Thai Die: A Needlecraft Mystery
by Monica Ferris


Berkley, 2008. ISBN 0-4252-2346-9.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 12/05/2008

Fiction: Mystery

The Monday Bunch needlwork group meets weekly at Betsy Davenport's Crewel World in Excelsior, Minnesota. They are anxious to brighten January's gloom with member Doris Valentine's stories about her recent trip to Thailand. They love the exotic silks, are excited by Doris' gifts of silk threads for each of them and impressed by the statue of Buddha that Doris, as a favor, has brought back for an antique dealer in nearby St. Paul. No one pays much attention to the tatty piece of silk wrapping, but Betsy doesn't throw it away.

Shortly after Doris makes her delivery, the dealer is found dead and the Buddha is not to be found at all. The mystery deepens and focuses on the piece of silk that Betsy rescued. Now Betsy, with some help for Sergeant Mike Malloy, uses her sleuthing skills to unravel the mystery.

This is the twelfth in Monica Ferris's series featuring the adventures of Betsy and the stitching gang at the shop. The book is well-crafted. As the plot unfolds, the reader can work alongside Betsy. All the clues are there for solving the mystery. Ferris has a great sense of place—she captures the Minnesota winter so realistically that the reader may find herself reaching for a sweater and a steamy cup of tea. While the emphasis on stitching will make this book especially interesting to those who share the hobby, it should also appeal to the general reader.


Monica Ferris (the pen name of Mary Monica Purvis) lives and writes in Minnesota the setting for her stitchery mystery series. A one-time journalist in the United States Navy, she began writing mystery stories in 1983. She has written many short mysteries and several series under various pseudonyms. She writes regularly in Killer Hobbies, a joint blog of seven hobby mystery writers. You can learn more about her and her diverse writing on her website.

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