Friday, August 5, 2016

Knit Your Own Murder {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book #19
◊ Hardcover: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (August 2, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425270122
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425270127


          In the USA Today Bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire has her hands tied between running her needlework shop and turning her sharp eye for deduction to solving crimes…
The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fund-raising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as the audience bids. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Maddy Hanover—who keels over halfway through the event.
After she is pronounced DOA, an autopsy reveals that Maddy had been poisoned. But how? And by whom? One of the prime suspects is her ruthless business rival Joe Mickels, who lost a bitterly contested property bid to Maddy.
When Mickels pleads his innocence to Betsy, she reluctantly believes him. But if Betsy is going to uncover the real murderer’s identity, she must first untangle the knots Maddy made in her relationships throughout her life…

Author Monica Ferris has crafted characters that readers feel comfortable with like neighbors down the street. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time readers of her Needlecraft Mystery series or a returning fan, the characters will seem like old friends.

The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. The twists and turns will hold your attention until the very end.

Ferris keeps the story fresh and entertaining even though KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER is the 19th installment in the series. There’s a good mix of suspense, friendship, and humor combined with needlecraft tidbits and a knitting pattern.

This is an enjoyable cozy mystery and readers don’t have to be needlecraft buffs to delight in the tantalizing plot and unique characters.

Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris, A Needlecraft Mystery (Book #19), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425270127, Hardcover, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER by Monica Ferris to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Aug. 14.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you’ve never read a Needlecraft Mystery, I recommend you give it a try. You might just be surprised. Have you ever tried your hand at knitting or crocheting a toy animal?


  1. Not a knitter - which certainly doesn't stop me appreciating the artistry of those who are.
    Another cosy series I don't know. Thank you for the introduction.

  2. Knitting? Me? Right! Although one of my book reviewer blogger buddies knits and sews with his wife.
    Nineteen in the series? Very impressive.

  3. My mother was an excellent knitter. I never could master it though.

  4. Knitting needles can make for good murder weapons! :) The auction aspect of this mystery sounds like a fun element.

  5. I like the context for this one, Mason. And the title really appeals to me. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I don't knit. I would enjoy this lovely cozy. Thanks.

  7. I have also really enjoyed that each installment is as fresh as the earlier. Love this series, thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Oh, and I have a friend who makes teeny tiny knit animals, they are incredible!

  8. I used to knit years ago but now I read! I'd love to read this book! Thank you!

  9. I can knit, just barely, lol. Nothing turns out right, too tight, too loose, holes from dropped stitches, lol, you don't want anything that I knit!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  10. I'm not much for knitting but I've done a lot of crochet and various types of needlework over the years. This series is set in MN - not far from me - and I haven't read any of the books yet. Time to change that!!


  11. I love to knit, especially during winter evenings. I didn't realize there were so many books in this series.

  12. I've never tried knitting. I have a feeling that I'd be uncomfortable sitting in one place for long enough to accomplish anything. But you never know, I might enjoy it. Thanks for the chance to win this fun book.

  13. I'm trying to teach myself to knit with the help of Youtube!

  14. I have only crocheted things that are easy and I haven't done that in quite some time.


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