Thursday, August 30, 2018

Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart

First Line: "Do you think anyone will actually buy these?"

People really liked the aardvarks the Knit & Nibble group made for the annual town festival, especially since the proceeds benefitted the Arborville High School's sports program. But when Pamela Paterson starts packing up their booth and finds a dead body stashed underneath the table, the town's opinion of the group rapidly changes.

The dead person was a very unpopular history teacher, but the only suspect has an alibi and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark placed on the victim's chest. Now the Knit & Nibblers need to clear their good name-- fast.

I'm continuing to enjoy Peggy Ehrhart's cozy series for its marvelous sense of fellowship, its knitting, and its delicious food. I also like reading about the articles Pamela edits for the fictional Fiber Crafts magazine; there's always something to learn there.

Ehrhart has created a strong cast with the members of the knitting group, and the subplots involving various characters can be every bit as interesting as the main action of the mystery-- although I couldn't quite believe Pamela could be so clueless about her cat, Catrina (and no, I'm not a cat owner). I should also probably admit that there's a yarn shop in a nearby town that Pamela frequents that makes me wish I lived there so I could go on spending sprees to add to my yarn stash.

The only thing to dull my enjoyment of Died in the Wool was the identity of the killer. This person popped up so often I felt as though I was caught in a game of Whack-a-Mole. But in the entire scheme of things, this was a minor quibble because all the other elements hit just the right note to keep me smiling and reading. I'm looking forward to my next visit with the Knit & Nibblers. 

Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart
eISBN: 9781496713308
Kensington Books © 2018
eBook, 320 pages

Cozy Mystery, #2 Knit & Nibble mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Net Galley

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