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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Knit, Purl, Die: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery by Anne Canadeo - Book Blog Tour

Knitting has become a chic and popular craft again, with both women and men learning to click a couple of needles and a ball of yarn together into something beautiful. Along with the actual practice of knitting, mysteries that feature amateur sleuths who also knit have gained huge popularity among the reading public.

In “Knit, Purl, Die,” the second installment of her Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, author Anne Canadeo revisits the ladies of Plum Harbor, who have a knack for solving murders as well as knitting a mean stockinette stitch.

Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, and her circle of close knitting buddies are always open to having new faces join their group. So naturally they embraced Gloria Sterling, and her new handsome young husband Jamie, when they expressed interested in the hobby. The ladies were thrilled when Gloria invites the group to her mansion for one of their weekly knitting evening.

Gloria seems to have it all. A beautiful home, lots of money, great looks and a sexy piece of arm candy in Jamie. She has great plans for her life with the new hubby, and asks Suzanne, the realtor of the knitting bunch, to help her list her home and several businesses for sale. Things seem to be looking up for Gloria.

But everyone has their dark secrets, and when Suzanne, while showing Gloria’s home to potential buyers, finds Gloria floating facedown in her swimming pool just days after the party, the secrets of the beautiful socialite begin pouring out.

The Black Sheep are distraught by their friend’s death, and do what they can to support Jamie in his time of grief. But when things surrounding Gloria’s demise start sounding a bit funny to them all, the gals start poking around to find out exactly what lead up to what looks to be the murder of their dear friend. All it takes is one loose stitch to unravel a big ball of secrets, lies and intrigue.

Anne Canadeo has developed a great cast of characters for this ongoing series with the ladies of the Black Sheep Knitting group. The warm and easy friendships of the women are delightful, and the way they work together to solve perplexing problems is admirable. Every woman should have a group of friends like these.

“Knit, Purl, Die” is the second book in this series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone novel with ease. Readers will want to stick around and knit a few rounds with the good ladies of Plum Harbor, and snack on a few goodies, courtesy of the delicious recipes and easy knitting patterns included with this story.

Grab your sticks and your favorite color of soft yarn, and settle in for an intriguing round of mystery, fellowship, and a lot of fun with the Black Sheep girls.

Review copy courtesy of Sarah Reid of Simon and Schuster.


Book Dilettante said...

Very nice review, Sharon. I think the friendship of the knitters is a nice part of the mystery. I have a giveaway of the book along with the tour. Readers can enter at Knit, Purl, Die

Janel said...

I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds fabulous. Knitting and cooking are two of my favorite things!

Sheila Deeth said...

I think you've got me ready to be hooked on another series. Thanks.

Lorri Jeanne said...

Great review! It's a nice weekend read.