A Knit before Dying

A Knit before Dying

by Sadie Hartwell

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A Knit before Dying by Sadie Hartwell

A new business might add some much-needed charm to downtown Dorset Falls—and draw tourists to Josie’s yarn shop. But when someone gets murdered, a close-knit community could come undone . . .

Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past in New York. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she has another project in her midst—repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework . . .

But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbors, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears. Police have pinned Harry as the killer, but Josie isn’t so sure. Now, she’s lacing up for another homicide investigation—and no eyelet or stitch can go unexamined, lest she herself becomes ensnared in the criminal’s deadly design . . .

INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!

“A tale of murder and intrigue that will ensnare knitters and non-knitters alike. I couldn’t put it down.” —Barbara Ross on Yarned and Dangerous

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617737206
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Tangled Web Series , #2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 188,542
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, paralegal, and copy editor before turning to writing full-time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.

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CHAPTER 1

"Let's take a break, Evelyn." Josie Blair tossed a skein of pale green South American wool into a basket, put her hands on the scarred wood of her sales counter, and pushed up from her stool into a stretch.

Evelyn stood, a satisfied expression deepening the fine wrinkles around her eyes. "I'm not tired. I could unpack new shipments of yarn all day long. But how about if I make us some tea?"

"That sounds perfect. Would you rather I run down to the general store and get some?" It was March in the picturesque hills of Connecticut, but the sun was shining, and the almost-warm air held the promise of spring.

"Nonsense. We have some of Lorna's vanilla mint right here. I'll put on the electric kettle, and we'll have a cup in no time." She didn't wait for a further response, just turned on her heel and marched toward the back.

Evelyn Graves was practical, efficient, and knew everyone in town. Josie couldn't have asked for a better friend or a better employee at Miss Marple Knits, the shop she'd taken over a few weeks ago. And Lorna Fowler, who worked at Dougie Brewster's general store a block away, could blend tea as well as any professional in New York City. Maybe better.

"I'll just step outside for some fresh air, then," Josie said to the back of Evelyn's permed, strawberry-blond head. Josie wound a soft wool scarf around her neck as she crossed the floor to the front door, then pulled down the sleeves of her hand-knit Aran sweater. The ivory-colored garment, with its complex pattern of cables and twists, was one of many pieces she'd inherited from her great-aunt Cora Lloyd, who'd owned this shop for many years before her untimely death. Every time Josie wore one of Cora's items, the kinship she felt for the woman who'd married her great-uncle Eben grew stronger. She'd never met Cora, because Josie had moved away to New York City years before Cora came into Eben's life. But that didn't mean Josie didn't feel her presence every day, both at home and here at Miss Marple Knits. It was strange and comforting at the same time.

Just as Josie put her hand on the knob, a shadow darkened her view. Fighting off a pang of disappointment — she'd hoped to feel the sun on her face after a morning of stocking shelves — Josie opened the door and stepped out onto Main Street.

But it wasn't a cloud that had blocked out the sun. An enormous moving truck had parked in front of the empty storefront next to Miss Marple Knits.

Hope surged in Josie's chest. Each new business that came into town would bring more and more people to downtown, and that was good for everyone. Thanks to Great-Uncle Eb, with whom she lived in his farmhouse just outside Dorset Falls, Josie was now the proud owner of not only the building that housed the yarn shop, but the adjacent building at number 15 Main Street.

Less than two months ago, Josie had been living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment and trying — unsuccessfully — to make a name for herself as a fashion designer. But here she was now, a business owner and a landlord. Landlady? She'd have to think about what she wanted to be called, but all she knew was that it felt wonderful. And now she even had a tenant.

The back door of the truck slid open with a cringe-inducing scrape of metal. Josie looked into the depths of the cavernous space as it was revealed, a few inches at a time. The truck was packed full. Most of the items inside were covered in dusty blue quilted cloths secured with bungee cords. Desks? Dressers? Tables? Impossible to know until they, and the dozen or so cardboard boxes she could see, were unloaded.

