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Hanging by a Thread: 12/14/15
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris is the sixth book in the Needlecraft mystery series. Betsy's roof needs repair and she hires a man embroiled in town-wide scandal. They believe he killed his lover and her husband. Betsy decides to look into the validity of those rumors so that he can get on with his life.
The other possibility in the mystery is murder suicide. The dead husband had a reputation for being jealous and clingy. But the husband had a perfect alibi for the wife's murder, corroborated by the rain that night. Meanwhile, the roofer also had an alibi for the husband's murder.
This mystery was one I had the right experience going into the book to figure out the logistics of the murders. None the less, Betsy and the other characters are well rounded and interesting enough to still make it a fun read.
I also appreciate that this series mixes up present day cases with cold cases. Often in these cozies, where early on a book comes out every six months to a year, it becomes increasingly hard to believe that the main character would be surrounded by this much homicide, especially if he or she isn't an officer of the law.