Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Knit Before Dying-By Sadie Hartwell-Book Review

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
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 . . .
And I thought
Rarely do I give a book 5 stars.  
It wasn't difficult to decide to honor Sadie Hartwell, Josie and the fun residents of Dorsett Falls with my 5 star rating. 
Here's what I liked loved about A Knit Before Dying.
  • If I was choosing the best plot of the year it would go to Sadie.
  • Best integration of title to the plot. I don't want to give anything away but this author does an amazing job of weaving or in this case Knitting the title into the plot of the story.  
  • Best integration of theme of series to the plot I don't think I've read a book with a better integration of the theme.  The knitting theme is woven through out the book/plot.  The author provides patterns at the end. 
The cast of characters in A Knit Before Dying are fun and endearing.  

Josie gets some help from Miss Evelyn is an elderly bit of a snoop.  Always ready to jump cook a casserole or jump in and help Josie out in her sleuthing.  Or instigating a little matchmaking.

Josie's uncle Eb  is just a character who plays tricks on a neighbor all because of a years old family feud.

Then there is Lorna the cook and waitress of the local diner.  Lorna plays a huge part in the plot/story by providing food for Josie and Uncle Eb.   I don't want to 'spill the beans' so to speak but the story ends with Lorna becoming the owner of the local diner.  Will we see Lorna as a main character in a future installment?  We can only hope!  I would love to see some of Lorna's recipes included.

There is a brewing romance between Josie and her neighbor 
Mitch.  I suspect that things might begin to simmer in book 3. 

Although A Knit Before Dying is book 2 of the series it is written as a stand alone book.  I have not had the chance to read book 1.  I was not at all lost.  

The only negative I can mention is the wait for book 3!

If your a fan of good and clean books you need to check this 
book out! 

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Tours.
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  1. I love crafting cozies. Even tho I don't do any of the crafting myself, I always like learning about them.

  2. I like the yarn shop setting of the book. I enjoy knitting and visiting yarn shops. Looking forward to reading the book.

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