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Monica Ferris, born Mary Monica Pulver, is an American author of mystery and thriller books.

Born in Illinois, she attended high school in Milwaukee and worked as a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years–two of which were spent in London.

An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Mary Monica does lectures and signings, with appearances on panels at mystery and science fiction conventions—the likes of Bouchercon, Minicon, Diversicon, Magna Cum Murder, and Malice Domestic.

Her books have appeared on national and local best-seller lists, including USA Today.

A member of Sisters in Crime, which promotes women who write mystery fiction, Mary Monica is also a Lay Eucharistic Visitor and Lector at the Episcopal Church of St. George, Minneapolis.

She loves collecting and wearing ebullient hats.

More about Monica Ferris

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

United States

Pseudonym: Monica Ferris


Needlecraft Mysteries

  1. Crewel World (1999)
  2. Framed in Lace (1999)
  3. A Stitch in Time (2000)
  4. Unraveled Sleeve (2001)
  5. A Murderous Yarn (2002)
  6. Hanging by a Thread (2003)
  7. Cutwork (2003)
  8. Crewel Yule (2004)
  9. Embroidered Truths (2005)
  10. Sins and Needles (2006)
  11. Knitting Bones (2007)
  12. Thai Die (2008)
  13. Blackwork (2009)
  14. Buttons and Bones (2010)
  15. Threadbare (2011)
  16. And Then You Dye (2012)
  17. The Drowning Spool (2014)
  18. Darned if You Do (2015)
  19. Knit Your Own Murder (2016)

Detailed book overview

Needlecraft Mysteries

Crewel World

When Betsy's sister is murdered in her own needlecraft store, Betsy takes over the shop and the investigation.But to find the murderer, she'll have to put together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime...Includes a beautiful embroidery pattern!

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 1999
Ebook: B004DI7I5A
Publisher: Berkley
Framed in Lace

When the historic Hopkins ferry is raised from the lake, a skeleton is discovered. Unfortunately, the only evidence is a piece of lace-like fabric. But once Betsy Devonshire and the patrons of her needlecraft shop lend a hand, they're sure to stitch together the details of this mystery...

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 1999
Ebook: B004DI7IGE
Publisher: Berkley
A Stitch in Time

When a damaged tapestry is discovered in a small-town church closet, needleworkers join to stitch together the clues which lead to a crafty crime.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2000
Ebook: B004ELAAQA
Publisher: Berkley
Unraveled Sleeve

The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting…and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.

Unraveled Sleeve

Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota, as owner of the town’s needlecraft shop. So why is she suffering from terrifying nightmares? She hasn’t a clue—but she thinks maybe it would help to get away for a while.

With her friend Jill in tow, she heads north for a “stitch-in” at a remote, rustic lodge. But her nightmares only get worse—especially after she finds a dead woman no one else had seen.

Then the body disappears—and she knows she won’t get any rest until she untangles the mysterious threads of the crime….

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2001
Ebook: B000PC71XC
Publisher: Berkley
A Murderous Yarn

The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting…and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.

Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year’s antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can’t help but keep a close eye on the outcome—and it’s not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames.

Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won’t be easy…

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2002
Ebook: B000OCXJL6
Publisher: Berkley
Hanging by a Thread

Betsy is still new enough to Excelsior, Minnesota, to not know a scandal when she causes one. So, when she hires Foster Johns to fix her roof, the resulting uproar has her needled.

The whole town has pinned a five-year-old unsolved double murder on him. Betsey believes Johns when he says he isn't guilty. But she'll have to use every stitch of her sleuthing skills to tie up all the loose ends that will prove his innocence once and for all.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2003
Ebook: B001QKSWOO
Publisher: Berkley

After an artisan is murdered at the Excelsior, Minnesota, art fair, everyone is on pins and needles. It's up to needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire to figure out who had designs on the dead designer.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2003
Ebook: B001LQYT68
Publisher: Berkley
Crewel Yule

Part-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire likes to have a hand in anything crafty-from knitting to solving crime. In this latest yarn in the bestselling series, Betsy prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe-and murder.

