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Review 🔍 Knitty Gritty Murder by Peggy Ehrhart

March 31, 2021


Pamela Paterson and the Knit and Nibble ladies have plenty of talents that don’t revolve around yarn. But their penchant for patterns has led to a dangerous hobby they just can’t quit—unraveling murders.
Most times of the year, the tight-knit community gardens in quaint Arborville, New Jersey, overflow with seasonal vegetables and herbs. But who planted the dead body? Farm-to-table enthusiast Jenny Miller had a cookbook in the works when she was suddenly found strangled by a circular knitting needle in her own plot. Now, the pressure is on Pamela and her neighbor Bettina as they weave together clues in search of the person who kept Jenny’s renowned heirloom plants—and budding career—from growing. With suspects and victims cropping up like weeds, it’ll take a whole lot more than green thumbs and creative minds this spring to entangle the crafty culprit . . .
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!

Release Date:
 Mar 30, 2021
Series: A Knit Kibble Mystery
Book: 7
Publisher: Kensington
Price: $7.99

Pamela Paterson and her best friend Bettina Fraser are shocked to learn that the dead body of a young woman has been found in the Arborville, New Jersey community garden plot.They can’t imagine that someone would actually commit murder over who has the biggest plot or best location within the garden, but that’s what it appears. The murder weapon is a specific type of knitting needle and Pamela and Bettina want to make sure none of their friends from their Knit and NIbble club are blamed. The two friends start asking questions about the victim. As they learn more about Jenny Miller, they uncover several, more plausible motives, for her murder. They also put themselves in the target of a killer who won’t hesitate to strike again.

This book is the seventh book in Knit & Nibble Mystery series. I’ve read a short story featuring these characters, but this is the first full-length novel in the series that I’ve read. I was afraid I might be lost without reading the prior books, but I loved it! It is well-written with an interesting plot and a setting that is so vividly described, I was ready to move to the fictional Arborville. Best of all are the realistic characters, especially Pamela. I really like her close friendship with Bettina as well as the loving relationship between Pamela and her college-age daughter. Pamela is a widow and it also looks like a new romance may be on the horizon which will be good for her.

The likable characters form the foundation for the book. Even though I’ve not read the prior books in the series, the details that are shared about Pamela’s day-to-day activities allowed me to get to know her right away. Some of the details of her life, including knitting and cooking projects, could be boring in the wrong hands. However author Ehrhart pulls this off because of how easy it is to connect with Pamela. I really wanted to learn more about her day and her job as an editor of a crafting magazine. The plot remains steady throughout the book even when the characters aren’t investigating. I didn’t pick up on the clues as to the identity of the murderer, so I enjoyed the surprise when it’s revealed at the end. Local law enforcement doesn’t play much of a role, but Pamela and Bettina are on the case to gather the clues for them.

I’m not a knitter or much of a baker, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. There is a knitting project and the recipe for Pamela’s special rhubarb dessert at the end of the story for those who are interested. If you’re new to the series but enjoy books by Leslie Meier, Elizabeth Lynn Casey, or Elizabeth Spann Craig, I think you’ll like this book as much as I did. It’s a quick, fun read, and I will definitely be seeking out other books in this charming series.

~ Christine

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