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For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do. Until the yarn she loves is used for murder....

Libby has come home to Collinstown, Maryland to live her dream and open her own yarn shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., along the Chester River. To Libby, Y.A.R.N. stands for You're Absolutely Ready Now. But the acronym changes whenever inspiration strikes, and customers add to the list of suggestions that fill the blackboard wall in a shop stuffed with color, fiber, and comfort.

Libby is thrilled when she lands famous Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Langager for a series of events at Y.A.R.N. Libby's English bulldog, Hank, has been modeling one of Perle's doggie sweaters, and customers just can't wait to see Perle in action. The mayor of Collinstown even decrees a Collinstown Yarn Day to celebrate. But once Perle arrives in town, she seems distracted and on edge. And when she's found strangled with a skein of red yarn, Libby knows she has to solve a knotty mystery before her new life unravels.

295 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 2021

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Allie Pleiter

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An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.

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Author 31 books2,126 followers
January 28, 2021
Delightfully clever! As warm and cozy as a handmade sweater. A charming knitting store, a beautiful town, lovable characters, and a relatable protagonist with a sense of humor make for a fun mystery. Readers will love Allie Pleiter’s new series.
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1,859 reviews473 followers
November 1, 2022
As I write this, it's late September. The weather is getting rather fall-ish, and every year when that happens I get in the mood for knitting and reading murder mysteries. :) I saw book one of the Riverbank Knitting Mystery series on the shelf at the library and knew this series would be a great way to mix two of my favorite Fall activities!

The basics: Libby Beckett returns to her hometown to follow her life-long dream of owning a yarn shop. She names her new shop Y.A.R.N. which has a special meaning to her, but she puts up a blackboard so customers can leave their own definitions for what the letters mean. Things are going great at first. The town even declares an entire day as Yarn Day to honor her shop! And, a special famous guest is coming to host a knitting event. But then things go horribly wrong. Her famous guest is murdered! Libby finds herself doing some amateur sleuthing to discover a killer, save her shop and make everyone in town feel safe again. Will she be successful before everything in her life unravels?

I enjoyed this book! I like the characters and the setting, and definitely love the mix of amateur sleuthing and knitting! This is the first book by Allie Pleiter that I've read. I will definitely be reading more! I already have book 2 in this series on hold at the library! :) Can't wait to read it!
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467 reviews305 followers
February 19, 2021
wish this one was a little more interesting.....there isn't really much to say. if you love to knit read this I guess....
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2,383 reviews270 followers
August 7, 2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Libby Beckett is living her dream of opening up her Y.A.R.N. shop to spread her joy of yarn crafts with the masses. Y.A.R.N. stands for “You’re Absolutely Ready Now” but she wasn’t ready to find Perle Langager dead. Perle was a famous Norwegian knitting celebrity who had come to Collinstown, Maryland to lead several events at Y.A.R.N. Perle seemed very nervous and distracted when she arrived but was looking forward to each event. Sadly she was found strangled with a skein of red yarn before a big event and Libby knows she needs to untangle all the suspects and unravel all the clues to knit her life back together so she can continue to live her dream.

I really liked Libby. Her passion for yarn and knitting just oozed out of her. I loved the way she encouraged an overwrought businesswoman to try knitting to alieve her stress. The woman was hooked after her first lesson. She also taught a 13-year-old girl anxious to learn to knit. Libby also realizes sorting out clues is easier with a pair of needles in her hands. You will rarely find the woman not knitting up some wonderful creation.

Ms. Pleiter has surrounded her protagonist with a wonderful supporting cast. Her mom and “the Gals” bring a lot of humor to the story, you never know what these ladies are going to come up with. That young 13-year-old knitter, Jillian is the daughter of Gavin, Collinstown’s mayor, and Libby’s high school boyfriend, who just may want to rekindle their relationship. But it was Hank the completely stole my heart. Hank is an English Bulldog, who is the shop’s mascot and quite the model of doggie sweaters. He is also good to have around when you’re feeling blue or in a bit of trouble. Libby is truly blessed to be Hank’s person.

This book suffers from first book-itis. It is really hard to introduce all the characters so readers get invested in their lives and try to give readers a complicated mystery. There were a few star suspect choices and I was able to knit and purl the clues and picked out the culprit pretty quickly. I was waiting for an epic twist to prove me wrong but that didn’t happen. I am sure now that we know the characters the mystery in the next book will be more complex.

