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The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft mystery series returns to pick up another deadly stitchincludes a free needlepoint pattern! As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities, The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft mystery series returns to pick up another deadly stitch�includes a free needlepoint pattern! As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities, Betsy fears something is seriously warped.


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The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft mystery series returns to pick up another deadly stitchincludes a free needlepoint pattern! As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities, The USA Today bestselling Needlecraft mystery series returns to pick up another deadly stitch�includes a free needlepoint pattern! As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads. But when one of her regulars unwittingly becomes involved in a deadly delivery of exotic antiquities, Betsy fears something is seriously warped.

30 review for Thai Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another fun mystery. When one of the Monday Brunch (Doris Valentine) comes back from a month in Thailand, everyone can't wait to see what she brought back. At the very bottom of her suitcase is a box containing a small Buddha statue that she brought back to America for someone she met in Thailand. She has to bring to an Antique Dealer in St. Paul - but is convinced to show it to everyone at the Needlework show before she delivers it. The next day she delivers the Buddha statue - and then the Another fun mystery. When one of the Monday Brunch (Doris Valentine) comes back from a month in Thailand, everyone can't wait to see what she brought back. At the very bottom of her suitcase is a box containing a small Buddha statue that she brought back to America for someone she met in Thailand. She has to bring to an Antique Dealer in St. Paul - but is convinced to show it to everyone at the Needlework show before she delivers it. The next day she delivers the Buddha statue - and then the weird things start to happen. Her apartment is broken into and trashed. The police seem very interested in her activities in Thailand and wonder what she did over there. When the Antique Dealer she delivered the statue to turns up dead - Doris can't help wonder if she will be next. I really enjoy these mysteries. They are so clean they squeek - I don't think there is a single cuss word in them. The value's are very small town MN. Maybe they hit my nostalgia button. I don't know. But there is some chemistry here that really pleases me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    The blurb on the book actually spoilt the plot on this one, but it's not as if anyone who is familiar with the series - or with reading cozies - isn't going to figure it out right off the bat. This one was a bit more convoluted, with people running helter and skelter like a pod of skitterish red herrings that they were. What I liked in this episode (following right on the heels of reading #11) was the author removed Godwin (aka "Goddy) completely from the plot by sending him off to Florida The blurb on the book actually spoilt the plot on this one, but it's not as if anyone who is familiar with the series - or with reading cozies - isn't going to figure it out right off the bat. This one was a bit more convoluted, with people running helter and skelter like a pod of skitterish red herrings that they were. What I liked in this episode (following right on the heels of reading #11) was the author removed Godwin (aka "Goddy) completely from the plot by sending him off to Florida creating a nice mix-up of different characters. And, another kudos to the author for not portraying the police to be inept. I recommended this series if you like cross stitch, knitting or similar needlecrafts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane Wetzel

    It was enjoyable though not riveting. Sometimes I want that--not to be anxious or on the edge. There is a little bit about Thailand and I always love the mental pictures and good feelings induced by such words as silk, yarn, needlework, fabric, thread and deep, vibrant colors. When not into a "deep" book, it's nice to hear or read a light mystery with nice people. And aren't needle crafters nice people!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series can be very hit or miss for me. This one was a little in the middle and had it's ups and downs. I enjoyed the premise of Doris bringing back a statue for someone and possibly being caught up in an artifact smuggling rings. I enjoyed learning more about her (though her reasons for going to Thailand did make me a little sad). Betsy did a great job putting together very disjointed and confusing pieces. However, I personally felt like there were too many people and subsequently too many This series can be very hit or miss for me. This one was a little in the middle and had it's ups and downs. I enjoyed the premise of Doris bringing back a statue for someone and possibly being caught up in an artifact smuggling rings. I enjoyed learning more about her (though her reasons for going to Thailand did make me a little sad). Betsy did a great job putting together very disjointed and confusing pieces. However, I personally felt like there were too many people and subsequently too many deaths involved. It was hard at one point to keep all the different people straight, which made it hard to really understand the whole picture. I also really miss Jill and wish she was in this novel more (she and Goddy are my favorites). I will say, I was very surprised by the ending and the identity of the culprit. Very smart of Betsy to figure that out again with very little to go on and lots of international danger.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    A quick read. Interesting storyline. Smuggling of ancient artifacts. It seemed like Betsy wasn't in this enough. Don't know why, because she was in the story. Not much information about needlework in this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Very enjoyable series! One of the best yet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    When Betsy's friend Doris arrives back from a trip to Thailand, no one would expect the horrible things to come. Doris' apartment is trashed, the antique storeowner is murdered and all because Doris brought back some budda statue? No, there's more to the story. As Betsy digs deeper into the story, the dirty rag that covered the budda statue becomes more and more popular until Betsy discovers that the dirty rag is actually an important silk artifact from the Han Dynasty and worth a lot of money. When Betsy's friend Doris arrives back from a trip to Thailand, no one would expect the horrible things to come. Doris' apartment is trashed, the antique storeowner is murdered and all because Doris brought back some budda statue? No, there's more to the story. As Betsy digs deeper into the story, the dirty rag that covered the budda statue becomes more and more popular until Betsy discovers that the dirty rag is actually an important silk artifact from the Han Dynasty and worth a lot of money. Again, with this author! I didn't figure out who did it until she exposed the murderer in the story. This lady sure knows how to write a good mystery!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hearn

