And Then You Dye: 10/31/16
And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris is the sixteenth of the Needlecraft mysteries. Betsy hosts a class on dying yarn. What initially sounds like good natured ribbing between like minded attendees turns angry. Shortly after the class the teacher is found murdered in her home.
Many of the recent books have been set outside of Excelsior but this one is back to the series's roots, literally and figuratively. Much of the plot hinges on the sorts of materials the deceased was using for her dyes, including the accusation that she was steeling them from friends and neighbors.
The book also has one of the longest running red herrings I've seen in a mystery. Since I've managed to figure out other plots in this series fairly quickly I just went with the herring and took it as "obvious plot is obvious." Until it wasn't and that was a nice surprise.