A Fatal Yarn
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Kensington
Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble club must clear the name of one of their knitters when he's accused of murdering the mayor . . .
The trees in Arborville, New Jersey, have started sporting sweaters. Part of the trend of public knitting art? Not exactly. An anonymous activist has been wrapping trunks in yarn to cover red X's that mark certain trees for removal by the town so they don't interfere with power lines. When the town's mayor—who supports cutting down the trees—is murdered, Pamela wonders if the tree hugger committed homicide to prevent arborcide. A knitter is arrested, but it's one of Knit and Nibble's own—the harmless Rolland DeCamp, who was seen arguing with the mayor. Pamela is sure the police are barking up the wrong tree. With the help of her reporter friend Bettina, she branches off on her own investigation to root out the real killer . . .
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!
This is the fifth book in the Knit & Nibble mystery series by Peggy Ehrhart.
The mystery here is a little far-fetched but nothing beyond comprehension. I love crafting mysteries and this one did not disappoint. I got all the feel good friend moments and the searching for answers moments as well.
There have been a few trees in Arborville tagged for removal and there is a knitter or group of knitters out there trying to hide the marks to save the trees. However, there is one tree hugger who will turn to murder to further their nature loving cause.
Pamela is the main POV character here but she spends quite a lot of time with Bettina trying to solve the mystery of who killed Mayor Diefenbach. The Knit and Nibble knitters club featuyres prominently too. Such a fun group to watch socialize. This is one of the best aspects of the book. I love how they bond together by doing their craft. One of their fellow knitters, Roland, gets pegged as the main suspect.
At the end there is a recipe that almost felt like it was in an awkward place. The ending wasn’t as solid as I normally like. And while I was listening with the text reader, it flowed straight into the recipe. I guess I just wanted a little better “this is the end” moment. I did feel left a bit hanging once the story was over. But in a way that is good since you want to leave them wanting more, right?
If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.