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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Clover's Luck by Kallie George
Demon Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
Felix the Railway Cat by Kate Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison
Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri
The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved by Patricia Hruby Powell

Miscellaneous
Books about cats written by women
February 2017 ROOB and other news
Inclusive reading in February 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27)

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Knit Your Own Murder: 03/01/17

Knit Your Own Murder

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.

Five stars

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