt to establish another character and to give Goddy a chance to spread his wings a little bit. I still enjoyed the book - But I would not recommend starting the series here. It was very predicatable. Very. The pattern in the back was for mitered squares. I am ALMOST tempted to keep this one for the pattern. Almost. OH - and on a personal funny - The bar mentioned in here a few times - The Eagle? The leather clad gay bar in MPLS? I used to drink at this bar with the guys when I did security in MPLS many years ago. I can't remember what it was called before it turned into a gay leather bar - but I have a lot of fond memories of the place. :)

  • Heather
    2019-04-13 13:03

    This book took me longer to read than some of the others, but not because it wasn't interesting. It was because I was busy and distracted. It was just as good - maybe better - than some of the others in the series.Unlike some of the other books, the real mystery wasn't who the killer was. It was: What happened? What happened to Bob Germaine? What happened to the check that he'd picked up? How does a conman named Tony Milan fit into all of this?I loved the crow and Sophie just being such a typical cat throughout the scenes with her. Little Emma Beth was such a typical little girl, too. One of my favorite things about this author is that she does an amazing job creating realistic characters. I'm also looking forward to trying out the mitered square pattern in the back of the book.

  • Mayda
    2019-04-26 11:02

    You can plan all you want, but it’s what you can’t plan for that really messes up your life. In this story, Betsy falls off a horse and breaks her leg. Laid up in her apartment, she must rely on Goddy to run her shop, fill in at a convention, and do some amateur sleuthing when funds go missing. But things aren’t all rosy for the thief, either, when he is in a car accident, and loses his memory. While this cozy is not a nail-biting whodunit, it is still quite enjoyable. The eleventh novel in the Needlecraft Mystery series, these characters are like old friends, if you have been reading through the series. It was nice to have a tale that lets Goddy shine, and the discussion in which Betsy and Jill try to enlighten Goddy on sleuthing skills was priceless.

  • Alaine
    2019-04-14 09:01

    Started listening while doing makeup this morning. I'm half an hour in, and I think I know how this ends but I don't want to say in case it's actually correct. So far, I have appreciated the Lantern Moon product placement (blatant and awkwardly thrown in as it was) and kind of rolled my eyes out of my head while listening to graphic descriptions of cattle driving. Cattle driving. Uhhh. I'm not a horsey person. I have nothing against horses but I've also never been on one. Are horsey-cattle people also big into knitting? Is that a thing? If I get get through epic battle scenes in LOTR, I guess I can suffer through a roundup.ETA: No. I got about an hour in when I realized I was so bored that I'd rather do my oceanography homework.

  • Lain
    2019-04-01 12:15

    Ferris just keeps getting better and better. Though I figured out "whodunnit" early on, I still enjoyed the antics of Betsy Devonshire and friends. All the series regulars are back and true to form. Goddy must take over sleuthing and store management duties as Betsy is laid up with a broken leg (and an unusual house guest). He gets off to a slow start investigating a theft from the Embroidery Guild of America but soon gains his sea legs. There's plenty of small-town happenings to keep the reader interested... but where did I miss the disappearance of Betsy's beau? I thought I had read all the previous books, but I must have lost track...

  • Kirsti
    2019-03-31 10:24

    Oh another interesting and unusual twist for this genre! I adored the change up, even though Betsy doesn't get too much of an appearance in this one. There's a cute new animal too, but I won't give that away!This book will probably be my last for a week or two; I thought I owned all of these but there's a few missing from my collection that I'll get in my next book order. Can't recommend this series enough, I'll miss Betsy and Goddy!

  • Erin
    2019-04-15 11:09

    There's "cozy mystery" and then there's "so much a cozy this is absolutely unbelievable and not really a mystery at all." This book was the latter. I've liked the other books in this series cause they are laid-back, gentle reads that don't require too much thought or investment but are still entertaining. This required no thought and wasn't even that entertaining. I'll try again with other books in the series.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    2019-04-25 09:03

    I gave this book 2 stars because the mystery was so easily discoverable that it was almost a joke. I liked the characters to a point but overall it was disappointing.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-14 11:04

    I flirt with this series on and off. I want to really enjoy them because I am a knitter. But honestly I find the main character annoying. The saving grace has always been the supporting characters for me. However, in this book one of those supporting characters that I love, Goddy, takes center stage and does the sleuthing on this one. I liked him better than the actual mystery in this book. Just meh.

  • Karen Machin
    2019-04-26 11:08

    Audiobook: I enjoyed this book. Easy listening and fun

  • Mae Floresca
    2019-03-26 07:06

    I think this has been my favorite in the series so far! I liked Betsy teaching Godwin to investigate.

