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A Crafter Knits a Clue

(A Handcrafted Mystery #1)

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For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.


When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her be
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Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Linda
Author Holly Quinn debuts a crafty new cozy series set in scenic Wisconsin. Right away, the story appeals emotionally as Sammy Kane, owner of the Community Craft Store thinks of her late friend, Kate, and the close relationship Sammy’s developed with her teenage son, Carter, since Kate’s unexpected death. The town of Heartsford is a close knit and caring community, and Sammy’s store stocks many handmade goods by the townsfolk. Local craft groups also meet at the store.

The victim is a woman not w
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LORI CASWELL
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Knit one, purl MURDER!

Sammy Kane has returned to Heartsford for her best friend Kate’s funeral and when she hears the craft store will close without a new owner Sammy decides to stay and take over the store. Community Craft has become a gathering place for the crafters in the area and also allows them to sell their creations.

There is also another new shop owner in town. Ingrid Wilson has opened a store selling the most beautiful barn. While Sammy is happy to have The Yarn Barn
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Juli
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Crafter Knits a Clue is the first book in the new Handcrafted Mystery series. Samanatha Kane has recently moved back to Heartsford, WI. She came back for her best friend's funeral but stayed to run Kate Allen's craft shop, Community Craft. The shop sells local artists' work on consignment and also sponsors community fundraisers and other projects. She just didn't have the heart to see the business close after her friend's death, especially since it is so important to the community. Just as the ...more
Juli
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Crafter Knits a Clue is the first book in the new Handcrafted Mystery series. Samanatha Kane has recently moved back to Heartsford, WI. She came back for her best friend's funeral but stayed to run Kate Allen's craft shop, Community Craft. The shop sells local artists' work on consignment and also sponsors community fundraisers and other projects. She just didn't have the heart to see the business close after her friend's death, especially since it is so important to the community. Just as the ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 4 stars

This is the perfect mystery for all cozy lovers! It has a sweet set of characters who become real to their readers and a fun and fulfilling plot! I very much recommend this great debut!

Full Review to Come
Betty
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts, arc, dogs, e-books, cozy
The first book in this and it is the first time I have read this author and I will read her again. I found a light and relaxing read. The writing flowed freely and the MC's were developed.
Samantha “Sammy” Kane has returned to Heartsford, Wisconsin to run the community craft store that was so important to the area. Close by is a yarnshop, the owner is found murder with knitting needle by Sammy. She decides with her sister and cousin to find the killer. Homicide detective, Lian Nash is annoy with
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Fred
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Crafter Knits A Clue is the first book in the A Handcrafted Mystery series.

Samantha “Sammy” Kane returned to her small hometown three years ago to attend her best friend, Kate Allen’s funeral. While there she decided to stay and take over Kate’s Community Craft store. The businesses are all busy putting up decorations for annual Spring Fling. Carter Allen, Kate’s brother, get a phone call from Ingrid, who own the knit shop next door, asking for help with her decoration. Sammy says she can wait
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Amy
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read a crafting cozy since it has been a while for one in that subgenre. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. The protagonist, Sammy, runs a Community Craft store. There is a nearby yarn shop where the actual murder in the story took place. There is no strong connection between Sammy and the victim so I didn't feel any real interest in solving the crime. The author also tries to develop a romantic interest between Sammy and the new detective in town, Liam but that also d ...more
Kristina
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn is the first novel in A Handcrafted Mystery series. Samantha “Sammy” Kane took over running the Community Craft store in Heartsford, Wisconsin three years prior after her best friend, Kate Allen passed away in a tragic accident. Sammy and her part-time employee, Carter Allen are working on decorating the store for Spring Fling when she gets a call from Ingrid Wilson who owns The Yarn Barn. Since Ingrid had opened her shop, she calls frequently needing assist ...more
Tari
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might sound like a repeat when I say that I really wanted to love this book as much as I do some of the other handcrafted books about knitting or crocheting, but I just can't truthfully say that. I liked it, but that was all. It was a good mystery, and I was interested in following it through to the end. But I couldn't get that attached to the characters. They seemed somewhat juvenile, especially the arguments that Sammy and Det. Nash had. I couldn't really imagine talking to a detective like ...more
Mary Brown
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:

For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. C
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I always enjoy cozies that involve cooking or crafting.  Perhaps because I'm not extremely crafty and am a little envious of what the characters manage to create from a little yard, some paint, or paper.  I also enjoy the small town feel and the different festivals or events that these many small towns create to bring joy and excitement to the town and its residents.  Holly Quinn has managed to bring both of these together to this small town in Wisconsin with great success.

Sammy has a heart of g
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Yvonne
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devastated by the death of her best friend, Kate, Samantha Kane goes home to Heartsford, Wisconsin. She takes over Kate’s beloved craft store, Community Craft, and tries to establish a new life for herself.

Sammy drops by the shop next door, the Yarn Barn, and is shocked to discover the owner Ingrid Wilson murdered with a knitting needle. As a child Sammy, along with her sister and cousin, had a detective group called S.H.E. The three women decide it would a good time to bring back the group and
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Peggy R
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I thought the premise sound good and that I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, I could not connect with the main characters. I found her a bit too brusque for my taste. I also had difficulty with the pace of the book. It was very slow and uneven in terms of the writing and the plot. I'm not sure I would continue with this series.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
Cassie
Wow, this is one hell of a sweet book - and I don't mean that as a compliment.

