A Stitch Before Dying

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A Stitch Before Dying

Black Sheep Knitting Series #3

Maggie and her Black Sheep Knitting group are at it again, solving murders when all they want to do is relax. Over the years the Black Sheep Knitting group have become good friends as well as taking the knitting classes with Maggie. No matter what they are doing dram and excitement seem to follow them.

Maggie is invited to give some seminars on knitting at a spa that Maggie’s friend Nadine works for as the person who was set to do it canceled at the last minute. So Maggie thinks this would be a great girls weekend away and asks to have a cottage instead of a room so she can bring her friends. The knitting group all agrees they would love to get away for a weekend, as they are all kind of stressed about their lives right now. So off they go for a fun filled, relaxing (spa) and refreshing weekend with their friends.

For a while, all goes well. Some of the knitting group are really into the holistic thing, others not so much like Dana who is a psychologist and doesn’t believe in the hokey stuff of New Age. Maggie is reserving judgment though as she knows that knitting is a lot like meditating and that meditating is therapeutic.

They settle into their cottage and Maggie starts her seminars at the spa, while the others enjoy some of the spa benefits.

On a night supposed to be about the moon and relaxing, there is a murder! Now the Black Sheep woman think that the police are on the wrong trail and they love to speculate about a good mystery, all while knitting of course!!

So when there is a second murder, things start unraveling (like a ball of yarn) and the first murder starts to make better sense. It was an accident and the real target was the second murder, the murderer just missed the first time.

So can Maggie and her friends help solve this double murder and help the police catch the right person? I guess you have to read to find out. I guess murder is a lot like knitting as if you are not paying enough attention things can start to unravel fast.

I loved this book. I am going to try to find the other 2 in the series as this is the 3rd in the series. I love a good mystery, and I am a craft person as well, so this book was right up my alley. 

Book Blurb for A Stitch Before Dying

Stitching it together . . .

The Black Sheep Knitters: a fivesome with a knack for knitting—and for solving crimes.

When Maggie Messina, owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is invited to give knitting workshops at a Berkshires spa resort, she manages to negotiate a cottage that fits all five of the Black Sheep for what promises to be a weekend of knitting bliss. But while the friends are expert at counting stitches, they haven’t counted on murder.

Guests and staff at the Crystal Lake Inn are as varied as a mixed bag of yarn, but most colorful is certainly the owner, charismatic self-help guru and former psychiatrist Dr. Max Flemming. The doctor may have told all in a revealing autobiography, but from his ex-wife to the widow of his former business partner—both employees at the inn—Max seems mired in shad­ows from his past. And when a killer strikes during a mountaintop retreat, the Black Sheep wonder what the good doctor might be hiding.

The police seem to be following the wrong thread. But while Maggie’s workshops have given the knitters a unique view of the tensions at the little inn, can they make sense of a crime that is as complexly stranded as a Fair Isle sweater? When the killer murders a second time, the Black Sheep won­der if they’ve dropped a stitch and put themselves in mortal danger. . . .

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 5.00