Thursday, April 28, 2022

Today I'm happy to be joining
Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours
in celebrating release of
Book 2 in the Riverbank Knitting Mysteries
Allie Pleiter

Business is booming for Libby Beckett and her fabulous Maryland shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., but when a town festival brings a fatality with it, Libby gets all tangled up in murder.

As spring comes to Collinstown, the village launches a food festival to draw a new group of tourists. Libby, the proud owner of Y.A.R.N., has planned a yarn event to provide an alternative option to a foodie weekend. Artisan fiber dyer Julie Wilson—known for her work with animal-friendly, plant-based knitting fibers such as bamboo and hemp as well as her brilliant use of color—will hopefully draw a crowd with a special dyeing workshop.

The festival begins, but it draws more than crowds. First, a flock of sheep parades down the street, herded by farmers protesting Julie’s antiwool stance. Then Julie’s celebrity chef sister appears, and the siblings resume a long-standing rivalry. Despite all this, Julie’s workshop has sold out. Libby is thrilled, and they’re preparing for a full house. But the night before the event, Julie is found alone in the warehouse event space—dead. The witty “Watch Julie Wilson Dye” workshop title now has a terrible new meaning—and it’s up to Libby to catch a crafty killer.

Libby Beckett

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!

About Allie Pleiter

An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time.  The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold.  In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at to learn more.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa.
    Happy Thursday!

    Pat T

  2. Thank you for your review on "KNIT OR DYE TRYING" by Allie Pleiter and for being part of the book tour!

    I'm reading this book now and LOVING it!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Congratulations on another book! Sounds great!

  4. I'm delighted you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the feature and the great review.