Welcome 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. . .
INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!
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Meet the author
Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy 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.