A Day in the Life of Josie Blair by Sadie Hartwell

Yarned and Dangerous CoverWelcome to Miss Marple Knits! I thought I heard the bells chime over the front door. I was just in the storeroom getting a few more skeins of this gorgeous baby alpaca yarn to restock the shelves. You like it? It comes in most colors. Feel free to browse, or have a seat on the couch or an armchair over there by the big front window. As long as we’re open, you can knit here as long as you like.

You’re not allergic to cats, are you? My tuxedo cat Coco is around here somewhere. Don’t trip on her. She likes to twine around feet.

Oh, you’d like some help with your project? That might be a problem. I, uh, haven’t learned to knit yet. What with getting the shop running again after my great-aunt’s death, getting up to speed with suppliers and advertising and our new computer system, and learning about different kinds of yarn, there just hasn’t been time. Not to mention the fact that I, a city girl, am now responsible for some of the chores at my great-uncle’s farm. I never thought I’d actually enjoy taking care of the chickens, but the henhouse girls and I have developed a feathery bond. Our fresh eggs are for sale on the next block, at Dougie’s General Store. Stop in there on your way out of town for a takeout container of macaroni and cheese, then you won’t have to make dinner tonight and you’ll have more time to knit.

Phew. Here comes my associate, Evelyn Graves, who’s an expert knitter. She can help you figure out where your cable pattern went wrong and how to fix it. Just give her a moment to hang up her coat and stow her purse. She brought the big bag today, so she must have a big knitting project in there.

Life in Dorset Falls, Connecticut, is not what I planned for, with my expensive degrees in fashion design. But it might just be what I was born for. Because, it turns out, I’m beginning to love this town. Well, not everybody in it. But, you know, in general. Even though a murder was committed right here in my shop not long ago, Dorset Falls still feels like home.

And yes, Evelyn, I’ll learn to knit. Soon, I promise.

You can read more about Josie in Yarned and Dangerous, the first book in the NEW “Tangled Web” mystery series, published by Kensington.

Yarned and Dangerous Book Description:

Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots. . .

Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins. . .

Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade. . .


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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 1 for the chance to win a signed copy of YARNED AND DANGEROUS. The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. One lucky commenter will be randomly selected. Good luck everyone!

Meet the author
Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and Sadie Hartwell Author Photosnowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, office person, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.

Visit Sadie at www.sadiehartwell.com, on Facebook and on Twitter at @sadiehartwell

77 responses to “A Day in the Life of Josie Blair by Sadie Hartwell

  1. Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Sounds like a great cozy book, and I adore the cover art. Thank you for a chance to win.

  3. Nancy Roessner

    A new mystery series with yarn is just what I need! This one sounds like a winner.

  4. Sounds like a great new series. Thank you for the chance.

  5. This sounds like a really super duper awesome book. This is a new author to me and I love reading new authors! The cover of this book is so cute…..kitties and knitting…a perfect combo!!! Thanks for the chance to win dearest Dru!!!!

  6. Love the cover and I’m a knitter , so this sounds like fun

  7. P.S., I also write under the name Susannah Hardy, which is why you are all seeing me commenting under that name, LOL!

  8. Sounds like a terrific yarn (groan)! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  9. What a fun character! The shop and town are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Love the cover! I worked at the number one yarn manufacturer for close to 20 years. I do want to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Knitting was one craft I could never get into – kept dropping stitches and I got frustrated. I enjoy reading “yarn” stories so I’m looking forward to this one. thanks.

  12. Jill Broussard

    Sounds like a good book! Another new author for me to read. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  13. My husband would say this applies to me very much so. I love yarn and have many skeins around our house for future projects as well as projects in process. Thanks for including this in your review. robeader53@yahoo.com

  14. This cozy sounds wonderful. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.

  15. Already had on my to read list and hope to win.

  16. I love meeting new authors and starting a new cozy mystery series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Sounds interesting. Can’t wait to see if Josie follows through on her promise to learn how to knit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Yes please Dru, I want to enter the giveaway… There used to be a large hobby shop in that shopping center with the Asian Buffet I go to now and then. Mommy Dearest was one of the knitting instructors.. .In fact she has a shop of her own when I was very young.

    So toss my name in the hat Dru and lets see if I get lucky.

  19. Sounds like a great read!!!

  20. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading, ty for the chance

  21. Would really enjoy reading this book. Love starting anew series and a new to me author.

  22. This is on my must read list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Love the cover and this will be on my tbr list sounds just wonderful love looking at yarn and all the colors so pretty .

  24. “one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn”
    What a dreadful waste of cashmere!

    • Oh, Libby! You have NO idea how hard it was for me to write that scene! Painful! And the cashmere could not be saved, either (one of my characters asks!). Good luck!

  25. Sounds like a fun read.

  26. I’m looking forward to reading this. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  27. I’m not much of a knitter, but this sounds like a fun series.

  28. Gosh this sounds like my kind of story!

  29. New author, new series, and a Tuxedo cat. Way cool

  30. I did a Read & Review of this book for NetGalley … it’s awesome. I’d love to add a signed copy of Yarned and Dangerous to my bookshelf. I’m looking forward to reading more of your books. Thank you for this chance!

  31. Sounds like a great book and series.

  32. Another new ‘yarn’ to get absorbed by. Love new cozies, finding out about the characters, location, and best of all another good mystery. Sounds like a great new series.

  33. Patricia Sarka

    Love reading the new cozies.

  34. Jeanie Dannheim

    That sounds like a fun and interesting new series – yarn, cat, mystery – I’m in!

  35. I want, want, want this one!

  36. Another new series to add to my pile.


  37. If this is as much fun as the Greek to Me series, it is not to be missed. Definitely on my TBR, can’t wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. Della Williamson

    Looks like an excellent read. And I am always looking for new patterns. Never mind the fact that I love a good mystery. A new author is always exciting. So I am hoping

  39. A new series!!!
    Count me in, please !
    Thank you….

  40. MaryAnn Forbes

    Would love to win Yarned and Dangerous; thanks for another great giveaway.📖📚

  41. I’m totally incompetent at knitting—but would love to read this book anyway.

  42. elainehroberson

    This looks like a series I would love to read. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  43. Would love to check this book out. It sounds great. Thanks for the chance.

  44. Contest is closed.