A moment later, a gentleman came from the vicinity of the front of the truck — gentleman was the perfect word to describe him, she thought, with his tailored Harris Tweed jacket complete with suede elbow patches, and his precisely cut silver hair neatly combed back to reveal a widow's peak and tortoiseshell glasses. Lyndon Bailey's face lit up with surprise when he spotted Josie.

"Spying on me already, as every good landlady should?" he said with a good-natured chuckle. Landlady it was to be, then. "It's good to meet you in person, Miss Blair."

Josie extended her hand to Lyndon as two men about her age, perhaps a bit younger than her thirty years, appeared. Their matching, utilitarian-looking uniforms proclaimed that these were the movers. Good thing. Lyndon did not seem the type who would want to wrangle his own furniture.

"Lyndon, please call me Josie. I didn't expect to see you until next week."

"That's not a problem, is it? I was able to close up my affairs in Hartford more quickly than I expected."

Josie shook her head. The sooner new shops opened in Dorset Falls, the better. And Lyndon had paid a handsome security deposit plus rent for the next six months in advance. She could afford to be flexible on the dates. "Of course not," she said. "I'm thrilled you're here. But where's Harry?"

Lyndon smiled, showing a nice set of teeth. "He's gone to the Catskills on a buying trip. He'll be along in a day or two." He gestured toward the movers, who were rather noisily setting up a ramp from the back of the truck to the pavement. "Can I let them in? The shop is ready?"

"The shop's been ready for a few decades, I'd say. You have your keys, so move in. I cleaned for you." Well, she couldn't take all the credit. Evelyn and Lorna had joined her for a vacuuming and dusting party, then Josie had treated her friends to dinner at the Italian restaurant in the next town over.

Lyndon seemed pleased. "One less detail to worry about. I thank you." His eyes darted toward the truck. The movers were maneuvering a bulky shape onto the ramp. "You know these are antiques, right?" he called to them.

The larger of the two men grinned. "Yup. That's why we're getting paid the big bucks."

"Cheeky," Lyndon said, under his breath, to Josie. He took a deep breath, then spoke louder. "That sideboard is Second Empire. Please be extremely cautious."

The man nodded, then went back to muscling the covered lump down the ramp on a dolly. He and his partner seemed to be doing a careful job, at least while Lyndon was watching. Presumably they had insurance for any non-careful events. Josie wasn't sure to what empire Lyndon had been referring — if there was a second, there must have been a first, she reasoned. Regardless, the furniture must be old.

"I'm just about to have some tea. Would you like to join me and my associate Evelyn for some?" Josie asked.

Lyndon hesitated, looking torn. He finally shook his head. "Very tempting, my dear. But I need to supervise the move. Perhaps another time."

"Of course. You have work to do. Come over anytime," Josie said. She turned back toward her own shop — and felt a little thrill as she thought the words. Her own shop. Would that ever get old? "And Lyndon," she said over her shoulder, "I'm glad you're here."

"Me too," he said, then turned to the movers. "For goodness' sake, be careful, gentlemen."

Josie left him to it.

When she returned to Miss Marple Knits, she found Evelyn sitting on the flowered loveseat in front of the big window that overlooked Main Street. Two mismatched, oversized mugs sat on the coffee table in front of her. Evelyn had used a knitting magazine as a coaster. Steam rolled off the tops of the cups, and Josie sat down, reaching for one gratefully. She wrapped both hands around the mug, interlacing her fingers to maximize the contact with the china. Within moments, her hands and her insides were warm.

"What are you working on?" Josie asked Evelyn, whose nimble fingers were flying. The woman could knit like the wind. Evelyn paused, pulling up a length of yarn from the center-pull ball from which she was working. Josie still wasn't quite sure why yarn did not come from the manufacturer in balls already wound, but she was proud of herself for having mastered the swift and winder, the simple companion machines Miss Marple Knits had for making usable balls of yarn from just-waiting-to-be-tangled loose skeins.

"Fingerless gloves," Evelyn said. "Simple lace pattern. Perfect for this time of year when it's too warm for full gloves or mittens, but too cool to go without." She held up a configuration of four double-pointed needles attached by sapphire-blue yarn that was forming a ribbed cylindrical cuff.

"Pretty. Too bad they aren't finished. I could have used them out there." Josie took a sip of tea. Heaven.

