Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!
Pamela is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front of her handmade sweater . . .
Someone committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than Pamela ever imagined . . .
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor with a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature who now writes mysteries. Her publications include a prize-winning nonfiction book; she has also won awards for her short fiction. Her blues mystery series, featuring blues singer "Maxx" Maxwell, was inspired by her guitar-playing hobby. She currently writes the very cozy Knit & Nibble mystery series for Kensington Books, featuring amateur sleuth Pamela Paterson, founder and mainstay of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in charming Arborville, New Jersey.
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is the first book in the new cozy A Knit & Nibble Mystery series. A cute cozy series that features a bit older of a main character, some crafty projects and a cute little kitty that slowly adopts her new human.
With her daughter gone off to college now Pamela Paterson has filled some of her free time with her knitting group, Knit and Nibble. The group alternates homes of it’s members to get together to craft and share some snacks once a week and it was now Pamela’s turn to host the meeting.
Just before the night’s meeting though Pamela runs into an old acquaintance and invites her to join the knitters. At the time others begin to arrive though Pamela gets busy and doesn’t notice her new guest had never arrived. After the party breaks up however Pamela goes out to check on the stray kitty she’d been feeding only to find Amy with a knitting needle protruding from her body and most obviously dead.
As with any cozy read our main character here can’t possibly sit back and let the police handle the investigation thinking they just don’t ask the right questions. So with the help of her best friend and fellow knitter, Bettina, Pamela sets out to find just what had happened to bring about a murder in her own garden.
I have to admit this one had an instant endearing quality to it as it immediately brings back memories of my own grandma who was good at all the crafty things that I just never grasped, knitting, crocheting, sewing and on and on. As nice as the story went though I would still like a tad more quirkiness, perhaps giving Catrina (the kitty) a bigger role and to go deeper into getting to know the characters in the future installments. The author gave a lot of knitting things a lot of depth so a bit of that focus into other aspects would be nice too. Otherwise a nice start leaving me to rate this one at 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Murder, She Knit is the first book in the Knit & Nibble Mystery series. It's definitely a cozy mystery -- cute cat, a knitting group, dead woman in the bushes with a knitting needle embedded in her chest, and an amateur sleuth determined to solve the case. And, this one is romance free, which I found to be a nice change. No main characters falling in love with a detective on the case, no love triangles, no kissy-face moments with suspects....just a middle-aged woman who doesn't appreciate someone stabbing a person to death in her bushes. Understandable, right? Knitting needles are meant to knit, not murder (especially when it's just outside the home where the Knit & Nibble knitters group is meeting!).
I enjoyed Pamela Paterson as a main character. She is a widow and her daughter has left home to attend college. She keeps herself busy by editing articles for a fiber crafts magazine, and she enjoys meeting with her knitting group. Her fellow knitters are great side characters...all different and quirky in their own ways. The characters all worked well together.
The mystery moves along at a nice pace. There were plenty of suspects and a few twists along the way. I felt the reveal was a bit abrupt, but it made sense. The plot is not complex, but that's ok since this is a light, cozy mystery. All in all, an entertaining story and a nice start to a cozy series. The cover art is SO cute! The cover definitely drew me in and made me want to read this book!
I will definitely be reading more of this series! I have book two, Died in the Wool, on hold at the library!
Pamela Patterson is hosting this week’s meeting of her knitting group, o.k. one of them only crochets. They get together to do their craft, do a little show and tell, and talk about all the happenings in Arborville, New Jersey. Pamela has invited her old friend Amy Morgan to join the group. They haven’t seen each other in years, so she thought it would be a good chance to get caught up.
When the group arrives at Pamela’s house Amy is a no-show. Pamela is disappointed. As the group leaves, she is busy trying to locate the bowl she had left out for a stray kitten. Instead, she finds her friend Amy in the bushes with a knitting needle stabbed into her chest. Then a few days later she finds another body throw out with the trash at a nearby apartment building. The same building where Amy had been living. Pamela decides the police are not moving fast enough so she starts her own investigation hoping she can knit together the clues to catch the killer before she finds another body.
Pamela Paterson is an editor for a crafting magazine. She works mostly from her home so that gives her plenty of time for other things like knitting with her Knit and Nibble group, picking through her neighbor’s trash for treasures, and hunting down murderers. She is a widow with a daughter in college so she has no one except a stray kitten to rush home for. She is good friends with her neighbor Bettina Fraser who becomes Watson to her Sherlock. The other members of the Knit and Nibble group keep their ears open for pertinent gossip and serve some yummy treats at the weekly meetings. We are just getting to know these characters and being the first book in the series we have barely scratched the surface but so far I find them interesting and engaging.
