Review: A Wicked Yarn (Book #1: A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery Series) by Emmie Caldwell

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Mother’s Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year’s yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia’s daughter announces she’s quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend’s ex-husband. While Belinda’s alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion.

Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they’ve grown to love.

Source: NetGalley and Berkley Books Rating: 4/5 stars

In the wake of her beloved husband’s death, Lia Geiger packed up home and moved to a small town.  In the small town of Crandalsburg, there is little in the way of crime and lots in the way of good friends, community spirit, and a willingness to support others.  In the year and half since her move, Lia has found a renewed spirit and a lessening of her grief, much of which has come through the companionship she has found among her fellow Ninth Street Knitters group.

Lia knows she isn’t over the loss of her husband, but her slower life pace and membership into a most welcoming community has been a blessing.  The quiet life has given her time to heal but that time seems to be coming to a rather dramatic ending.  Over the course of just a few short days, Lia’s adopted hometown becomes the site of a gruesome murder and her adult daughter drops a bombshell, she’s quitting her job and moving home.  In an instant, Lia’s life, peace, and quiet have been turned topsy turvy.

Though Lia has no special skills in detecting, she does have a vested interest in solving the murder.  On the one hand, Lia’s good friend is the prime suspect and, on the other hand, if the murder isn’t solved, it could contribute to the permanent closing of the Crandalsburg craft fair.  Though Lia doesn’t need the income personally, the craft fair offers many sellers an avenue for income and it provides Lia and her knitters group with an outlet to share all their creative creations.  If the craft fair were to close, the community would be hurt in a most severe way.

With her daughter home, Lia has someone to bounce her theories off and while some sound absolutely outlandish, a murder in Crandalsburg is outlandish so the theories may as well be too.  In addition to her daughter, Lia also bounces theories off the ladies of her knitting group.  What she finds is a wealth of knowledge among the group related to various parts and pieces of the mystery.  When the women put all their heads together, they come up with a solution that confounds them all.

The Bottom Line:  I really just can’t enough of the cozy mystery genre!  I know nothing about knitting but I sure loved all the descriptions of knitting and the finished results found in this book.  When you add in a wonderfully weird small town and community that truly does come together in a crisis, you have a recipe for success.  The only character I struggled with in this book is Lia’s daughter and I am hoping as she finally decides what she wants to be when she grows up that I ‘ll grow to like her a bit more.  In all, I found this book to be a pleasant and easy entry into a new series.

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