Knot the Usual Suspects

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Knot the Usual Suspects

A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, #5

Molly MacRae provides an intense novel going from knitting yarn to murder in just a few easy moves! KTUS has a wonderful plot and returning characters which makes this book perfect for either a standalone read or in a series. Very independent characters who compliment each other's personalities in their creative endeavors. Unraveling this story will take more than a knit-one-purl-two approach!

Kath Rutledge and her TGIF knitting group decide to yarn bomb their town, Blue Plum, to kick off an annual arts-and-crafts fair. A few days before the fair, former resident Hugh McPhee shows up after a long absence. Unfortunately, he shows up dead, dressed in full Scot piper's regalia. Undeterred, Kath and her TGIF group go ahead with the yarn bomb with deadly consequences.

And if that wasn't bad enough, Clod gets suspended, so he's not able to provide his deputies with as much "direction" as he normally did in a murder investigation. Kath, her friends, and Geneva (the ghost in Kath's shop) all do as much as possible to figure out who is murdering people during the Handmade Blue Plum Festival before others begin to drop.

This novel with its' many plots and subplots is methodical, deliberate and straightforward. I loved how Kath was able to rule out suspect after potential suspect. Another item I liked was the Yarn Out concept, which is a great backdrop for the knitters. There are some hilarious moments, and Geneva is also a great diversion as well as a wonderful "instrument" for Kath and Ardis. I suspect the reason for Ms. MacRae's unique writing style comes from her years and many short stories printed in the "Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine." It bodes well in this series. There are some interesting recipes in the back, which I have yet to try, but I will by the time this year is finished!

Book Blurb for Knot the Usual Suspects

In the latest from the bestselling author of Plagued by Quilt, Kath Rutledge yarn bombs Blue Plum, Tennessee—and gets tangled up in the mystery of a bumped-off bagpiper.

It’s time for Handmade Blue Plum, an annual arts and crafts fair, and Kath and her knitting group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) plan to kick off the festivities with a yarn bombing. But they’re not the only ones needling Blue Plum. Bagpiper and former resident Hugh McPhee had just returned after a long absence, yet his reception is anything but cozy. The morning after his arrival, he’s found dead in full piper’s regalia.

Although shaken, Kath and her knitting group go forward with their yarn installation—only to hit a deadly snag. Now, with the help of Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, Kath and TGIF need to unravel the mystery before someone else gets kilt!

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 3.50