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The Grub-and-Stakers Spin a Yarn (Grub-And-Stakers #4)

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Twin-toting Dittany Monk, her Western-writer husband Osbert, and the Grub and Stake Gardening and Roving Club are snarled in another murder. Miss Jane Fuzzywuzzy's Yarnery is the wildest, woolliest place in Lobelia Falls, Ontario. Expecting cousins from England, Miss Jane finds the corpse of a local mincemeat magnate cluttering her clean sidewalk.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Avon Books (first published 1990)
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Jul 25, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in The Grub and Stakers series.

When word gets out that Dittany Monk, the sleuthing gardener of Lobelia Falls, is expecting twins, every knitter in town races to Miss Jane Fuzzywuzzy's Yarnery to begin work on a complete wardrobe of hats, booties, and tiny sweaters. One customer, however, has even more urgent business: the man with the gunshot wounds in his back. The victim stumbles out of a bullet-ridden car, dripping blood all over the freshly cleaned sidewalk, and dies with a peculiar phras
Jenn Estepp
The library copy I read of this probably should've been weeded out of the collection a long time ago, so half the time I was reading this I was worried it was about to fall apart, which wasn't helpful. Ditany and Osbert are still probably my second favorite of MacLeod's sleuthing couples, but this one was pretty over the top and yet also somewhat predictable. Quite the feat. And yet, I still love them ever so much.
May 05, 2013 Maria rated it liked it
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Even for zany Ms. MacLeod, this one was a bit over the top. On the whole though I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the plays on words and the vocabulary. I can't remember the last time I heard someone use the word "titivate" in conversation. And what is cullen skink? I've heard of haggis, so I figure it may be something nasty. And I wish Ms. MacLeod hadn't gone into so much detail about what goes into mincemeat. I used to like mincemeat pies, but I'm pretty sure the ones I had didn't have shred ...more
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Apr 03, 2010 Kathryn McCary rated it really liked it
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Charlotte MacLeod, writing as Alisa Craig, lets her passion for character theming run riot at Mother Matilda's Mincemeat factory in this fourth grub-and-stakers book. She also has a good deal to say about the creative mind, as both Osbert Monk and his Aunt Arethusa talk about and demonstrate how the process of writing works; this time they are accompanied by Agnes Phiffer, the artist whose medium is kitsch. It's all amazingly hilarious.

One fascinating, and perhaps unintentional, glimpse of how t
Oct 03, 2011 Kaylynn rated it really liked it
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Wonderful setting and characters but only a mediocre mystery.
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