Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Stitch Before Dying - A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery

Anne Canadeo, author of WHILE MY PRETTY ONE KNITS and KNIT, PURL, DIE is back with another colorful yarn featuring the crafty and clever Black Sheep Knitters. In A STITCH BEFORE DYING (Gallery Books; December 28, 2010; $15.00) Maggie heads to a New Age spa to teach a class, and the Black Sheep tag along for some pampering. But when someone at the retreat is found dead, the knitters must unravel the clues to find the killer.

Product Description
Stitching it together . . .

The Black Sheep Knitters: a fivesome with a knack for knitting—and for solving crimes.

When Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is invited to give knitting workshops at a Berkshires spa resort, she manages to negotiate a cottage that fits all five of the Black Sheep for what promises to be a weekend of knitting bliss. But while the friends are expert at counting stitches, they haven’t counted on murder.

Guests and staff at the Crystal Lake Inn are as varied as a mixed bag of yarn, but most colorful is certainly the owner, charismatic self-help guru and former psychiatrist Dr. Max Flemming. The doctor may have told all in a revealing autobiography, but from his ex-wife to the widow of his former business partner—both employees at the inn—Max seems mired in shad­ows from his past. And when a killer strikes during a mountaintop retreat, the Black Sheep wonder what the good doctor might be hiding.

The police seem to be following the wrong thread. But while Maggie’s workshops have given the knitters a unique view of the tensions at the little inn, can they make sense of a crime that is as complexly stranded as a Fair Isle sweater? When the killer murders a second time, the Black Sheep won­der if they’ve dropped a stitch and put themselves in mortal danger. . . .

What I Can Tell You:
I am not a big mystery reader and wasn't sure if I was going to even like this book, let alone love it. The reason I loved it so much was because of the friendship between The Black Sheep Knitters. There is nothing like having girlfriends. When the 5 woman head out to support Maggie their knitting guru on a workshop retreat, leaving their individual lives and families behind, I was thrusting my fist in the air. You go girls!

As someone who doesn't go out with my girlfriend mostly because being home is my favorite place to be and while I want to, I am not that chick who will leave the family to have the time of my life with my girls. I think female relationships are very special and the Black Sheep knitters are no different. They all come from different lives, different backgrounds and have very different personalities but they love and support each other.

This mystery had me guessing until the last 40 pages. Something just told me......Oh well, I'm not going to give it all away but if you love mystery books, or even if you are like me and don't, this is a great book to read. Literally made me want to pull my knitting (started when I was pregnant 8 years ago) out and finally finish that baby blanket.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.

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