  • Rhonda Gilliland
    2019-03-26 13:13

    What a great series. I can't even sew on a button and I love all these characters. This had one of the more sinister plot lines and antagonists.

  • Becky Tatar
    2019-04-06 08:58

    How do you solve a mystery when you're laid up with a broken leg? Send out your scouts! Betsy is asked to help find out what happened to a charity check and receiver at an Embroidery Guild convention. Someone else, in severe car accident is trying to figure out the same thing. Goddy and Jill show up, along with Jill's cute little Emma.

  • RebeccaS
    2019-04-22 14:01

    A charity check goes missing and Betty's friend's husband is blamed. But was it really him that accepted the check and disappeared? Betsy is on the case. But is she really? Not this time...instead she's had a horse-riding accident, broke her leg, and is stuck at home. Unfortunately for the reader, this means that we don't get to see her "in action" and sleuthing. What we do get is Godwin sleuthing for her. Which is pretty entertaining, but frustrating as well. (view spoiler)[ Also, in this story you are pretty much told in the beginning who really stole the check and murdered Bob. I don't know if this is typical of this series, but I didn't really like that set up. It frustrates me when the readers know "who-done-it" and have to watch the other characters struggle to figure it out. I would much rather be guessing along with them. However, it was very interesting to follow the villian's life and see into his crazy mind.(hide spoiler)] I also wish we could have more of a glimpse into the main character's personalities and backgrounds. I know this is the 11th book, so maybe for most people its not needed. I just didn't feel any connection with any of the characters (except the villian) and was disappointed. This book did have the hallmarks of a good cozy (overweight lovable cat, mystery involving a personal tragedy, some excentric characters, and the police a step behind, sleuth gets into some danger in the end), however it was just lacking some umph for me. I'm unsure if I will read any others from this series.

  • Mary
    2019-04-07 14:16

    Betsy is convinced by Jill to go horseback riding to help one of her friends exercise her horses. While riding the horse loses its footing and lands on Betsy's leg breaking it. When she is leaving the hospital 4 days later a man is being moved onto her floor. Because of the accident Betsy missed a meeting where a representative of a heart coalition was to receive a check from the needlework group. It seems that this man disappeared. He took the money and just didn't exist anymore. His wife doesn't believe that he did take the money and run, why should he. She comes to Betsy to ask her to help. So this is Goddy's big chance to actually learn how Betsy does her investigations because she has can't do it. She is also convinced to help a crow escape from Minnesota and go to Iowa. All while she recuperates in her apartment. Goddy finds out that there is a man who looks like Germaine, called Stony who is a gay man. This man also works for the same company as Germaine in the mail room, where he was stealing from the people he collected and delivered mail to. They fire him and soon after learn that he has stolen approx $66,000 from them also. Now the feds and the local police are interested in him because of all his misdeeds including killing Germaine. He just doesn't remember killing him because of a car accident he was in. He breaks into Betsy's apartment and holds her hostage, but the crow saves her life.

  • Dina Tanners
    2019-03-27 14:09

    I was disappointed in this book. When I am stressed, I like to read a cozy mystery, if there is some decent character development and holds together well. Earlier books in this series showed potential, but this one seemed like it was written in a rush. I seemed more like a so-so YA novel, especially at the beginning. The protagonist was injured riding a horse in the first few pages, broke her leg, etc. and was unable to work or get around outside of her apartment for the entire book. Other characters who have appeared earlier in the book were also simplistic. Jill, her close friend, had left the police force to be a stay-at-home Mom, very out-of-character from earlier books. Goddy, who had becoming more responsible and mature, sounded more like a young kid again in some ways, the the ways that the male gay characters were described was very stereotyped and shallow.I finished the book to find out what happened, and even that left me wanting. We never found out what happened to the check, and the ending was obvious from early on, but I had hoped for a bit more complication...involvement of someone else trying to set Tony up. I may try another book in the series to see if it returns to the early form.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-22 13:17

    When I need something light, entertaining, and easy, I head for my stash of cozies. Which include the Tea Shop Mysteries, The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and the Needlecraft Mystery series. In this "episode" we find our heroine confined to her upstairs apartment recuperating from severe broken leg and torn tendons. Her assistant shopkeeper Godwin Dulac picks up the role of sleuth and go-between as they look into the disappearance and eventual murder of the President of a local charity. I thought the premise of keeping the heroine - Besty Devonshire - confined for the investigation was a unique plot device. The reader knows who the murder is, knows his motivation, and the reader gets to watch as Betsy and Godwin unravel the mystery. As with many (most?) cozies, the police are portrayed as somewhat inept in their abilities to solve a crime, even as simple as this one. To give the author credit, in this particular story, the cops are not quite as stupid and disbelieving as they have been in the past. Someday I hope to find a cozy where the law enforcement are given more credibility. I recommended this series if you like cross stitch, knitting or similar needlecrafts.