"What took you so long?" Evelyn's words seemed to come out in time to the gentle clack-clackclack of her bamboo needles, her weapons of choice. Some knitters and crocheters preferred metal, and some preferred wood, Josie had learned, so Miss Marple Knits stocked both.

Josie sipped her tea and reached for a chocolate cookie. She bit into the perfect circle and closed her eyes, savoring the chunks of semisweet chocolate as they melted on her tongue. Evelyn was not just an expert knitter. The woman could bake. After Josie swallowed, she said, "The new owner of the antique store is here, a few days early, and moving in. Hear all that noise?"

"I did hear it, and I've already peeked outside." Evelyn kept her eyes trained on her work. Josie didn't comment, but both women knew Evelyn had a predilection for not exactly legal "peeking" that had proved useful when a murder had been committed not long ago. "I didn't have a good view of the owner. What does he look like?"

"Well, he's in his sixties, preppy. If I didn't know he dealt in antiques, I'd have said he was a tenured professor of history or English at Yale."

This was enough to make Evelyn glance up, though her fingers continued to move as if without conscious effort. "Married?" Her voice was all innocence.

"Couldn't say."

"Doesn't he have a partner in the business? Where's he?"

"Lyndon said he'll be in town soon."

The shop bells tinkled as a customer came in, unzipping her jacket and heading straight for the sock yarns. Evelyn began to put her knitting down, but Josie waved her hand. "I'll tend to the customer. You keep knitting. You're good for business."

Evelyn wound the yarn around her needle again, made the stitch, then gave the yarn a firm tug as she moved on to the next needle in her configuration. Evelyn had explained to Josie that the tug would prevent something she called laddering, a line of loose stitches where the needle changes occurred. "Doesn't seem right, you paying me to knit, rather than to do real work in the shop."

"You help more than you know," Josie said, and meant it. "And your knitting away in the front window is the best kind of advertising."

Evelyn's lips pursed. "I might believe that if anyone actually drove down Main Street, Dorset Falls, Connecticut. This place is a ghost town."

Maybe. It had been up to this point. But Josie had a feeling that fortunes might be changing in her newly adopted village. Yarn lovers were beginning to trickle in to Miss Marple Knits, perhaps due to the small amount of advertising Josie had been able to do — her budget was tiny for this — but more likely from word of mouth. It seemed that once a yarn lover heard about a new shop, she would travel quite some distance to check it out.

Josie busied herself behind the counter while her customer filled her basket. Based on the size of the diamond that currently resided on the woman's left hand, which Josie could see sparkling even from across the room, Josie figured this woman had plenty of disposable income. And Miss Marple Knits was an excellent place for her to spend it. Josie did a quick mental calculation. If the woman bought all the yarn in her basket, this sale should be enough to put the shop into the black this month. Don't jinx it, Josie. The sale's not made yet.

A half hour later, after the woman had systematically walked the entire perimeter of the shop, stopping to examine the contents of each bin and cubby that lined the walls as well as to thumb through some of the pattern books, she set her overflowing basket on the counter in front of Josie. She smiled, a bit sheepishly. "I can't help myself. The yarn lust overtakes me." She pulled out her credit card as Josie rang up the sale.

"Personally, I'm glad you can't control your desires. Yarn lust keeps me in business." From across the room, Evelyn laughed. Josie and her customer looked at each other, then both burst out laughing too.

CHAPTER 2

Josie turned up the heater in her ancient Saab, then turned down the radio, which had been emitting its usual static instead of music. It was just after five p.m., and Josie was pleased to see that there was still daylight. While she'd lived in New York and worked in the fashion industry, she'd paid far more attention to the lengthening and shortening of hemlines in response to the seasons than she had to the lengthening and shortening of days. But the longer she stayed in Dorset Falls, the more in tune with the natural world she seemed to become.

