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text 2019-10-11 02:48
Fan Cast: While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo

 

Lucy Binger - Amanda Seyfried

Maggie Messina - Marisa Tomei

Dana Haeger - Zoe Saldana

Suzanne Cavanaugh - America Ferrera

Phoebe Meyer - Vanessa Morgan

Dr. Matt McDougal - Jonathan Groff

Peter Goran - Rob Lowe

Cara Newhouse - Sara Paxton

 

 

 

Detective Walsh - Patrick Warburton

Detective Marisol Reyes - Daniela Ruah

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review 2019-10-08 23:35
Review: While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo
While My Pretty One Knits - Anne Canadeo

Title: While My Pretty One Knits

Author: Anne Canadeo
Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, 1
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up.

Maggie Messina, beloved owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is thrilled to be hosting a workshop for one of her former students, now a celebrity in the knitting world. But the celebration is upstaged when Amanda Goran, the owner of the rival Knitting Nest, is found dead in her shop on the other side of town.

Maggie had reasons to dislike Amanda, a thorn in her side ever since Maggie's shop surpassed Amanda's in popularity. Then again, it wasn't hard to dislike Amanda -- the contentious woman, whose marriage was on the rocks, seemed to specialize in causing misery all over town. But the pointed evidence has a detective casting a suspicious eye on Maggie. She may be a whiz at knitting, but can she keep the police from needling her before her shop, her reputation, and her circle of friends become unraveled?

 

Favourite character: Tink & Phoebe
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: This felt a bit forgettable. And the reason I say that is because I just finished the book and I have nothing to say except for the fact that I solved the mystery extremely early on.

I liked Tink.

 

Fan Cast:

Lucy Binger - Amanda Seyfried

Maggie Messina - Marisa Tomei

Dana Haeger - Zoe Saldana

Suzanne Cavanaugh - America Ferrera

Phoebe Meyer - Vanessa Morgan

Dr. Matt McDougal - Jonathan Groff

Peter Goran - Rob Lowe

Cara Newhouse - Sara Paxton

Detective Walsh - Patrick Warburton

Detective Marisol Reyes - Daniela Ruah

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text 2019-10-07 20:32
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Knit, Purl, Die - Anne Canadeo

So only now are we getting any indication that there's been a murder... and only because there were two wine glasses at the scene of the crime...

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review 2018-08-21 12:27
Knit to Kill
Knit to Kill - Anne Canadeo Knit to Kill - Anne Canadeo

I have read (and beginning to re-read) the Black Sheep Knitting Series. It was fun to see that Lucy and Matt are engaged and getting married. The women have gone to an area that is considered better than the norm to relax and celebrate with Lucy before her wedding. The first night at the house, Maggie is teaching a class to the local knitting group and they meet all the characters that are going to be looked at in the murder. They see men argue at the poker game and they learn that Julian is a hated member of the area and not many people like him. All for their own reasons. When he is found dead the next day, Lucy and her friends end up getting involved as they had witnessed the fight the night before and they know some of the players that are being investigated or are related to those who are investigated. 

 

This is the first in the Black Sheep Knitting Company books under the new publisher, but it is book 9 in the Black Sheep Knitting Series. I have enjoyed the books in the past, but I tend to overlook some of the things that others have found to be troubling (not liking fusion food or not studying religions while in school, but as a side project). This book did have a lot less knitting and a lot more running around town (Osprey Island). I noticed that there is a Book 10 and I know that I am going to go back and re-read the previous books. I feel that you can start here and still understand what is happening as they left their area and the characters are well established. 

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review 2017-04-07 03:33
Have the Llamas Stopped Screaming, Clarice?
The Silence of the Llamas - Anne Canadeo

As previously stated, I'm a sucker for a good pun. So how the hell was I supposed to resist this title? I do have a killer headache so this review will be kept short and sweet. 

 

In The Silence of the Llamas, the Black Sheep Knitting crew come together to help a friend when her farm is being vandalized and her llamas harassed. Turns out the neighbors aren't big fans of the new llama yarn farm and there are land disputes to boot. Just when things can't get any worse, a murder occurs and the crews' friend's husband is the prime suspect! It's up to the squad and the llamas to discover the truth and clear the innocent's name.

 

This was a light read. I did have a hard time taking it seriously because of the llama aspect but that's literally just a personal issue. In some ways it made it more fun. The characters were likable. In particular I was a fan of Lucy and am very curious as to whether she'll ever finish the Argyle sweater for her boyfriend. The story was enjoyable and it was a fairly quick read for me. I enjoyed it, it took me away for a few hours, and that's what a book is supposed to do, right?

 

As a mystery, though, it falls short. More of the plot was about personal drama and just the characters chatting over knitting rather than crime solving. While there were enough clues that I was able to solve it all by the end, there weren't really that many, which bothered me. It seemed more like a drama or a chance to talk about issues like organic fibers and open space laws than a mystery. To top it all off, the big AHA! moment was very underwhelming and felt like a copout. 

 

So overall all, it was okay. Kinda failed as a mystery but if you want a light, mystery infused novel full of llamas to take you away, you'll enjoy it. 

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Now I am off to sip tea and wear my pa-llamas (they have llamas on them).

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