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I do like this series of books And, yes, I know I ve said the same thing many times before I always feel like I need to get back to my counted cross stitching after I finish one of these.Betsy and her friend Jill discover a skeleton in the root cellar under the cabin Jill and her husband have recently purchased Trying to discover not only who the skeleton was but who killed this person leads the two friends on an interesting part of WWII history I did not know the US held German prisons in I do like this series of books And, yes, I know I ve said the same thing many times before I always feel like I need to get back to my counted cross stitching after I finish one of these.Betsy and her friend Jill discover a skeleton in the root cellar under the cabin Jill and her husband have recently purchased Trying to discover not only who the skeleton was but who killed this person leads the two friends on an interesting part of WWII history I did not know the US held German prisons in POW camps in Minnesota during the war This is a fast read, but then brain based research shows that any time you ve read one book by an author, you will read the author s following works faster because your brain has picked up the idiosyncrasies and patterns that author uses when writing Since I ve read all of Ferris books in this series, I read them fairly quickly now What could be less relaxing than a vacation retreat with no electricity and no running water Finding a 60 year old skeleton hidden in the cellar.Betsy Devonshire is thrilled when her best friend, Jill Larson, purchases a lake side cabin However, Betsy is hesitant to accept an invitation to spend a long weekend at the rustic cabin Betsy definitely does not enjoy primitive living, but she accepts because she doesn t want to disappoint her friend When they discover a skeleton hidden in the cell What could be less relaxing than a vacation retreat with no electricity and no running water Finding a 60 year old skeleton hidden in the cellar.Betsy Devonshire is thrilled when her best friend, Jill Larson, purchases a lake side cabin However, Betsy is hesitant to accept an invitation to spend a long weekend at the rustic cabin Betsy definitely does not enjoy primitive living, but she accepts because she doesn t want to disappoint her friend When they discover a skeleton hidden in the cellar, Betsy is intrigued Who is the skeleton What happened to them Betsy sets out to unravel the mystery.I enjoyed this book I learned quite a bit about World War II in America I loved the fact that Jill s children were featured prominently throughout the book I did find the ending of the book a little flat I am not sure why, but the book left me feeling a bit sad I have read all of the needlecraft mysteries to date and this one was one of the better ones Although I did figure out who the skeleton was about halfway through and before Betsy did and also what had basically happened It was still a good story with most of the usual accompanying characters A small bit of trivia I was checking my list of books read in 2010 and the first one on the list was also by Monica Ferris So, unless I manage to finish my next start before Friday midnight Betsy will I have read all of the needlecraft mysteries to date and this one was one of the better ones Although I did figure out who the skeleton was about halfway through and before Betsy did and also what had basically happened It was still a good story with most of the usual accompanying characters A small bit of trivia I was checking my list of books read in 2010 and the first one on the list was also by Monica Ferris So, unless I manage to finish my next start before Friday midnight Betsy will have been the subject of first and last books of 2010 The Larsons have brought a cabin in Northern Minnesota On a trip there Jill and Lars planned to cleanup the cabin and Betsy went along to hear the loons call The old linoleum floor is removed showing a trapdoor The group found a skeleton that appeared to be murder Jill wants to know who and how skeleton was placed in the cellar Betsy agrees to help in Jill s investigation They soon find that body might be that of a German POW that escape from the concentration camp during World War Two Th The Larsons have brought a cabin in Northern Minnesota On a trip there Jill and Lars planned to cleanup the cabin and Betsy went along to hear the loons call The old linoleum floor is removed showing a trapdoor The group found a skeleton that appeared to be murder Jill wants to know who and how skeleton was placed in the cellar Betsy agrees to help in Jill s investigation They soon find that body might be that of a German POW that escape from the concentration camp during World War Two The ending will surprise you Surprisingly good A strong 3 1 2 stars The mystery is interesting, the research is not given in spurs of infodumps but is an integral and organic part of the story This is a really good one in the series where Monica Ferris succeeded in mixing crafts, plot points and character