Title: A Fatal Yarn
Author: Peggy Ehrhart
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Page Count: 236
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble club must clear the name of one of their knitters when he’s accused of murdering the mayor . . .
The trees in Arborville, New Jersey, have started sporting sweaters. Part of the trend of public knitting art? Not exactly. An anonymous activist has been wrapping trunks in yarn to cover red X’s that mark certain trees for removal by the town so they don’t interfere with power lines. When the town’s mayor—who supports cutting down the trees—is murdered, Pamela wonders if the tree hugger committed homicide to prevent arborcide. A knitter is arrested, but it’s one of Knit and Nibble’s own—the harmless Roland DeCamp, who was seen arguing with the mayor. Pamela is sure the police are barking up the wrong tree. With the help of her reporter friend Bettina, she branches off on her own investigation to root out the real killer . . .
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!
Silent Knit, Deadly Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is the fourth book in the cozy A Knit & Nibble Mystery series. Each book of the series contains it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read as a standalone or in any order one chooses. However, those that follow from the beginning will see the full character development that carries over from book to book.
The main character of the Knit & Nibble series is Pamela Paterson who is on the older side for a cozy protagonist. Pamela found herself with an empty nest when her daughter headed off to college so she joined the Knit and Nibble knitting group. The group not only spends time together crafting their favorite projects but also cooks up some yummy treats as the name suggests.
Pamela and her best friend and fellow knitter, Bettina, first became involved in what has become a habit for them in solving murders when a body was found at Pamela’s home. This time around however Pamela and Bettina find themselves investigating the murder of the mayor when the agenda he was supporting has had obvious opposition which may have resorted to murder.
I have followed the Knit & Nibble series from the beginning as this one has an endearing quality to me reminding me of my own knitting grandmother. The characters in this cozy series keep me coming back time and again as I always get a good chuckle out of their antics. However, I find myself always coming to the same conclusion of wishing the author would break away from the overly descriptive recipes and knitting and spend more time on the mystery and characters leaving my rating again at 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 writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a doctorate in Medieval Literature, and her publications include a prize-winning book dealing with classical mythology in the Middle Ages. Her Maxx Maxwell mysteries, Sweet Man Is Gone (2008) and Got No Friend Anyhow (2011), feature a blues-singer sleuth.
Peggy is currently writing the Knit & Nibble mystery series for Kensington Books. Set in the charming (fictional) town of Arborville, New Jersey, it features amateur sleuth Pamela Paterson, founder and mainstay of the town’s knitting club.
Peggy is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Visit Peggy online at http://www.PeggyEhrhart.com