If anyone had told her six months ago she'd be living on a farm in rural Connecticut — and actually doing chores on that farm — she'd have said he or she was crazy and signaled the bartender for another round of whatever that person was having. And yet here she was, pulling into the dirt driveway alongside her great-uncle's farmhouse, property that had been in her family for a hundred years. Oh, she hadn't completely ruled out moving back to New York someday. But for now, she found that it was supremely satisfying to be working toward something, toward making a success of Miss Marple Knits, rather than working so someone else — she couldn't help thinking of her horrid former boss, the designer Otto Heinrich — could be successful.

Josie parked to the right of her great-uncle's truck and cut the engine. From somewhere in the vicinity of the house came the sound of barking, then a high-pitched howl. She braced herself as a huge yellow beast bounded off the porch and came to sit just outside her driver's side door, panting.

"Move it, Jethro," Josie said as she opened the door, gently pushing the dog aside and exiting the car. The dog stared at her, his big brown eyes boring into hers. He gave a sharp bark, then raced off in the direction of the bare lilac bush in the middle of the front yard when she threw something.

Josie let out a breath she hadn't known she'd been holding. She and Jethro had made a tentative peace during her residence here, largely thanks to the liberal application of dog treats. But her cat, Coco, still spent a fair amount of time in hiding when Jethro was indoors.

"Oops, can't forget this." Josie leaned back into the car and reached across the seat. The paper bag she pulled out was emitting a delicious smell: hot roast beef grinder with grilled onions. Lorna, who cooked and clerked at the general store, had thoughtfully left off the green peppers, since she knew they didn't agree with Eb.

As Josie shouldered her purse with her free hand and bumped the door closed with her hip, Jethro reappeared, apparently drawn by the scent of the meat. Not that she could blame him. It was all she could do not to rip open the paper here and now and take a bite. Josie held the bag high and made her way up the sagging front porch of the old farmhouse she now called home.

"Eb?" Her uncle didn't answer as she entered the house and kicked off her boots. When she'd arrived here from New York, she'd brought a cute pair of fur-lined clogs. Now she'd traded those in for a pair of water — and mud — proof boots. Here in the country, there were compromises to be made. You could be fashionable and uncomfortable, or less fashionable but warm and dry. These days, surprising herself, Josie was opting for the latter.

The crackling of the wood stove in the kitchen was audible even at this distance. Eb must have loaded it recently, because it was blasting enough heat to smelt iron. With Jethro right at her heels, just waiting for her to make a mistake, Josie didn't dare set down the bag containing the sandwich. So the irritating bead of sweat that was currently rolling down her nose continued to make its descent, and she was unable to wipe it away.

"Eb?" she called again. "I brought dinner." He didn't answer. She reached up and set the bag on top of the refrigerator out of Jethro's reach, then shrugged gratefully out of her sweater and fanned herself with the neck of her T-shirt. The door that led to Eb's workshop, a room that, according to her great-uncle, had formerly been a woodshed, was ajar. Josie peeked in.

Eb looked up at her over the top rims of his black-framed cheaters. His impressive eyebrows were drawn together over his customary scowl. "You brought food?" He went back to work on whatever he'd been fiddling with. "When are you going to learn to cook?"

(Continues…)



