Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo


Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (December 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 141659812X
ISBN-13: 978-1416598121

From the back cover: "Gloria Sterling had it all--money, looks, and a new sexy young husband. So when she's found floating face down in her own swimming pool, shock waves ripple through tiny Plum Harbor. At the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, Maggie Messina and her circle are devastated to lose their dear friend--a woman as colorful as her fabulous yarn creations.

The police are quick to call it an accident, but sorting out Gloria's final hours leaves too many loose ends to satisfy her friends. The vivacious, fifty-something cougar had her French manicured tips in more than a few pots, and the threads of some inside deals stashed in her chic knitting tote.

Who was the last person to see Glora alive on that quiet summer night? Two empty wine glasses suggest she wasn't home alone knitting the entire night . . .The Black Sheep need to know the truth and set out to unravel--stitch by stich--the weighty secrets that pulled poor Gloria under."

My thoughts What a fun cozy! Canadeo does a great job of introducing the diverse members of the Black Sheep knitters: widowed Maggie who owns the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, college student Phoebe, divorcee Lucy and two married women Dana and Suzanne make up the group. She also sets the scene of the crime with flair. While Gloria's realtor, Suzanne, is showing the home to well heeled clients the last thing she wants them to find is a body in the pool.

While their marital status and ages are diverse, the Black Sheep knitters all have two things in common: they love to knit and they want to find out who murdered their friend Gloria. Yes, murdered! There is no way Gloria would move her chair from the terrace to that end of the pool. She didn't even like to get wet never mind go for a swim at close to midnight. When the friends start to do some amateur sleuthing, someone's feathers are ruffled and a threatening note is left at the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. Will the five friends figure out who didn't want to see Gloria live to knit another stitch?

This is a new author for me but I was immediately drawn in due to several factors; the location is coastal Massachusetts and the group of friends are knitters. The clues are believeable and there is more than one viable motive and they all involve some pricey and or shady real estate deals. I really enjoyed the mystery, the recipes and the knitting links at the end of the book. Although this is the second book in the Black Sheep Knitters series, I don't feel that I missed anything by not having read the first one. 4****

About the author: Anne Canadeo began her Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series with While My Pretty One Knits. She is the author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling Cape Light series, which she writes as Kathleen Spencer. A novice with needles, she finds many similarities between knitting and writing-inspiration, peristence, and good thing happening by accident. Anne lives in Northport, New York.

Now for the giveaway details: Pocketbooks is allowing me to give away two copies of the book to:

Residents of the USA only
Followers of this blog.
Be sure to include an e mail address. Bonus entries can be earned by:

+5 posting about it and leave me a permalink
+2 putting a link to contest in sidebar

Deadline to enter is Feb 3rd at 5 P.M. Good luck!

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Pocketbooks. Thank you, Sarah.


51 comments:

  1. Knitting and murder -- sounds like a great cozy. Please include me.

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  2. Where do you find all these cozy mysteries from? Do they have their own website? I never ever see them in shops or Amazon and I am wondering if I am looking in the wrong places. Is there one place where they are all listed?

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  3. I've never read one of these books - sounds like a fun one though. Thanks for the chance.
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  4. Vivienne, I sent you an e mail with some links but if anyone else is interested in a good website. Mmy favorite cozy site is here
    Cozies are listed by theme also.

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  5. Oh please count me in - I already follow you! I would love to read this one because I love knitting themed books.

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  6. I love mysteries - loooks very good!
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  7. Please count me in. Thanks for the chance. I follow.

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  8. Great review. You don't need to add me to the giveaway, I'm just stopping in to say hi and read your review, you write such good ones.

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  9. This sounds like a fun and releasing book. Lately I've been trying to branch out into other types of fiction, and even a little nonfiction, but the familiar and comforting cozy is calling to me again! Count me in!
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  10. Looks like another great cozy series, please count me in!
    I'm a follower.

    Thanks.
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  11. I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  12. nice review--I'm adding this to my TBR. Between you and Staci (Life in the Thumb) I'll never run out of waiting titles.

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  13. Between the knitting and the recipes, I'm sure I would love this series! Please enter me :)

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  14. I love cozies. I like the name of the knitters, Black Sheep knitters.

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  15. Another one to add to my BLAME IT ALL ON KAYE list!!!

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  16. The book sounds like a lot of fun! I'd love to be entered if subscribing in Google Reader counts as following. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  17. Sounds like fun! Count me in.

    I'm an old follower.

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  18. This sounds like the perfecy winter read!

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  19. Oh this sounds great! I'm in :D

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    Added it to my sidebar

    I'm a follower


    PS Thanks for the cozy link!!!

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  20. Before I started blogging, I'd never heard of cozy mysteries but now I can spot them just by the title. Good review ... though this isn't my cup of tea. But if my grandmother was still living, this would have been an excellent choice for her.

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  21. I'm in- follower of, course. You are just picking great books for me to read!
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  22. This one sounds great!

    I'm a follower!

    Thank you for the entry!

    Wendy
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    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I am a follower.

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  24. Sounds like a fun series...since I love to knit!
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  25. I'm a follower (rsg) and would love to read this.

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  27. This looks so fun!

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  28. Sounds like a very interesting read.

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  29. Sounds great... fits right in with my crafting mysteries and I love new series!

    I am a loyal follower.
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    Chèli
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  30. http://chelisshelves.blogspot.com/2010/01/kaye-at-pudgy-penguin-perusals-is.html

    here's the link to the post about your giveaway!

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  31. Oh, please enter me! I have been dying to read this from the first time that I saw the cover on your blog!!

    Great review!

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  32. I would love to win this cozy.

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  33. Great review and giveaway! :)

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  34. Please count me in on the drawing, the book sounds like a lot of fun!
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  36. Count me in! I'd love to win!
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    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

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  40. I would love a new book to read & this one sounds delightful=)
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    Thanks bunches=)

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  41. I'm a follower. This sounds interresting.

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  42. I've always wanted to learn how to knit -- sounds like a great cozy!

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  43. I'm a brand new follower. Thanks for the possibility.

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  44. Oh yes please enter me into the drawing,,,as I am a knitter and are always up for the a good murder..I am a new follower to..
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  46. Please enter me I love a good murder mystery


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  48. Whew! Almost missed this one. I'm a long-time follower and would love to win this one.

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