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A Wicked Yarn

(A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out.

Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in th
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by Berkley Books
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This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters a lot. The mystery parts of this book was good. I also enjoyed the craft parts of this book. I think this is going to be a great cozy mystery series. I cannot wait to be back with these characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Berkley Books) or author (Emmie Caldwell) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about h ...more
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I really enjoyed this mild cozy Murder mystery featuring a nice cast of crafty characters and a strong protagonist, widow Lia Geiger, a knitter. The author supplies a steady stream of suspects you’ll believe could certainly have motives to be killers.

Vendors at the Crandalsbury Craft Fair in Pennsylvania certainly have no inkling a killer walks the fair grounds. Lia Geiger belongs to a lovely, active group of kind-hearted knitters-Ninth Street Knits-who sell their items at the fair. When Lia com
Mark Baker
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mystery
After the loss of her husband, Lia Geiger moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and starts selling things she and her knitting friends make at a local craft fair run by her best friend, Belinda. She’s expecting to sell lots of items over Mother’s Day weekend, and Saturday is great. But when she arrives on Sunday, she finds Belinda standing over the dead body of Belinda’s ex-husband, a developer who just the day before was planning to buy the barn where the craft fair is held and tear it down. With ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Lia Geiger's friend Belinda becomes the main suspect in a murder, amateur sleuth Lia springs into action.

The protagonist in this charming cozy is likable, and the secondary characters are realistic and relatable. The plot is well-conceived. There are plenty of suspects with believable motives. Descriptions are vivid. The small town setting is delightful.

Definitely four star reading pleasure here.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell.

A delightful new series comes from Emmie Caldwell, who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes.

Lia, a recent widow, has moved to Crandalsburg. She soon joins a knitting group who call themselves The Ninth Street Knitters. The Ninth Street Knitters sell their knitted items at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and Lia handles their booth. Lia’s long-time friend, Brenda, manages the fair, located in a barn that dates
Peggy R
A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery by author Emmie Caldwell (who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes). This was a solid start to a new series. I really like that the series is centered on a craft barn with many different crafters who sell their wares. The characters were all very enjoyable, and I loved the mother-daughter relationship between Lia and Haley. The secondary cast of characters includes the crafters at the craft barn along with Lia's knitting group known ...more
The hook for me was knitting, alpacas, and a Civil War barn. And of course, a murder to solve. Recently widowed Lia moved to a nearby town and became involved with a professional knitters group who sold their work at a historic barn in the community. Things were going well until a developer with ties to one of Lia's friends was found murdered in that very barn. Soon Lia and her daughter take on the amateur sleuthing task and learned more about the deceased and other town citizens than they ever ...more
This is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia Geiger has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair which is housed in a Civil War era barn. The fair's manager's ex=husband is found dead after threatening to buy the barn and tear it down. Lia and her daughter, Hayley immediately start sleuthing to find the killer.

As a fiber enthusiast I was delighted to find this new series. I really enjoyed all the conversations about wool and knitting. I'm a cat lover, too so the cover won me over.
Elizabeth Plunkett
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by The Crandalsburg Craft Fair Mystery Series by Emmie Caldwell. Former surgical nurse and widow Lia Gieger stars as a knitting sleuth in this series set in Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania. Lia runs a booth at the craft fair for her knitting group Ninth Street Knitters, but always has time to investigate a crime. When a developer who plans to demolish the craft fair barn turns up murdered Lia sets aside her knitting to do some detective work.

