Friday, April 15, 2022

The Yarn that Binds by Rebecca McKinnon: Book Review & Giveaway!

 The Yarn That Binds


About The Yarn That Binds


The Yarn That Binds (Clear Creek Mysteries) 

Cozy Mystery 

1st in Series 

Setting - A small town in the Rocky Mountains 

Independently Published (April 14, 2022) 

Number of Pages: 258 


A Rocky Mountain Yarn with Small Town Charm

Jemma hasn’t been to the tiny Rocky Mountain town of Clear Creek in years, but when her grandmother tells her something strange is going on, Jemma drops everything to return and help untangle the clues.

She arrives to flashing lights, a house full of police, and the news that her grandmother has been killed with her own yarn. After learning she inherits everything, Jemma is faced with the choice of casting on a new life by reopening her grandmother’s yarn shop or returning to her live-out-of-a-suitcase life as a travel vlogger.

One thing’s for sure — she’s not leaving town until the mystery of her grandmother’s death has unraveled. But when the deputy in charge of the investigation ignores clues Jemma stumbles upon, she decides to do her own poking around. Because her grandmother was right — there is something strange happening in Clear Creek.

About Rebecca McKinnon

Rebecca McKinnon enjoys playing with her imaginary friends and introducing them to others through her writing. She dreams of living in the middle of nowhere but has been unable to find an acceptable location that wouldn’t require crossing an ocean.

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My Thoughts

Jemma Whitlock has been traveling for the last fifteen years for her vlog.  She comes home after a call from Mary, her grandmother, saying that something is wrong.  Unfortunately, Jemma arrives too late.  Mary is dead and the deputy in charge of the case places Jemma on the suspect list.  Unfortunately, another person ends up dead in front of Mary’s yarn shop.  Jemma is the prime suspect.  Jemma with help from new and old friends sets out to do a little investigating.  The killer, though, does not appreciate her snooping and attempts to warn her off.  Can Jemma unravel the clues before she the next target on the killer’s twisted hit list? 

The Yarn that Binds by Rebecca McKinnon is the debut of the Clear Creek Mysteries.  This is a charming cozy mystery.  I liked the author's writing style which made the story easy to read.  I enjoyed getting to know Jemma as well as Brandon, Emmeline, Granny, and Kitty.  The characters are friendly (most of them) and relatable.  Jemma is a modern woman who loves technology.  She can be a touch headstrong at times, but she has a good heart.  I like that we also get to see her vulnerable side.  Jemma is a coffee addict, but she only likes quality coffee beans.  Brandon knew Jemma growing up.  You can tell that he cares for Jemma and wants to protect her.  Brandon brews quality coffee but he refuses to tell Jemma where he gets his beans.  It is one way to ensure that she keeps in touch and a reason for him to visit her.  I love how Brandon kept trying to evade Charlotte.  Emmeline is a Southern bell that Jemma meets on the bus to Clear Creek.  I love her quaint Southernisms.  She has a few that I had not heard previously.  Kitty was Jemma’s best friend growing up, but Jemma failed to keep in touch.  Kitty has lost her zest for life and appears scared at times.  It is obvious that Kitty needs some female friends.  Granny is a hoot.  She has more energy than women in their twenties.  She adds liveliness and humor to the story.  I enjoyed the descriptions of Clear Creek (sounds like a great town to visit).  Mary worked hard to revitalize Clear Creek so they could attract tourists.  The mystery had two victims and a few threats.  There are a handful of suspects and a red herring (or two).  Jemma does ask questions around town and she gets intel from her new circle of friends.  I am not a fan of Deputy Chase.  I did not like his attitude and the way he treated Jemma.  I wish he had been a friendlier small-town cop.  I was able to solve this whodunit early in the story, but I did not know the why until later.  I liked the reveal scene.  There are wonderful yarn descriptions in the book.  Jemma found beautiful fibers on her travels.  I enjoyed reading The Yarn that Binds.  I look forward to my next visit to Clear Creek.  The Yarn that Binds is reminiscent of Maggie Sefton's A Knitting Mystery series (which I love).  I was sorry to see that series end, so I am glad I have a new series to take its place.  The Yarn that Binds is a crafty cozy with fun fibers, a gone grandmother, a dogged deputy, a disrespectful developer, a lofty fence, a plethora of patterns, and a vlogger investigator.

The Yarn that Binds is available from AmazonThe Yarn that Binds can be borrowed for free if you belong to Kindle Unlimited.  As part of the tour, Rebecca McKinnon is giving away a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  You can also follow me on Instagram for another entry in the giveaway.  Good Luck!  Thank you so much for joining me today.  Are you ready for Easter?  I have my cards mailed, my decorations up, and my candy purchased.  I have the food for our Easter dinner as well.  We have decided to go non-traditional this year.  Instead of brown sugar ham, we are cooking a pork roast on the grill (I put it in a marinate the evening before).  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold. It is the eleventh book in The Madison Knight Series (which I did not know when I requested it).  I hope you have a day filled with happiness.  Joy is good for your health.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway!  Take care of yourself and Happy Reading!


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April 6 – Nellie's Book Nook – REVIEW 

April 6 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

April 7 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST 

April 7 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
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April 10 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 
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April 11 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

April 11 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 

April 12 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.