  • Patty
    2019-04-07 13:20

    Betsy is excited about the EGA (Embroiderers Guild of America) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Her small shop Crewel World will be the "shop" for the event. Then she and Jill decided to take a break before the push to the meeting by going horseback riding. The result is a badly broken leg for Betsy when her horse slides down a hill then falls and rolls over her right leg.Godwin gets to go to EGA in Betsy's place and while there watches the banquet when a $24,000 check is given to an executive for American Heart Association raised by the EGA members in Minnesota. When that executive goes missing, along with the check, Betsy promises his wife to do some sleuthing, using Godwin as her eyes, ears and legs.Mix in a little intrigue, an illegal crow (the funniest part of the book) and some sound reasoning by both Betsy and Godwin and you have a great story!This was one of the more fun books in this series. I always enjoy spending time with Betsy and her friends and employees but this one was exceptionally good. I'm behind on this series and so have several others still to read.

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-08 14:11

    I've really been enjoying this series as a light-hearted good read, that often surprise me with the 'whodunnit' or backstory for the crime. So I was really looking forward to another installment in the series and *very* disappointed to say the least in the fact that there was only one 'surprise' in the book and it was revealed in the first half of the book.I love Goddy and Betsy, but I've got to say that I could see everything happening a looooong ways off in this one. I had to force myself to finish the last third of the book, because at that point I could tell you pretty much every detail of how it would end. Spent way too much time 'in' the person of the bad guy, I really didn't care about him at all; and I'm not sure why the author chose to reveal so much so early in the book, but I hope she doesn't do it again.This was a quick, fluff-read, as they all are, but I usually enjoy them thoroughly. I'm a needleworker, and it's neat to see stuff from my hobby peppering the book (and Maru got a great mention!) However, this one seriously fell flat and wasn't worth the time, except to keep up with Betsy & Goddy's history for the next one.

  • Bridget
    2019-04-10 14:09

    This is one of the series of needlecraft mysteries featuring Betsy Devonshire, the owner of Crewel World, in Excelsior, Minnesota. I received this particular title a few years ago for Christmas, and forgot I even had it.In this installment, Betsy is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local businessman who was last seen at a national needleworkers’ convention, accepting a large check resulting from a fundraising idea by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. However, Betsy has suffered a broken leg, so her store manager must follow her instructions/directions to try and track down the solution. These books are not necessarily all that involved or even necessarily realistic. I will admit to liking them for their descriptions of the town of Excelsior, and for some of the “extra” characters introduced in each story. In this particular book, Betsy is also allowing her apartment to be used temporarily to house a wild crow who is being rehabilitated, and moved to another location. This amused me, for whatever reason.In any event, it’s a nice way to spend a few hours of reading, when you are in the mood for something that is neither too involved nor too serious.

  • Claudia Cheyne
    2019-04-03 09:24

    Betsy goes horseback riding with Jill. A fun outing changes life in an instant when Betsy and her horse both take a tumble. Her leg is badly broken as a result of being caught underneath Brown Eyes. After spending time in the hospital, she is sent home to recuperate. That means sitting in her apartment while her body heals.In the meantime, a check for $24,000 has been stolen - money raised by stitchers from the Embroiderers Guild and given to a representative of the Heart Coalition at their annual banquet. The wife of the man who is accused of running off with the money comes to Betsy begging for help to clear her husband's name. Godwin steps in to do the legwork of questioning witnesses and finding clues. I enjoyed the new perspective of someone else doing the sleuthing. This is book #11 in the series, but each plot has been something fresh and different. I never feel as though I'm reading the same book over again - that's why I keep reaching for another as soon as I read the last page.

  • April
    2019-04-02 14:20

    Betsy prepares for the EGA conference in Minneapolis. Crewel World is supplying all the crafting supplies. She goes for a horseback ride with Jill and breaks both lower leg bones and injures tendons, so she is out of commission for the conference. Godwin goes instead. After the conference banquet, a charitable check for $24,000 goes missing as does the man who came to accept the check.Godwin gets a chance to investigate since Betsy cannot leave her apartment. Did the correct person actually pick up the check at the banquet? The reader/listener knows who is responsible from near the beginning of the book but it is interesting how the characters in the book get to the same conclusion. We have little interaction with the local Excelsior police because this was a crime committed in Minneapolis and there is a detective from that police force that gets to meet Betsy and appreciate her investigative skills.