I will say though that while the mystery was light I really enjoyed this story. The setting is delightfully described and if Y.A.R.N. was a real place I would be there in an instant to add my own words of inspiration to store blackboard. Y – You A – Are – R – Really N – Nice or Y- You A- Are – R- Raving N – Now, okay those are just off the top of my head. I also liked all the characters and want to know them better. Lily is very creative and I am excited to see what her next project will be.

On Skein of Death has given the Riverbank Knitting Mystery Series a firm foundation to build on. I am looking forward to returning to Collinstown and Y.A.R.N. soon.
June 15, 2021
4.5 stars

I’m already a huge fan of this author’s contemporary romances, particularly her Wander Canyon series with Love Inspired. So when I heard that she was going to release a cozy mystery series too, I got super excited! I knew it would be good, and I was right – you instantly feel ‘at home’ in the story. There’s even a dash of romance to appease my swoon-loving heart, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on those developments as the series progresses.

Pleiter excels at creating characters you care about, and On Skein of Death is no exception. Libby is very likable, and her enthusiasm for knitting is infectious. You can tell the author is a true knitter as well, just by the little things here and there that add to the realism of Libby’s character. Libby’s quirky mom Rhonda and ‘the Gals’ bring humor & heart to the story, and I was very much drawn to Gavin (the town’s mayor & Libby’s high school sweetheart) & his young teenage daughter Jillian. There is certainly still some deep affection between Gavin and Libby, and the not-always-subtle matchmaking attempts by Jillian and Rhonda (and their unlikely friendship) made me grin. And of course I can’t overlook Hank the loyal dog, a good sport to model doggie sweaters & an all-around good friend when needed.

I’m not a knitter (can’t to save my life) but I loved Libby’s Y.A.R.N. nonetheless – because I do enjoy crocheting on occasion & I love visiting a yarn store where I can drool over all the pretty colors and imagine the beautiful things I could make were I better at handcrafting haha. My heart went out to Libby when her much anticipated celebrity knitting event unraveled around her, and I felt her anxiety over how it would all turn out for her store and the town. While the murderer turned out to be the person I initially suspected, I was not at all certain that I would be right in the end. The author stitched together lots of layers that made plausible suspects out of several characters, and right up to the very end I was still second guessing my initial opinion.

Bottom Line: On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter grabbed my attention right away and kept me invested in the story until the very end. Knitters and yarn enthusiasts will love Libby and her yarn shop, as well as how the author’s expert knowledge and passion for the art shine through the character interactions and Libby’s engaging first person narrative. Some of the information gets a little repetitive at times but not enough to be that distracting. A well-plotted mystery, clever red herrings, and intriguing layers give the book its focus, and the lovely hint of romance potential will appeal to spark-loving readers like me without alienating mystery purists. I can’t wait for the next book!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower
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3,392 reviews59 followers
June 1, 2021
On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter is the debut of A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series. Libby Beckett is newly divorced and has taken her settlement to fulfil her dream of opening Y.A.R.N. Her dream is threatened when the three-day event she organized is canceled after the Norwegian knitwear designer is found murdered. Libby cannot rest until she learns the identity of the guilty party. There were some elements I liked and others that I did not. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the yarn shop, the yarn, the finished creations, and the gorgeous knitting needles. I also liked the picturesque descriptions of Collinstown, Maryland with its charming shops and friendly residents. The story is told in the first person which leads to a lot of internal thinking by Libby. There is repetition of information (details about characters and especially the murder). The whodunit was straightforward. Perle Langager is murdered in a fashion that suits the story. There are a limited number of suspects with the guilty party extremely obvious. I kept hoping for a surprise character or twist. The reveal wrapped up the mystery leaving no lingering questions. There is humor scattered throughout courtesy of Libby’s mother and her gaggle of friends. There is romance as well between Libby and her old high school beau, Gavin who is the current mayor. This is relaxing tale that will appeal to readers looking for lighter fare. On Skein of Death is a blithe cozy mystery with creative yarn art, a cute canine, a dead knitwear designer, a sleuthing shop owner, plenty of pie, and creative knits.
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273 reviews
January 17, 2021
Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc of this book, which is one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve ever read. From the characters to the dialogue to the plot, all of this was wonderfully crafted, and I enjoyed it all. This is the first of Allie Pleiter’s books I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I particularly appreciated the realistic relationship between Libby and her mom.
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1,868 reviews43 followers
September 25, 2021
On Skein of Death is hopefully only the first in a series of cozy mysteries by Allie Pleiter, as it is sweet and charming. Our protagonist is a woman named Libby Beckett who has moved back to her hometown after a divorce, where she has opened a yarn store. She is happily selling beautiful yarn, needles, patterns and more. But she seems to get the most joy from connecting with other knitters, and teaching new ones.

