Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins . . .
Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade . . .
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“A tale of murder and intrigue that will ensnare knitters and non-knitters alike. I couldn’t put it down.”—Barbara Ross
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"Don't ask me to do this. Please." Josie Blair set her coffee mug down on the table. Hot brown liquid sloshed over onto the mess of papers spread across the surface, which served as a desk as well as a place to eat. "Darn it." She crossed the floor of her tiny Brooklyn kitchen, opened a drawer, and pulled out a paper towel.
"There's no need to swear at me," her mother said.
"Sorry. And 'darn it' isn't exactly a cuss, Mom. It wasn't directed at you." Josie began to blot at the mess. She took a deep breath. "I can't go back to that hick town to take care of Uncle Eben. I barely remember him." Her cat, Coco, twined around her feet. She reached down and stroked the soft black fur. Coco allowed the petting for a moment, then trotted off on her little white paws.
"The man is recovering from a broken leg. And he's grieving. He and Cora weren't married long, but they cared about each other. There isn't anyone else, Josie."
"Only because he's scared off every visiting nurse in the county."
Her mother grinned. "As soon as I get back, I'll relieve you. It'll only be a couple of weeks."
Right. A couple of weeks of drop-dead boredom. "Mom, all you have to do is cancel your cruise. Simple." Josie felt awful even as she said it and wished she could take it back.
Her mother, bless her, didn't seem to mind. "It's nonrefundable, as you well know. You said you've got vacation time coming. Why not take it in the country? Connecticut will be beautiful this time of year, with all the snow."
Josie poured herself a fresh cup of coffee and filled her mother's mug. She set a plate of cookies from her favorite bakery in Greenwich Village in front of her mother, selecting a macaroon for herself.
"You can bring some work with you," her mother continued. "Uncle Eb lives in the boondocks, but he has electricity and a telephone. Your computer will work. Cora's yarn shop has to be closed up, and Eb can't do that alone."
Josie's eyes fell on the pegs she'd installed near the front door. On one peg hung a classic camel Burberry coat she'd found in a consignment store. Around the collar of that coat hung a lacy scarf, hand-knit of yarn in the colors of the ocean — azure, aqua, and green. Cora, her great-uncle's wife, had sent Josie the scarf just before she died in the car accident that injured Eb. Guilt pricked Josie's gut. She had never met Cora, and she never would now.
Josie looked at her mother and felt her resolve crumbling. The last place on earth she wanted to go was back to Dorset Falls, where she'd lived for a couple of years as a teenager. But her mother had sacrificed so much to raise Josie alone on a teacher's salary. If anyone deserved a Mediterranean cruise, it was Katherine Blair.
"I'll drop you at LaGuardia tomorrow so you can catch your flight to Italy. Then I'll head up to Connecticut on Sunday," Josie said, dropping a kiss into her mother's highlighted hair.
Katherine smiled, gratitude evident in her eyes. "That's my girl."
Her girl hoped she wasn't making a big mistake. And wondered whether her car would make it all the way to the Litchfield hills.
Josie switched off the radio. She'd been out of range of any listenable station for miles, and the combination of the static, the drone of the tires of her ancient Saab, and the bright glare of the sun made her head ache. Unfortunately, her aspirin were packed away in her tote bag in the backseat. She'd finished her coffee around New Rochelle and her diet Mountain Dew somewhere around New Haven, so there was nothing to swallow the pills with anyway.
She was also rather urgently in need of a rest stop, which were few and far between on this interminable stretch of highway. Not only could she not recall how far back the last rest stop had been, she could not recall the last time she'd actually seen a commercial building along this road.
According to Antonio, the deep, Italian-accented voice of her portable GPS unit, she'd arrive at Uncle Eben's place around eleven a.m. if she didn't stop for lunch. Why couldn't all men be like Antonio? He was always calm, and kind, and he never got mad at you if your plans changed. He understood if you had to go a different way for a while. He just recalculated the route and gave you your next direction, all with that same smooth, nonjudgmental voice.
Unlike some people I know. Last night's argument with Otto still had her fuming.
