A thoroughly enjoyable book! This is a cute serial novel (A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery) from beginning to end. The intricate character development grows along with the plot. Ms. Canadeo is not afraid to make tough character sacrifices to the end, all of which creates complex design dynamics on the plot. And character motivations making impossible decisions aid in speeding up the ending!
It starts with Jimmy Hubbard discovered dead in his theater. The police are busy pursuing leads while Maggie's knitting group worry about Nora. Nora and Richard lost a son two years prior. It turns out Nora is seeing a psychic medium. The medium (Cassandra Waters) charges Nora for telling her how Kyle is doing, and at the same time, she charges Richard as he gave her the background material about his family. Richard initially thought he was doing right, but when Cassandra started blackmailing him, he realized he was trapped!
And then, Cassandra is killed. Now, the police have two homicides on their hands (they ruled Jimmy's death a homicide too). Maggie and her knitting group start with a lot of suspects, and when they start unraveling this ball of yarn, Maggie realizes who and why someone killed Jimmy and Cassandra. If that wasn't enough, Lucy is working on a deadline to get her boyfriend to commit to their relationship. Will he?
This book is a good read. However, if you start to care for some of the characters, don't be surprised with how Maggie solves the murders. Ms. Canadeo does an excellent job weaving the characters' roles to create outstanding dynamics in the plot. Also, the recipes in back look very interesting and sound tasty too! So check out this novel at your own risk.
In Anne Canadeo's cozy eighth Black Sheep Knitting Mystery, a cold-hearted murder in Plum Harbor leads the knitters to investigate a new psychic who may be far more dangerous than she seems…
When Jimmy Hubbard, the manager of the local cinema, is murdered in a robbery gone wrong, the residents of Plum Harbor are mystified. Everyone liked Jimmy, and the struggling theater seems an unlikely target for burglars.
The Black Sheep Knitters are surprised and saddened by the crime, but are more suspicious of psychic-medium Isabel Waters, who has recently set up shop in town. Isabel has hoodwinked one of their friends into shelling out big money every week to keep the memory of a lost loved one alive. Determined to reveal Isabel as a fraud, the knitters are pulled in the web of Isabel’s world and find themselves in a tangle of secrets and lies. They must solve two murders before the truth about all of Isabel’s clients—past and present—are revealed.
As in her previous books A Dark and Stormy Knit, The Silence of the Llamas, and Knit, Purl, Die—which Publishers Weekly praised for its “fast-paced plot that will keep even non-knitters turning the pages”—Canadeo brings her trademark style to this entertaining mystery that will psych you out and leave you wanting more.