Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yarned and Dangerous

Happy National Parfait Day!  If you feel like some ice cream, whipped cream, and toppings this is the day to indulge (a chance to relax before the holiday).  

Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell is the first book in A Tangled Web Mystery series.  Josie Blair lives in New York City and works for Otto Heinrich at the Haus of Heinrich.  She gets fired regularly because of his temper and lecherous ways.  Josie’s mother, Katherine (single mother and teacher) needs Josie to come back to Dorset Falls, Connecticut to take care of her Uncle Eb (Eben Lloyd).  Uncle Eb broke his leg in a car accident that killed his wife, Cora.  Katherine is going away on a cruise.  She would cancel it if she could, but it is non-refundable (and she really deserves a vacation).  Since Josie was just fired again (refusing Otto’s advances), she agrees to take care of Uncle Eb until his cast comes off. 

Cora (Eb’s deceased wife) owned a yarn shop called Miss Marple Knits.  Josie has agreed to go through the shop and clear it out.  The first day Josie receives two offers to buy the shop from very pushy women.  The next day Josie finds Lillian Woodruff dead in the stockroom on top of a pile of cashmere yarn (such a waste of yarn).  Who wanted Lillian dead and how did they get into Miss Marple Knits?  Josie sets out to find the killer.  Josie also has to deal with the building’s owners serving an eviction notice.  Diantha Humphries (and her son who dated Josie in high school) have plans for the building location.  What are they up to?  Between Miss Marple Knits, the murder, and Uncle Eb and his farm, Josie has her hands full.  Will Josie find the killer before the killer finds her?  Will Josie see a future for herself in Dorset Falls or will she return to New York?

Yarned and Dangerous was just delightful.  Great characters (even grumpy Uncle Eb), good mystery, and so many beautiful yarns (great descriptions provided in the book).  Yarned andDangerous captured my interest right away and held it throughout the book.  There were not a lot of clues provided, but there are enough to figure out the killer.  There is a little romance (just the right amount) in the book for Josie with Mitch Woodruff (nephew to Lillian Woodruff who was killed).  I give Yarned and Dangerous 4.25 out of 5 stars.  Yarned and Dangerous is a good start to a new series.  I look forward to reading the next book in A Tangled Web Mystery series.  If you like reading cozy mysteries, you will enjoy reading Yarned and Dangerous!

You can follow Sadie Hartwell on Amazon to get updates on her latest books.  I received a complimentary copy of Yarned and Dangerous from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I just found out that I do not have to cook tomorrow!  We are so fortunate to have some relatives drop off a complete dinner for us (our first holiday without my father).  I am very thankful.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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