A Murderous Yarn (Needlecraft Mystery)

By Monica Ferris

The paintings of needlecraft calls for persistence, self-discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the paintings of detection. simply ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s studying that existence in a small-town needlecraft store can demonstrate an unforeseen knack for knitting…and a hidden expertise for unraveling crime.

A Murderous Yarn

Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She by no means meant to get so stuck up during this year’s vintage vehicle race. yet as sponsor of 1 of the entrants, she can’t support yet maintain a detailed eye at the outcome—and it’s now not lovely. one of many drivers by no means makes it to the end line. His motor vehicle is located exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her artful neighbors needs to be sure if it used to be an coincidence or the paintings of a jealous competitor. the reply could be in a bit of needlework, yet pinning down a suspect won’t be easy…

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And the stand wasn’t on wheels. Betsy took one finish with either palms, attempted to raise it, and made up our minds the wooden of the body used to be not less than oak, if now not ironwood. The body wasn’t precisely top-heavy, yet with out somebody to regular it on the different finish, it can simply tip over. Betsy’s store used to be comfortable, no longer spacious, and her entrance door was once of a normal measurement. She hadn’t learned there has been so sharp a curve from correct contained in the door to among the white cloth cabinet and the counter. How used to be she to get the lengthy, rigid body and its clumsy burden to the door? through pulling and moving and, at one element, hiking up onto the counter and down the opposite aspect to regulate the perspective of the body. however the door opened inward, and so the body needed to be moved backward back. after which the door has to be propped open—no worker had propitiously became up, of course—and the fight started back. finally Betsy acquired the stand lots of the method out the door and used to be commencing to worry there wasn’t sufficient sidewalk. She used to be pausing to contemplate this new difficulty whilst the cover unexpectedly slid away, like an enormous snake heading for the underbrush. Betsy grabbed for it, then observed it was once being draped over the palms of Mildred Feeney, who was once smiling at her. “If we take the cover off,” she stated, “the stand folds up and we will hold it to the sales space particularly simply. ” “Oh? Oh, sure, I must have considered that,” stated Betsy, blushing at herself for additionally pondering, even for an rapid, that the cover had made an try to break out. whether the body didn’t fold, which it did (the hinges being in actual fact seen as soon as the cover was once off), it's going to were lighter and more uncomplicated to regulate with no all these thick yards of material on it. The bare V, folded, used to be now not challenging to regulate, particularly with Mildred, who was once more desirable than she appeared, assisting. Mildred had already placed a funds field and a huge roll of double tickets within the sales space. After Betsy helped redrape the duvet, Mildred mounted Betsy with a glance. “They’re a greenback apiece,” she stated in her candy yet company old-woman’s voice, “six for 5 money. what number shall I tear off for you? ” Betsy sighed and acquired twenty cash’ worthy, asking in her personal firmest voice for a receipt so she may possibly checklist the cash as a charitable donation. It by no means happened to her that she may win—Betsy by no means received raffles. might be, she mirrored on her long ago into the store, she have been a bit too quickly to vow her sponsorship of Lars and his Steamer. among the components he had needed to order—very dear and one all of the manner from England—and the unusual, additionally pricey, requisites in cylinder and equipment oil and kerosene for the pilot gentle, and the awful mileage it bought on gasoline—plus the access expense for the old vehicle Run and raffle tickets, this used to be transforming into a really dear sponsorship. She used to be additionally starting to remorse that she’d volunteered to aid out on the Run. It was once taking an excessive amount of time clear of the store. and because her volunteer project at the day of the recent London–New Brighton run used to be to list the names of the drivers as they left at the run, after which to aid arrange and serve lunch on the midway cease, she wasn’t even going to get to trip with Lars subsequent Saturday.

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