Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots…
Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins…
Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…
INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS! (Goodreads)
This is the first book in a the new Tangled Web Mystery series and it is a great one. There is everything that a cozy reader looks for: a great small town setting, characters that are likable, a mystery to solve, and a craft-related theme.
I loved the fact that the story revolves around a yarn shop. With the author’s descriptive writing, the shop became very real to me. At times I felt like I could see all the colors and textures of the different yarns and it was a place I would like to spend time in. The characters are well developed and well rounded and I enjoyed getting to know them. The mystery is carried on well throughout the book and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing as to the identity of the culprit.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. I enjoyed the fact that there were knitting patterns included in the book, and if I were a knitter, I would be tempted to try my hand at those patterns. That is one of the reasons I enjoy reading craft-themed cozy, because I learn some things while I’m reading.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-knitted cozy mystery. You do not have to be a knitter to enjoy this book, but if you are, then this is a must read book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I look forward to book two.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.