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A Knit before Dying 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
eternity21 3 months ago
The book takes place in a small town in Connecticut. Josie Blair has moved there from New York when her Aunt passed away and stayed to run Miss Marple Knits a yarn store and take care of her elderly Uncle Eb. She has made a few knitting friends Evelyn, Helen and a few others. A new antique store is opening next door but there is a murder and Josie starts investigating and of course stirs up some trouble for herself. I really enjoyed the interaction of the characters. They are fairly well fleshed and even though I had not read the first book I was able to figure out the dynamics of the characters easily. I want to go back and read the 1st book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like in her first book in the series, about the time the reader thinks a certain character is guilty, she shifts. This book has some great twists, and I don't mean cables.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
First book in the Tangled Web series. Great story telling with quirky, likeable characters. Who-dun-it was a surprise at the end. Will keep you guessing. I hope that the author will write more for this series. Would love to see what happens with Mitch and Josie. If you are a cozy mystery fan, you will enjoy these books. Quick read. Just over 200 pages.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
A Knit Before Dying (Tangled Web Mystery #2) by author Sadie Hartwell is a delightful cozy mystery featuring our heroine, Josie Blair, and her yarn shop, Miss Marple's Knits (side note: I love, love, love the name of this shop!!!). One of Josie's new next door neighbors is found stabbed to death on the floor of his antique shop, and Josie must help clear the name of his business partner. Well-written and a quick-paced read, even though A Knit Before Dying is the second in the series it can certainly be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first in the series yet but enjoyed this lovely cozy so much that I'll be doing so asap! A+
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
Josie Blair rents the space attached to her yarn shop to an antiques dealer, who is killed one evening as Josie and some of her knitting friends are gathered in her shop. The dead man’s business partner is suspected of the crime, but Josie has her doubts and decides to look into matters on her own. This is a great cozy with a likable cast of characters, and a setting that I absolutely loved. I’m a crocheter, not a knitter, but I still wish I could visit Miss Marple Knits. NOTE: I voluntarily read and reviewed an early copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second in this series is just as interest as the first book. Love the story line and each character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love reading books with engaging characters and interesting story lines. The author has mastered the art of intertwining plot lines and developing characters and relationships. I am hooked and can't wait for the next book in this series!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
secrets from the past A KNIT BEFORE DYING by Sadie Hartwell The Second Tangled Web Mystery Josie Blair is adjusting to life in small town Connecticut. A shop owner and new landlady, Josie's happy to see new life coming into the too quiet town. One of her new tenants has just moved in next door and the competition is on between two of her older friends to see who can snag this eligible antiques dealer. There are rumblings of trouble, however. Dougie, mayor and owner of the general store, is cutting corners at the g.s. and Diantha is still spewing venomous hatred at Josie. But everyone is in for a bigger shock when Josie meets her second tenant standing by the very dead body of his partner. Josie Blair and her friends are back, breathing new life into Dorset Falls. Of course, since this is a mystery series the book also brings new death. In the second book in the Tangled Web Mystery series Sadie Hartwell takes on secrets from the past, combining an old missing persons case, with a new murder. Could they be related? Trouble at the general store, the ongoing feud between her uncle and Mitch's grandfather, and Josie's own inability to knit create a multidimensional story. Hartwell leads readers through a gamut of emotions including curiosity, anger, concern, and joy combined with laughter. I especially love Jethro and the pranks of the two crotchety old men!. It's great to be back in Dorset Falls. We're given a fine mystery as well as a story about friendship and community. A KNIT BEFORE DYING is a book knitters will love, but you don't have to know how to knit to enjoy this book, heck, even Josie, our protagonist and owner of Miss Marple Knits, doesn't know how to knit. The book is about more than just knitting and yarn. It's about reaching out, trying new things, and creating new relationships. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Knit Before Dying by Sadie Hartwell is the second cozy mystery in A Tangled Web Mystery series. Josie Blair owns Miss Marple Knits as well as the building next to it in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Josie has recently leased to Lyndon Bailey and his business partner, Harry Oglethorpe for Nutmeg Antiques and Curiosities. Josie purchases a box of beautiful (and one a little unusual) handcrafted doilies from Lyndon after he arrives. The day after the weekly knitting meetings, Josie heads over to give Lyndon some brownies. She walks in to find a stranger looking very pale standing in the middle of the shop. Josie goes to where the man is looking and finds Lyndon on the floor behind the checkout counter stabbed with old sheep shears. The stranger is Lyndon’s business partner, Harry. The police quickly zero in on Harry as the killer. Josie feels the solution is not so simple. She exchanges her knitting needles for a magnifying glass as she searches for clues and suspects. Who could have wanted to harm Dorset Falls newest citizen? A Knit Before Dying may be the second book in A Tangled Web Mystery series, but it can be read alone. I do, though, recommend the delightful Yarned and Dangerous (first book in series). I was hooked with Yarned and Dangerous and could not wait to get my hands on A Knit Before Dying. I thought A Knit Before Dying was easy to read and had nice, relatable characters (there is a nice mix too). I appreciated the small-town setting and the yarn shop (I want to buy up all the beautiful yarn). The book has a nice, steady flow which keeps the book moving toward the conclusion. One of my favorite characters is Josie’s uncle, Eben Lloyd. He is such a character. I found myself laughing at his antics (his practical joke was very clever and amusing). My rating for A Knit Before Dying is 4.5 out of 5 stars (I loved it, but I did accurately solve mystery before reveal). I thought the mystery was intriguing with its complexity and uniqueness (hooray). Many readers will be surprised by the outcome (I loved it). I did feel that food was given too much attention. I do not need to know each and every item that the main character eats (I have been seeing this a lot lately in cozy mysteries). The romance element was light and nicely handled (thank you Ms. Hartwell). The ending is sweet and I loved who is teaching Josie to knit. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in A Tangled Web Mystery series.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I give a book 5 stars. It wasn't difficult to decide to honor Sadie Hartwell, Josie and the fun residents of Dorsett Falls with my 5 star rating. Here's what I liked loved about A Knit Before Dying. If I was choosing the best plot of the year it would go to Sadie. Best integration of title to the plot. I don't want to give anything away but this author does an amazing job of weaving or in this case Knitting the title into the plot of the story. Best integration of theme of series to the plot I don't think I've read a book with a better integration of the theme. The knitting theme is woven through out the book/plot. The author provides patterns at the end. The cast of characters in A Knit Before Dying are fun and endearing. Josie gets some help from Miss Evelyn is an elderly bit of a snoop. Always ready to jump cook a casserole or jump in and help Josie out in her sleuthing. Or instigating a little matchmaking. Josie's uncle Eb is just a character who plays tricks on a neighbor all because of a years old family feud. Then there is Lorna the cook and waitress of the local diner. Lorna plays a huge part in the plot/story by providing food for Josie and Uncle Eb. I don't want to 'spill the beans' so to speak but the story ends with Lorna becoming the owner of the local diner. Will we see Lorna as a main character in a future installment? We can only hope! I would love to see some of Lorna's recipes included. There is a brewing romance between Josie and her neighbor Mitch. I suspect that things might begin to simmer in book 3. Although A Knit Before Dying is book 2 of the series it is written as a stand alone book. I have not had the chance to read book 1. I was not at all lost. The only negative I can mention is the wait for book 3! If your a fan of good and clean books you need to check this book out! I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Tours.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I give a book 5 stars. It wasn't difficult to decide to honor Sadie Hartwell, Josie and the fun residents of Dorsett Falls with my 5 star rating. Here's what I liked loved about A Knit Before Dying. If I was choosing the best plot of the year it would go to Sadie. Best integration of title to the plot. I don't want to give anything away but this author does an amazing job of weaving or in this case Knitting the title into the plot of the story. Best integration of theme of series to the plot I don't think I've read a book with a better integration of the theme. The knitting theme is woven through out the book/plot. The author provides patterns at the end. The cast of characters in A Knit Before Dying are fun and endearing. Josie gets some help from Miss Evelyn is an elderly bit of a snoop. Always ready to jump cook a casserole or jump in and help Josie out in her sleuthing. Or instigating a little matchmaking. Josie's uncle Eb is just a character who plays tricks on a neighbor all because of a years old family feud. Then there is Lorna the cook and waitress of the local diner. Lorna plays a huge part in the plot/story by providing food for Josie and Uncle Eb. I don't want to 'spill the beans' so to speak but the story ends with Lorna becoming the owner of the local diner. Will we see Lorna as a main character in a future installment? We can only hope! I would love to see some of Lorna's recipes included. There is a brewing romance between Josie and her neighbor Mitch. I suspect that things might begin to simmer in book 3. Although A Knit Before Dying is book 2 of the series it is written as a stand alone book. I have not had the chance to read book 1. I was not at all lost. The only negative I can mention is the wait for book 3! If your a fan of good and clean books you need to check this book out! I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Tours.