Review of Knit or Dye Trying


Business is booming for Libby Beckett and her fabulous Maryland shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., but when a town festival brings a fatality with it, Libby gets all tangled up in murder.

As spring comes to Collinstown, the village launches a food festival to draw a new group of tourists. Libby, proud owner of Y.A.R.N., has planned a yarn event to provide an alternative option to a foodie weekend. Artisan fiber dyer Julie Wilson–known for her work with animal-friendly, plant-based knitting fibers such as bamboo and hemp as well as her brilliant use of color–will hopefully draw a crowd with a special dyeing workshop.

The festival begins, but it draws more than crowds. First a flock of sheep parades down the street, herded by farmers protesting Julie’s antiwool stance. Then Julie’s celebrity chef sister appears, and the siblings resume a long-standing rivalry. Despite all this, Julie’s workshop has sold out. Libby is thrilled, and they’re preparing for a full house. But the night before the event, Julie is found alone in the warehouse event space–dead. The witty “Watch Julie Wilson Dye” workshop title now has a terrible new meaning–and it’s up to Libby to catch a crafty killer.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Libby is a very hard worker and she really loves her Yarn shop.  She enjoys all of her customers and feels like she is making a difference in their creativity.  When Libby invites a well known Artisan fiber dyer to give a workshop on her craft, Libby never thinks anything bad will happen.  But the crafter is murdered and Libby knows she has to solve the mystery.  She will have help form her friends, including the mayor. 

The mystery was well plotted and there were quite a few suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  The mystery was not easily solved.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story and took me on an amazing ride.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well written cozy mystery.  I plan on reading the first book in the series to see what trouble Libby gets into in that one. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate. (Goodreads)