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Posted July 31, 2009
Warning: Don't Buy for the Pattern!
I bought this book on-line from Barnes and Noble. I picked it specifically because there's a "Pattern inside just for you". When I received, there was no inserts or pull-outs, so I reasoned that it may be part of the story. Well, that's kind of fun. So, I set to reading it.
As Murder-She-Wrote meets Elizabeth Zimmerman goes, this book is fun! The writing style is pretty mediocre, as is often the case with cheesy murder mysteries. But, it's entertaining enough that you'll sit through the repetitive and stilted dialogue, and make your way to finding out just whodunnit.
Sigh, as the pages are dwindling, there was no sign of my purchase-prompting pattern. I leafed through the book and didn't see any pages that looked like a pattern. I thought that maybe it had been lost at the B&N warehouse, and in my haste wrote a scathing review (which I am now editing) to that effect.
It hadn't been lost. What I had originally perceived to be the last chapter was actually the first chapter of the next book, and the "patterns", three of which fit on a single page, were sandwiched between. A flimsy "I'm not a knitting designer" disclaimer precedes the so-called patterns, proving that the author herself felt embarrassed about how lame these offerings were.
I was a little annoyed. Throughout the book, there were numerous descriptive references to a Norwegian Sweater, so many, I thought that we may in fact get that pattern at the end. It would have tied in nicely with the story, and been worthy of the "Look Inside for an Original Pattern Just For You" teaser on the back cover. Bringing me to my next point. Fun-fur scarves are not "original" patterns. They are a dime a dozen, and they're not even patterns really. Cast on, knit until you get bored... ooh, can you repeat that?? Whoever is so new to knitting that they need instructions for a fun fur scarf in garter stitch probably wouldn't have been drawn to a knitting mystery book in the first place!
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