Title: Knit One, Die Two
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
When Arborville, New Jersey’s snooty theater scene is upstaged by a shocking murder, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club must act quickly to stop a killer from making an encore performance . . .
Knit and Nibble’s numbers are growing! In addition to a litter of adorable kittens, the knitting club just welcomed their newest member, Caralee Lorimer, who’s learning to knit for her upcoming role in A Tale of Two Cities. According to the amateur actress, the behind-the-scenes drama at the theater is getting downright catty, and Caralee wants a reckoning for Arborville’s pretentious suburbanites. Her claws are out, and just like her character in the play, Caralee is ready to name names. But before she can finish her snitchy stitches, Caralee is killed in a suspicious theater accident. Someone thinks they’ve staged a perfect murder, but Pamela and her Knit and Nibblers are ready to pounce on the real killer . . . before it’s curtains for anyone else!
Knit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart is the third book in the cozy A Knit & Nibble Mystery series. Each book in the series contains their own mysteries to be solved within so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, as with most cozy series you can get to know the main characters better reading from the beginning.
In the first book of the series readers met Pamela Paterson who found herself with an empty nest when her daughter had gone off to college. Pamela began to fill her free time along with her best friend, Bettina, with their 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.
Now in Knit One, Die Two, Knit and Nibble just welcomed their newest member, Caralee Lorimer, who is an amateur actress who wants to learn to knit. Caralee begins to share all of the theater drama with the group right before she is killed in a suspicious theater accident. Pamela and the other ladies have a hard time believing Caralee’s death is an accident and vow to stop a murderer.
Once 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. While the Knit & Nibble Mystery series is not one that is overly quirky I have enjoyed the characters and this mystery once again. My only downside has been the author tends to get a bit step by step with knitting and baking so again when finished I will give this third book 3 1/2 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.