Title: Murder, She Knit
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Page Count: 289
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
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 . . .
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is the first book in the new cozy A Knit & Nibble Mystery series. A cute cozy series that features a bit older of a main character, some crafty projects and a cute little kitty that slowly adopts her new human.
With her daughter gone off to college now Pamela Paterson has filled some of her free time with her knitting group, Knit and Nibble. The group alternates homes of it’s members to get together to craft and share some snacks once a week and it was now Pamela’s turn to host the meeting.
Just before the night’s meeting though Pamela runs into an old acquaintance and invites her to join the knitters. At the time others begin to arrive though Pamela gets busy and doesn’t notice her new guest had never arrived. After the party breaks up however Pamela goes out to check on the stray kitty she’d been feeding only to find Amy with a knitting needle protruding from her body and most obviously dead.
As with any cozy read our main character here can’t possibly sit back and let the police handle the investigation thinking they just don’t ask the right questions. So with the help of her best friend and fellow knitter, Bettina, Pamela sets out to find just what had happened to bring about a murder in her own garden.
I have to admit this one had an instant endearing quality to it as it immediately brings back memories of my own grandma who was good at all the crafty things that I just never grasped, knitting, crocheting, sewing and on and on. As nice as the story went though I would still like a tad more quirkiness, perhaps giving Catrina (the kitty) a bigger role and to go deeper into getting to know the characters in the future installments. The author gave a lot of knitting things a lot of depth so a bit of that focus into other aspects would be nice too. Otherwise a nice start leaving me to rate this one at 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who lives in Leonia, New Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Illinois and taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was a tenured full professor. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Crime and Suspense, Flashing in the Gutters, Spinetingler, Crime Scene: New Jersey 2, and Murder New York Style. A longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee. She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. Peggy regularly attends mystery‑writing conferences and participates in conference panels and also gives talks on mystery fiction at libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.