from Allie Pleiter’s KNIT OR DYE TRYING
I remember when I thought “yarn shop owner” would be a quiet career.
I thought it would be a peaceful life doing what I know I was put on earth to do: make beautiful things with yarn and help others do the same. I still do that—the yarn part. The rest of it hasn’t turned out as peaceful as I’d hoped.
It’s not that I didn’t know what I was in for when I invited wildly talented yarn dyer Julie Wilson to come lead a workshop for my “Wield More Than Wool” event. If my Maryland hometown of Collinstown was hosting a “See More Than Seafood” festival, I thought it’d be a great tie in to teach people about all the other wonderful fibers that aren’t wool. After all, there’s cotton and silk and flax and now they even make yarn from pineapple and rose fibers!
Trouble was, Julie was a prickly character who eats controversy for breakfast. The local sheep farmers are so miffed about her anti-wool stance that they sent a spray-painted “No Julie” flock down our town’s main street. Protest sheep—evidently that’s a thing. So…quiet? Absolutely not.
And if all that isn’t enough, Julie’s smack in the middle of a monster fight with her sister Monica, who just happens to be in town as a guest chef for the food festival.
Just when Mayor Gavin Maddock and I think we’ve gotten the sisters to play nice, one of them ends up dead (hint, it’s not the chef sister…). Now I have a murder to solve…again.
I do my best thinking when I’m knitting, so I’m going to need lots of yarn, lots of pie from my friend Margo’s pie shop across the street, lots of support from my English bulldog Hank. Good thing all those are in ready supply. And my ever-meddling mother, Rhonda, is ready to help whether I want her to or not. Now if I could just begin to untangle those clues…
You can get to know me better by reading KNIT OR DYE TRYING, the second book in the Riverbank Knitting Mysteries. Or, if you like, you can learn how I ended up in this crazy career choice by reading the first book ON SKEIN OF DEATH. Either one will give you a creative, crafty escape from life and a glimpse into the fascinating world of fiber arts. Hey, there’s even a knitting pattern included in the back of each book! And, if you like what you find, you’ll be happy to know that book three, IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT SHEAR, is headed your way this November.
KNIT OR DYE TRYING by Allie Pleiter, is a mystery that knitters are going to love! A non-knitter? No worries, so am I, and I really enjoyed this book!
Interesting characters, and an intriguing mystery made for an easy, fun read. Those reasons and the fact that author Pleiter kept the story moving at a great pace, had me turning page after page for much longer then I had planned.
The clever writing had me stumped on the why/what/whodunit. However, looking back as I write this review, I seem to remember a few clues that snuck right past me while I was writing.
There a few things I want to share here so much, but I don’t write spoilers in my reviews. You’re just going to have to read, KNIT OR DYE TRYING for yourself!