A Knit Before Dying by Sadie Hartwell
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages ISBN-13: 978-1617737206
E-Book ASIN: B01CMGW66U
A new business might add some much-needed charm to downtown Dorset Falls—and draw tourists to Josie’s yarn shop. But when someone gets murdered, a close-knit community could come undone . . .Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past in New York. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she has another project in her midst—repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework . . .But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbors, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears. Police have pinned Harry as the killer, but Josie isn’t so sure. Now, she’s lacing up for another homicide investigation—and no eyelet or stitch can go unexamined, lest she herself becomes ensnared in the criminal’s deadly design . . .
INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!
A strong continuation of a wonderful cozy series. We get a smattering of flirting and some goofy senior citizen pranks again, as well as a strong mystery plus a bonus cold case.
Josie returned home to care for her Uncle Eb, who really doesn't seem to want being cared for. She is not Suzy Homemaker by any means. She doesn't cook or knit, although she did inherit a yarn store. I really appreciated her attempts to learn on her own, not ask for help more often than most needed, and how strongly Josie held up during some very trying times.
Being a first time landlord (or is it landlady?) and trying to revitalize Dorset Falls' downtown, tragedy strikes the very first day when her new tenant is discovered, by Josie, who else, lying in a pool of blood, murdered by one of his own antiques.
This series is populated by very strong and well developed characters.
The author weaves in humorous moments to keep the mystery from becoming overly dark.
The relationship between Josie and her friends makes this a most enjoyable cozy community and series.
Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, paralegal, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.
Twitter - @SadieHartwell
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