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book. This second installment takes us back to Dorset Falls where Josie is getting more comfortable running Miss Marple Knits even though she still has knot learned how to knit a stitch. She and Uncle Eb are also getting used to living together, him creating his “thingamajigs” and she making sure he eats and taking care of the house. She also has new tenants in the store next to hers. Lyndon Bailey is opening an antique store. His partner Harry Oglethorpe will be on the road searching for more items to sell. While welcoming Lyndon she notices a box of vintage doilies. She doesn’t know what she’ll do with them yet but she can’t resist especially at the price Lyndon is asking. But before any other customers can gaze at his treasures Josie finds Lyndon dead the next day. A pair of sheep shears protruding from his chest. His partner, Harry, has arrived in town just in time to become the police’s prime suspect. Josie disagrees and quickly finds herself tangled up in another murder investigation. The characters I loved are all back in this one. Josie, a smart and determined woman is an wonderful leading lady. Her Uncle Eb plays a major prank on his neighbor Roy, and Mitch is there to help Josie get to the bottom of it. Their relationship also takes a small step in the right direction in a surprising and absolutely perfect way. The author has added some interesting new characters as well. Harry trying to prove his innocence. Lyndon’s niece, Taylor arrives in town with a television producer claiming to be her uncle’s heir. We also learn about Bea Ryder, the woman who made the doilies. She disappeared from town many years ago and the case is still open. Ms. Hartwell blends a old mystery with a new one and cleverly draws the reader into both. I was so impressed with how she connected everything together while giving us so many delightful twists. Life around Dorset Falls in knit right into the mysteries too. I found this book very hard to put down and would have read it all in one night had I not needed to get a little sleep. The story contains enough of a backstory and would read well all on its own, but I recommend reading Yarned and Dangerous too! I totally enjoyed my return trip to Dorset Falls. The characters are so engaging and the mysteries were quite a test to solve. Maybe by the next visit Josie may have learned to knit and maybe even purl. I hope we don’t have to wait too long.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Knit Before Dying - Tangled Web Mystery Book 2 Author: Sadie Hartwell Publisher: Kensington Books Published: 8-20-2017 Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Suspense, Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths, Crafts & Hobbies, ISBN: 9781617737206 ASIN: B01CMGW66U Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensington Books Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars Josie Blair, owner of Miss Marple Knits in Dorset Falls, Connecticut, leases her second property to Lyndon Bailey and his business partner, Harry Oglethorpe for Nutmeg Antiques and Curiosities. When she goes to bring Lyndon some of her brownies she finds a shaken and pale Harry looking at the murdered body of Lyndon. Police are sure Harry is the killer, but Josie's not convinced. She begins her own investigation to find the real killer. Has a few lovely knitting patterns of Sadie Hartwell included. Sadie Hartwell brings to mind a sleepy, picturesque village with her words. A place where you can walk the street and brows through windows in to a variety of shops, Drop in for a chat as you shop or share a cup of tea. Filled with interesting people you will enjoy getting to know better. Overall a town you would not mind visiting often "A Knit Before Dying is a well written complex mystery with a few twist and turns and moves quickly and smoothly from scene to scene. This is the second book in the series thus far, but can be read without the benefit of having read the first book. My rating of "A Knit Before Dying - Tangled Web Mystery Book 2" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
This was the second book in the series, but it was the first that I have read. I was able to follow along with no problems. There was enough background information that I was informed without feeling like I was drowning in unnecessary information. I absolutely adored the characters! They were all very unique, and most were quite loveable. Josie was very down to earth and realistic. Josie and Mitch have a brewing romance. It wasn't portrayed as some schoolgirl obsession that occupies every second, but rather as an actual connection that could develop into something real and long lasting. There was a cold case in addition to the fresh one. I liked how Josie wanted to see justice prevail, but she wasn't throwing herself into the path of a killer. This book had many comedic aspects. Like the feud that Josie's great uncle has with their neighbor, who also happens to be the grandfather of her love interest! I found myself chuckling at several of these moments. I am looking foward to a return visit with Josie and the rest of the gang! I received a free copy of this book, I am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved these books! They grabbed and held my attention all the way through! You felt like you were right there with the characters. I would recommend these books to anybody that needs to get lost in a good mystery! Very well written and can't wait to see what is up next from this wonderful author!
