It seems that the books I chose this month were a bit longer, so there are fewer titles. Still, it was a good month for reading, since it’s too cold to do much else!
A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
Needlecraft Mysteries, Book 5
Betsy’s friend Jill is upset when her boyfriend Lars invests in an antique car. It’s an expensive and time-consuming hobby, but Betsy is intrigued by the Stanley Steamer, and decides to sponsor him in a local race and volunteers to help out. But her excitement is dampened when one of the racers is found dead under his car and the death is ruled a homicide. Betsy is again pulled into helping solve the crime. There are a couple of secondary plot lines that don’t seem to go anywhere, and I’m wondering if they’ll be dealt with in later books. The bulk of Betsy’s time is spent away from the Crewel World needlework shop. The murder, of course, is solved and the answer was a surprise. I’ll be curious to see if the hint of a romance for Betsy is developed in the next book.
Dial E for Endearment by Heidi Gray McGill
Inspirational Romance author Heidi Gray McGill was my guest here on the blog a few weeks ago. This book is about Cam, a busy but lonely businessman. He’s in a job he doesn’t enjoy to please his dad, and he’s shy. He loves to listen to Everly, the radio host on WJOY. Everly’s show offers advice for singles, even though she’s never been in a romantic relationship. She had a dysfunctional relationship mom who never seemed to pay much attention to her. When Cam and Everly finally meet, they discover they have a lot in common, but they have to work through their inner conflicts. I enjoyed reading this story and will look for more by this author!
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Needlework Mystery, Book 6
In this installment, Betsy is drawn into an unsolved murder from several years before. Now that she owns the building that houses her business as well as several apartments, she hires a contractor to make repairs to the roof. Foster Johns, the contractor she hires to get the work done, seems like a pleasant man, but the town suspects him of a murder that happened several years before. Betsy and one of the Monday Bunch aren’t so quick to believe the rumors, and before long Betsy is involved in finding out the truth. Since the town is divided on Foster’s guilt, she has a tough time digging for clues, especially since the murder weapon was never found. Other than the two chapters full of ghost stories that don’t seem to connect in any way to the story (the mystery takes place in October), this was a fun read.