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In Canadeo's crafty first of a new cozy series, the Black Sheep Knitters of Plum Harbor, Mass., are horrified when their teacher, Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of Amanda Goran, who owned the Knitting Nest, Black Sheep's only rival. Maggie disliked Amanda, but says she's innocent, even when the weapon used to crush Amanda's skull, a wooden hat block, turns up within the merchandise Maggie bought from Amanda's husband. Meanwhile, Black Sheep Knitter Lucy Binger adopts Tink, one of Amanda's pet dogs. When veterinarian Matt McDougal operates on the ailing Tink, he finds an important clue—undigested yarn. The friendships among the likable knitters and Lucy's budding romance with Matt (who also knits) help make Canadeo's crime yarn a charmer. Under the pseudonym Katherine Spencer, Canadeo writes the Cape Light series (A Christmas Star, etc.) with Thomas Kinkade. (May)
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About the Author

Anne Canadeo lives and knits in Northport, New York, with her husband, daughter, and canine office assistant. She is the author of the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series, and writing as Katherine Spencer, she has also authored the popular Cape Light and Angel Island series.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141659809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the book, could not put it down.

It is a fun read, a light mystery, and very likeable characters.

Books like this make me want to take a knitting class, join a knitting group but it would have to be in shop like Maggie's.

I am looking forward to Anne Canadeo's next book.
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A fan of Anne Canadeo's "Cape Light" series, written under the pen name Katherine Spencer, I eagerly awaited this first in a new mystery series. Canadeo's strengths lie in her witty dialogue, realistic portrayal of familiar situations and feelings and the chemistry between very different women bonded first by a common interest, and then by mutual respect and understanding. Not to give anything away, because this is a mystery, but the friendship and ingenuity of a group of knitters is tested when an acquaintance, and rival knitting shop owner is murdered. "While My Pretty One Knits" blends the aspects of a murder mystery with a solid portrayal of female friendship, with a measure of suspense, and a little romance (who doesn't need a little romance?). While the murder is all too real, Canadeo doesn't revel in the gory details. I found this a great, quick read that kept me guessing, and rooting for the women I'd now call my friends.
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The tiny New England coastal village of Plum Harbor contains two knitting shops. Amanda Goran owns the Knitting Nest; while the Black Sheep Knitting Shop is owned by Maggie Messina. To Amanda's chagrin, Maggie's operation though newer is doing better. Amanda will do anything to take customers away from her competitor to include spreading lies that are so preposterous no one believes her. Maggie does her best to stay above the gutter as she knows there is room for two knitting shops to thrive in the area.

The day before Maggie has her former student Cara Newhouse over for a book singing, Amanda arrives acting friendly and looking as if she had a make-over. She tells Maggie she is happy to be at the lecture and signing. The next morning, Amanda's soon to be ex husband finds her dead. The coroner rules it a homicide. The police believe Maggie is their best suspect especially when the murder weapon is found in her store. However, the cops do not have enough evidence to arrest her. Her weekly knitting group the Black Sheep Knitters try to cheer up the depressed Maggie, but one of them Lucy Berger goes further; she investigates the murder seeking a different suspect.

The Black Sheep Knitters meet every week to work on their projects and gossip; they have become close knit friends who each needs to keep Maggie's falling spirits up. The killer hides in plain sight making it nearly impossible for Lucy and the reader to notice the culprit. Fans of Monica Ferris' Crewel World will enjoy this engaging amateur sleuth as much for its salute to friendship as to Lucy's inquiry made one stitch at a time.

Harriet Klausner
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I enjoyed this knitting book very much.
Maggie is the owner of a knitting shop in Plum Harbor. There is one other shop in town the Knitting Nest on the other side of town owned by Amanda, who turns up dead on the day that Maggie is having a big demonstration of felted knitted items by a famous former student of Maggie's.

Of course the police want to blame the murder on Maggie. Simple wraps it up over and done quickly. But Maggie did not do it.

It took me until almost the end to figure it out with Lucy one of the knitters of the group and Maggie's friend.

The book was sell worth reading and I will look for others in the series.
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This book is about the formation of a knitting group consisting of Maggie, the owner of the knitting store, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe. From reading the back blurb of the book, I thought the sleuth was going to be Maggie but it wasn't.

There is a book signing at the store for a former pupil, now author, of Maggie's. Cara Newhouse, author of a popular book on felting (a process done to completed projects.) Everyone is so excited and the five ladies help set up the store.

To their surprise, Maggie's arch-rival appears to actually give compliments and announce that she would attend the book signing. This leaves the ladies almost speechless with shock. Amanda Goren, owner of Knitting Nest, formerly the only shop of its type in Plum Harbor, MA, has made an concerted effort to cause woe for Maggie, ever since her shop opened. Why the change of heart?

The Book signing day arrives and prior the author's talk, another customer arrives with the news that Amanda has been found dead. Maggie knows she will be the main suspect.

Lucy decides to do a bit of investigating on her own.

This was a nice and pleasant cozy mystery. The characters are likable and interesting. Knitters will become fond of the newly named "Black Sheep."
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The action centers around The Black Sheep Yarn Shop, where assorted friends of the owner, Maggie, gather for a weekly knitting group. The story is told by Lucy, one of the group. The victim is an owner of a rival yarn shop, and Maggie (among other people) is accused of the murder. Of course, Maggie's friends intend to investigate the murder and clear their friend. And then very little happens. There are weekly knitting sessions, in which every one wonders what's happening with the investigation. A few questions are asked of a few other suspects. Two-thirds of the way through the book, nothing of any significance had happened. Maggie gets detained by the police, but gets a lawyer and is released. The knitters wonder what's happening. The victim's husband is arrested. The knitters are relieved. Then the real killer (who I figured had done it from early on) is revealed.

The most interesting page in the book was Lucy getting ready for a date--that was the first time she had shown any personality or humor. The other members of the knitting group were flat, not really full-dimensional. Maggie wasn't all that interesting as a character, mostly because we never saw anything from her point of view.

I probably won't read another one is this series, though I think it has potential, if the characters are more developed, and if the pacing is picked up.
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