Sunday, January 10, 2021


Today I'm happy to join
Berkley Mystery
in celebrating the release of  
Book 1 in the Craft Fair Knitters Mysteries
by Emmie Caldwell

A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out.

Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend's ex-husband. While Belinda's alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion.

Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they've grown to love.

A WICKED YARN is my first book of 2021. All I can say is, if the rest of the books I read this year are half as good, I'm in for some fabulous reading!

Author Emmie Caldwell's (Mary Ellen Hughes) debut book in the Craft Fair Knitters is going to be a lot for the author to live up too. Like the pilot of a TV series, the first book in a series is all about introducing the characters and setting, so it can be often be slow going. That was not the case with A WICKED YARN. By the end of the first couple of chapters I felt like I was in a familiar place with wonderful friends.

As for the mystery, is was very well written. I tried to get into the author's head for just a hint of who the baddy was, but I was stumped. Protagonist Lia and I learned the killer's identity at the same time. Totally worth sitting up half the night to read.

Emmie Caldwell is the national bestselling author of the Keepsake Cove Mysteries, the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, written under the name Mary Ellen Hughes. A native of Wisconsin, she's lived most of her adult life in Maryland, which has inspired many of her stories. Visit her at

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  1. Thank you for your review on "A WICKED YARN" by Emmie Caldwell.

    Sounds like a wonderful book and one I would great enjoy reading as well as a wonderful way to start a new series. Can't wait for the opportunity to dive into this one!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Sounds great!
    Thanks, Lisa.
    Happy Sunday!
    Pat T.