Unfortunately just as she is about to host a public even that features a Norwegian knitting celebrity (who knew there were knitting clebrities?), the woman is found dead. Now Libby is feeling guilty, worried that her business won't recover, and determined to find the culprit.

Before her death Perle seemed nervous, a young man seemed to be stalking her, and the man in her life feels like he is hiding something. The book was completely enjoyable. Libby is likable and passionate. Her joy found in yarn was contagious and made me wish I knew how to knit. And the supporting cast are people I want to know better. They feel like I would like them better with each book. Her mom, in particular, made me laugh and groan out loud. I think she will be the mom we love, despite her meddling. I hope we return to Collinstown very soon.

Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the gifted copy.
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699 reviews25 followers
August 8, 2021
ON SKEIN OF DEATH by Allie Pleiter
The First Riverbank Knitting Mystery

Libby Beckett is on the edge of major knitting success hosting famous Nordic knitting designer Perle Langager at her shop Y.A.R.N. The three day event will feature talks, demonstrations, and Perle's latest creation-knitting needles with a unique Danish design. Perle seems more nervous in her demands than diva, and Libby willingly helps the young woman. When Perle can't be found, Libby joins in the search only to find the knitter strangled with yarn. Spurned on by a need to find justice for the young woman with such promise, Libby decides to do whatever she can to catch a killer!

Libby Beckett is a smart, take charge woman capable of reinventing herself and able to withstand the challenges brought to her doorstep in the first Riverbank Knitting Mystery. I love her passion for knitting and the desire to spread the love of that art form. And yes, it IS art. She has a best friend who keeps her in pie (I am a bit envious) and, although she'd try to deny it, a good love interest. I like the developing relationship between Libby and Gavin, egged on by her mother and his daughter.

The mystery is ingenious and deftly plotted. Morals and integrity are integral to the characters and the plot shaping behavior and making the murder even more distressing. There's humor and fun as well as a charming dog named Hank!

ON SKEIN OF DEATH with its interesting characters and charming setting is a solid start to a new series. I can't wait to see Libby take on King George in her next adventure!
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2,755 reviews96 followers
August 7, 2021
I love to make a start on a series from book one instead of partway through so as a lover of cozy mysteries, I jumped at the chance to read this, On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter.

I got to meet divorced Libby Beckett, who has returned to Collinstown, Maryland, her hometown. She is opening Y.A.R.N., her very own knitting shop. Y.A.R.N. is short for "You're Absolutely Ready Now." When a prominent Norwegian knitting designer, Perle Lonager is found murdered with a skein of red wool wrapped around her throat, her head acutely tilted, Libby steps in to do some detective work and sleuthing.

I really enjoyed this intriguing story and I liked Allie Pleiter's portrayal of Libby who had so much passion for her dream shop. Libby's English Bulldog, Hank played a good part, too. The supporting characters were also well-drawn, such as Margo, Libby's friend and the owner of "Perfect Slice" just across the road from Y.A.R.N., who is known for her shortbread and pies. The mystery itself was well done; there was plenty of viable suspects and the madcap tale delivers on humour, courtesy of Libby’s mum Rhonda, and Rhonda's friends, the Gals. With a soupcon of romance in the mixing pot too, I'm already looking forward to seeing what's in store for Libby and Hank in book 2. Even those who have no particular interest in knitting or crafting will doubtlessly enjoy On Skein of Death.

Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Allie Pleiter and Berkley Publishing for a complimentary copy of On Skein of Death at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
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99 reviews2 followers
February 10, 2022
Lighthearted and fun. Not crazy about all the negative judgement towards Gavin’s ex. It felt like woman putting down other women unnecessarily. Other than that fun read and love a strong female protagonist who’s also a business owner 💪🏼
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4 reviews1 follower
July 13, 2021
I had so much fun getting to know the characters in the book! Allie is very talented. She draws you in to the story.
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213 reviews38 followers
March 30, 2022
This is a great start to a new cozy knitting series.
Libby has opened her Y.A.R.N. store after what seems a very unhappy marriage/divorce. She is excited for a great weekend with a famous knitter providing different learning events, it's a complete sell-out affair! But then things go awry and nothing is at it seems!
Libby is one smart cookie, and helps put the pieces together along with the help of some great friends. We also have her mother who enjoys "helping" along libbys personal life, when she's not forgetting what day it is (I'm excited to see her character build, she seems a hoot!).
And we can't forget Hank...the doggie yarn shop mascot!
I look forward to this series and the adventures that await.
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1,674 reviews46 followers
April 8, 2022
Exciting first in a new series