The story is well written but some of the clues to solve the mystery really didn’t sink in with me at first. Pamela went to Amy’s funeral and to the college where she worked. She was questioning everyone she could. Pamela seemed to have a lot of theories, some seemed pretty out there but soon all the clues dropped into place both for Pamela and me. I was totally surprised.
I love the knitting theme of this series. Prior to my accident that left my right side paralyzed I loved to knit although, I was still learning. In the book, they talk about a harness that allows people to knit one-handed. I have tried many different one-handed techniques but usually become frustrated so I had to search the internet for this device but couldn’t find it. Maybe the author will give us more info in a future story.
I found this to be a comfortable cozy with genuine characters I want to know better. I am looking forward to seeing how a very frisky feline makes herself at home with Pamela too.
I read 42% of this book, but then abandoned it. There's nothing terrible about it, and I like both cozies and knitting. But there's just nothing gripping here, either. The writing feels somehow...shallow. At 42% in, I have read a listing of actions from page 1 to here. But there hasn't been the tiniest tidbit of suspense or emotion. Plus a number of actions feel ridiculous. Assorted members of a knitting group--including a full-time attorney--find the time to attend an out-of-town funeral for someone they never met or even heard of until the night of her death just because she had been about to join their knitting group? And there are plenty of coincidences, like running into someone in the grocery store and identifying him and his connection to the victim just because he happens to be wearing the argyle socks that the victim knitted him. It all just sails along with no conflict, no fear, no frustrations. It's just too bland to hold my interest.
Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed the first visit with Pamela and the Knit and Nibble knitting club. The main characters were well developed and very likeable. I would have liked to get to know the other members of the club a little better but it suited the mystery since quite a few of them started out as suspects - and there was no shortage on suspects.
Pamela and Bettina, a neighbour and fellow knitting club member, make a great team in solving the mystery and I look forward to seeing them solve some more murders in the future.
I totally fell in love with the sweet little kitten that Pamela takes care of and "invites" into her home. It is the star of this cozy for me....
I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Kensington and the author provided me with an advance copy.
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is a cozy that is as sweet as the cover. It is light, cozy and definitely has some great warm feelings. I love the sense and theme of community and family that this book highlights, and the joys and pains of celebrating the holidays after loss and change. Some touching moments in the book and a good read. I like that the main character has a college age daughter and that she is pretty self sufficient, not in real need or crisis but in a comfortable place when the story begins. It is a refreshing and welcome look at life 50+. Well worth keeping an eye on for your TBR list this month!
The beginning of new series, I hope. The first book I read by this author. It was a pressure to read a book will there were clues present but the killer reason we're hidden so well I did not know who it why. The mystery of the origins of blowing golden yellow is unique and I never thought it would be from this animal. The cat on the cover, Catrina is a secondary character. A recuse dog was mentioned for dog lovers. The main protagonist, Catrina, and her BFF were well developed. Police presence is minimal and did not miss. No one told Pamela not to explore the killing. Two of my favorite subjects knitting and cats were combined to make an intriguing story. Pamela is hosting the knitting club at her home, after the meeting while searching for the Cat dish she finds the body of a friend who is another knitter. Pamela and Bettina, her BFF began to solve the mysteries that encounter. I am looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend this book. Knitting tips and a recipe are included.
Disclosure: Many to Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
"Judgemental Pam Makes Stupid Assumptions about Everyone Except the Murderer"
The main character, Pamela, made so many ridiculous assumptions while investigating this murder. At one point it was offensive; a middle-aged woman who originally owned a unique yarn wanted it back because it was mistakenly sold by one of her employees. Pamela speculates that the yarn may be vicuna, because it's so soft, and Andean people use vicunas in fertility rituals. Therefore, because the woman in the yarn store looked like "her biological clock was running out" she'd be willing to kill someone. Note: the woman in the yarn shop was not even Andean.
I also found it implausible that the editor of a fiber magazine, who loves to knit, does not know how to determine if a yarn is vicuna. Maybe next time she can ask the proprietor of the store that sold it. Which leads to another irritating detail: it is eventually revealed why the yarn shop owner didn't want to sell the yarn. I don't comprehend why she didn't just tell Pamela her reason on their first encounter.