    I always enjoy the Crewel World stories, being a stitcher myself. This one had an interesting premise (although I figured it out immediately) about the theft and resale of art works. It was, of necessity, a bit simplistic, i.e., really not enough detail about the theft and the massive market for looted items that exists, and a few loose ends that needed tying up, but on the whole, it was a pleasant and easy read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I enjoy Monica Ferris' needlecraft mysteries, but I found this one a bit of an outlier. Her usual plot involves middle-American crimes and low-key sleuthing. Here, there was a constant stream of murders, assaults, international intrigue, dramatic suspense, and violence. There was almost no mention of the usual characters that populate Betsy's world. Although it was set partly in Excelsior, it seemed as if Betsy had been dropped into a John D. Macdonald mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Cheyne

    Doris Valentine, a member of The Monday Bunch, returns from a trip to Thailand bearing souvenirs and a small statue of Buddha she agreed to deliver to an antiques dealer in St. Paul. Once the exchange is made the store owner is murdered. This book is filled with events involving guns and more murders that take place in other jurisdictions. There are plenty of suspects but when it appears that an international crime ring is responsible Betsy acknowledges that she is in over her head. I liked all Doris Valentine, a member of The Monday Bunch, returns from a trip to Thailand bearing souvenirs and a small statue of Buddha she agreed to deliver to an antiques dealer in St. Paul. Once the exchange is made the store owner is murdered. This book is filled with events involving guns and more murders that take place in other jurisdictions. There are plenty of suspects but when it appears that an international crime ring is responsible Betsy acknowledges that she is in over her head. I liked all the action - for example when a snowstorm makes the group seek shelter at a B&B and Doris is threatened at gun point, or the final scene which includes Lars antique Stanley Steamer car. Another excellent book in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eureka-Gardener

    A nice cozy mystery and a quick read. I enjoy this series partly because it is set in Minnesota. At one point some of the characters drive down to Amboy MN and drive down Hwy. 169, a road I often drive down as far as St. Peter. It was surprising to find that the restaurant they visit, The Amboy Cottage Café, actually exists.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Terri Hendricks

    I enjoy this series because of my love of needlework and my interest in cute mysteries, especially those in a series. Sometimes I have been able to figure out "who dunnit", but this one kept me guessing until nearly the end of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fashion Footing

    Definitely a little slow to start. I bought this during a $1 book sale so I hadn’t previously read any in the series. Ultimately, I was interested enough to keep reading and finish the book and didn’t entirely guess the ending too soon, and it’s always nice to be surprised.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimber

    Good series. But I didn’t like this book so much. Maybe it was the actor reading it. The main character was Whitney and sort of uninformed. Anyway. Mostly I didn’t like the ending. I don’t want to give anything away.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Love her series. Easy reading mystery. Love that it centers around a yarn shop, since I do most of the things that she sells in her shop.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    another great cozy story from Monica Ferris, I love these stories for an easy read and the crafts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    DeeAnn Jeschke

    Fun little mysteries and I usually learn something interesting about the fiber arts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What a terrific page turner. Can't go wrong.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    One of the better novels in the series so far.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Cozy and interesting, well narrated.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This one was really good!! Suspenseful and full of some textile culture history. Fascinating!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johnna