"You have got to be kidding me," Otto had said, pointing a yak kabob at her over dinner. "The magazine goes to press in ten days, and you're leaving now? Unacceptable."
Josie took a bite of her asparagus risotto, letting the cheesy richness melt on her tongue before she answered. His stare was making her uncomfortable. She should have loved her job. Otto Heinrich was a well-known, some said brilliant, fashion designer, and as his assistant she had nearly unlimited access to him. If she wanted to sell her own designs someday, she couldn't ask for better experience. Still, Otto had his moods and he often took his frustrations out on Josie.
"Jennifer can handle anything that comes up. She knows the magazine as well as I do."
"She's not you. When are you going to take this job seriously?" He stabbed his fork into the pile of whole grain pasta on his plate and began a vicious twirl. He shoved the pasta into his mouth and let his eyes rest on her chest as he chewed.
God, she hated him when he was like this, all snotty and self-righteous. And lewd. "My collection is coming along just fine." Okay, that was kind of a fib. She'd been working on designs for next fall, but her drawings stunk and she knew it. She had a great eye for fashion and a talent for writing about it, but it was becoming apparent, after a Master of Fine Arts degree she was still paying for and would be for years to come, that she might, possibly, not be a designer.
"I find it hard to believe that you'd rather go take care of some old geezer you hardly know than work with me." Otto whipped his head around, and his shiny blond ponytail swung out in a wide arc, barely missing a passing busboy. Otto had better hair than she did. "Waiter! Another glass of this wine, please."
"He's family, Otto," she said, crossing her arms defensively. "He's old, and he needs me." So what if she hadn't seen Uncle Eben in years? She would get to know him now, that was for sure. Maybe her memories of his crotchetiness weren't accurate. Maybe he'd turned into a big sweetie in his old age, with a faithful, friendly dog by his side. It would be nice to have a dog, she thought. I could take it for walks along Uncle Eb's quiet country road, and not worry about picking up after it.
"What about me? Don't I count for something?" Otto almost, but not quite, managed a convincing pout. "We could be very good together, you know." He ran a finger up her arm.
Josie recoiled. Otto was an equal-opportunity lech, gawking unabashedly at every woman in the Haus of Heinrich offices. She knew for a fact that he'd been sleeping for months with the receptionist, a dark-haired sylph with modeling aspirations. Up until now, other than a few lascivious glances that Josie had ignored, he'd behaved himself around her. But since he broke up with Anastasia, something had changed, and he'd been dropping hints to Josie, which she'd also ignored. If she had to guess, she'd say that Otto probably didn't like the idea that Josie had a life and obligations that didn't revolve around him and his company. And he was arrogant enough to think his Germanic charms would be enough to keep her in New York and working for him forever.
But no job was worth doing ... that. She'd studied hard and worked hard to get where she was, and she was not going to become Otto's Flavor of the Month no matter how much she needed the income. Anger bubbled up, and she swallowed it down. "No, we couldn't be anything together." Purse slung over her shoulder, she stormed off toward the front of the restaurant, then stopped and returned to the table.
Otto sat back in his chair, smiling. There was a sound of leather-on-leather as his hand-tailored jacket scraped against the upholstery. "If you leave again, don't come back."
Josie picked up her plate of risotto. She hefted the plate. It was made of good, solid white china. There was still a lot of food left on it, and, if she threw it at him, it would make a very satisfying mess. It might even hurt. Certainly, the leather suit jacket would be ruined.
Otto's face went serious again. "Don't do anything we'll both regret, Josie," he warned. She looked at the plate again, and the delicious cheesy aroma drifted up into her nostrils.
"Miss?" She addressed the server passing by with a tray of drinks. "Could I get a to-go box?" Turning to Otto, she said, "I quit."
"You can't quit." He threw back the rest of his wine. "You've already been fired."
Welcome to Dorset Falls. Josie passed the sign and drove into town. Her spirits sank. The place was far, far worse than she remembered. Almost every brick and glass storefront downtown was empty, their windows covered in brown paper. She glanced up to see a sign over a corner shop. Miss Marple Knits. That must be Cora's place, she thought. There couldn't be two yarn stores in a village this size. No Starbucks. No nail salon. No department store.