*Spoiler Alert* You'd have to have a heart of stone to keep the yarn
For no reason, Pamela and her best friend inexplicably like the most abrasive character in the book and don't suspect her.
Murder, She Knit is a fun little book to read, though it took me quite a bit to get through the entire novel. I typically read e-books, and this was the first physical book I have purchased in quite some time. I was initially drawn to this by its cover - as they say, don’t judge a book, but there was a charming little cat with yarn of the front with a pretty witty title.
Being a cat owner and knitter myself, I felt that this was the perfect book to purchase in my delve back into the world of physical book copies and something I would be glad to own for a long time to come.
I don’t regret my purchase, but this novel isn’t something that drew me in completely. I personally didn’t find the characters incredibly relatable, beyond the character Roland, who mostly appeared as a side character and actually had very little to do with the actual novel.
Murder, She Knit had a lot of repeating themes, much like that of an actual knitted piece. While this is fine in knitting and somewhat okay in Mysteries, the way it was written came off as somewhat boringly overly repetitive.
As a mystery novel, it doesn’t really hold up very well for anyone trying to actualty solve the mystery of the murder. The clues don’t really add up or go anywhere beyond to lead you astray. The actual murderer appears very briefly and most of the details are revealed during or after the person is revealed.
Overall, this is a nice book to read when you’re not particularly wanting to delve into a deep mystery. Perhaps I missed some clues or didn’t read into them well enough, but the red herrings seemed like obvious red herrings, even as the protagonist accused them.
The protagonist came off like an extremely judgemental suburban mom with nothing but time on her hands that was way too nosy for her own good. She wasn’t particularly likeable to me at all. I found myself annoyed with her on more than one occasion. I had to put the book down several times for this reason.
Even said, it was an okay book to read before bed every night. Its probably not something I’ll pick up again to read nor will I seek to continue the series. It was a nice birthday present to myself - a way to distract myself - but nothing more.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
What a cute premise to a new cozy mystery series. We get it follow Pamela on her knitting adventures that just happen to end up tangled with a murder. I can say that it took a little bit for the story to get moving but once it does it moves pretty quick until you find yourself at the end amazed how something that seems so ordinary can be so significant from a different angle. I was loving the reluctant kitten especially with the happy ending. If you enjoy cozies and knitting then this is probably the book for you. If I am being totally honest it would get 3.5/5 stars but I always round up sense halves are not possible so it gets 4/5 stars.
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the chance to read this book!
I do adore a really good cozy mystery, and this one was brilliant! It didn't follow the full formula for a mystery, especially going on for a few chapters after the mystery was solved, but I liked the wrap up. The characters are varied and interesting. The mystery was well thought out and I didn't suspect the murderer, which is always a plus.
There may be an interesting romance planned too, and if you follow my reviews you know how rarely I think that! Still though, I enjoyed the characters as a whole as well as their connections to one another.
This is only the first book in the series, so there are plenty more to come. If you're looking for an excellent new cozy series, then this might be the book for you! Four stars.
This just wasn’t for me… I read it for a book club, I likely wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. I actually almost DNF this at around 55% because I truly just didn’t care about any aspect of this book. I’m not a knitter and I have very little interest in the hobby but that wasn’t even the issue. The storyline, the mystery, the protagonist are all boring, I found the main character, Pamela to be stuffy and excruciatingly judgemental. The murder weapon was predictable and cliche. It’s hypocritical of me to say but I judged this book by the cover and thought the cat may bring some redeeming (and much needed) zest to this book but the cat was a total after thought which made zero sense. It’s not even Pamela’s cat and she does nothing more for it than set out food on her front porch hoping it will come by to eat. What really made me lack interest were the similar names of characters that were mentioned the most throughout this book, Pamela, Petina and Penny. There was more than one occurrence where I forgot who was who and struggled to follow the characters storyline.
You may like this book if you enjoy knitting but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it.
I was disappointed in this book, especially with all the good reviews it was getting. My biggest problem with this book was the writing. I found it boring and had a hard time keeping my mind from wandering from the story. I found myself not caring what was going on or what was to come next. Maybe it was me.