I was pleasantly surprised by this knittin
Lisa Morin
The bright colors in this cover, and the title, were big factors for requesting this book. I love any type of craft themed cozy mystery. From knitting and crocheting, to scrapbooking and candle making, those are my absolute favorites to read.
In this book we meet Lia, and her daughter Hayley. Lia is a knitter who likes to live a quiet life, after the loss of her husband.
Lia and her knitting group have a table at the local craft fair, and things begin to get rocky when there is talk about demolis
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A Wicked Yarn" first in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. Great start to a wonderful new cozy mystery series! I really enjoyed this story, with its craft fair theme. I did one craft fair years ago and I can see how this can be a fun series with lots of quirky characters.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed.
I did suspect the killer prior to Lia and Haley but it did not take away from the enjoyment. I found myself
Janilyn Kocher
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am always on the lookout for new cozy mystery series. A Wicked Yarn fit the bill. Lia mans a booth at the local craft barn every weekend. She moved to a new town after the death of her husband. But bodies keep popping up in conjunction with the barn and Lia's friend Belinda had terse relationships with both victims. Can Lia knit together the clues in time to clear her friend. I liked the concept. I like the knitting angle. I'm a knitter drop out, but it's soothing to read about. I like the sma ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Being a longtime craft fair participant myself, I really enjoyed the setting for this mystery. How cool would it be to have a venue for doing a nice show every weekend? And the best part was it was inside away from the weather. Although if Belinda the manager's ex had his way, that barn was going to be torn down once he bought it. Luckily, the crafters never had to find out, because someone offed the guy, and all eyes turned to his ex, Belinda. Main character Lia was a good friend of hers, so wi ...more
Lia Geiger has started a new life in Crandalsburg, PA after the untimely death of her husband Tom. She's part of a knitting group who has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair. Everyone is especially excited for the weekend, since it's near Mother's Day and everyone will be looking for gifts. That is, until events take place that threaten the sustainability of the craft fair. Lia's best friend, Belinda, is the craft fair manager. When Belinda's ex-husband is murdered, the rumors fly and the cra ...more
A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell is the debut of A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. We meet Lia Geiger who is a widow who has recently moved to Crandalsburg for a new start. Lia is a knitter who belongs to the Ninth Street Knitters. I liked this group of knitters who sell their wares at a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair run by Belinda Peebles. I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of the yarns and the items they created. There is also a visit to an alpaca farm. Lia is creating a sweater from the sof ...more
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Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful new debut cozy series . The "Craft Fair Mystery Series" by cozy author Emmie Caldwell is a charming fun read with a well crafted sleuth and great charcters. I enjoyed reading this first in series that is promising for a long running cozy series.

Our protagonist is is Lea who is a skilled knitter and sells her wares at craft shows. She is living in a small Pennsylvania town and runs a knitting group . Lea is a widow and starting her life over enjoying her craft of knitting and
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 'A Wicked Yarn', the first installment in a new cozy mystery series, a bizarre murder at a the site of craft fair seems to point to the fair's manager, Belinda Peebles, as the most likely suspect; her arrest could also mean the end of the craft fair. Lia Geiger, Belinda's long-time friend and a knitter who runs the Ninth Street Knitter's booth at the fair decides to look for other suspects in an effort to get her friend off the hook and to save the fair. As Lia interacts with friends and neig ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a brand new series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia has relocated to Crandalsburg from York after the sudden death of her husband Tom she is getting acquainted with her new home and has taken a booth of her knitting and that of her friends with the Ninth Street Knitters at the local Crandalsburg Craft Fair located in a historic barn just outside of town. Her friend Belinda manages the craft fair and can come across often too direct and abrupt but it is shouting when her ex ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Wicked Yarn is the debut of the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series set in the small town of Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania and featuring Lia Geiger, a recent widow and avid knitter. It's Mother's Day weekend and Lia is looking forward to a busy day manning her booth at the local craft fair.

A day filled with happy customers and a beautiful array of crafts hits a low when two gentleman enter the barn and cause a stir. The men are overheard bragging they are going to purchase the property and tear
Lia is adjusting to life in a new town with new friends and a new business, selling items she and her friends have knitted at a local craft fair. The fair is run by an old friend who supported Lia when things were bleak, so Lia is quick to defend her friend when Belinda becomes Suspect #1 in a murder. Can she prove that someone else committed the crime?