Josie sighed. It was only for a few weeks. When she got back to New York, she would convince Otto to give her her job back — he would have fixated on someone else by then — and she would apply herself in earnest to those designs. She was sure she could do it. Pretty sure, anyway.
"We can do this, too, Coco. I think." Josie's tuxedo cat yawled from her carrier in the backseat as Josie turned down a side street and drove back out of town.
"Arriving at destination, on left," Antonio said a few minutes later.
Josie slammed on the pedal, and the Saab fishtailed on the gravel road. She reversed as far as the mailbox, which consisted of a lidded bucket made of some kind of dull gray metal welded onto a pole. LLOYD was hand lettered in black paint across the front of the receptacle.
The driveway was narrow and opened out onto snow-covered lawn on either side. "What are those things?" Josie said out loud. Coco didn't answer. Numerous weirdly sculptural rusty bits of metal stuck up from under the snow, while strange lumps dotted the front lawn. She rolled to a stop in a graveled area at the side of the house as a huge, shaggy beast barreled off the front porch and barked loudly at the driver's side door. Josie jumped back involuntarily. Coco hissed and began to scratch at the sides of her plastic prison. Only glass stood between them and Cujo, who looked ready to maul them to a bloody pulp.
Great, she thought. Trapped. Now what? Josie looked around the front seat for something she could use as a weapon, but realized she couldn't do much damage with the wadded-up potato chip bags and candy wrappers that littered the passenger seat. Could she poke the thing in the eye with the straw from her gutbuster Mountain Dew?
"Jethro!" a voice commanded from the front porch. Josie's eyes followed the huge yellow dog as it ran toward the source. An elderly man dressed in a faded plaid flannel shirt unbuttoned over a gray thermal Henley stood propped up on crutches. He wore a pair of dusty green utilitarian pants, the left leg shortened and frayed over a white fiberglass cast. "Down," the man ordered, and the dog obeyed, dropping to the deck and panting, tail wagging.
Josie drew a breath and willed her heart rate to return to normal. The engine was still running. She could back out of the driveway and head right back to New York, without even getting out of the car. Even from this distance she could see her great-uncle's furrowed forehead and the fact that he was glaring at her from underneath a formidable set of gray, hairy eyebrows.
"Well, ain't you coming in?" the man yelled. "The dog don't bite. Unless I tell him to."
She lifted her chin and opened the car door. Josie Blair was no sissy. She'd lived in New York City for more than a decade. She could handle this old man and his slavering canine too.
Smile plastered on her face, Josie exited the car. "Uncle Eben? It's been a long time."
"Not long enough, missy," he said, pointing a crutch at her. "I don't need you here, and I don't want you here."
"You haven't changed a bit, Unc. Just as charming as you were when I was a kid." Josie set the cat carrier on the semifrozen ground, opened her trunk, and pulled out a suitcase and her laptop bag. She could come out for the rest, including a small litter box and Coco's special organic food, once she settled in.
"Hmmph," Uncle Eb snorted. "And you've still got a smart mouth. You'll have to carry in your own gear. I got a busted flipper."
She made her way past some cylindrical wire cages stacked up around desiccated brown plants loaded with some rotten orbs that might once have been tomatoes. The porch of the old house sagged, but seemed solid enough beneath her fur-lined clogs. She kept her distance from the dog, whose tail was now wagging furiously.
"You might as well come in." The man pivoted and opened the screen door, then the heavy wooden inner door, and clumped inside. The screen door slammed shut behind him, leaving Josie outside.
"Old coot," she muttered.
"Nothing wrong with my hearing, sweet pea."
The front door opened into a good-sized room with no discernible purpose. There was a large wooden table in the center, surrounded by wooden dining room chairs. Both the table and the chairs were piled high with newspapers, junk mail, and other detritus. If this was a dining room, no dining had taken place here recently. Eb sat down in a burnt-orange velour recliner positioned by the front window, and dropped his crutches on the floor beside him. Jethro lay down at his feet and let out a doggie sigh.