This year's needlework convention is tragically interrupted when one shop owner tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. Now Betsy, Godwin, and other knitting hands must unravel the clues that will put the killer to rest...for a long winter's night.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1587248542
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
Embroidered Truths

After her friend Godwin has a nasty quarrel with his significant other, John, Betsy Devonshire finds herself with a roommate. But heartbreak turns to grief when Betsy and Godwin discover John dead in his home, and Godwin is arrested for the murder.

Betsy sets out to prove him innocent, and finds that John had some dishonest dealings that made him a lot of money--and a lot of enemies.

Now Betsy has to untangle a cat's cradle of lies if she's going to save Godwin... before the murderer decides to cut off all the loose ends for good.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2005
Ebook: B001LQYT7C
Publisher: Berkley
Sins and Needles

Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire must help clear Jan Henderson's name when her wealthy aunt is found dead, courtesy of a double-zero knitting needle. Just like the kind Jan knits with. And an embroidered map of Lake Minnetonka, found among the aunt's effects, could lead Betsy to a buried treasure-or to a secret that someone would kill to keep buried.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2006
Ebook: B000Q360G4
Publisher: Berkley
Knitting Bones

The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild raised over twenty thousand dollars for charity—but the representative who accepted the check at the annual convention disappeared with it.

It turns out that he’s the husband of the local chapter president, Allie Germaine, who insists on his innocence. But if Bob Germaine didn’t pocket the check, who did? And where is Bob now?

Since needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has broken her leg horseback riding, solving the latest crime will have to be a group project...

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0425223017
Publisher: Berkley
Thai Die

Back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show Betsy, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop, her souvenirs. Later when the souvenirs are stolen from Doris's apartment, Betsy thinks there is something more to some of this exotic embroidery than meets the eye.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2008
Ebook: B0017SUZ9K
Publisher: Berkley

This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on the case spells trouble for the killer.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B002NT3ATY
Publisher: Berkley
Buttons and Bones

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.

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B00466ILB4
Publisher: Berkley

As full-time owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has unraveled more than her share of tangled clues in the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries. But a cryptic embroidered message on a dead woman’s blouse may prove her greatest challenge yet…

When an elderly homeless woman is found dead on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, she’s wearing a blouse embroidered with her will, which bequeaths everything she owns to her niece, Emily Hame—a member of the Monday Bunch at Betsy Devonshire’s Crewel World needlework shop! But Emily’s aunt is the second homeless woman to be found dead in Excelsior, Minnesota.

Is someone targeting the homeless, or is it related to a sizable inheritance? Emily seeks the help of her fellow needlecrafter Betsy to discover the common thread between the deaths—and to determine if a murderer may strike again…

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B005ERIRTU
Publisher: Berkley
And Then You Dye

Betsy is a natural-born yarnsmith—so it’s only fitting that some of her favorite items to stock come from the dye-works of Hailey Brent. But when Hailey is found dead in her workshop, Betsy discovers that there was a lot about Hailey she would have never guessed.

Like her penchant for stealing, her use of dangerous additives to create her so-called all-natural fibers, and a scheming mind that had made her more than one enemy.

Now Betsy must wring the truth from a bevy of colorful suspects. Because what she knows just might mean the difference between living—and dyeing…

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B008JHXNY6
Publisher: Berkley
The Drowning Spool

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn’t hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk’s therapy pool, and Betsy’s sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers—each with a motive for the murder.

It’s up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer, or the wrong man is bound to get pinned for a crime he didn’t commit…

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HSD3I7Y
Publisher: Berkley
Darned if You Do

After a tree falls on Tom Riordan’s house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota—including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch—offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates.

But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property—his cousin Valentina—becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there’s more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer’s identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack …

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00L9AXXBS
Publisher: Berkley
Knit Your Own Murder

The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fund-raising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as the audience bids. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Maddy Hanover—who keels over halfway through the event.

After she is pronounced DOA, an autopsy reveals that Maddy had been poisoned. But how? And by whom? One of the prime suspects is her ruthless business rival Joe Mickels, who lost a bitterly contested property bid to Maddy.

When Mickels pleads his innocence to Betsy, she reluctantly believes him. But if Betsy is going to uncover the real murderer’s identity, she must first untangle the knots Maddy made in her relationships throughout her life…

Author: Monica Ferris
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B00X593GXQ
Publisher: Berkley