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Yarn to Go (A Yarn Retreat Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Casey has learned that her beloved Aunt Joan has been tragically killed, and that it is up to her to either carry on or cancel the yarn retreat that her aunt had planned for a weekend in a lovely spot where it is quiet and peaceful by the sea. Realizing that there is no way that she can refund the participants their money, Casey goes ahead and decides to hold the retreat and oversee it herself. Casey doesn't know what a knitting needle or a crochet hook looks like, but she trudges ahead.
The reader gets a good introduction to the characters who attend the yarncraft retreat, but as it continues on, more deaths occur. Casey, having once worked as a temp for a detective agency in Chicago, puts what skills she has to work to try to solve these killings. In the meantime, her Aunt Joan had put together a special knitting project for each person there, using different kinds of yarn and stitches that were new to them. Even Casey gets a project of her own to work on, and she learns to knit.
I enjoyed reading about the projects and the different types of yarns that were used at the retreat. I didn't have the perpetrator figured out until I read the very last pages of the book. This is a fun book to read, and after the very beginning I found it to be a page-turner. One day was enough time for me to read this book, and I found it entertaining, fun, totally engaging with the knitting theme, and a good mystery. There is a pattern for Casey's scarf that she knitted at the retreat at the back and also a recipe for one of Casey's delicious muffins.
Knitters, crocheters or any cozy mystery lovers should enjoy this book. Recommended.
Casey Feldstein, niece of the late owner of Yarn2Go, a fabric (knitting) business that sponsors knitting retreats at a local lodge, finds herself at a loss when she inherits the business and must tie up the company's unfinished events. Casey, a chef that specializes in muffins, is at a loss. She is not a knitter, nor much of a business person.
The group that is assembled for the last retreat is an assortment of personalities. Casey, feels she is out of her league but soon finds herself understanding what drew her Aunt to this career. Everything is going well, with the hired knitting consultant, and the friendship of her main client, a woman named Lucinda...that is until...one of the knitters is murdered. Suddenly, Casey's Aunt's death seems suspicious, as well as another knitter from the last retreat...is there a serial killer?
There are many suspects and even persons the reader wanted to have be the culprit. The book was entertaining. I did have an unusual reaction to this book. I felt sure I had read it before. I was familiar with the setting, the retreat, in fact several things. It was a sense of deja vu for me.
I did find new interesting twists but still have no idea why this unusual reaction to this book.
This looks to be another great series from a well enjoyed author for me.
This is one of those books with a comfortable tone that flows evenly and the more I read in this lighthearted whodunit, the more the suspense kept me turning the pages as I need to know how it was all going to end. Was Casey going to repeat her lot? Did she have it in her to continue? Could she solve this crime?
This book was a delightful read and the author did a good job in delivery a nicely knitted yarn where the setting was idyllic, the dialogue entertaining and the cast that included Casey, Lucinda and hunky Dane was fun to watch as they interacted with the secondary cast which made this murder mystery pleasantly appealing and a good start to this debut series.
I'm already a fan of Betty Hechtman's crochet mysteries (and not just because I'm an avid crocheter), so I was very happy to give this book a try. If you're very crochet-centric then you should know that this one's all about the knitting, but in a way that's not too technical, or too far above the heads of non-knitters.
The main character, Casey, was likable and fun. (I have to wonder if her name was a nod to the internet's knitting epicenter, Ravelry?) I had worried that trying to have a split focus on baking and knitting was going to be too much, but it worked well. There were a few shades of Hannah Swensen, but I'm really hoping that the second book will move away from that.
Like Betty Hechtman's crochet line, this was a fun and funny book, with memorable characters that you'll want to know more about.