The Silence Of The Llamas by Anne Canadeo is the fifth book in the “Black Sheep Knitting” mystery series. Publisher: Galley Books, January 2013
Ellie and Ben Krueger arrived in Plum Harbor eager to live out their dream—tending a herd of gentle, friendly llamas for fun and profit, on a farm just beyond the village. Their grand opening fiber festival kicks off on a bright note but abruptly ends in malicious mayhem. Knitting shop owner Maggie Messina and her friends soon learn that this is not the first time a vicious visitor has called.
The Kruegers suspect that Justin Ridley, their eccentric neighbor, is the troublemaker. A misfit and loner, he’s known to roam the woods all night, though no one knows for sure what he’s hunting. Then there’s Angelica Rossi—the lovely owner of a rival fiber farm—who’s been as busy as a spider, spinning spiteful lies about the Kruegers’ yarns. Or, are the naïve newcomers merely caught in the tangle of Plum Harbor politics, and an intense land protection debate?
Suddenly, vandalism turns to murder—and the Kruegers’ dream descends into a nightmare. The Black Sheep knitters must pull the threads together and uncover this crafty menace . . . before more lives—and more llamas— are lost.
The Black Sheep Knitters learn that their friend, Ellie and her husband’s farm have been plagued with vandalism and when their neighbor is later found dead on their land, the husband becomes the prime suspects and the knitters set out to find the real killer.
This is my first time reading this series and I like it. The author did a good job in presenting a mystery that kept my attention from beginning to end with a couple of surprises that I did not see coming. I mostly enjoyed the camaraderie between the knitters and how they gathered the clues necessary to apprehend a killer. This is a good mystery that boasts a great cast, good conversation and a sense of community. I look forward to reading the next book in this wonderfully crafted series. Bonus knitting projects and recipes are included.
FTC Full Disclosure – The author sent me this book.
previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog