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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 on 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 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.


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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 on 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 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.

30 review for Knitting Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    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. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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 typica 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 hea 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. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    I listened to the audio version of this book. It was typical from this author. Knitting Bones is a light weight but entertaining cozy mystery. Fun to listen to while I'm isolated in my house and doing housework, yard work, etc. I listened to the audio version of this book. It was typical from this author. Knitting Bones is a light weight but entertaining cozy mystery. Fun to listen to while I'm isolated in my house and doing housework, yard work, etc.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    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 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alaine

    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 peopl 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    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 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...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    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! 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hunter Blair

    Could this writer have portrayed a homosexual man in a more offensive light? Like I understand this book was published in 2007 and probably written before that year back when homosexual people didn't have the best rights but COME ON! Betsy's assistant Godwin SCREAMED 'homosexual stereotype' enough to the point I set the book down and didn't pick it up again (except to look at the knitting patterns and recipes, the real reason I'm here). The spoiler alert is only to Godwin as a character, I stoppe Could this writer have portrayed a homosexual man in a more offensive light? Like I understand this book was published in 2007 and probably written before that year back when homosexual people didn't have the best rights but COME ON! Betsy's assistant Godwin SCREAMED 'homosexual stereotype' enough to the point I set the book down and didn't pick it up again (except to look at the knitting patterns and recipes, the real reason I'm here). The spoiler alert is only to Godwin as a character, I stopped reading/listening at Chapter 3 right around the mark when 'his gay-dar beeped' The first sign of trouble was probably when he asked Betsy if she was decent before entering her home and Betsy didn't take it mattered because he was homosexual. Okay, well maybe as a homosexual he didn't want to see a woman's body? Maybe he was just showing respect, she is his BOSS. If you'd cover-up for a heterosexual man why not for a homosexual man? Why the difference? Second, he's exclamation of 'Girl!'... really? All I'm saying about that. But the straw that broke the camel's back was when Godwin said he thought that the HETEROSEXUAL Bob gave him the 'eye' at the banquet and it made his gaydar 'beep'. First of all, homosexual men do not think every heterosexual man wants them and secondly gaydar? Really? I'm done with this book and I don't know if I'll ever pick up another book from the author again!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Knitting Bones by Monica Ferris is the 11th book of the Needlecraft Mystery series set in contemporary small town Excelsior, Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire, owner of needlework store Crewel World, accidentally breaks her leg on a horseback ride with her good friend Jill. Betsy's store manager and right-hand man Godwin "Goddy" DuLac capably steps in to represent the shop at the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) convention. Goddy's in the audience when a representative of the Heart Coalition recei Knitting Bones by Monica Ferris is the 11th book of the Needlecraft Mystery series set in contemporary small town Excelsior, Minnesota. Betsy Devonshire, owner of needlework store Crewel World, accidentally breaks her leg on a horseback ride with her good friend Jill. Betsy's store manager and right-hand man Godwin "Goddy" DuLac capably steps in to represent the shop at the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) convention. Goddy's in the audience when a representative of the Heart Coalition receives a huge donation from the EGA. When the man and the check go missing, Goddy urges Betsy to investigate the case. Betsy can't leave her apartment to ask questions, but he's eager to do so, with her guidance. At first, Goddy makes an understandable beginner's mistake - fitting evidence to a preformed theory. Betsy coaches him to consider all the evidence, not only the evidence that fits a particular suspect. In thriller style, parallel chapters detail the increasing troubles (self-inflicted) of Tony Milan, aka "Stoney". Waking up in the hospital after a car accident, he doesn't have any memory of it. Nor does he recognize clothing and jewelry items in his personal effects bag. Continuing his take-advantage-of-others lifestyle, he creates more trouble for himself, and a trail of clues that trace back to him. In an oddball (yet key) subplot, Betsy assists in smuggling a wounded crow out of state.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hufman

    Easy to read cozy mystery but the 'crime' didn't really work for me. It all centered around a check going to a nonprofit organization. Betsy, the owner of Crewel World, is usually the one to solve the crime, but in this case she's holed up at home with broken bones and it's up to Godwin to do the legwork. Bob Germaine is scheduled to pick up a check at an embroidery convention but both he and the check disappears. There's another character, Tony Milano who is in the hospital at the same time as Easy to read cozy mystery but the 'crime' didn't really work for me. It all centered around a check going to a nonprofit organization. Betsy, the owner of Crewel World, is usually the one to solve the crime, but in this case she's holed up at home with broken bones and it's up to Godwin to do the legwork. Bob Germaine is scheduled to pick up a check at an embroidery convention but both he and the check disappears. There's another character, Tony Milano who is in the hospital at the same time as Betsy who may be involved.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cute and cozy mystery with plenty of references to handcrafted arts. It's also mostly clean with some language, violence and sexual content. Although the story didn't blow me away, some of the more mundane clues came together at the end. I would read more stories in this series when I want an easy read. Cute and cozy mystery with plenty of references to handcrafted arts. It's also mostly clean with some language, violence and sexual content. Although the story didn't blow me away, some of the more mundane clues came together at the end. I would read more stories in this series when I want an easy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Betsy broke her ankle, Goddy has to help her. When the Embroderes Guild raises $24,000 they are proud to present it only to have it taken from them. A guy in an auto accident find the check in his jacket pocket but doesn't know why it is there. Oh, the twists and turns in this story. Another good read! Betsy broke her ankle, Goddy has to help her. When the Embroderes Guild raises $24,000 they are proud to present it only to have it taken from them. A guy in an auto accident find the check in his jacket pocket but doesn't know why it is there. Oh, the twists and turns in this story. Another good read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Parker

    Another excellent mystery in this series. In this case we know the culprit pretty early on, the mystery is whether he'll be discovered and caught. The ending is quite satisfying, and the plot and characters are enjoyable as always. Another excellent mystery in this series. In this case we know the culprit pretty early on, the mystery is whether he'll be discovered and caught. The ending is quite satisfying, and the plot and characters are enjoyable as always.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is a new series to me as it was one of my recycled finds. I love cozy mysteries and it looks like this needle work themed series is a good find. The store owner and the store manager help out the local police department to discover that there are many levels in this crime. Fun characters!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    What am I supposed to find cozy about extraordinary homophobia, bigotry, and misogyny? Fine, from the bad guy, that's one thing, but the main characters? could the portrayal of gay people be more insulting? this was written in 2007 not 1957 What am I supposed to find cozy about extraordinary homophobia, bigotry, and misogyny? Fine, from the bad guy, that's one thing, but the main characters? could the portrayal of gay people be more insulting? this was written in 2007 not 1957

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Gilliland

    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. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mae

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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Machin

    Audiobook: I enjoyed this book. Easy listening and fun

  23. 4 out of 5

    BarbaraH

    Very good Cozy Mystery with lots of twists

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Good plot in this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    And the string of excellent books in this series continues. Somehow the formula has not settled down and become dull after 11 books. Kudos to the author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica L

    Cute story about asking the correct questions at the correct time. It is a reminder that you also need to follow your own instincts on people and situations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Ridgeway

    More murder mystery than knitting references. Mildly entertaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grady Hart

    It was a fun cozy mystery. Enjoying the series. This was a interesting mystery, with some bits of interesting history from world war two.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Good story but may not finish this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Williams Walton

    Although I have figured out her method of writing, I always enjoy reading these books to see if I'm correct. I enjoy needlework and these always suck me in. Although I have figured out her method of writing, I always enjoy reading these books to see if I'm correct. I enjoy needlework and these always suck me in.

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