The Silence of the Llamas (Black Sheep Knitting Series #5)

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Llama Drama!

Ellie and Ben Krueger arrived in Plum Harbor eager to live out their dream—tending a herd of gentle, friendly llamas for fun and profit, on a farm just beyond the village. Their grand opening fiber festival kicks off on a bright note but abruptly ends in malicious mayhem. Knitting shop owner Maggie Messina and her friends soon learn that this is not the first time a vicious visitor has called.

The Kruegers suspect that Justin ...

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Overview

Llama Drama!

Ellie and Ben Krueger arrived in Plum Harbor eager to live out their dream—tending a herd of gentle, friendly llamas for fun and profit, on a farm just beyond the village. Their grand opening fiber festival kicks off on a bright note but abruptly ends in malicious mayhem. Knitting shop owner Maggie Messina and her friends soon learn that this is not the first time a vicious visitor has called.

The Kruegers suspect that Justin Ridley, their eccentric neighbor, is the troublemaker. A misfit and loner, he’s known to roam the woods all night, though no one knows for sure what he’s hunting. Then there’s Angelica Rossi—the lovely owner of a rival fiber farm—who’s been as busy as a spider, spinning spiteful lies about the Kruegers’ yarns. Or, are the naïve newcomers merely caught in the tangle of Plum Harbor politics, and an intense land protection debate?

Suddenly, vandalism turns to murder—and the Kruegers’ dream descends into a nightmare. The Black Sheep knitters must pull the threads together and uncover this crafty menace . . . before more lives—and more llamas— are lost.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Smalltown squabbling turns to cold-blooded murder in Canadeo’s diverting fifth knitting mystery (after Till Death Do Us Purl). Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop in Plum Harbor, Mass., is set for a relaxing afternoon at the grand opening of Laughing Llama Farm when her yarn spinning demonstration is cut short. When a group of llamas are shot by a paintball gun, owners Ellie and Ben Krueger immediately have suspects in mind. The shooting wasn’t an isolated incident, but one in a string of vandalisms. Competition with a rival alpaca farm and speculation over an upcoming vote on zoning laws provide ample intrigue for possible culprits. As tensions rise and a dead body surfaces, Maggie can’t help getting involved. The antics of Maggie and her friends will keep readers turning the pages. Tempting recipes round out the volume. Agent: Bob Mecoy, Bob Mecoy Literary Agency. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Till Death Do Us Purl:
"The fourth in the series provides an entertaining mystery along with knitting instructions and tasty recipes." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Stitch Before Dying:
“Sure to hook cozy fans.” –-Publishers Weekly

Praise for Knit, Purl, Die:
"The fast-paced plot will keep even nonknitters turning the pages." —Publishers Weekly

From the Publisher
Praise for Till Death Do Us Purl:

"The fourth in the series provides an entertaining mystery along with knitting instructions and tasty recipes." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Stitch Before Dying:

“Sure to hook cozy fans.” –-Publishers Weekly

Praise for Knit, Purl, Die:

"The fast-paced plot will keep even nonknitters turning the pages." —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
Yarn shop owner Maggie Messina is heading to the country with her knitting group for a relaxing day at Laughing Llama Farm. The opening day at Ben and Ellie Krueger's farm was supposed to be their dream come true, but instead the fiber festival devolves into chaos when someone shoots at the llamas. Maggie's group soon learns this is not the first time the Kruegers have been victims of harassment; their conflicts with local land preservationists and other farmers make for a long list of suspects. When the malice turns deadly, Maggie and her knitters struggle to discover who would want to harm such gentle beasts and drive their friends away. VERDICT In her fifth appearance (after Till Death Do Us Purl), Maggie and her group are as efficient with their investigation as they are with their knitting needles, and the issues of land preservation give a focal point to the story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451644791
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Black Sheep Knitting Series , #5
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 103,423
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Canadeo lives and knits in Northport, New York, with her husband, daughter, and canine office assistant. She is the author of the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series, and writing as Katherine Spencer, she has also authored the popular Cape Light and Angel Island series.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Great Book in a Grand Series

    Love the characters and always look forward to Anne's books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    First, a warning for those readers who can¿t abide any harm don


    First, a warning for those readers who can’t abide any harm done to animals—there is some of that in this book. The attacks on the animals are not overdone and they mean something in the story, i.e., they’re not gratuitous, but they exist.

    On the whole, this is a good mystery but there are aspects to the construction that I think detract from the story. For a traditional, semi-cozy mystery, the murder is much too long in coming, a bit more than half way in, and then it’s approximately two thirds in before the ladies of the knitting club start snooping. In other words, this is a s-l-o-w story.

    Speaking of snooping, Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is theoretically the leader of the club and thus the sleuths but she has remarkably little to do with the investigation. In fact, these ladies really don’t do much detecting at all when compared to their counterparts in other craft-related mysteries.

    My final negative comment is that, in the electronic ARC I read, there were numerous instances of multiple POVs in the same paragraph. That’s one of the cardinal construction sins for me but I don’t know if this was a typical error found in ARCs or even just one of those glitches found in ebooks sometimes. It’s entirely possible that the finished products, electronic and print, are done correctly. (I will say that I don’t remember any overload of other grammatical or spelling mistakes and I appreciate that.)

    The end result is a book that I found lacking in several ways but there are some positive points. The mystery itself is engaging and many of the characters are quite likeable. I also enjoyed learning a little about llamas and alpacas and creating yarn and knitting afficionados will be glad of the craft tips they’ll find. This is the fifth in the series—I haven’t read the earlier books but they’ve been well-regarded by many and I think I’ll just call this one a bit of a stumble.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is book five of The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series. Sometimes you just need a cozy mystery to snuggle up with on a cold or rainy day. Well, this is certainly a great one! The cast of characters are so great, I can actually picture myself sitting with their knitting circle hanging out. The description of Justin Ridley was just plain creepy and the festival reminded of the many northern craft fairs I’ve attended. This story has a few twists and turns, the book itself was light reading, but it managed to keep me captivated until the very end. If you love cozy mysteries and also enjoy crafting as I do, you will love this book.

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    Posted January 26, 2013

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