"Can you cook?" Eb said.
Josie dropped her suitcase to the floor with a thunk. "If by cooking you mean opening packages of frozen food and putting them in the microwave, or running a Keurig machine, then yes. I'm a great cook." She shrugged out of her fleece jacket, unwound the scarf from around her neck, and deposited both on top of a Vermont Country Store catalog on the closest chair. Coco took off like a shot when the door to her carrier was opened, and Josie wondered when, if ever, she'd see her again. But the cat had been a stray when Josie took her in, so it was a good bet she could take care of herself.
Eb's eyes lit up. "What's that?"
"That Kyoorick machine. What does it do? Is it a farm tool?" Eb shifted around and repositioned his broken leg. "I ain't as spry as I used to be, and I need my tools."
Josie smiled. "That's a kind of coffeemaker."
"Oh. Well, I need my coffee too. But the only kind of coffeemaker you'll find here sets on the burner and perks till it's done. I wouldn't mind some coffee, come to think of it." He pulled a newspaper and a pencil out of the side pocket of the recliner. A little cloud of dust rose up and dispersed into the winter sunlight streaming in through the window. "And maybe some lunch."
She sighed. This was why she was here. To take care of Eb. She was determined to make the best of it. "Which way's the kitchen?"
Eb didn't look up from the paper, but penciled something onto what appeared to be the crossword puzzle. He gestured vaguely toward the opposite wall.
Josie followed his gaze. There were three raised-panel doors set in the wall. What was behind Door Number One?
"Not that one, missy. That's my room. The middle one."
She turned the knob and pushed open the door. A blast of hot air hit her, presumably coming from the enormous woodstove blazing away in the center of the room. A drip of sweat ran down her nose, and she wiped it away with her sleeve.
"Leave that door open, wouldja?" Eb called from the other room.
Gladly, if it would dissipate some of the heat. She pulled the wool sweater over her head, adjusted her T-shirt, and dropped the sweater on the counter. A search of the painted wooden cupboards yielded a can of tomato soup. She checked the expiration date. It was still good, and it had a pull top, which was also good because there was no sign of a can opener. All the kitchen drawers were full, and the last one she'd pulled open had been full of mousetraps and a package of poison. Perhaps Coco could make herself useful around here, if she weren't torn to shreds by Jethro first.
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Enjoyed reading this little book. It inspired me to pick up my needles again. Loved the interaction between characters and description of locale.
Josie Blair goes back to Dorset Falls, CT to help her Great-Uncle Eb out while her mother goes on a cruise. Her Uncle Eb broke his leg in a car accident that killed his wife and he cannot get around on his farm or close up the yarn shop Miss Marple's (love that name) with his broken leg. Josie learns to gather eggs (and I must say her experience was much more pleasant than the times I did it as a child on my grandparent's farm, the hens were not so nice as to just walk away from the eggs), fix meals for someone who doesn't cook, and begins to take inventory at the yarn shop. The first day in the shop doesn't go so well as she is overrun with knitters who assume that she will either sell the shop to them or give the yarn to the charity knitting group. The second day is even worse as she finds one of the women who wants to buy the shop in the back stock room dead, murdered. With no visible means of getting into the shop. Josie is perplexed by two of the nicest of the knitters that keep disappearing into the building across the street, which appears to be vacant. She is not sure she wants to spoil her budding friendship with the two older ladies by approaching them with what they are doing in the building. She also has budding friendships with Officer Sharla Coogin, the first officer on the scene and Mitch Woodruff the farmer from next door. The character development in the story is great as you see Josie, the newcomer in a very small community, begin to fit in and the characters in town, including Uncle Eb show the nuances of everyday life. The plot is well developed and there are a few twist and turns that make the story interesting. I loved the ending and look forward to more books in the series. I picked the book up because I am a knitter, but I recommend this book to knitters and non-knitters alike.
Very enjoyable read. Good plot. Couldn't guess who-done-it. Very likeable characters. Well written for the most part. A few editing errors here and there. Looking forward to reading the sequel. If you are a cozy mystery fan, you will enjoy this one.