While I was reading the second book in this series, I fell in love with the characters, the shop, Libby's mom, and Hank!
I purchased this one before I was even half way done with the second.
This is a really good series, and I adore books with a knitting or crochet theme!
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651 reviews4 followers
April 3, 2021
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was just what you want a cozy mystery to be. The characters, likable and unlivable, had depth and the story moved along at a good pace. I hope the author writes another YARN book soon.
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2,010 reviews60 followers
May 31, 2021
4.5 stars

I think I've finally found the perfect knitting-themed cozy series for me. I had a big smile on my face as I turned the last page of Allie Pleiter's debut Riverbank Knitting mystery, On Skein of Death. It is a wonderful blend of mystery, character, setting, and knitting.

In the other knitting-themed cozies that I've read, knitting is usually nothing more than the hook to entice readers to buy the book. You're lucky if the characters look at a skein of yarn or pick up a knitting needle once or twice during the course of the book. But On Skein of Death has knitting firmly woven into the story. If Libby's shop were real, I'd be making a bee-line for it and would undoubtedly spend way too much money there. When Libby can't sleep or needs to clear her mind so she can think, she picks up her needles and knits. She teaches a thirteen-year-old to knit and encourages a stressed-out businesswoman to take up needles, too. There are also dollops of yarn bombing and illusion knitting. But it's not only instances like these that put the knit and purl into On Skein of Death, it's the language Pleiter uses. She lets us know that knitters rarely get upset at delays because delays are just opportunities to whip out knitting projects and add a few rows. Libby also finds out that this investigation has "more twists and backtracks than it does to turn a sock heel."

But before you begin to think that there's nothing but needles and yarn to On Skein of Death, there's an interesting group of suspects for Libby to learn about. Was the killer the strange young man who showed up to the first event? Was it Perle's "what's in it for me" beady-eyed editor? Was it...? I enjoyed the mystery even though the identity of the killer was no surprise. (Unfortunately, I've watched too many episodes of Forensic Files.)

Pleiter has also created a stellar cast of characters that bodes well for future books. Libby's outlook on life and her passion for her shop and knitting will warm your heart. She's also good at making friends and developing useful contacts, and she's not one to take unnecessary risks. Gavin Maddock is Collinstown's mayor and Libby's high school sweetheart, and Gavin's thirteen-year-old daughter Jillian is a little jewel. Libby's mother Rhonda and her friends (known as "the Gals") provide plenty of humor. and then there's Frank the police chief and his receptionist Angie whom I hope to see more of in future books. Good gravy, I forgot one of the most important characters! Hank the English bulldog is Y.A.R.N.'s mascot and quite skilled at modeling sweaters and being your best buddy when you're in dire need.

As you can see, I've fallen head over heels for On Skein of Death, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series. You really don't even have to be interested in knitting to enjoy this book. Find out for yourself!

(Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley)
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382 reviews54 followers
August 10, 2021
ON SKEIN OF DEATH by Allie Pleiter is the first book in the A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series. It is the well-crafted cozy mystery centered round Libby Beckett, her adorable pooch - Hank, her shop - Y.A.R.N. (Your Absolutely Ready Now) and her home town Collinstown, Maryland.

Recovered from a divorce, she found her calling when she opened up her yarn shop. She’s thrilled at the prospect of her first big event – a series of personal appearances by Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Lonager – and boosting her store in the profit margin with its success.

Prior to arrival Perle is making last minute changed to the schedule. She added the fact that Henrik would be accompanying her as well as eluding to a big announce that was going to made at the lecture. Upon arrival in town, she seems somewhat of a Nervous Nellie, but Libby writes it off the actions as artistic eccentricity.

The whole town is jumping on the Perle bandwagon with even George Baker, the mayor, declaring it Collinstown Yarn Day. Although the “girls” yarn bombing the trees downtown, sent him off in tyrant making his nickname of King George quite appropriate.

When Perle’s found murdered in the theater shortly before the lecture was to start, strangled by a bundle of red yard with a set of her new line of needles in her hands, evidently used as weapons trying to fight off her attacker, things move swiftly to the realization that there is a murder walking amongst them in their quaint little town Libby is thrown into amateur detective mode as she tries to help Chief Frank Reynolds as much as she can and in an effort to get justice for Perle. All the while, her store will be taking a financial blow instead of making a big profit.