  • Sue
    2019-04-26 10:59

    From the back:The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity-but they're less pleased when the representative who accepts the check disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy on pain killers-she can't possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists that he can do the legwork. Little do they know that a man across town has a similar injury-and he too is wondering what happened to that check. Betsy and Godwin have got to figure it out first, or it'll be a bad break for everyone. Mine:Betsy still has the knack for solving a mystery even though bed-ridden. Goddy takes over as her eyes and ears and learns a lot in the process. The time line is the same as the criminal was in the hospital the same time as Betsy. The crow does put a little dent in the ointment though.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-28 12:01

    Needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire is confined to her apartment with a badly broken leg, so her assistant Godwin goes to a big convention in her place. The association is donating over $20000 to a heart charity, and a charity bigwig makes a speech of acceptance--then vanishes, with the check. His desperate wife seeks Betsy's help, but she must act through Godwin to find out the truth. Meanwhile, a young man named Tony Milan awakes in the hospital with severe injuries from a car crash, including a skull fracture that has taken away all memories of what he was doing the night he got injured.I really didn't enjoy this one, mostly because half the book was from Tony's perspective, and he's just a nasty piece of work and totally predictable. Also predictable was the reason the author had Betsy temporarily shelter an injured crow; I knew the crow was there to play some major part in the denouement. This one was not really a winner for me.

  • Jessi
    2019-04-09 07:21

    It's fluff, pure fluff, but I enjoyed it.Betsy breaks her leg in this one so Godwin takes a little bit more of a role. He's a somewhat one-dimensional "gay bff" character and I wish he were more developed but this is a cozy so what do you expect? It's not about character development, it's more about combining the one element (in this case, crafting) with the mystery. This one starts off with a man being accused of siphoning over $20,000 raised by the Embroidery Guild of America to use for what purposes, no one knows. But then, he turns up dead and there's no way he could have walked off with that check.The interesting point of this book (and I don't think this is a spoiler, because it's rather obvious, but I'll hide it anyway) is that the killer doesn't remember that he committed the crime.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-08 09:55

    The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity-but they're less pleased when the representative who accepts the check disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy on pain killers-she can't possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists that he can do the legwork. Little do they know that a man across town has a similar injury-and he too is wondering what happened to that check. Betsy and Godwin have got to figure it out first, or it'll be a bad break for everyone.This is the continuing story of Betsy Devonshire and her shop Crewel World. While I enjoyed reading this one, I must say that it was not as enjoyable as some of the earlier books. I feel like this one was just a bit off from Monica's normal work.

  • Writerlibrarian
    2019-03-27 13:55

    This is her latest title in the needlepoint series. It came out last December. Her newest one is due next December Thai Die. Betsy Devonshire, the needlepoint store owner/sleuth is barely in this one. She conveniently breaks her ankle or leg can't remember in the first chapter. The weight of the plot is then transferred on Godwin, her trustful friend and employee at the needle shop. It's fun to watch Godwin try to emulate Betsy and Ferris does try to makes this endeavor interesting but with mixed results. The mystery isn't really one, the bad guy is a very bad caricature of the gay man into drugs, party and money. Not her best and it looks like the series has lost its direction somewhat. Can't have the supporting characters do all the work.

  • Julia
    2019-04-12 12:06

    This is book 11 in the Needlecraft Mystery series. I have been trying to read them in order, but had to skip books 9 and 10 because I couldn't find them locally and didn't feel like ordering them online at this time.So, I started in on book 11. So much has happened that I missed. Jill is married, has a 2 year old daughter and has quit the police force!! Godwin's boyfriend has been murdered!! I couldn't believe how fast their stories have moved along.In this one, Betsy is laid up with a broken leg, so Godwin does much of the sleuthing. This was interesting, as the main suspect has amnesia from a car accident, and doesn't remember committing any crime. There was also a subplot involving a crow, which was funny.Fans of the series will enjoy reading this.

  • Paula
    2019-04-17 06:24

    I enjoyed Knitting bones. It's not a great book, but the story line was pleasant. The sections concerning the crow and needle arts interested me more than the actual mystery did. It's hard for me to buy the premise that Betsy is the go to person when a murder is committed. I can't buy that Goddy is Betsy's detective in training. I do admire Goddy's sock making abilities and how he has evolved into an independent man. In Knitting Bones Goddy had to take on Betsy's store operations mostly by himself. It was dificult and a learning experience, but he did fine after the shop lifting incident. Oh and of course the cat was adorable. She did her best to take care of Betsy in Betsy's time of need.