When you read a book, you want the story to take you away. Well pack your bags ..... you are going to want to move to Dorset Falls !! In Yarned and Dangerous, the first Tangled Web Mystery series, Sadie Hartwell takes you to Dorset Falls with Josie Blair. Josie goes there to take care of her great-uncle Eb and to close Aunt Cora's yarn store. As Josie tries to help Uncle Eb who has a cast on his leg from the car accident that killed Aunt Cora and before she can take inventory of the contents of the yarn store, she finds a woman dead in the storeroom. It turns out to be one of the woman she recently met that was a member of the Charity Knitters Association. With the help of another member of the Association she begins taking inventory of the store however her heart isn't into it. And then some strange things start happening that make Josie wonder about the people in this small town. Hartwell has made a great character out of Josie you cannot help but fall in love with her. And you will even find a place for her grouchy Uncle Eb along with everyone else in town. You will instantly want to have coffee at the general store and stroll along Main Street even though there aren't a lot of businesses on it. Dorset Falls has something for everyone so find a comfy spot to sit, grab a beverage and a snack and settle in with Yarned and Dangerous. I was so engrossed in the story that I read it in one day. That is not required or recommended....take your time and rest assured.....there is a second book in the series, A Knit Before Dying and I am dying to read it !!!
A Wickedly Good Yarn! A really good whodunnit! Josie Blair, aspiring fashion designer, leaves NYC to take care of her crotchety old uncle in a small town in Connecticut. Her Uncle Eb broke his leg in the same car accident that killed his fairly new wife, Cora. Besides gathering eggs from the chickens, Josie is tasked with organizing & cleaning out Cora's yarn shop. But Josie finds more than skeins of yarn when she discovers a dead body in her storeroom. This story had an intriguing plot & memorable characters, especially the seniors knitting group & handsome hunk next door Mitch, who provides physical assistance on the farm & a little extra sizzle for Josie. Definitely a captivating read with a satisfying conclusion. 5 stars & a can't wait for the next installment!
A good start to a new series, YARNED AND DANGEROUS is sure to be a hit with cozy mystery fans. Author Sadie Hartwell has penned a delightful first book in her Tangled Web mystery series. This story if filled with a variety of characters that will have you loving them, laughing out loud, and a couple that you would just like to smack. ;-) Very well written with an excellent plot, I found myself guessing, unsuccessfully through the story, and was still unsure until the reveal. All in all a wonderful first installment to a series I am sure will be a favorite among many. You don’t really have to know how to knit to read this series, but for those of you who do, there are great knitting patterns at the back of the book.
Josie Blair is living in New York working for a design house trying to make it big. When her mother needs her to go and take care of her Great-Uncle who has been in a car accident, she tries to say no but her mother who is going on a cruise convinces her it is her duty. Josie quits her job, as she is tired of being hit on by the owner, and heads to Dorset Falls Connecticut. It is almost a ghost town. Her Uncle Eb is a cantankerous old man who insists he does not need her help, even though he has a broken leg and cannot drive. His wife Cora, was killed in the accident so, Josie is also tasked with closing up her Aunt Cora's Yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits, one of the last businesses remaining on main street. When one of the members of the Charity Knitters Association ends up dead, strangled, in the backroom of Miss Marple's Knits, the mystery begins. Who killed her, why did she die, what are the other two members of the group, Helen and Evelyn, sneaking around across the street for? Add a handsome, single farmer into the mix and you have a romantic cozy mystery. There were some twists, a lot of interesting characters, an old boyfriend, his nasty mother and wife as well and some other nice townspeople and a smalltown feeling that Sophie falls in love with. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I simply love the cover of this book. I saw it and had to have it. I didn't even read the blurb until after I had put in my request. Seriously, I could totally see this as a framed print on my wall. I think it's a color and texture thing. Luckily, the story inside lived up to the outside. Josie spent just a few short teenage years in Dorset Falls, Connecticut and the only reason she is heading back now is to fill in for her mother helping her grumpy great uncle recover from the car accident that injured him and killed his wife. Josie has a great job in the city working for a fashion designer, and is eager to get back to. So why does she hate the feeling of boxing up Aunt Cora's yarn shop so much? And is seeing this cozy little town through an older set of eyes, making her change her mind about going back? I was shocked at how readable this book was. I sat down, planning to only read a chapter, maybe two, and the next thing I knew I was half way through the book. It just had a flow that kept me engrossed in the story. I see such great potential in this as a series as well, with many angles and avenues available to be explored. I finished the book feeling fulfilled, but curious and excited about what would happen in the next book. This cozy feeling cozy mystery was a 4 star read. Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This series is off to a great start... Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell The First Tangled Web Mystery Working in the fashion industry is hard. Working for an egocentric womanizing male designer makes it more difficult. When said womanizing designer puts the moves on Josie Blair, she quits, instead of just taking some vacation time to help her recuperating uncle. Josie has been commandeered to help her curmudgeonly uncle who suffered a broken leg as well as being left a widower after a car crash. With her mom on a cruise, Josie's the only one left to help her uncle around the house as well as close his new wife's yarn store. Begrudgingly, Josie leaves New York City and heads to the wilds of Connecticut. Although Josie and Cora had never met, Josie feels the warm draw of Cora's shop. Intending to close it, she's faced with several yarn crazed ladies who want to buy the stock. When one is later found murdered in the locked shop, Josie realizes there's a lot more going on in this depressed town than she thought! This series is off to a great start with Yarned and Dangerous! Great characters emerge from the yarn lust filled eyes of the knitters, the senior ladies trying to snare a newly available man, and the nasty mother and daughter in law. A neighborly feud and mysterious goings on create some trust issues-for Josie and us, the readers. Josie is a likeable protagonist while Uncle Eb gives a gruff no nonsense exterior. There's more than meets the eye to many of the characters providing depth as well as increasing our interest in the story. Hartwell writes with both humor and grit providing us a well rounded mystery filled with interesting characters in a town meant for a comeback. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next entry in the Tangled Web Mystery series. Knitting patterns included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s been a long time since Josie Blair has set foot in Dorset Falls but she really wants out of New York City and away from her cantankerous boss. When her mother sends her to help her great uncle Eb she balks a bit but makes the trip. Eb and his wife Cora were in a auto accident and Cora didn’t survive. Eb is a handful but Josie knows how to deal with him. Josie never met Cora but gets to know her through her friends when she closes up her yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits. She knew she was going to have to inventory everything at the store but never expected a dead body to be added to her list. She does have some friends in town but she definitely has not been welcomed by the community. Something isn’t right in Dorset Falls and while she really doesn’t want to try to find a killer she just needs find out what is truly going on in a town she used to call home. The author has set her story in a strange little town. Most of the storefronts are empty. Everyone seems to have a secret or something shady going on. It truly is an “Tangled Web” of a place. Josie Blair is quite a leading lady. She arrives in town with a very clear agenda but each day that agenda unravels just a little more. I liked her Uncle Eb too. He is a man set in his ways and it is hard for him to take help from anyone. He and his neighbor Roy have a bit of feud going on and play nasty tricks on each other. Roy’s grandson, Mitch, tries to keep the peace between them or at least clean up their messes. Mitch and Josie make a great team and I love where that relationship is heading. The author does a slow build with the mystery part of the story which is very smart. We meet the characters, become engaged and form our opinions and then we follow the clues to the murderer and the other craziness in Dorset Falls. Josie Blair may not know how to knit one stitch but Sadie Hartwell knows how to knit and purl and yarn over to create a charming story. With the twists, turns, and the control of a master she has written a story that is very hard to put down. It has a very comfortable flow and evolves at a perfect pace. There were a couple laugh out loud moments too. What a great start for this series! I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another visit to Dorset Falls.
Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell is the first book in A Tangled Web Mystery series. Josie Blair lives in New York City and works for Otto Heinrich at the Haus of Heinrich. She gets fired regularly because of his temper and lecherous ways. Josie’s mother, Katherine (single mother and teacher) needs Josie to come back to Dorset Falls, Connecticut to take care of her Uncle Eb (Eben Lloyd). Uncle Eb broke his leg in a car accident that killed his wife, Cora. Katherine is going away on a cruise. She would cancel it if she could, but it is non-refundable (and she really deserves a vacation). Since Josie was just fired again (refusing Otto’s advances), she agrees to take care of Uncle Eb until his cast comes off. Cora (Eb’s deceased wife) owned a yarn shop called Miss Marple Knits. Josie has agreed to go through the shop and clear it out. The first day Josie receives two offers to buy the shop from very pushy women. The next day Josie finds Lillian Woodruff dead in the stockroom on top of a pile of cashmere yarn (such a waste of yarn). Who wanted Lillian dead and how did they get into Miss Marple Knits? Josie sets out to find the killer. Josie also has to deal with the building’s owners serving an eviction notice. Diantha Humphries (and her son who dated Josie in high school) have plans for the building location. What are they up to? Between Miss Marple Knits, the murder, and Uncle Eb and his farm, Josie has her hands full. Will Josie find the killer before the killer finds her? Will Josie see a future for herself in Dorset Falls or will she return to New York? Yarned and Dangerous was just delightful. Great characters (even grumpy Uncle Eb), good mystery, and so many beautiful yarns (great descriptions provided in the book). Yarned and Dangerous captured my interest right away and held it throughout the book. There were not a lot of clues provided, but there are enough to figure out the killer. There is a little romance (just the right amount) in the book for Josie with Mitch Woodruff (nephew to Lillian Woodruff who was killed). I give Yarned and Dangerous 4.25 out of 5 stars. Yarned and Dangerous is a good start to a new series. I look forward to reading the next book in A Tangled Web Mystery series. I received a complimentary copy of Yarned and Dangerous from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Josie Blair had no idea what she was getting into. Heading to Dorset Falls, CT, to help her great-uncle recuperate from a broken leg, Josie was in charge of closing up her great-aunt, Cora, shop. Once she gets there, one of the Charity Knitters ends up dead in the storeroom. The book does drag on a bit in the middle but stick with it. My only complaint is that the story from Chapter 2 to about the last two chapters just didn't bring the story together. The main suspect barely had a part in the book. This was frustrating to me as I like a story that puts all the suspects together so that you can figure it out. But the characters were well-written. You could easily believe they were your friends. Dorset Falls could be anywhere small town, USA, from it's description. I received an ARC from the author in return for my fair and honest review. This did not influence my review.
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the A Tangled Web Mystery series by Sadie Hartwell. Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago to move to New York City. When she is fired by a designer she heads back home to Dorset Falls. When her great uncle is injured in a car accident she is the only person who can care for him since his wife died in the crash. Josie is asked to sell the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop, but the more time she spends there with the ladies of the Charity Knitters Association the shop begins to grow on her. When one of the knitters turns up dead in a pile of yarn, it is up to Josie to help find out what happened. If you are looking for a great mystery then you need to read this book. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Josie Blair tries hard to ignore her mother's wish for Josie to go small town CT. to care for her aging uncle. Uncle Eben broke his leg in the car accident that killed hi wife, Cora. The small town, where Josie had spent several years of her youth, was not a place that she looked forward to returning to. But family is family so off she goes to care for Eben, but only until her mother returns from her cruise. Eben can really use Josie's help on his small farm (yep farm), and Josie is surprised to learn of her chore list. Her biggest shock was the chicken coop and the fact that she would have to gather the eggs. Another surprise is in store for Josie, Aunt Cora, who Josie had never met, had a yarn shop in town that needed to be inventoried, packed and sold, by none other than Josie. In the course of her stay Josie realizes that a new start in her old home town may not be such a bad thing. She reunites with a school friend, and meets several women who had shopped in the yarn store. The decision to stay or go, weighs heavily on her mind. Does she leave her friends and her sweet old uncle, or does she stay and establish a new life for herself? This is the first book in Sadie's Tangled Web Mysteries. Sadie also writes under the name Susannah Hardy and has two books in her the Greek To Me mysteries. I have one or two of the books in my TBR pile, and I promise to get to them, sooner or later. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
