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(Novella, 30k words – Crime/psychological) Over fifty years ago Miss Serena Pitts founded The Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild in the town of Pitts Crossing, Massachusetts. Members got together every week to share cookies and gossip while they did their needlework and discussed the latest murder mysteries. But when an unscrupulous lothario starts seducing and fleec (Novella, 30k words – Crime/psychological) Over fifty years ago Miss Serena Pitts founded The Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild in the town of Pitts Crossing, Massachusetts. Members got together every week to share cookies and gossip while they did their needlework and discussed the latest murder mysteries. But when an unscrupulous lothario starts seducing and fleecing some of its members, the guild begins falling apart. That is until retired teacher, Miss Cecelia McGill, decides this cannot go on. With a blend of small town charm, dark comedy, and psychological suspense, Kathleen Valentine has created a "whydunnit" featuring a heroine readers will find hard to forget.


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(Novella, 30k words – Crime/psychological) Over fifty years ago Miss Serena Pitts founded The Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild in the town of Pitts Crossing, Massachusetts. Members got together every week to share cookies and gossip while they did their needlework and discussed the latest murder mysteries. But when an unscrupulous lothario starts seducing and fleec (Novella, 30k words – Crime/psychological) Over fifty years ago Miss Serena Pitts founded The Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild in the town of Pitts Crossing, Massachusetts. Members got together every week to share cookies and gossip while they did their needlework and discussed the latest murder mysteries. But when an unscrupulous lothario starts seducing and fleecing some of its members, the guild begins falling apart. That is until retired teacher, Miss Cecelia McGill, decides this cannot go on. With a blend of small town charm, dark comedy, and psychological suspense, Kathleen Valentine has created a "whydunnit" featuring a heroine readers will find hard to forget.

32 review for The Monday Night Needlework & Murder Guild

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Oleksiw

    The Monday Night Needlework and Mystery Guild brings together a disparate group of women in a small town who share gossip, food, and needlework projects. When the women get together they talk about their lives and the lives of others, and of course the subject of men comes up. The prologue promises a murder and is clear about where the body is buried, so I began reading expecting a standard mystery, but that's not what this is. After a few pages I settled into the story told by Cece, a retired s The Monday Night Needlework and Mystery Guild brings together a disparate group of women in a small town who share gossip, food, and needlework projects. When the women get together they talk about their lives and the lives of others, and of course the subject of men comes up. The prologue promises a murder and is clear about where the body is buried, so I began reading expecting a standard mystery, but that's not what this is. After a few pages I settled into the story told by Cece, a retired school teacher who manages to get her various former students to fix her old house as needed. We come to know the other women in the group, and the man who deceives them. I came to love reading about the women's lives and troubles, and forgot this was a murder mystery. The murder and mystery part of it is handled beautifully. Valentine knows how to drop in clues and bring them back at the crucial moment. She surprised me several times. This book is carefully plotted and well thought out. There are no loose ends here hidden by superficial complications. Some readers might want the mystery to move along faster, but the stories of the individual women are important to the mystery as well as sheer enjoyment to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Nachlinger

    When I read the title - THE MONDAY NIGHT NEEDLEWORK AND MURDER GUILD - I knew I had to read this book. I expected it would be about a bunch of women who gather on Monday evenings to do needlework (they do) and solve murders (they don't.) Instead, this is the story of one of the guild members who is a murderer herself. In the book's opening, Miss Cecelia McGill reveals that she has murdered someone. The recently retired school teacher narrates the story of how she does what it takes to protect the When I read the title - THE MONDAY NIGHT NEEDLEWORK AND MURDER GUILD - I knew I had to read this book. I expected it would be about a bunch of women who gather on Monday evenings to do needlework (they do) and solve murders (they don't.) Instead, this is the story of one of the guild members who is a murderer herself. In the book's opening, Miss Cecelia McGill reveals that she has murdered someone. The recently retired school teacher narrates the story of how she does what it takes to protect the guild members from a predatory male, out to separate them from their money. But why would she resort to murder? Miss Cecelia is such a rich character. Although she has cultivated her image to be that of a stereotypical maiden-lady school teacher, her wild past would surprise her students. A child of the Sixties, she spent those years as a pot-smoking, sexually active woman, rebelling against her parents' beliefs. But one rowdy evening the party got out of hand, and the actions of one man changed her life. Kathleen Valentine's humor is sprinkled throughout the story, adding just the right amount of spice to the personalities of Miss Cecelia and her friends. I like these women and wish I could meet them! If you read THE MONDAY NIGHT NEEDLEWORK AND MURDER GUILD, I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    3.5/5 Stars For the most part, I absolutely love Kathleen Valentine novellas. Although this one was marked with Kathleen's traditional quality of writing, I couldn't connect with any of the characters and found that the problem continued as I delved deeper into it. 3.5/5 Stars For the most part, I absolutely love Kathleen Valentine novellas. Although this one was marked with Kathleen's traditional quality of writing, I couldn't connect with any of the characters and found that the problem continued as I delved deeper into it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Deckert

    Not a mystery, because you know from the start whodunnit, and yet this story kept me enthralled as I grew to know Cece, who sees her close friends suffer at the hands of a charming con man, and does what she knows must be done. Funny and charming.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    I love all of her books...and her short stories are so entertaining!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Karen Valentine weaves another engrossing tale. My only complaint was that it was to short.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    This story was all over the place - gossip galore! Scattered writing as if the writing process was trying to get the reader to follow a train of thought but it was a jumbled mess for me and way too many characters to keep track of - wasn't the story I thought I was in for. Disappointed but will check out her other books since 2 out of 3 are good so far! This story was all over the place - gossip galore! Scattered writing as if the writing process was trying to get the reader to follow a train of thought but it was a jumbled mess for me and way too many characters to keep track of - wasn't the story I thought I was in for. Disappointed but will check out her other books since 2 out of 3 are good so far!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Pennington

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tay

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Kellogg

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth Carpenter

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Foote

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betsy the Quilter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edwina

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fairlee Corkran

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samuelhard

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim Singdahlsen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paula A Chase

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Pace

  31. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Webster

  32. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

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