Another cozy just happened to fall into my book bag at the library. It’s a dangerous place the library. Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is the first in a new series by an established author.
Basic Summary (Courtesy of Goodreads):
Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!
Pamela is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front of her handmade sweater . . .
Someone committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than Pamela ever imagined…
I seriously can’t decide if I liked this book or not. It has a slow flair, think Jane Austen’s long descriptions of the world around her characters. But there were mistakes, there always are. And I’m not sure I connected at all with the main character. She just seemed boring. LOL. Maybe I’m jealous because her only child is off in college and she can indulge in her hobbies? Maybe. Maybe not.
Anyway, this was not the kind of mystery where you get the clues and if you fail to put it together too bad for you. The author hides the critical facts until the main character gets caught investigating and almost killed. Surprise, surprise. And the killer is never discussed as a possible suspect, no clues eve point to her. I think that’s what I didn’t like.