A corpse in a yarn store leads to a very crafty mystery
When word gets out that Dittany Monk, the sleuthing gardener of Lobelia Falls, is expecting twins, every knitter in town races to Miss Jane Fuzzywuzzy’s Yarnery to begin work on a complete wardrobe of hats, booties, and tiny sweaters. One customer, however, has even more urgent business: the man with the gunshot wounds in his back.
The victim stumbles out of a bullet-ridden car, dripping blood all over the freshly cleaned sidewalk, and dies with a peculiar phrase on his lips: “The raveled sleeve!” Before Miss Jane can offer advice on how to rescue an unraveling sweater, her unfortunate customer expires. To ensure her twins can be raised in a safe hometown, Dittany will have to get the yarn-store murder sewn up.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When blood & gore, and murder become tiresome feast your eyes on the mayhem provided by Alisa Craig (Charlotte MacLeod) in THE GRUB-AND-STAKERS SPIN A YARN. Osbert Monk is hard at work on his next western at an ostrich ranch when a man is murdered almost litteraly at his Aunt Arethusa's feet. What is a man to do but haul his pregnant (twins) wife and all her friends into the investigation of who would be so crass as to distrub the peace of Lobilla Falls with gangland shootings on the street. Fun, fun, and more fun. Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH
I suppose I have read all of her 'Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn Mysteries' series and a few other individual books, but had never encountered a representative of this 'just for fun" handful that seemed to have been produced 'just for fun'. This one has a neat trick at its heart, the remainder is simply a play of interactions among the key characters. At the current price of close to nine dollars, I find it difficult to recommend to the reader for whom cost is a consideration (like me); however, should it ever come up at a considerable discount, it would be quite suitable for a period in your week when you are unwilling to experience gore or tension, just want a handful of colorful characters who do not do very much but expose their idiosyncrasies with a 'who could have dun it' as the excuse for showing them in action. As usual, the writing is highly professional and appealing. (I was surprised and sorry to hear that she has been gone these nine years or so, regretful that her...
These are the last of the McLeod's to add to my electronic collection. Not as good as the other 3 series, but funny and easy reads. Suspect Charlotte had tongue in cheek a lot with the "Grub and Stakers."
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