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Purls and Poison

(Black Sheep & Company Mystery #10)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  61 reviews
When a fellow Black Sheep Knitter is suspected of poisoning her coworker, the group puts down their needles and takes up their friend's defense . . .
Suzanne Cavanaugh has just about had it with her office rival at Prestige Properties. It's bad enough that Liza Devereaux is constantly needling her at work, but when she shows up at one of Suzanne’s open houses to poach pote
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Kensington
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
In PURLS AND POISON, author Anne Canadeo takes readers back to Plum Harbor and quickly enmeshes us in a murder mystery where one of the Black Sheep Knitters is a suspect. But the list of likely killers keeps growing. And with more twists than a ball of yarn, this is was difficult whodunit to untangle.

I really enjoyed this fast-paced story. Early into the book I was more than sure I knew who the killer was. Yet when I read the reveal, I couldn’t believe how far of the mark I was. I never saw it c
Gail C.
My thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing an advanced digital copy of Purls and Poison by Anne Canadeo in exchange for an honest review. This is the second in a series of books featuring a group of knitting friends who have named themselves the Black Sheep Knitters.

The mystery in this book is a classic cozy featuring the murder of Liza, a work rival of Suzanne who is one of the group of knitters. She is almost immediately suspected of the murder and it seems the police are not lo
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
This author has long been on my TBR list. I was pleased to receive an ARC. It is the tenth book in the Black Sheep Knitting mysteries. I have not read this series before but it works okay as a standalone.
Suzanne Cavanaugh works for Prestige Properties. Liza Devereaux is a rival agent and always causing Suzanne problems. She decides to apologize for her behavior that day. Suzanne finds Lisa dead and the police feel she is the killer. The knitting girls decided to prove that Suzanne is not guilty.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Purls and Poison by Anne Canadeo was another complex little mystery to be solved by the Black Sheep knitters.

Although I am fairly new to this series, I had previously read Knit to Kill so I was a little familiar with the women, Maggie, Phoebe, Dana, Suzanne and Lucy. This time they must rally around Suzanne as her temper has gotten her into a world of trouble. The plot is quickly paced with plenty of suspects, twists and turns and red herrings that made Suzanne look very guilty. I couldn't stop
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne doesn’t get along with her coworker, Liza, and starts a loud argument with her at a staff meeting. Later at her knitting group they talk her into trying to work it out so on her way home she sees her Coworker still at the office and stops. She finds Liza dead and becomes a suspect. The knitting group is sure she didn’t do it and steps in to help her find who really did it. Putting into jeopardy one of the knitting group’s relationships with her policeman boyfriend. An enjoyable read.
Lisa Morin
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Purls and Poison is a fabulous addition to this series by Anne Canadeo.
When fellow knitter Suzanne has had it with a co worker, she has no idea that her actions and harsh words will make her a prime murder suspect.
This story is really intense and it kept me reading until the very end.
I love all the characters in this series and their bond with each other makes this a true hit.
I'm a huge fan of this series and I can't wait until the next book is out.
I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this
Purls and Poison by Anne Canadeo takes us to Plum Harbor. Suzanne Cavanaugh is a realtor at Prestige Properties and she has had a difficult day. She is happy to spend time with her knitting friends that evening, so she can rant and then relax. Suzanne had clients and a listing stolen by Liza Devereaux which ended up in a heated argument at the staff meeting. On the way home, Suzanne passes by the realty office and notices Liza’s car outside. She decides to take her friends advice and make peace ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Although this is book ten in the series, I had no trouble whatsoever falling into the crowd of Black Sheep knitters and solving a mystery with the number one suspect, Suzanne. This is a rare gift; sometimes books in a series that have been going this long need to be read from the beginning, but I'm glad to say Anne Canadeo can attract in new readers with these books, regardless of where you start. From the beginning I felt
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-i-spy
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time because of one of the knitters herself being accused of murdering her co-worker. As the story unfolded, it just seemed like poor Suzanne couldn't catch a break, because the police were uncovering yet more reasons why they thought she killed Liza.