history together and create something interesting and clever Her secondary new characters she introduces are interesting, clever and not paper thin I m thinking about Peg for instance or Violet Here s hoping this is Surprisingly good A strong 3 1 2 stars The mystery is interesting, the research is not given in spurs of infodumps but is an integral and organic part of the story This is a really good one in the series where Monica Ferris succeeded in mixing crafts, plot points and character history together and create something interesting and clever Her secondary new characters she introduces are interesting, clever and not paper thin I m thinking about Peg for instance or Violet Here s hoping this is a new start for this series because when the author finds a subject she can sink her teeth in she does a wonderful job and creates an interesting and clever cozy mystery like they all should be This was an excellent look into the lives of persons outside the normal daily lives in Minnesota during the Second World War German POW s are billeted in the Mid West during 1944 However, what does that bit of history have to do with a skeleton found beneath a log cabin decades later Since Jill and Lars are the new owners of this log cabin and since Bess is feeling shaken about her new gentlemanit means a mystery to be solved The history was fascinating and taught me about the times prior This was an excellent look into the lives of persons outside the normal daily lives in Minnesota during the Second World War German POW s are billeted in the Mid West during 1944 However, what does that bit of history have to do with a skeleton found beneath a log cabin decades later Since Jill and Lars are the new owners of this log cabin and since Bess is feeling shaken about her new gentlemanit means a mystery to be solved The history was fascinating and taught me about the times prior my birth How much do any of us know about life back then I wonder.Ms Ferris outdid herself My only comment is that I would like to senseease and softening in Bess personal relationships They are always so stilted Perhaps that is the Minnesotan way I shall have to continue to read to see I m surprised that I liked this book considering it s a cold case as I normally don t like cold cases I would have preferreddetails about needlecrafting but I was satisfied with the mystery. A new mystery series for me This one is set in Minnesota and the major character owns a needlework shop, Crewel World It s a well written and paced book that includes a new man in the main character s life, a dark history of the owners of a cabin, and a mystery that takes enough twists and turns without being gory or creepy.A couple buys a cabin in Northern Minnesota and, while remodeling, discover the skeleton of a Nazi prisoner of war buried in the cellar There were German POW camps in Min A new mystery series for me This one is set in Minnesota and the major character owns a needlework shop, Crewel World It s a well written and paced book that includes a new man in the main character s life, a dark history of the owners of a cabin, and a mystery that takes enough twists and turns without being gory or creepy.A couple buys a cabin in Northern Minnesota and, while remodeling, discover the skeleton of a Nazi prisoner of war buried in the cellar There were German POW camps in Minnesota, but how did this young man wind up in the cabin s basement.The unspooling of the story is interesting and takes a few sharp turns Not complex or as fast moving as other series, but certainly a good listening book that keeps your attention I d read others in the series {DOWNLOAD EPUB} ð Buttons and Bones ⛄ A new Needlecraft mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Blackwork Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier the skeleton of a Nazi Betsy s investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades old crimeFree cross stitch pattern included This is the 14th book in the series Betsy heads up to the cabin recently purchased by her friends, Jill and Lars, to help with the initial remodeling efforts With two young children in tow, the trip is an adventure, but turns ghoulish when they discover human remains in a hidden basement, with evidence that the body has been there since the 1940s Jill and Betsy work together to trace back the history of the prior owners of the cabin to see if the body was possibly from a local prisoner of war This is the 14th book in the series Betsy heads up to the cabin recently purchased by her friends, Jill and Lars, to help with the initial remodeling efforts With two young children in tow, the trip is an adventure, but turns ghoulish when they discover human remains in a hidden basement, with evidence that the body has been there since the 1940s Jill and Betsy work together to trace back the history of the prior owners of the cabin to see if the body was possibly from a local prisoner of war camp during WWII, or if there is acomplex explanation for the body Buttons from near the corpse and other clues from the cabin lead them to solve the mystery