Spring in Minnesota is good for Betsy Devonshire, owner of needlecraft shop Crewel World (Crewel Yule, 2004, etc.), until her manager and friend is accused of murder.
Godwin Du Lac’s been staying with Betsy since his lover, attorney John Nye, unexpectedly threw him out upon their return from a Mexico City vacation. When Goddy and Betsy find Nye’s body, some valuables are missing. But the police arrest Goddy when they discover two wills. The unsigned second will cuts Goddy out of a substantial sum. Yes, Goddy was out of the house that night, but Betsy, who has a knack for sleuthing, knows he’s incapable of murder, and she’s happy when many of their customers pitch in to keep things going so that she can help prove his innocence. Betsy hires a topnotch lawyer and gets unexpected help when Susan Lavery, a customer who works for John’s firm, offers to root around for possible lawyerly suspects. Meanwhile, John’s brother has found that John had a false identity set up and an awful lot of money that couldn’t have come from his day job. Susan narrowly escapes with her life when she’s attacked and dumped in a car trunk. But it’s Betsy who puts together the clues to the killer’s identity.
A lighthearted tale with no real sense of danger, unless you prick yourself working the included needlework pattern.