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While My Pretty One Knits (A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery) Paperback – May 12, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maggie Messina is the owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop in the small town of Plum Harbor, Massachusetts. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Poison Ivy
This is a fun read. I'm going to see what else this author has written because I'm enjoying this first one so much.Published 5 months ago by Jane
This is the first book in the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series. It is set in a small town in Massachusetts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Love to read a murder mystery that is not real graphic and gory. There is a little romantic involvement but that is also not real graphic. Nice read.Published 9 months ago by Judy A. Gasser
Great story line and characters with a twist on knitting. Enjoyed.
Many grammar errors. Needs proof reading.