As a first in a new series, this book is fantastic. The plot is well written with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. I love to read books that have crafty elements included in the mystery. The author had many surprise components that made this book difficult to put down. Josie Blair is an up and coming fashion designer living in New York City. When her mother suggests that she head for rural Connecticut to care for her Great Uncle Eben, Josie is anything but pleased, she hasn't seen her great uncle in years but family is family and Josie reluctantly agrees to go. Uncle Eben is recovering from an accident which took everyone by surprise and the heavy, awkward cast on his leg makes the crotchety old man even more miserable. It's up to Josie to help her uncle sort through the debris that the accident left behind, including his wife's yarn store, Miss Marple Knits. This book is a 5 star winner and I look forward to reading more in this wonderful series. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This was a fantastic book from start to finish! I can't wait for the next one to come out. I will pre-order as soon as it's available. Josie finds herself leaving her fashion design job in New York to go take care of her Uncle Eb who has been in a car accident that killed his wife, Cora, and broke his leg. Josie begins to clean out Cora's knitting shop and meets an interesting cast of characters. Her first discovery is one of the local knitting group members dead in the storeroom of the shop. With many twists and turns, a little love interest sprinkled in there, and a great ending, this is one of my favorite reads in a long time. You will find yourself smiling with the perfectly described imagery of a touching scene or a subtle romantic gesture. Also, loved the morning-borning room. Laughed every time.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review Yarned and dangerous is a fun cozy mystery set in a small town. Main character Josie visits to help her uncle out and slowly falls in love with the small town. I enjoyed reading this book, but it was kinda predictable at times and some things I knew from the start that would happen took the main character a whole book to figure out, which was a bit frustrating. She seemed to insist on going back to her job, while I thought that with her great designs I thought she could better start on her own than go back to a job where she didn't work well and had an annoying boss. It's a cozy mystery, but cozy contemporary would be a better term for this book as the mystery is almost non existent, yes there is a murder, but there isn't much of a mystery surrounding it. The focus is mostly on the day to day life of Josie and how she deals with things like closing up the shop and helping her uncle. Josie let's the police handle the murder, which was realistic, but it didn't make for an exciting read. I wanted her to delve into the mystery and solve it, but she didn't do much, until the end when she suddenly pitched it all together. And even then she mostly just thought things through and the pieces of information conveniently landed on her lap. The mystery stays a side plot for along while and takes up a bit more pace towards the end and then suddenly gets solved in the matter of one chapter. So the mystery was a bit disappointing. I had three suspects from the start and one of those was the culprit. And the motive just made it all seem a bit silly, why go to such lengths and risk losing everything when you're found out. It just felt a bit off. I did really like the epilogue, it almost makes this first book like the introduction to the series only and only now is everyone where they are supposed to be. I would be interested to see where the story goes next. I also liked the yarn aspect. I haven't read a lot of books about knitting or yarn so far, so it was fun to see a bit about that in this book. The characters are likeable, although I did felt like we only got a glimpse of their personalities. We learn most about Josie as she's the main character and I liked her, although I wish she considered all her options earlier. I did like how she was cautious and didn't run into a potential dangerous situation alone. I also liked her uncle, he was a grumpy old man, but I think he did care about Josie and was thankful she was there. Then there is Evelyn and Lorna, who become friends of Josie. And a few minor side characters. The actions of some of the side characters didn't sit well with me, I wondered if what they were doing was legal and I felt a bit bad for another character. Yes she was a nasty character, but she didn't deserve that. Also it didn't add much to the bigger plot, except for some in my opinion unnecessary mystery. There is a slight hint of a possible romance with Mitch, a guy who helps her out a few times and who she goes along with nicely, but it doesn't go much further than that in this book, although I am thinking we will see more of that in later books. To summarize: I enjoyed this book, but the mystery fell a bit flat for me. The mystery didn't got much attention till later and even then it was a minor plot. I wanted Josie to have a more active role in the investigation although how she let the police handle it was realistic.