Liza Devereaux was a major thorn in Suzanne Cavanaugh's side. She'd always been overly competitive in the real estate market, but stealing a $2 million dollar deal right out from Suzanne's nose made
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better! Returning to Plum Harbor with Maggie and her crew of knitters was an absolute joy for me. Each character has developed in her own way, at her own pace, with life lessons learned and new reasons to celebrate. Not only was this installment a delight to read -- it hinted at the prospect of exciting things to come. I can't wait for the next offering in this charming cozy series.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
This is a series I have been meaning to start reading, and I do wish I had done so sooner! Not only do I like the group of friends who meet at Black Sheep and Company for knitting, one would be hard pressed to find a group of friends who are this loyal to each other. The mystery is complex and challenging, and the characters are defined well through their conversations and actions.

Suzanne, wife and mother, knitter, and home seller, definitely had my attention from the start as she re-hashed the
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-yarn
Oh My Word, with this book Anne Canadeo has written a story which is up there with the great Crime Writers of the Golden Age!

Suzanne appears to have a loathe, loathe relationship with one of her co-workers, she is fed up of Liza pinching her Real Estate clients (and the ensuing commission!) and it all comes to a head at the weekly work meeting when Suzanne nearly gets into a full on cat fight with her.  Luckily the Black Sheep knitters are able to calm her down, and when she sees Liza is still a
Jessica Robbins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What an adorable cozy mystery that centers itself around a group of knitters. This is an established group that doesn't really bat an eye at murder though they do get upset when one of them is the main suspect. These women really know how to rally to a cause finding clues left and right. A fun story fit for all ages just like the characters. A knitters delight. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 10 in the “ Black Sheep Knitting Mystery” Series . I love this series, I have read five of the books up to this point and I was very excited that I got to review this one. The story features a group of friends who meet weekly at Maggie’s Yarn shop to eat , talk and knit while putting the world to right . In book 10 we see Suzanne ( a real estate broker ) having trouble at work with one of her colleagues who is trying to steal her clients . It all reaches a pivotal point and then all ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Purls and Poison
Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, Book #10
By Anne Canadeo
ISBN 9781496708632
Author Website: annecanadeo(.)com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


When a fellow Black Sheep Knitter is suspected of poisoning her coworker, the group puts down their needles and takes up their friend’s defense . . .

Suzanne Cavanaugh has just about had it with her office rival at Prestige Properties. It’s bad enough that Liza Devereaux is constantly needlin
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Review of PURLS AND POISON by Anne Canadeo
(Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #10)

Such a prolific author, such good mysteries! I raced through PURLS AND POISON, not sidetracking to read something else, as I do often. Not with this one! I so admire this strong group friendship, these ladies go all out for each other, sacrificing personal concerns when necessary. Friendship over all!

Suzanne and a work colleague, Liza, “have it out” (or at least Suzanne does), and Suzanne fears her unseemly outburst m
Kay Garrett
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PURLS AND POISON BY Anne Canadeo is tenth book in the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries series taking place in Plum Harbor. It can definitely be read as a standalone.

PURLS AND POISON is the story of Suzanne Cavanaugh becoming the Essex County Police Department’s number one suspect in a murder case. Suzanne works at Prestige Properties alongside her rival, Liza Devereaux. Although they both work hard, Suzanne feels that Liza is stealing work and commissions from her which comes to a head at an offic
Stanley McShane
The idea of a group of lady knitters, best friends, sitting around with a glass of vino, trying to solve a murder mystery definitely piques the interest, huh? This particular entry to the series has Suzanne as a prominent character, although Maggie imparts some wisdom as well. The group consists of Suzanne, Maggie, Dana, Lucy, and Phoebe. Suzanne is an upper-level real estate agent and apparently has some serious office competition in Liza Devereaux. Liza is very good at what she does and manage ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth installment of the Black Sheep Knitting series. Suzanne gets into a very nasty argument with her competitive co-worker over a disputed real estate commission. At the suggestion of her friends, she decides to apologize to her the next day but is surprised to drive by and see Liza's car in the office parking area. She is the one who finds her dead but nothing seems suspicious. But when circumstantial evidence begins to build against their friend, Maggie and the rest of the Black ...more
Susan Johnston
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: At the beginning of the book I wan’t sure I was going to like Suzanne. She was justified in being angry with her rival but she took it to such an extreme she was over the top. But was she so over the top that she would murder the woman. Liza’s death by Botox in a diet shake was pretty bizarre. And Suzanne has not made it any easier for herself by her actions and reactions.
In fact, she is an obvious suspect and with the ham-handed evidence against her, she would have qua
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is apparently the 10th book in the 'Black Sheep & Co Mystery' series. It's a series based on a knitting shop & group who involve themselves in local murders. It seems to me that each book involves a different MC, however, rotating through the group so that we get to know each of them better.