This is the 1st in series. Pamela husband died in a construction site where he worked as a architect awhile ago. Her daughter Penny wants her to happy and so does her friends in her Knitting Club Knit and Nibble. A man was now her neighbor Rick that replaced her neighbors a couple that she always talked to. Her friend Amy from awhile back( that helped her get over her husband Michael death) had moved back to town and Pamela saw her. She used to be an assistant with Michael now she was hired at Wendelstaff at a college to work as A Professional Arts. Amy also like to knit. Pamela invited her to her house for her Knitting Club of 6 people that were in the club. Amy said she would come. Well when that day came she was nowhere to be found. So her friend Bettina and her other people in the knitting group worried. But not until after everyone left. Pamela was feeding a stray cat where she lived and she found something white so she went there to look at it and was her friend Amy. Pamela was devastated. A woman deputy Sanchez and another police officer were investigating. But they were not doing a great job. Pamela thought ( because none of the police would listen to her friend Bettina about evidence. So her best friend Bettina and her decided to do something. There were having a whole lot of suspects. Like Karen a woman that was there at knitting club. Or her own sister Dorrie ( she did not look at all upset) Or a Doctor that was new to town, or a woman that Pam and Bettina went to find some unique yarn a gold silky color that Dorrie gave Pam from Amy knitting bag after she died. The woman worked in at Bedford Shop and was really wanting that yarn back. So Pamela started thinking Amy was in shady dealings. This book is good and it surprised me the killer was. I will read book 2
This was a very cute start for this series and I find myself definitely wanting to continue it at some point. Like some of the other knit or crochet group mysteries, this book had a group of friends that met once a week for their knitting sessions. I'm hoping in the later books that we get to know a little more about the members, hopefully when it's their turn to host. What set this apart from the other crochet and knitting mysteries was that only the two best friends, Pamela and Bettina were doing the sleuthing.
I don't really think there was a way to have guessed the killer, but it was a good twist. There were plenty of red herrings that each got disproved. I really liked the characters of Pamela, her daughter, Penny, bestie Bettina and Bettina's sweet hubby, Wilfred. (Who wouldn't love a husband that likes to cook?) I hope we (and Pamela) get to know the new neighbor Rick a little better. Everyone else saw a love connection for him and Pamela, but Pamela's excuse was that she wasn't ready to date. I guess we'll find out eventually!
I tried. I really did. I couldn't finish reading this. The problems? (Minor spoilers may follow.)
1. Too many unnecessary scenes. There was a scene in which the main character did nothing but park a car. There was so much small talk about nothing that went nowhere. I felt like I was reading so much nothing.
2. The protagonist was boring and unlikeable and I don't think that was intentional. She was really judgey about so many things. I kept thinking, "Damn. If this bugs her, she'd lose her mind if I was her neighbor." Not that I'm that great...or that bad...of a person to live next to. I just don't keep my yard home-owners'-association-perfect (that's why I picked a neighborhood without a HOA to live in). I mean, if there's a piece of obvious trash stuck in the neighbor's hedge that you can't stop thinking about, how about picking it up and tossing it out instead of seething over it for *days*?) I could live with her yard angst, but she was also super nosy in a brazen sort of way that would make the most attention-starved chatterbox feel intruded upon. It was a characteristic that could potentially have made her kind of interesting except that it didn't seem to phase anyone else in the book. Not only do the other characters in the book not seem to be put off by this, they just start spitting out plot exposition, including all sorts of incriminating whatnot, at the slightest prompting. All of them. No one is cagey or even stand-offish. In addition, the protagonist seems to take whatever these people say at face value. Where is the inquisitive crime-solving narrator (or character close to the narrator) that does the kind of sleuthing that the reader wants to be in on?
3. The cat, the black one that takes up like 1/6th of the cover space, doesn't contribute to the story at all. There was no real interaction between the cat and the protagonist beyond plopping a can of cat food on a plate and walking away. There's no relationship between any of the characters and the cat. There's no plotline following the cat's perspective or actions. The only thing the cat contributed to the entire book (as far as I got) was as an excuse to introduce a paper plate to the story. The paper plate does more for the story than the cat does. This is a huge pet peeve of mine (no pun intented). Clearly the cover was intended to lure a cat lover like myself into purchasing this particular cozy mystery over one that does not feature cats. This is not the first time I have fallen for this sort of cover art bait-and-switch, and honestly, I blame the publishers for this cover scam more than the authors. It's just so obvious that the publisher called up the author and was like, "So...we really want to expand your knitting mystery's audience beyond the crafting community. You've already got yarn...and cats like yarn, right? Oh, that's good. People like pets. Yeah. Put a cat in there. You've never had a cat--or even seen one in real life? Oh you know, they like fish and eat off of plates. Do something with that." I sincerely wish publishers would stop doing this. Readers can tell when a dog or cat is just wedged into a story. Also, it's a dead giveaway that the author isn't really a cat person when they persist in referring to the animal as an "it", especially when it's abundantly clear that she knows the cat's gender because the cat has a feminine name. Pet lovers don't tend to think of their pets as objects and they don't feel warmly about others who do.
