Died in the Wool (Knitting Mystery Series #1)

Died in the Wool (Knitting Mystery Series #1)

by Mary Kruger
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Died in the Wool (Knitting Mystery Series #1) by Mary Kruger

The first novel in Mary Kruger's "lively" (Publishers Weekly) knitting-themed mystery series set in coastal Massachusetts.

Ariadne Evans is the proud owner of her very own knitting shop. And she's just got herself in a stitch.

When Ariadne enters her knitting store one day to find longtime customer Edith Perry strangled to death with homespun yarn, she fears her life is about to come undone -- again, since she's still getting over a divorce. Her worries increase when she's questioned by detective Joshua Pierce, who may or may not have designs on her. While Josh pieces together the details of the crime, clues about Ariadne's ties to Miss Perry come to light...and a bizarre pattern unfolds. Now it's up to Ariadne to do some sleuthing of her own. Can she untangle the investigation without getting snarled up into too much trouble? That depends on whether the killer is as crafty as she is....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416544654
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Knitting Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 445,457
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 4.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Kruger is an avid knitter and the author of the Gilded Age mystery series. She lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Died in the Wool (Knitting Mystery Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
debbook More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite cozy mystery theme is knitting mysteries. And Died in the Wool is one of my favorite cozies of all. Ariadne Evans is the owner of Ariadne's Web, a successful knitting shop. Cranky Edith Perry is a difficult customer and not beloved in their Massachusetts town. But then she is found dead; strangled in some homespun wool. Edith was about to buy the building that housed Ariadne's Web and raise the rent on Ariadne's shop and that makes Ari a prime suspect, at least according detective Joshua Pierce. my review: Though this follows the usual cozy mystery formula, it does so with a nice amount of humor and plenty of interesting characters: her Aunt Laura, ex-husband Ted, their seven year old daughter, Megan, her friend Diane and her husband Joe, part-time employees Kaitlin and Summer, Edith's son, and the usual small-towners to keep you guessing to the end as to the real killer. The story is from the point of view of Ari and Joshua, which makes it different from the usual cozy. While formulaic, it stands above others that I have read as it is better written and engaging. This comes with a few basic knitting patterns but nothing really interesting. But it makes me want to knit! I definitely recommend this for cozy fans. I also recommend her next book, Knit Fast, Die Young my rating 4/5
Knit_Gal More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Freeport, Massachusetts, most if not all locals detest landlady Edith Perry. She makes her opinions on controversial issues known usually taking the most unpopular position; she informs her lease holders that she is raising their rent; finally she is developing property just outside of Freeport over the objections of most townsfolk. --- The police are not shocked when someone murders Edith using purple yarn. The obvious prime suspect is divorced mother of one Ariadne Evans, owner of Ariadne's Web yarn store, who found the corpse in her establishment. Ariadne has the motive since Edith¿s rent increase could shut down her business; she had the means as her store contains all sorts of homespun yarns including the murder weapon; finally she had the opportunity as the homicide occurred when her shop was closed leaving her with no alibi. Though police detective John Pierce likes Ariadne, she knows she remains at the top of the suspect list so she begins to untangle the threads hoping to knit a new pattern that displays the killer¿s identity. --- The author of the ¿Gilded Age¿ mysteries, Mary Kruger provides a fine amateur sleuth cozy starring a likable heroine and a fine detective who has just moved into the town. Ariadne, whose first reaction to finding the body is nice yarn around victim¿s neck, investigates the murder one thread at a time until she decides to become bait. Thus the audience receives a fine who-done-it though like John wonder why Ariadne, whose daughter Megan already suffers nightmares over her mom's involvement, would risk her life as a Nancy Drew imitator.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, fast read but the author made the "star" so stupid. I seriously doubt anyone whose life is threatened and also has a young child would knowingly put herself in danger. And, yet this is what was done in the story. Fortunately I purchased this as a daily find but personally do not recommend it at the full price.
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babsjean More than 1 year ago
Now that I've found this author and her books I sure hope there will be plenty more from her.
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Ok, just deserving of further interest