Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery plus a Giveaway!

A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery

by Holly Quinn

About the Book

Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1683317718
ISBN-13: 978-1683317715
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5
For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut. Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.

Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.

As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.

About the Author

Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. 

My Thoughts

A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn is the first novel in A Handcrafted Mystery series.  Samantha “Sammy” Kane took over running the Community Craft store in Heartsford, Wisconsin three years prior after her best friend, Kate Allen passed away in a tragic accident.  Sammy and her part-time employee, Carter Allen are working on decorating the store for Spring Fling when she gets a call from Ingrid Wilson who owns The Yarn Barn.   Since Ingrid had opened her shop, she calls frequently needing assistance.  Sammy finds the back door to The Yarn Barn open and legs sticking out from behind the counter.  Ingrid has a green aluminum knitting needle jutting out of her throat.  Detective Liam Nash, the town’s handsome new detective, is on the case.  When he arrests Miles Danbury, a woodworker for the crime, Sammy, with the assistance of her cousin and sister, sets out solve the twisty whodunit.  They need to knit together the clues to reveal the killer.  Ingrid was not a popular resident which provides an array of suspects.  Sammy needs to be careful or she could end up in a knotty situation. 

A Crafter Knits a Clue is an engaging cozy mystery.  Sammy Kane came to town for her best friend’s funeral and ends up returning to town permanently.  The town relies on Community Craft for selling their craft items as well as a meeting place.  It is a central hub for Heartsford, Wisconsin.  Sammy took over the store and keeps an eye on best friend’s younger brother, Carter.  Sammy is not alone in Heartsford.  She has her sister, Ellie and her cousin, Heidi.  The three of them grew up together and formed an amateur sleuthing club when they were children.  I enjoyed the interactions between the three women (some of them will have you snickering).  You can tell that they care for each and are supportive.  Sammy can be a bit impulsive and brusque (especially with Liam).  I did not like the way she dealt with Liam at times (put me on edge).  She has her reasons which come to light later in the story.  I liked the author’s writing style (conversational) which made the story easy to read especially with its steady pacing.  I appreciated that the author took the time to provide the main characters background and establish the town.  It helps me to imagine the characters and setting which brings a story to life for me.  Ingrid’s home was especially appealing along with the handcrafted items in Community Craft.  The mystery was uncomplicated.  There is active investigating as the threesome hunt for clues and suspects.  There are a few suspects and pointed clues.  Readers will have no problem unraveling this whodunit.  There are knitting patterns for socks at the end for those of you handy with knitting needles.  A Crafter Knits a Clue is a pleasurable start to A Handcrafted Mystery series.  I am giving A Crafter Knits a Clue 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  A Crafter Knits a Clue combines family, friends, food and crafts into one charming cozy mystery.

A Crafter Knits a Clue is available at: AmazonB&NIndieBoundBAM  Powell'sWalmart, and BookBub.  In honor of the tour, the author is hosting a giveaway.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  I hope you will visit the other tour stops (see schedule below) where you can find other reviews of A Crafter Knits a Clue, author interviews, character interviews and recipes.  Tomorrow I am featuring Bells, Spells and Murders by Carol J. Perry.  I hope you have a spectacular day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader


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October 9 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

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October 11 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

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October 12 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – RECIPE POST

October 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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October 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 14 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

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October 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 16 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW

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October 17 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW

October 18 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 18 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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October 19 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW

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  1. I am looking forward to reading this book! I love finding a new series! The cover is great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. This looks awesome! Can't wait to read it. COngrats on your new series and thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thank you for hosting and writing a view. This genre is one my favorites. Good luck with the new series.

  4. Thank you for your wonderful review on "A Crafter Knits a Clue" by Holly Quinn which left me glad I have this book on my TBR list. I can't wait for the opportunity to read it. Appreciate your being part of the book tour.
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