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    Framed in lace by Monica Ferris The Sunday Salon June 6, 2010

    June 6th, 2010

    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


    The Alvena hat

    May 31st, 2010

    I knitted this pink hat for my Second Life friend Miss Alvena Weezles. She lives in New Zealand so this hat is going al the way across the globe. It’s winter on her side of the earth now, lets hope it will travel fast.

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    Queensday loot

    May 1st, 2010


    I blame Carin:)

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    Hanami 2010

    April 18th, 2010
    Finally my pictures from the Hanami we had last week Sunday. I’m a lazy blogger today, you can read all about it at Gnoe’s blog (in English) and at Bento_Babes blog in Dutch. :)

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    Crewel World by Monica Ferris The Sunday Salon April 11, 2010

    April 11th, 2010

    Crewel world is the first of three novels in “Patterns of murder” by Monica Ferris.

    From the back:
    When Betsy arrives in Excelsior, Minnesota, she winds up setting in – and taking a new job at her sister Margot’s needlework shop. It seems things are finally going her way – until Margot is murdered. In a town this friendly, no one seems like they could have done something so horrible. But Betsy isn’t going to rest until she finds her sister’s killer…

    This is one of those books you start to read and keep reading until you finished it. Totally different from the steampunk/werewolf/vampire books I’ve been reading lately. Also a third time re-read, so I already know “who did it” and why. So why read it again? Well for starters, its nice and cosy and about yarn, cross stitch and needlework, all things I like and make me happy. I want to work in Crewel World, Margot’s (and later Betsy’s) shop, heck I want to OWN it, even though I know nothing about being a shop owner.  But then again, neither did Betsy when Margot was dead and she inherited the shop, and it’s colourful staff. But lets not forget the Monday Bunch either. A sort of Stitch and Bitch without calling it SnB :) So when I read the book, I feel a warm welcome in the world Monica created.

    The second reason is because its a Mystery with a clever plot and an acceptable motive for the killer. Don’t get me wrong: there is not one motive that justifies murder, but in my books I want a believable, acceptable motive. Monica Ferris gave that to me.

    Last, but not least, since I have read the whole series (or at least the ten books that are on my shelves) I like to start over again, and grow with Betsy in her role as needle shop owner and amateur sleuth. In books that’s possible, relive the life of your heroine again. That’s part of why I like reading so much.

    I’m halfway the second novel in this volume: Framed in Lace. I expect it to have a review here soon, maybe at the next Sunday Salon