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BOOK REVIEW: THAI DIE
BY MONICA FERRIS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



In Thai Die, the twelfth book in this wildly popular needlecraft series, readers are treated not only to an outstanding mystery, but a wee bit of Chinese art history. The Monday Bunch, a group of friends who meet at Crewel World each Monday to work on their projects have convened on a Wednesday to welcome Doris Valentine home from her exotic vacation. Doris has just returned from four weeks in Thailand and has much to share with her friends. Not only has she brought them all souvenirs, she has agreed to deliver a package to an antique dealer in Minneapolis. Although she didn't intend to get it out, at her friends' urging she opens the box she is to deliver. It turns out to be a most interesting Buddha figure wrapped in, of all things, a tattered old rag. In a hurry to get the statue put away before something happens to it, she raps it in a nicer piece of cloth and puts it back in the box. The next day she delivers the statue to the dealer. That night her apartment is ransacked and several of her souvenirs are stolen. The next day she learns the dealer has been murdered and the Buddha is missing. Of coarse store owner Betsy is soon on the case. As it becomes probable that the murderer is connected to an international smuggling ring, she soon realizes she's in way over her head.

What makes this book, and in fact the entire series, so enjoyable is the very likable characters. These are characters that readers can relate to. They are like your neighbor or local shop owner. They are good friends to one another, but they aren't perfect. Author Ferris lets readers see some of the pettiness that is human nature in the Monday Bunch. Also, the town could be a small town just about anywhere in the country-or at least anywhere that has a lot of snow in the winter!

While this is a long running series, it is not a series that must be read in order. One could easily pick up any one of the books and in no time feel like you've known these characters forever. Both long time readers of the series and newbies, will find their time with Thai Die hours well spent.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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