Tightly Knit

Once every few years, the knitting bug bites me and I dig out the tote with my yarn and patterns. Sometimes I start a new project and other times I pick up the stitches on an old project, like the teddy bears I’ve become rather adept at producing. What? You can knit more than sweaters and caps, you know. The urge is often quelled, though, by the help my clowder of cats is determined to give me, and I pick up a book to read instead.

Murder She Knit attracted me with its cover showing a black cat and yarn, since I’ve had experience with the combination of knitting and cats, but both had a rather minor, though important, roles in the story.

Pamela is a widow with a somewhat empty nest since her daughter is away at college, though there is that stray cat she feeds and her Knit & Nibble group. With the group meeting at her house, Pamela is happy that an old friend will be joining them – happy until she finds her friend’s body in the hedge, stabbed by a knitting needle, while hunting for a feral cat’s bowl. She and her best friend cast about for a solution, wondering if one of the knitting group could be the culprit. In the midst of knitting, crocheting, dealing with odd neighbors and a visiting daughter, and making tasty treats, the pair follow the pattern and unravel a yarn mystery as well as uncover a killer.

It’s a cozy involving food, so there are recipes at the end as well as some advice for beginning knitters. I’m hoping to see more of the cat and perhaps some interesting knitting patterns in the next in the series which, yes, I plan to read.

Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on the title link in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #MurderSheKnit #NetGalley

A different discomfort

There are days when you don’t feel well and just want to huddle under a blanket with  a comfortable read.  This time I picked Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig off my digital shelf. It’s the start of a news series by the author of the popular Java Jive mysteries.

Despite an overused title, Southern Discomfort is a bit different from the usual paranormal cozy. It does have a plucky heroine, but Quinn tries desperately not to rush in blindly, and she’s the one who doesn’t see the resident ghost at the B&B she runs with her sister and grandfather, and she doesn’t believe that they do, either. The plot flows well, the language is clean, there are nice bits of Savannah lore, and the rocky beginning of a romance. Oh, and a murder is solved as well.

The victim was a surly character who isn’t missed by many, leaving a nice number of suspects. I picked out whodunnit fairly early but there was enough misdirection that I was second-guessing myself and happy at the end that I’d figured it out instead of irritated that it was so obvious.

There are the requisite comfortably quirky characters and I’m hoping to see more of the grandfather in future books. The mother, though, could be replaced with a cat – she was annoying.

All in all, it was good book to read while I endure a head cold and I’ll be looking for the future books in the series to read even when I feel well.

Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalleyNote in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on the title link in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #SouthernDiscomfort #NetGalley