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  • Buttons and Bones

  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Buttons and Bones

By: Monica Ferris
Narrated by: Susan Boyce
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Summary

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 crime.

©2010 Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld; 2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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Not up to usual standards

Mainly because the narrator, usually very competent, did the worst Irish (I think) accent I have ever heard. The story was odd, although, as ever, well researched

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Not very interesting

I've read a few books by this author. This one is really far-fetched: why would a knitting shop owner want to solve a 50 year old mystery and start throwing her weight around (specially of course since I knew the solution immediately)?
The heroine is the usual bossy boots - who interestingly answers her phone while dealing with customers...
Passed the time agreeably enough though - and I learnt what Minne means in Minnesota.

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  • SN Rubin
  • 02-08-13

One of the best Needlecrafts! (And performers)

What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

I'm so glad to be back in Susan Boyce's performance of this series. She is a terrific narrator, and gets characters of all ages, genders, and personalities to come alive. I was disappointed by the few books in the middle of this series that were read by other narrators, but knowing I would get back to her was incentive to keep listening.

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I think this is one of the best of the Needlecraft mysteries. Ferris is good, but she gets a little long-winded in some of her books. This one comes back to crafty, concise writing, with a pretty good balance of needlecraft information (perhaps not quite enough, but pretty good).

This whole series has drawn me back into crochet (with thoughts about some of the other needlework I've done), and there were some intriguing tidbits in this book about patterns that I'd love to see, though she only links to a cross-stitch pattern (not my cup o' tea - I'm a free form crewel work or crochet kind of gal).

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  • Lavinia
  • 05-09-12

Too Sweet

Maybe it's me, but the plot wasn't much and easy to figure out -- the cops looked like idiots -- one major clue was obvious to a middle school kid -- and the soap opera -- which was used to stuff the book -- was repetitive and DULL.

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  • Christy
  • 01-05-15

Thank goodness Susan Boyce is back!

I enjoy this series immensely and am working my way through it, book by book. I sorely missed the voice of Susan Boyce over the last several books and am glad to see she is back.

Although an interest in various types of needlework may seem to make these books more enjoyable, it's not really required. Fun, cozy series. Love the characters and the Minnesota settings.

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  • NYNM
  • 19-04-13

Really annoying children's voice

Slow moving, focus on Minnesota. But the characters of the children, and the narrator's portrayal is so annoying I could hardly listen. Its not "cute" its irritating.

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  • Linda Louise
  • 28-02-13

WONDERFUL MYSTERY

What did you love best about Buttons and Bones?

THE HOOK IS SET WITHIN THE FIRST CHAPTER AND IT ONLY GETS BETTER FROM THERE. A REAL THRILLER.

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A WONDERFUL STORY AND WORTH THE CREDIT.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-22

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Interesting book, ready to read more by this author. I hope they are as interesting as this one was, that is to keep me guessing who done it…

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  • BookDragon88
  • 09-07-22

Enjoyable but predictable

Enjoyed the story. Contained a nice mystery however most of the plot was about Betsy (which I do enjoy).
I felt the ending was poor.
The plot of the mystery started out strong but was a bit lazy, I feel that most readers/ listeners probably guessed the answer about a third of the way through.

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  • Customer
  • 30-04-22

Original plot idea with great story

This probably was my favorite book from the series. It was super interesting about the POW camps in Minnesota I never knew about. Excellent murder plot and unraveling of the truth. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Mary
  • 13-04-22

Leave the children with grandmother

Are Emma Beth and Erry in the entire book? i may not be able to finish this book.

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  • MJG
  • 28-11-21

Susan Boyce

Susan Boyce nailed it once again.. Monica Ferris books are easy to listen to and the stories are good mysteries.