    Always an entertaining read....every title in this series

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joan Bennett

    Good in audio form to listen to while stitching. These books are best suited to people doing needlecraft and fibre arts. Very clever mystery series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Maclellan

    Nice cozy mystery but a little too easy to figure out who did it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    It was ok. Seemed a little far fetched.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This one wasn't nearly as enjoyable as #5, but the series is still enjoyable and light enough for audio books to ease my mind during a busy tax season.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Hagen

    Thai Die, by Monica Ferris, b-plus, narrated by narrated by Connie Crawford, produced by BBC-America Audio, downloaded from audible.com. This is part of the Needlecraft Series involving Betsy Devonshire, owner of a yarn shop in Wayzata, (a suburb of Minneapolis. The shop is called Crewel World, and a group of women meet there every Monday night to knit and learn about new patterns together. This week they had a special meeting because Doris Valentine, one of their members, had just returned from Thai Die, by Monica Ferris, b-plus, narrated by narrated by Connie Crawford, produced by BBC-America Audio, downloaded from audible.com. This is part of the Needlecraft Series involving Betsy Devonshire, owner of a yarn shop in Wayzata, (a suburb of Minneapolis. The shop is called Crewel World, and a group of women meet there every Monday night to knit and learn about new patterns together. This week they had a special meeting because Doris Valentine, one of their members, had just returned from Thailand. Doris showed off the beautiful silks she had bought in Thailand, and also unwrapped a stone Buddha that she had been asked to bring back and give to an antique shop owner in St. Paul. The next day Doris took the statute to St. Paul, but the store owner seemed very upset that the box had been opened. He was even more upset when he found out that Doris had unwrapped the statute from “the dirty rag” it was wrapped in. The next day, Doris’ apartment was ransacked, and the antique store owner was murdered. A couple more people connected with bringing art from Thailand were killed as well. Betsy had saved the rag when Doris wanted to throw it out, and she became convinced that it might be a rare silk embroidery illegally removed from China. But who is behind the killings, and who is trying to get the embroidery, and was it really an antique? This is definitely a cozy. The narrator has by now learned to pronounce Wayzata, (wyzetta, with a long I on the Y). This book was a comfort read. The murderer was fairly obvious at least to me early on. I have some credibility gaps picturing Betsy as a sleuth that even the police pay attention to, but it was a nice pleasant read. I like these books partly because they are about Minneapolis and the mentioned landmarks are familiar.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Betsy and the Crewel World employees, once again, amidst amazing needlework, stumble on a murder ...but this one crosses continents and centuries!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cullen

    Needlecraft store owner and amateur sleuth Betsy Devonshire's friend returns from Thailand with lots of souvenirs plus a favor from a silk factory owner to carry an antique home to an antique shop. But when the antique dealer is murdered and Doris becomes a target too, Betsy starts investigating into the world of ancient art. I really enjoy the Needlecraft mystery series. Great stories and a great heroine with a supporting cast that I feel I am friends with!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Betsy Devonshire owns the needlework shop Crewel World, and solves murders on the side. Her friend and tenant Doris has just returned from Thailand laden with souvenirs, and a statue she's delivering for an exporter she met in Bangkok. She's not supposed to open the box, but her friends insist, and they find a beautiful Buddha statue wrapped in an old rag that Doris tosses away. Betsy retrieves it because of the interesting embroidery. After Doris delivers the statue to an antique shop, the Betsy Devonshire owns the needlework shop Crewel World, and solves murders on the side. Her friend and tenant Doris has just returned from Thailand laden with souvenirs, and a statue she's delivering for an exporter she met in Bangkok. She's not supposed to open the box, but her friends insist, and they find a beautiful Buddha statue wrapped in an old rag that Doris tosses away. Betsy retrieves it because of the interesting embroidery. After Doris delivers the statue to an antique shop, the owner is murdered, and Doris' apartment is ravaged in what looks like a frantic search. And that's just the start. What is the murderer really after? I liked this one better than others in the series--it has fewer unrelated meanderings, and I can see where people interested in needlework would appreciate the ones that remain--mostly talking about/infodumping on stitching of various kinds, as well as silk old and new and the import/export business. Ferris does tend to teach a bit too much (see infodumping above), but it's interesting, anyway, and this one had lots of action as well. I also like that Betsy, unlike 95% of other amateur literary detectives, is not at odds with the local police. This one's a winner for me.

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