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Product Details

  • Series: Knitting Mysteries
  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743484738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743484732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Kruger's pun-filled cozy, the first in a new series, Ariadne "Ari" Evans, the 29-year-old owner of Ariadne's Web (a knitting shop in Freeport, Mass.), is shocked to discover the body of a customer, Edith Perry, strangled with some of her best homespun yarn. How did the murderer enter the shop after hours? Who had keys? What was the motive? Determined to get the answers to these questions, Ari persuades detective Joshua Hayes to let her help in the investigation. Under suspicion are Ari's closest friend, a spinner, and her husband, who feared losing their farm because the victim's abutting land was under threat of development. Keeping the plot bubbling along are a host of small-town characters, including Ari's harassing ex-husband, an avaricious realtor, the local gossip, Edith's husband and ne'er-do-well son. An attack on Ari provokes her into action and, heedless of danger, she sets a trap for the killer with smashing results. Kruger is also the author of Death on the Cliff Walk and other titles in her Gilded Age mystery series.
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Review

"Kruger's characters have lively appeal."-- "Publishers Weekly"

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chanel No. 5 on September 11, 2005
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If you like mysteries and you are a knitter, you will especially enjoy this book and the characters therein.

This book is written in an easy and lively way and even though I have read mysteries with more complex plots, this one was not too transparent, and you will not put it aside before you finished it. A little romance was also put in the mix and an older auntie who somehow gets things right without sometimes knowing it.

In summary I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a light and fun read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mackie on November 4, 2005
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You don't have to be a fan of knitting to enjoy this book, but it helps. Mary Kruger brings to life a great band of characters, an interesting locale, and a satisfactory mystery. Not only that, she does it with good grammar, a quality seldom seen in today's crop of writers. If you enjoy a good cosy, you'll find this book a treat.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. A Scovel VINE VOICE on June 25, 2006
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Died in the Wool is the start to a new mystery series that revolves around Ari (the owner of a knitting store called Ariadne's Web. Ari finds a dead body in her shop and this leads to the mystery of figuring out who "done" it. Ari's best friend spun the wool that was used on the victim. This makes her and her husband prime suspects. Ari knows that her friend could never have done it and continues investigating the death, much to the dismay of the detective. This story is filled with questions, answers, knitting, spinning, and love. Much better than any other knitting mystery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Doll Lady on July 7, 2006
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I just finished this book and it was absolutely wonderful. In fact, I had to MAKE myself put the book down to get my housework finished. It kept me glued to the book and the plot was wonderful. Enough knitting and yarn to keep me interested but a wonderful mystery that even I didn't solve until I read the ending. The only thing I didn't like was the size of the book...it was hard to hold...wish it would have been a little bit smaller book for my hands. You'll love it. Can't wait to read more by this author. You'll love it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on December 15, 2005
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Usually, it is. Except if you're the owner of a knitting/yarn shop and stumble over a body as you open your store for business. Ariadne's Web is located in a small New England town, where everyone one knows everyone-and their business! Motives abound in the small town, and opportunity doesn't seem to be very far behind, either. And, of course, there's no such thing as a secret, as Ariadne ("Ari" to her friends and family) Evans soon learns, to her dismay. Furthermore, nearly everyone else in town thinks Ari needs a new man in her life.

Along with her aunt Laura, and new-to-town detective Josh Pierce, Ari intends to find out just who strangled Edith Perry with expensive purple homespun yarn, made by her best friend Diane Camacho. Ari's former husband Ted manages to get in the way every time she plans anything he doesn't think she should. Their young daughter Megan is suddenly acting strangely, getting into fights at school-

This is a delightful, well-written slice-of-life type of cozy mystery, with characters so real you feel as though you already know them. Even though Ari really doesn't do stupid things, she still gets caught up in a web not of her own making, before the plot untangles itself.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 27, 2005
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In Freeport, Massachusetts, most if not all locals detest landlady Edith Perry. She makes her opinions on controversial issues known usually taking the most unpopular position; she informs her lease holders that she is raising their rent; finally she is developing property just outside of Freeport over the objections of most townsfolk.

The police are not shocked when someone murders Edith using purple yarn. The obvious prime suspect is divorced mother of one Ariadne Evans, owner of Ariadne's Web yarn store, who found the corpse in her establishment. Ariadne has the motive since Edith's rent increase could shut down her business; she had the means as her store contains all sorts of homespun yarns including the murder weapon; finally she had the opportunity as the homicide occurred when her shop was closed leaving her with no alibi. Though police detective John Pierce likes Ariadne, she knows she remains at the top of the suspect list so she begins to untangle the threads hoping to knit a new pattern that displays the killer's identity.

The author of the "Gilded Age" mysteries, Mary Kruger provides a fine amateur sleuth cozy starring a likable heroine and a fine detective who has just moved into the town. Ariadne, whose first reaction to finding the body is nice yarn around victim's neck, investigates the murder one thread at a time until she decides to become bait. Thus the audience receives a fine who-done-it though like John wonder why Ariadne, whose daughter Megan already suffers nightmares over her mom's involvement, would risk her life as a Nancy Drew imitator.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2006
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awesome book! Alot better than what I expected for a knitting book. It was actually complex. Althogh It did seem at some points that they first wrote the book then went back later and stuck some apropriate knitting jargon in there, but apart from that. I was very happy with the book. maybe now my mom can read it! LOL LOL
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