Seriously delayed here, the first in the Tangled Web Mystery series by Sadie Hartwell was that book that filled a niche for something different, and fueled my knitting obsessions. Please read on for my review of
Yarned and Dangerous
Josie left the sleepy town of Dorset Falls Connecticut years ago, and almost never looked back. Struggling with fashion design, she’s working for an absolute ass when the call comes from her mother. Her great aunt Cora was killed in a car crash, and someone (read Josie) needs to take care of her Uncle Eben and deal with closing her aunt’s knitting shop, Miss Marple Knits.
Reluctantly Josie heads to Connecticut, facing her old demons and a grumpy old man with more bark than bite. And then there’s the yarns and the shop – a bit of a mess, Josie has to sort through. Oh the writing and the mystery unfolding were delicious and I fairly sped through the pages. Then there were the yarns…. Oh the Yarn. I’m a touch every skein person, always drawn to soft, cuddly and colorful. Hartwell described the yarns and their textures in ways that you could feel them, and then desperately want to use them.
With plenty of secondary characters and threats overt and covert, a bit of a spooky downtown in need of serious renovation and an odd group of knitters working for charity but jockeying for power and position, the story was wonderfully layered and kept me guessing to the end.
Title: Yarned and Dangerous
Author: Sadie Hartwell
Series: Tangled Web Mystery #1
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 24 November, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots…
Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins…
Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.