Suzanne is okay as an MC. She doesn't come across as particularly sympathetic, although does move through her emotions during the course of the book to realise that she had seen the victim in a different
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could read the Black Sheep mysteries just for the wonderful, warm and funny female friendships. But watching the women rally around their friend Suzanne made this an especially compelling read. Suzanne is a shoot-from-the-hip kind of gal. She acts quickly on her emotions and suffers the consequences later, which made her very relatable. So when her emotional reaction to a colleague's dirty dealing makes her a key suspect in that colleague's murder, I could not stop turning the pages to find ou ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did they release book 10 and I’m just finding this author?

When realtor Suzanne is the prime suspect in the murder of her nemesis and coworker, the ladies in her knitting club come to her rescue. But th8ngs are looking pretty bleak for Suzanne, but with friends who have your back and put their own neck on the line for you, there’s still hope.

What Suzanne and the gang discover is far more than who done it. They find that the murder victim was more than they just saw her to be. It’s a good les
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I have missed this series before. A group of mature women, knitters, business owners, etc is quite the sort of book I enjoy.
I know I will go back and find more books from this author.
The characters are well developed and people I would like to know.
I enjoy the relationship between them, and the men in their lives.

Suzanne's difficulty with a coworker is something I am sure we have all come across now and then. Someone who waits until much of the difficult work is done and then sw
Number 10 in the series. I have not read them all, just two. This is a standalone story.
The story takes place in Plum Harbor, New York, that’s on Long Island.
Plum Harbor is a charming seaside town that is home to a quaint knitting shop. The group of women: Maggie, Dana, Phoebe, Lucy and Suzanne meet each week at the shop to knit, chat, and enjoy a meal.

The story is from Suzanne’s point of view and she begins by having a blow up at the weekly work meeting. Liza Devereaux has poached another of S
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Sheep Knitter Suzanne Cavanaugh is not getting along with Liza Devereaux, her rival at Prestige Properties after Liza poaches a client out from under her. So when Liza turns up dead, and the evidence points in Suzanne's direction, the police are sure she murdered her.

But the Black Sheep Knitters have no doubt their friend has been framed, and they are ready to prove it.

This is the first book in this series that I've read, and I requested it from NetGalley because so many of my friends told
Clr ny
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purls and Poison is the 10th book in the cozy mystery series about the Black Sheep knitting club. When one of their own members is accused of murder, these amateur sleuths are determined to clear her name and find the killer. Multiple suspects and plot twists occur and it becomes apparent to the group that fellow knitter Suzanne is being framed.

This is a fast paced, clever who-done-it with strong, engaging female characters. The novel can be read as a stand-alone, although most readers will wan
Kathleen Gray
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who poisoned Liza's diet shake (yuck and yuck!)? Not Suzanne, who is the one who found her and who also had argued with her a lot. She appeals to her friend Maggie and the other Black Sheep Knitters to help her out by investigating, which of course they do. There was more to Liza than most people knew, both good and bad, and this is winnowed out slowly, with some good red herrings. The best part of this is the interaction between the women. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I had not read all the ...more
Valery Pedersen
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cosy mystery is a compulsive read. Ms. Canadeo knits together an engaging plot,I felt confident I knew the identity of the killer might be,changing my mind several times as the author creates a skillfully sly plot twist.
Anne paints a vivid picture of the women's personalities, all very different, yet they form a tightly knit circle and would go to any lengths to keep their friendship intact.
It takes a true talent to keep the reader guessing; the ending was a complete surprise!
'Purls and Poi
Cynthia Grove
Abandoned. With a cat on the cover and mention of a knitting group I thought it might be a pleasant light read. Maybe many readers will enjoy it but it is not for me.
I hesitate to criticise it but the writing just didn’t work for me. I wasn't engaged with any of the characters who seemed more sketched out than fully drawn in depth. I did my usual trick after a couple of chapters left me questioning whether I wanted to continue; I read the end and then worked backward dipping in at a few points
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