Sammy has returned home to a small town in Wisconsin and is running a community shop which her best friend had set up before dying. Somehow, Sammy ends up popping to a neighbouring shop and discovers the owner has been murdered. This is where we meet Detective Liam Nash. New to the area and of course, he's going to be the love interest for Sammy - but they keep rubbing each other up the wrong way and in the end Sammy
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Ami
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Creature From the Book Lagoon blog.

"Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Samm
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Carmen
I received a copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sammy recently moved back to her hometown to take over her late best friend’s craft store, Community Craft, rather than allow it to close down. Just when she’s getting into the groove of running a shop and trying to keep her late bestie’s spirit alive, she makes a grim discovery: the owner of the town’s local yarn shop has been murdered. Sammy is reeling from the discovery and decides to dust off her old
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JoAn
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn is apparently the first in a new cozy series and I thought that I would like it. However, I found it to be a struggle to read at times.

Samantha/Sammy Kane now owns the Community Craft Store in Heartsford, WI. It was her best friend's store when she died in an accident. It would have closed if Sammy hadn't taken it upon herself to take it over. It sounds like a lovely shop and Heartsford sounds like a perfectly lovely small town that would be fun to visit. Ho
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Sue
This was just an average read for me - I had a couple complaints about it that led to it being a three star review.

First, the writer writes like we are 6 years old [and that might be insulting to some six year olds] and need a full picture drawn to help explain what she just wrote. Like we were unable to just read it and understand it and move on. It was very frustrating.

Second, while there was no real "language" issues, there was some minor vulgarity that bothered me some. I am sure that it w
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Brenda
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Crafter Knits a Clue is the debut of the A Handcrafted Mystery series set in the small town of Heartsford, Wisconsin. Samantha Kane grew up in Heartsford, moved away after high school and is now back and running Community Craft. Community Craft was created by her best friend Kate Allen as a place for the local artists and crafters to display and sell their wares, and for the local crafting clubs to meet. When Kate died unexpectedly, Samantha had returned for her funeral and realizing that the ...more
Lorrie
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute, fast paced mystery that has nice little touches of old fashioned, home town charm & whimsy thrown in. The protagonist, Samantha, her sister and cousin re-enact their childhood S.H.E. Club modeled after a Nancy Drew prototype, to attempt to get to the bottom of a local murder. It’s a cute, quick read that can easily be read in one sit down.
Jeanie
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First in A Handcrafted Mystery Series, this cozy is an exciting and fascinating read that I enjoyed. The Wisconsin setting sounds beautiful, and those who live here remind me of the family ties, loyalty, and work ethic I’ve encountered in people from small-town Wisconsin. This is the kind of atmosphere that draws people to cozy mysteries and craft groups.
Sammy is the owner of Community Craft Store and has been since her best friend, Kate, died in a freak accident about 3 years ago. The store was
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RO G'ma
A Crafter Knits a Clue is the debut novel in Holly Quinn’s A Handcrafted Mystery series. I had a hard time getting into the story. The dialogue and narrative seemed choppy in the first part of this book and moved slowly, but the pace picked up about halfway through the book, the choppiness disappeared, and I started to enjoy it and was anxious to find out who the culprit was and how the story would end.

Samantha “Sammy” Kane moved back to her hometown, Heartsford, Wisconsin, three years ago and t
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Anita
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha “Sammy” Kane moves back to her hometown in Wisconsin to run a craft store. When she goes to help the owner of a yarn shop, Ingrid, Sammy finds her dead with a knitting needle lodged in her throat. After the police are called, Detective Liam Nash walks in, and throws Sammy off her game. She wants to help with the investigation, but Liam wants her safe. Sammy is attracted to him, but doesn’t know how to work with him. Can Sammy find the culprit before she’s next on the killer’s list?
This
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Erin Addington
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this first in a new cozy mystery series!
The characters in this book were mostly well developed. There were a few instances when I felt that the characters of Sammy and Liam Nash could have had more natural interactions with each other, but aside from that, this is a cast of characters I can't wait to visit with again! I look forward to seeing how Sammy develops in the next books, as I feel she's on the verge of growing and becoming more intriguing as time goes on.
The book k
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Rosemary K
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Kane is back in her home town. The tragic death of her best friend continues to haunts her. To keep her BFF's dream alive, she now runs Community Craft which was Kate's store. Ingrid, a nearby shop owner, asks for a favor. When Sammy arrives, she finds Ingrid dead. After what she's seen Sammy is determined to find the killer. This town needs to feel safe again. Can she find the murderer? Sammy is an interesting character. She's not perfect. She's impetuous and stubborn. It's refreshing ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Great start to this new crafty cozy mystery series. We meet Sam who along with her sister and cousin manages to get involved in a local murder. With childhood nostalgia they dive in much to the dismay of others while also trying to live their varied lives which just makes things fun. I especially love the lab and Tyler. If you like crafts and mystery then you should try this one. I really liked it so I g
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Lisa Morin
I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't happen.
The main character is childish and the story itself left me confused. I didn't get past 68% of the book because I just didn't like it.

I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
The Cozy Review
When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft.

A few doors down Main Street, a new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. When Sammy strolls over to the Yarn Barn, she finds Ingrid’s dead body, with a knitting needle lod
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Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: A CRAFTER KNITS A CLUE

One of the happiest aspects of Cozy Mystery is Community. The way in which a community meshes together, whether in normal circumstances or in the face of need, is heartwarming and inspiring. In this new mystery series by Holly Quinn, even the town's name, Heartsford, is heartwarming! The setting, with Samantha Kane returning to her home town for her childhood friend's funeral, and staying to keep her late friend's shop, Community Crafts, open for business, is a joy,
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