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
The Tangled Web Mystery series should come with a warning.... You will NOT be able put the books down. Before you pick up a book you will need to clear your schedule for the forseeable future. You will get lost with Josie in Dorset Falls and will not want to leave....even when you finish the book. Sadie Hartwell is an amazing author and her talent is amazing as well !! When you are reading her books, you will be taken away on a journey meeting some awesome people. Josie Blair is just getting use to living in Dorset Falls with her grouchy Uncle Eb. She is now the proud owner of her Aunt Cora's yarn store and she is about to be a landlady for an antique store opening up next door. That is until one of the owners is murdered. Josie has a way with secretly figuring things out. And she always seems to ask the right questions. When she is cleaning a box of doiles, one of the doiles is very different and she starts to wonder about who the owner could have been and what secrets the box holds. It will amaze you how Hartwell can take a case from years ago and work it into the present time and how she involves Josie will knock your socks off !!! I love Dorset Falls and everything and everyone there !! I wish it were an actual place that I could visit. But I'll take reading about it and enjoying my time between the covers of the book....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. (but I would have bought it anyway!) In her first novel in the Tangled Web Mystery series, “Yarned and Dangerous” Sadie Hartwell introduced us to Josie Blair, a former Manhattanite who came to Dorset Falls, CT to assist her Great Uncle Eb after the death of his wife, Cora. One of her tasks was to close Cora’s yarn store, Miss Marple’s Knits. As soon as she did this, Josie was heading back to her life in NYC. But the town, the people, the store (and even grumpy Uncle Eb) made Josie so welcome that she decided to stay. Shortly after arrival there was a murder – right in the shop! - and Josie and some old friends of Cora’s put on their sleuthing hats (handknit, of course) and worked to solve it. In her new novel, “A Knit Before Dying” Sadie continues Josie’s story. A bit more experienced in handling both her great aunt’s store as well as her Uncle Eb, Josie is happy to welcome a new tenant to the building she has inherited in hopes of reviving the downtown shopping area. However, before the antique store is even open, the new owner is murdered. The partner of the murder victim, his property-hungry daughter and a ruthless TV producer are all suspects. Weaving their way through a variety of long held secrets, family feuds and disgruntled neighbors, can Josie and friends come up with the real killer before a possibly innocent suspect is jailed as well as helping to solve the cold case of a missing woman? Warm and comfy, like an over-stuffed armchair and a luscious skein of alpaca, Sadie Hartwell has spun another tale of intrigue, friendship and, of course, yarn! Knitters will relate to the joy of a fiber community the store provides, the bond knitting can bring, life in a small town - and many people will want to go to the g.s. (general store) for some mouth-watering clam chowder and sandwiches. The question is – will Josie ever learn to knit?
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Knit Before Dying is the second book in the A Tangled Web Mystery series. An interesting and enjoyable follow-up to the first book, Yarned And Dangerous. It’s only been a couple months since Uncle Eban made Josie the proud owner of the yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits, and building, but also the building next door. Today, her first tenant, Lyndon Bailey is moving his antique business in. A couple days later Josie heads over to pay Lyndon for some doilies that he had gotten at the sale of Bea Ryder’s estate and that Josie thought she could repurpose. When she enters the antique store she finds a man standing over the body Bailey, he had been stabbed with an antique tool from the store. The man introduces himself as Harry Oglethorpe, the partner with Bailey and claims to have been on a buying trip for the store. Then Kai Norton shows claiming that he had an agreement with Bailey to produce a reality TV show centering around the antique business. He has with him, Taylor, who claims to be Bailey’s niece and is to be in the show, too. Soon Taylor demands to be allowed access to the store. She claims she wants to look for the partnership agreement between her uncle and Harry. But Josie wonders if there is some other reason she is so anxious to gain entrance. The story behind Bea Ryder and the doilies will become an integral part of the story. Bea Ryder at one time had a dress shop across the street from Miss Marple Knits. Bea has been missing for a couple decades and no knows if she is still alive or dead. One of the doilies that were in the box proves extremely valuable in learning the identity of the killer, but will Josie be able to unravel everything before it is too late. We get to learn more about the cantankerous Uncle Eb and Roy Woodruff feud that has them playing pranks on each other for a number of years. As well learn more about some of the characters. A very exciting follow-up to the first book, Yarned and Dangerous. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book and to learn more about the quaint little town of Dorset Falls. Knitting patterns are also included with the book