Gavin Maddock, Libby’s high school sweetheart and now Chamber of Commerce president, is worried about how all this will affect the city, but he’s more concerned with Libby’s safety. During all the crime solving, his daughter, Jillian – who Libby is teaching to knit - and Libby’s Mom seem to be in cahoots trying to bring the long ago couple back together again.

The suspect list seems to be one of four people – Nolan, Perle’s nephew; Henrick – her boyfriend; Derek Martingale, her agent; or someone unknown. With the help of Linda - an Y.A.R.N. employee and friend, Margo – local bakery owner and another dear friend, Gavin – old boyfriend who she still seems to have feelings for, her Mom and the girls, and Chief Frank, can they figure pick out the clues and stitch them up without dropping the ball to figure how who had killed Perle in order to knit this case closed?

ON SKEIN OF DEATH is a fast paced, page turner cozy mystery that you won’t want to put down. Love the way Allie Pleiter keeps you on your toes with several suspects and leading you on different paths to find out which one really did the deed. I’m really excited about this new series and I’m looking for more adventures with Libby. With all the delightful and colorful characters, there will be ample avenues for the series to go. After her declaration to George that she’s going to run for the Mayor of Collinstown, it will be fun to see how the next election in Collinsville goes. I’m betting King George doesn’t go down without a fight – or a murder. Thrilled with book #1 and greatly anticipating book #2. FIVE STARS!
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1,090 reviews245 followers
June 9, 2021
Libby Beckett is thrilled to be opening her new yarn shop in her hometown of Collinstown, Maryland. It’s everything she ever wanted. To add to her excitement, a renowned celebrity knitter, Perle Langager, has agreed to appear at events for Libby’s shop. This will not only put her shop on the map, but it will do the same for Collinstown. Libby’s excitement is off the charts until tragedy strikes.

Perle is brutally murdered with yarn and Libby demands answers. Her business is suffering and so is her town.

This is a very good entry into a new cozy mystery series. This one is called A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series and it’s off to a fun start. I know absolutely nothing about knitting, but I really enjoyed this book and now I want to learn to knit. LOL

It’s a fast-paced mystery with several potential suspects. I admit I did guess the culprit early in the story, but the ride getting to the end is intriguing.

The characters are quirky, lively and witty. I was a bit surprised that the police didn’t find Libby to be too intrusive in the investigation but that’s how it is in cozy mysteries. The amateur sleuth always manages to get in the middle of things.

Overall, a sweet cozy mystery series with lovable characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series and getting to know the characters even better.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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1,096 reviews28 followers
June 1, 2021
A charming whodunit involving a knitting store that is playing host to a designer, her almost fiancé, and her publisher. When Y.A.R.N. shop owner Libby Beckett lands famous Norwegian designer Perle Langager for a weekend of events, she’s over the moon. So are the knitter’s who live in the surrounding area. With a nice size crowd, the event starts, but ends on a horrible note. Libby finds Perle dead in the auditorium, a prize pair of knitting needles are next to her, covered in blood. With three main suspects, the police, with Libby’s help are determined to solve the case before the blood is dry. It’s a case of fake identities, angry relatives, and more.
I’m not a knitter, so the knitting parts didn’t interest me as much as they would other crafters, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story none the less. I love the relationship between Jillian and Libby’s mom, they really struck up a great friendship with the pair learning a lot from each other, and scheming to get Libby and Gavin together.
It was fairly easy for me to deduce the culprit, but it didn’t detract from the story, the writing is good, the characters are well developed, and I can’t wait to see where the overall story arc goes.
**I was given an ARC of this story from the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.
310 reviews1 follower
July 14, 2021
This cozy mystery genre is growing on me. I have read a few and was not that impressed, but I liked this one. I think it does have many things in common with other cozy mysteries, but this one stood out for a few reasons. The characters, the knitting connection and the humor.

The characters showed a lot of heart, generosity and determination. They also showed some of the flaws and self doubt that most of us have. There is a you-love-to-hate-him bad guy that will hopefully go from novel to novel. Libby is a woman starting over after a bad divorce and she seems like she is doing pretty well, but it is not easy. Her circle of friends are a nice variety. It's always good to have a foodie for a best friend, and someone who is willing to cover for you as you go about your sleuthing.

The yarn store and the camaraderie that it engenders is something that I have found to be a a good thing in my life, and it is nice to see a story that uses it as a component of the story/setting. The book story line centers around a Nordic style of knitting and even comes with a pattern at the back. While that is not unusual, I can tell that the author is a knitter.

