Framed in Lace is the second of three novels in “Patterns of murder” by Monica Ferris.
From the back:
The historic Hopkins ferry is raised from the bottom of a lake and everyone is stunned when a skeleton is found on board. But the evidence is a bit soggy: the boat sank in 1949, the victim was a woman, and an unidentifiable lacelike fabric was found nearby. Still with a little help from her needlecraft shop patrons, Betsy intends to sew up this mystery…
In small towns are big secrets being kept. In the world of authors, its a well-known fact. Miss Marple lives in St Mary Mead, knows everything about anybody and if the murder happens outside her village she finds a character parallel with one of its residents. Jessica Fletcher is a famous writer who writes and solves crime in Cabot Cove. Betsy Devonshire solves a second murder in Excelior, Minnesota. Somehow, for some weird reason it is accepted that once the main character stumbles upon and solves the murder in its little town village, more murders happen, and off course our main character solves them. Sometimes it’s more trustworthythen other times, but the murders solved by Betsy in Excelsior are as realistic as can be.
Especially because this time the murder happened a long time ago. One of those town secrets come float to the surface, literally. Betsy digs deep to seek the truth when one of her Monday Bunch patrons turns out to be the number one suspect. Needless to say Betsy finds the real culprit and saves the day.
Like I said in my review post about Crewel world: “So when I read the book, I feel a warm welcome in the world Monica created.” So without any delay I’m going to read on in the third one: A stitch in time