Jan 20, 2010

Giveaway and Book Review: Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo

Who would think that a group of five knitters would have murder and mystery on their minds, not only once, but now for a second time?

Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo is the second book in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series.

Synopsis: Gloria Sterling had everything, as far as everyone could see. A very goodlooking woman, she had a young husband she playfully referred to as her "trophy" husband, money and property inherited from former husbands, a large and luxurious modern home, and social standing in the community.

Gloria is even a good knitter. She befriends the five members of the Black Sheep Knitting Club - Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, plus Phoebe, a college student working at Maggie's knitting shop - so that she might join the group.

When Gloria is found floating facedown in her swimming pool, the five knitting club members become convinced her death is not suicide but foul play. They do some investigating on their own to find out the truth about their new friend, Gloria.

Inbetween discussing, planning,and solving the crime, the group spend their time as regular knitting club members might, with their social chatter, plans to knit a blanket for charity, sharing knitting tips and cooking recipes, and discussing their personal lives.

Comments: This mystery fits the bill of a cozy - there is no "blood and gore", the murder takes place "off scene," and the sleuths are amateurs, not professional  investigators. Knit, Purl, Die is also an easy-to-read and entertaining whodunit. Never mind that you might guess the culprit before the very end of the book. The true motives behind the crime will remain a mystery till the end.

Challenges: 100+, Thriller & Suspense

Pocket Books Blog Tours: Thanks to Sarah Reid of Simon and Schuster for a copy of the book for review and for making this possible.

GIVEAWAY for U.S. only : To enter to win one of two copies of this book, 1) leave a comment with your email address so I can notify winners, and 2) tell us the title of one of your favorite mystery novels. For an additional chance to win, become a follower. Pocket Books will mail directly to the winners. No P.O. boxes please. Contest ends Feb. 4; winners must respond by Feb. 6, after which new winners will be chosen.

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Molly said...

Please don't enter me in the giveaway! Just stopping by to see your review too! This was a pretty good mystery! Thanks for stopping by my blog =)

Molly aka Buuklvr81

Linda said...

I would love to win this book (I'm a knitter)
annarudow at gmail dot com

bermudaonion said...

I love a good cozy, so I'd like to be entered. One of my favorite mystery novels is Every Crooked Nanny. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

holdenj said...

This looks like another great cozy series. Would love the chance to win! One of my favorite mystery titles is "Jasmine Moon Murder", one of Laura Childs' tea shop mystery series. Thanks!

kalynnick said...

My favorite mystery novels are the In death series by J.D Robb

I just become a follower.

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Amanda said...

Ooo, I'm always up for a free book! My favorite mystery is Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock. I loved Nancy Drew when I was in elementary school, and that was the first one of those books that I read. Thanks!
tapcat16 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

The title of a favorite mystery. Well, I'm currently reading Still Life by Louise Penny and loving it. Thanks for entering me.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Tea said...

I would love to win this one. I love cozies. One of my favorite mysteries is "Killer Pancakes" by Diane Mott Davidson.


Staci said...

This one sounds like a real hoot!!


Lorri S said...

Please don't enter me either. Just stopping in to read your review :)

Anonymous said...

I'm loving the historical series by Shirley Tallman right now.
stacybooks at yahoo

Jill Buck said...

Hi, I'm not entering the contest, I just stopped by to read your review from the tour. I never gave much thought to the gore taking place off screen, interesting observation!

Denny, Alaska said...

Please enter me; thank you! One of my favorite mystery novels is "The Water's Edge," by Norwegian writer Karin Fossum.


Tea said...

I also love mysteries by Walter Mosley. I really enjoyed Little Scarlet. I also love Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series. I can't leave out Janet Evanovich.


Carol M said...

I love mysteries! I enjoyed What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman and Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Carol M said...

I follow your blog.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Jackie Houchin said...

I like cozy mysteries by Laura Childs, the late Nancy Atherton, Lillian Jackson Braun, but one that stands out to me is "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. Wonderfully complex mystery plot and characters you can't forget.
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afarage said...

This sounds like a great read! One of my favorites is No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews.
Thank you!

Suzanne Yester said...

In the dead of winter there's nothing nicer than to sit and relax with a cozy! Please enter me in your giveaway!

*a favorite mystery would be... Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

*of course of a loyal follower too!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

quzy at mac dot com

Margie said...

Sounds like a fun series since I love to knit! One of my favorite mysteries is Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

One of my favorite mysteries is Rebecca. I love that book!

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Linda said...

Don't enter me, I have a copy of this book already. Glad to hear it is a traditional cozy. It will be a nice Sunday afternoon read!

Anonymous said...

I'm always looking for new cozies to read; I'll have to try this series.
One of my favorite cozies is "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death," by M.C. Beaton.

Unknown said...

Please include me in the giveaway, i am a follower :)

my favourite mystery -- does the nancy drew series count? the one with the yellow hardcovers? They're the first mystery books I discovered when I was little and I still love them now! I'm in the process of collecting them too =)



skkorman said...

Please enter me to win "Knit, Purl, Die." One of my favorite mysteries is "The Cabinet of Curiosities."

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Unknown said...

I am always up for a great mystery. Please enter me in this one. Thanks.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Unknown said...

I am a current follower.

My favorite mystery at this time is
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

dollycas aka Lori said...

I have just signed up to be a follower!
I think my favorite cozy writer is JoAnne Fluke, she always leaves me hungry for more, :)

if you have time check out my blog, just started 13/31/09 dollyca.blogspot.com

apple blossom said...

Looks like a good book. I'd love to read it.

One of my favorite (oh, it's hard) mysteries was murder on ol bunions by Sandra D. Moore

Murder by a mushroom by Virginia Smith was good too and then there was..... oh it's hard.

I'd love this cozy mystery. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lazie said...

Interesting book. One of my faves is If tomorrow comes by Didney Sheldon. tinlazo@yahoo.com


well, enter me! what fun it is to knit and read a knitting mystery at the same time!
uck! can't so i will just name the last one read: Sand Sharks
you know oscar and i follow you.

Chèli said...

Please enter me.

Cheli's Shelves

Chèli said...

I am a loyal follower.

Cheli's Shelves

Tina said...

I facilitate the knitting group at our library so I'd love to read this one.

tbranco (at) hughes (dot)net

Tina said...

I'm a new follower

tbranco (at) hughes (dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a really good book. I'd love to read it. Some of my favorites are Scream For Me and Kill For Me by Karen Rose. I just finished reading The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross, and they were very good too.


Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!


brokenteepee said...

My favorite mystery novels...hmmm. I love Agatha Cristie

Thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

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