The humor is a bonus and it is not always present. The mom character is a bit over the top and provided for some humorous moments. The teenage knitting student and daugher of the romantic interest was true to form and I found amusing. I did hate that she took to knitting so easily and so well. It was much harder for me.

I look forward to more from this author and the Collinstown cast of characters.
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29 reviews
August 20, 2021
After her divorce, Libby moved back to Collinstown to open her own yarn shop, Y.A.R.N. We get to meet several supporters of Libby, including her eccentric mother, best friend, and her ex-boyfriend, Gavin, who is now mayor, as she gets ready for her big Yarn Day weekend with knitting celebrity Perle Langager. That is until Perle is found murdered, and with Libby’s yarn! Libby works with her friends and the police chief to solve Perle’s murder, while her mom and Gavin’s daughter seem more interested on working on their match making skills. Now, what do you get when you have a murder committed with yarn and a woman who loves yarn with an endless supply of coffee? A woman who will stop at nothing to make sure justice is found.
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Author 7 books107 followers
June 14, 2021
On Skein of Death is Allie Pleiter’s first foray into the cozy mystery genre. From the authors note to the characters names and even a dog sweater pattern, the authors love for knitting is evident throughout the book.

One of the things that draw me to cozy mysteries is the small-town setting and the characters, and this book is rich with both. There is also just the hint of a possible romance (which I’m sure will be developed as the series continues), a curmudgeon who is Libby’s nemesis, good friends, an adorable dog, and a murder.

While this is an enjoyable story that introduced me to the town and people of Collinstown, the mystery fell flat. That may just be because I’m an avid suspense reader, but it could also be because it became obvious early on (at least to me) who was behind the crime. There were a couple of red herrings thrown in there, but they were so glaring they didn’t throw me off the trail.

However, the mystery isn’t usually what draws me to cozies (despite it being part of the genre), and I will definitely be visiting Libby, Gavin, Jillian, and the rest of the crew again.

**Content warning: For those who are fans of Pleiter’s inspirational books, will want to not this clean cozy mystery does contain a few curse words.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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1,002 reviews5 followers
June 3, 2021
This book was not for me. I had a hard time just getting into the book over all. The author does a play off of all things yarn in the book including a teenager and a group of “old” ladies set to have fun with yarn and trees. The book is told in a first person telling. I liked Gavin he seemed to face a lot and was always looking out for Libby. Libby was store owner turned detective which made things very interesting. The author did keep the book a clean read. I guess in the end I expected a different ending but over all the story was ok. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
1,660 reviews39 followers
July 3, 2021
This is a pleasant little murder mystery that centers around the unlikely activity of knitting. Who knew that there could be such complications in this charming hobby. The plot wasn't particularly complicated but the characters were nice and it gives the hint of a romance in the future. All-in-all, an enjoyable read with more to come.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
23 reviews1 follower
July 5, 2021
Good Start

While overall I liked this book and enjoyed reading it, the reason I bought it was because it was about a yarn shop in Maryland. I really wish there was more info on where the shop is located. I know it's not a real town but more info on location, neighborhoods, etc. would be nice. With that being said I like the characters and the storyline and I look forward to more books in her series!!!
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591 reviews8 followers
July 16, 2021
4.5 stars. Listened to the audiobook of this nice slow burning cozy mystery set in a charming small town. Divorced Libby left the big city and returned home to open a yarn shop named, Y.A.R.N. along the river. Libby is fortunate to book a famous knitter for weekend event until things begin to unravel. There are well thought out characters, a quaint setting and food, lots of food. The second book is due in early 2022 and I will interested to see where the author takes our cast of characters.
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857 reviews11 followers
June 9, 2021
I enjoyed this book. I think the new series is off to a good start. I like the Y.A.R.N. shop, Libby is definitely a passionate character and advocate for fiber crafts, she has a fun crew of supporting characters, an English bulldog name Hank and a problem as her first major speaker, demonstrator, has just been found murdered.

The mystery is interesting enough with several major villains apparent. I will definitely be around for the next trip Collinsville, Maryland.
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171 reviews
July 30, 2021
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! The characters were likeable and well written. The twists and turns in the story were fun, but not too unrealistic. I would definitely read more cozy mysteries from this author!
363 reviews
June 4, 2021
I really liked the first book in this new cozy mystery series. Great characters, story, and a charming town. Knit together with Pleiter's trademark humor and heart. Brew a cuppa and enjoy!
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