This is the first book in this series by a new-to-me author, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Before The Plague shut everything down, I love att
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery combines two things that I love crafting and cozy mysteries. Emmie Caldwell, the author, has places Lia in Crandalsburgh after living in York. As she is getting acquainted with her new town she decides to have a booth displaying her knitting projects along with the Ninth Street Knitters at a historic barn. One of Lia's friends runs the craft fair, however there are problems when the barn has been bought by the friend's ex-husband. His p ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2021
A WICKED YARD is a solid start to a new series. I like protagonist Lia, who is not elderly nor a very young woman, and her relationship with her daughter Haley who helps her investigate. The crafty setting is cozy, and the murder investigation is well thought out. The pace lags a bit here and there, but everything comes together to make a satisfying read. I will continue reading the series when the next book becomes available. Recommended.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
This is a solid beginning to a new cozy mystery series called A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery.
Lia is the main character and sleuth. She gets help from her daughter Hayley and her knitting group - The Ninth Street Knitters in gathering and evaluating information regarding the murder and possible suspects.
I read many cozy mysteries and find it interesting to consider how the author pulls together the elements of the mystery.
Will the police be a real presence with the sleuth either working with the
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down! I loved the characters and the plot. This book was well written and fun. The characters felt real to me and I was invested in their well being. The plot, though reminiscent of many other cozies, came off as fresh and true to the book. I did not guess the murderer until the main character did and was only able to solve it along with clues she provided me. I cannot wait to read the next book!
When murder strikes at the Craft Fair where Lia Geiger mans a knitwear booth, she knows she can’t let her rough-on-the-outside friend take the blame for the deed – and she can’t let an unsolved murder affect the livelihoods of all the craftspeople who depend on the Craft Fair to sell their wares. With the help of family and friends, she just might be able to untangle the mess that her friend Belinda has found herself in!

I really enjoyed A Wicked Yarn, the first in a new cozy mystery series. It w
Cathy Cole
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This first Craft Fair Knitters mystery opens strong. The historic barn and the small-town Pennsylvania setting are used well, and I liked how the author brought crafts into the story without overdoing it. The story flowed well and kept my interest-- primarily because of the main character. I liked recent widow Lia, her outlook on life, and her behavior toward others. I liked her daughter, Hayley, who gives her mother palpitations by quitting her job, and my liking for the young woman persisted e ...more
Sarah  Woodhouse
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loom knit so even though this is regular knitting, I still enjoyed the crafting aspect of the book. There is so many things that I really enjoyed about the book: the emotional connections between Lia and Hayley, her daughter, Lia and her friends, and being there to see the progression of grief and to feel for Lia and Hayley.

The mystery was great. A lot of times I can usually figure out who the killer is but this time it totally blind sided me. Loved the sense of community a
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great weekend escape read. I have no skill when it comes to crafts, of any kind but that doesn't stop me from enjoying mysteries that center around crafts. This first in the Craft Fair Knitters series is a winner. Emmie Caldwell is Mary Ellen Hughes and, with four series, she knows how to craft a good mystery.
Lia is a member of the Ninth Street Knitters and sells at a local crafts fair housed in a classic old barn.
She has found a comfortable place after the death of her husband. Soon
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new cozy series with knitters and a cat? I’m in! This is the first in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series and my old knitting soul thought it was delightful.

Lia, a recent widow and knitter, and her daughter Hayley have recently relocated to Crandalsburg Pennsylvania and has become friends with a group of local knitters. Lia’s friend Belinda hosts a craft fair at a barn and Lia has a booth there. The barn is potentially being sold and the new owner appears to be Darren, Belinda’s ex-husband.
Widow Lia Geiger works at a craft booth at the Crandlesburg Craft Fair for Ninth Street Knits, her knitting group. Other vendors at the craft fair include photographer Mark Simmon; Olivia Boyd, a maker of herbal soaps; Zach Goodwin a beekeeper selling his own honey; and painter Joan Fowler. The craft fair is located close to Gettysburg and draws much of its business from the tourist crowd.
Lia’s good friend Belinda Peoples is the manager of the craft fair; she has built this business from the gro
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Emmie Caldwell is the pen name of Mary Ellen Hughes, author of 4 cozy mystery series.

A WICKED YARN begins Emmie's Craft Fair Knitters Mystery Series, set in Crandalsburg, PA, where Lia Geiger and her Ninth Street Knitters solve murders as they knit up a storm.

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