Title: Died in the Wool
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
When a murder shocks picturesque Arborville, New Jersey, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club suddenly find themselves at the center of the investigation—as suspects . . .
Pamela is ready to kick back and relax after a busy day selling stuffed aardvarks to benefit Arborville High School’s sports program at the annual town festival. But just as she’s packing up, she makes a terrible discovery—someone’s stashed a body under the Knit and Nibble’s table. The victim is Randall Jefferson, a decidedly unpopular history teacher after his recent op-ed criticizing the school’s sports program. But the primary suspect has an alibi, and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark found on the victim’s chest . . . Now the Knit and Nibblers must unravel the case quickly—before a crafty killer repeats a deadly pattern.
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!
Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart is the second book in the cozy A Knit & Nibble Mystery series. Again I will admit that I’m not a knitter but my attraction to this series is it reminds me of my grandmother who did love to knit and bake so with every turn of a page I think of her.
In this second book Pamela is back with her knitting group which includes her good friend and fellow knitter, Bettina. The group had been busy knitting up some aardvarks to sell to benefit the local school. But as the day is wrapping up they find that they are missing two of the aardvarks that didn’t sell.
As they are trying to pack up and figure out the dilemma of the missing critters something even worse is found, a dead body. Randall Jefferson who teaches history at the school seems to have been murdered but with the body is a missing aardvark so of course the town begins to suspect the Knit and Nibble group leading Pamela and Bettina to do their own investigating yet again.
While the Knit & Nibble Mystery series is not one that is overly quirky I have enjoyed the characters and this mystery yet again. With the first book of the series I thought the author had a tendency to go a little overboard describing the knitting process and while that didn’t seem to happen this go round it seemed to be replaced with step by step cooking. Now without a better way of putting this I have to just come out and say going a bit too far with that is a a bit boring and slows a story. Thankfully it wasn’t too much so in the end I’d give this second installment 3.5 stars and come back to see how the third goes.
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.