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Knit Your Own Murder: 03/01/17
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris is the nineteenth in the Needlecraft Mystery series. After two years of solidly reading the series I've caught up and managed to read the entire thing. I don't know if if a twentieth book is planned. As the series stands now, a lot of the long character arcs are finished up enough for long time readers to fill in the blanks.
The Monday Brunch Club have been busy knitting and crocheting animals for an upcoming auction to raise money for the community center. They've been given front row seats for the event so that they can receive a round of applause from the audience. Everyone except one is fine with this plan. Then there's Marsha, the grump of the group. She's go a reputation for being a mean cuss but she's also the one who has made the most animals.
The only way Marsha will attend is if she's allowed to knit. Knitting has a calming effect on her. Betsy agrees and it's agreed that all of the Monday Brunch will be allowed to knit while there. Knitting materials will be provided and awaiting on their assigned seats.
All of this goes as planned until Marsha ends up dying at the event. Her yarn has been poisoned by something that can be absorbed into the skin.
From this point on, Knit Your Own Murder takes on a parallel murder plot similar to the best of the Tony Hillerman / Anne Hillerman Navajo Mysteries. Beside's Martha's death, a businessman was found murdered. Neither murder adds up and it takes Betsy's local knowledge and her circle of friends to bring all the pieces together.