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

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

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by Anne Canadeo
     
 

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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

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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 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

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:
01/22/2013
Series:
Black Sheep Knitting Series, #5
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
275,308
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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Silence of the Llamas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
But this addition wasn't my favorite.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Anne Canadeo brings readers the fifth book in her Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series, The Silence of the Llamas. Canadeo has created a series that will intrigue the mystery enthusiast and soothe the soul of the knitters and crafters. With an eclectic cast of characters and plenty of twists and turns this light cozy mystery has something for many different types of readers. Readers looking for something a little unusual will love all of the llama drama this book has to offer. What I liked: I am a big fan of llamas in fact a friend of mine raises them for their wool and I was especially intrigued with this book, because of that connection. Canadeo obviously knows her subject matter and I'm not talking solely about llamas, I mean, knitting and spinning and crafting all of the things that go along with it. I felt like her knowledge was authentic and realistic. She didn't push it on the reader, but it was an essential part of the story. Often times I find that mystery doesn't always relate to the theme of the series, but that was certainly not the case with this one. It was an integral part. I liked the Black Sheep knitters a lot. This being my first read in the series, I had a little trouble following who was who, but the cast profiles at the beginning of the book were helpful with that. After I finally got the hang of which one was Maggie, and which one was Dana and so forth it was not hard to follow. I didn't feel like I was missing a lot by not having read the other books in the series and found it pretty easy to pick up on things and establish relationships and so on. That's often hard to do because so much history and nuances have passed in the previous books, but this made a good standalone. I am however going to go back and read the others, because the women were so interesting and I felt like they had such a wonderful connection. Each personality was different but they all clicked so well as a group whether knitting or sleuthing. The Laughing Llama farm was having a bit of trouble with their llamas. It was obvious that someone didn't want Ellie and Ben moving in on their territory. There was an element of animal cruelty that was a little hard to read, but definitely made the point of how serious the situation had become, with both animal and people. When Ben is accused of murder, Maggie and the knitters are out to prove his innocence. The mystery itself was well written and clue based. I liked the way the author sort of leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for the reader to follow. I was not at all sure I had the killer pegged until the final few chapters. Bottom Line: The Silence of the Llamas, certainly had it's drama. At the heart of this series there is a group of ladies who know their knitting and their sleuthing. I loved meeting them and deciphering all of their quirks and idiosyncrasies. The mystery was interesting and had enough red herrings to keep me off track. It's a good read as a standalone, but it will just make you want more of the Black Sheep Knitters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It' s not just one drama llama. It's an alpacaolce.
reading-babe More than 1 year ago
Love the characters and always look forward to Anne's books
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
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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