13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

Happy Reading!

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12/100 Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

This crafty mystery with a paranormal element hits all of the high spots for my interests.  MacRae has a book that starts off with a tragedy but the book builds into a wonderfully funny mystery with plenty of interesting characters.  Between building a wonderful town full of quirky characters there are enough craft references to warm the soul.  I love how the main character is beginning to know more about her, now dead, granny than she ever thought she would have.

Granny was suspected of murder, by one of the sheriffs department at least.  The man did die under unusual circumstances, so to clear her granny’s name Kat has to solve the mystery.  She manages to gather a Posse consisting of her granny’s Friday Night Knitting Group.  Let the wacky hi-jinks ensue.

If you are looking for a crafty mystery novel, light on the romance, heavy on the paranormal, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed listening to this quick, but not really fast, paced novel.  The characters are interesting and I am able to get an idea of what they are about without a lot of overly detailed descriptions.  If you don’t know a lot about crafts you might want to google some terms while you’re reading.  Other than that, this is a great cozy mystery for anyone to read!

Happy Reading!

65/100 A Tangled Yarn by Betty Hechtman

This fifth book in the yarn retreat series is awesome.  It really is better if you read these books in order, but I don’t have 3&4 on Kindle so I have to read them in paperback.  I’ll go back and read them soon!  You can easily read these out of order if you do not mind spoilers, the characters are fun and funny.  The crafts mentioned tend to be interesting, I wound up learning finger crochet and arm knitting when my mom read the books, and the personality conflicts keep everyone hopping.  With all of the pressure on Casey during these retreats, balancing baking, the retreat, a murder investigation, and two guys interested in her, she must just sleep between retreats!

If you ‘re looking for a fun, fast paced, fiber oriented mystery then this is the book for you.  There is a bit of romance, but it occurs at a reasonable pace.  In Romance Novels boy meets girl, or boy, or girl meets girl, and the next thing you know you have to skip five pages+ for a graphic sex scene.  There is none of that here, though something is alluded to from book 3 or 4 so I’d better get reading!

Happy Reading!

64/100 Wound Up In Murder by Betty Hechtman

This is a great addition to the series. Casey finally admitted that having her friends help her out really makes the retreats go smoother. Unfortuantely these friends have two different styles to their crafting. One has to have a regimented idea of what is going on, what the product will look like, and step by step of how to get there. The other enjoys the journey of the craft, isn’t too worried about the end product, and feels that everyone should have a choice of what they will end up with. Since they are both trying to help lead the retreat, and the topic is mystery bags which drives the regimented one up the wall to begin with, things get interesting. Add in a bunch of people trying to pretend it is half a century ago and a dead body on the ground (with Casey harboring a ‘fugitive’) and things get really interesting.
For a fast paced, funny book, that illustrates (quite well) some of the different personalites involved with crafting this is a great read.

64/100 Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a while. The constant series of mishaps that occurs every time this poor woman tries to put on an event. If you don’t mind a little murder with your crafting, and a few quirky characters then this is the series for you. They do not get into the crafting in much detail, don’t expect to learn how to spin from this book, but you get a decent overview into how much work these various crafts really are/can be.
Between the quirky characters, the fast paced plot, the bumbling shop owner/baker, and the murders (don’t forget the murders) this is a decent book. I really enjoy reading about people that have the same passions as myself.

62/100 At Knit’s End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This is the be-all, end-all of knitting humor. If you think you are completely insane about your craft, you have nothing on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. From stashing stash in the freezer, stash acquisition, what kind of knitter are you, and so much more. You will find yourself both laughing at some of her analogies and cringing at how accurate she is sometimes. This is a great read/listen for knitters and non-knitters alike. Knitters so they can sympathize and agree, non-knitters so they see that the knitter in their lives isn’t quite as bad as they could be (or are they?).
Happy Reading (and crafting, let’s be honest here).

61/100 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

If you are at all interested in knitting or the fiber arts, and have a decent sense of humor, then this is the book for you. A light hearted ‘tour guide’ to the world of knitting, this is a great way for beginner and advanced knitters to learn a little something without worrying about taking notes. If you think you are the only knitter in the world, don’t know how to reach out to other knitters, or simply take your crafts too seriously, then consider listening to this book. If you are a non-knitter, or pre-knitter (it looks neat, but I don’t think I can do that), then consider reading or listening to this book so that you are better able to understand the knitter in your life.

If you think that the opinions in this book are too extreme/unrealistic…you don’t know, or really know, any knitters.

Go find some, they rock.