I'm sorry to be so rough on this book, but I was really disappointed. I'd been looking forward to discovering a new cozy mystery series to sink into and this just wasn't any fun at all. I hope things get better in the second half of the book and/or the rest of the series, but I simply don't have the tenacity to hang on long enough to find out.
When things get a little too ugly out in the real world, time and again I find myself turning to cozy mysteries. The good friends, amateur sleuths, and inevitable adorable pet always seem to make me feel a little better.
This time, Pamela's about to host the knitting club at her home. At the grocery, she runs into one of her late husband's former colleagues who has just moved to town -- and who is a knitter. So, Pamela invites Amy to the meeting that evening. However, Amy never turns up.
It's because she's dead, in Pamela's hedge.
Needless to say, the local police think Pamela is suspect number one. However, she and best friend Bettina are determined to find out who really committed the crime.
One of the things I liked about this book is that the majority of characters are older. They are dealing with relatable issues like grief, empty-nester syndrome, and wondering whether their retirement money is going to stretch. As I get older myself, these are matters that I can sympathize just a little bit more than the issues that trouble a 20-something single woman.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book and am likely to read more in the series.
A good start to a new mystery series. Pamela hosts the Knit and Nibble meeting inviting a newcomer to town,Amy, who doesn’t show up. Later Pamela finds Amy dead in her yard killed by a knitting needle. Amy’s knitting bag is missing and Pamela knows she is the only one that has the clues to what happened. Pamela’s college age daughter is home for a visit and Pamela has a chance at romance. A nice interesting story.
A cutesy murder mystery involving knitters that serves as a backdrop to the real story, the slow adoption of the MC by a ball of black fur called Catrina. The last act was a little silly (a little TSTL on the MC's part) but the overall mystery plot was decent and yarn served as a vital clue. And honestly, the whole Catrina plotline was adorable.
widowed Pamela Paterson still lives in her small New Jersey town, in her well maintained turn of the century home 5 years after the accident that killed her husband. She is an associate editor for a fiber and knitting magazine and meets with her local knit group every Tuesday night. The group is thrown into mystery when a potential new member, and old friend of Pamela's is murdered at Pamela's on her way to knit group. Along with her best friend and neighbor Bettina, Pamela sets to investigation.
A cozy mystery set in charming, small town, suburban New Jersey. Fans of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series will feel right at home with Pamela Paterson and her knit group. A standard cozy mystery it reads reminiscent of an episode of its titular reference, Murder, She Wrote. I spend through Murder, She Knit on a Sunday afternoon - a very enjoyable read. Recipes and knitting pattern are included in the back .
I appreciated that while it was not entirely devoid of a romantic plotline, it was not a romance set to the backdrop of small town mystery. Occasionally the writing is rather abrupt, details or interactions are not quite as seamlessly woven in as I'd like - it can feel like a forced attempt to make sure a clue or an alibi is presented.
My one serious frustration with this book comes from being a knitter myself. Ehrhart seems to know just enough about knitting to get herself in trouble with serious knitters - pedantic as that complaint may be. She knows enough to know an Icelandic style sweater is knit with specific yarn, with specific motifs, but not enough to know a true Icelandic sweater is never pieced. The continued errors in this vein kept me from really being able to fully enjoy the book. Be advised! If you are both pedantic and knitter, just like me, this is a recurring theme throughout the book.
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart is the first book in the new Knit & Nibble Mystery series, and a good beginning. After Pamela Paterson hosts the knitting group, knit and nibble, she finds an old friend dead in her bushes. Pamela and her neighbor Bettina are determined to find the killer. This book was fun, it has so many twists and turns. I found this book to be a quick read, with well developed plot and and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, you don't have to be a knitter to enjoy it. If you love fun cozy mysteries like I do, than I recommend this book.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Several dropped stitches kill this new cozy series' potential to entertain. Plot holes, repetitious dull details (daily meals vs. food cozy staples), judgey MCs and lack of adorable feral kitten - seriously look at that cover! "Catronia" doesn't get enough page time - make this a bedtime table read, so uninspired to lull a reader to sleep. Oddly slow paced and absent of any emotional reactions by the characters (ho-hum, dead body in my front yard, lets go knit) left this reader cool to continue.