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  • Cute Cozy Mystery

    Tessa Wakefield is a woman who is going through a lot of changes. She is a thirty-five-year-old successful counselor to a recent divorcee with no home and had to move back to her hometown, Cape Discovery, and be a temporary assistant to her granddad's little yarn store. With her in her adventure, Tessa has her Nana Dee-Dee's two high maintenance and busybody cats - Pearl and Kit, while they all stumbling through dead bodies and solving murders! This book is the first book to the Knitty Kitty Series. Unlike the prologue book, Balls & Bones, this story is told from Tessa's POV only. It is all about the mystery, which I appreciate. Sometimes, readers need a good mystery with no frills and just detective work going on. The fun part of the book - everyone in town is suspect! I love how weeding out the murder turns into a sport for Tessa as she runs around all over town - questioning suspects, finding out alibis while making sure Sean, her brother as the top suspect for the crime - is still walking outside of a 4x4 cell. It is an intriguing storyline that is not so simple when Tessa started digging around. I am liking the complexities of finding a clue or even linking clues with a suspect's reactions. Tessa is a curious and funny woman. Her counseling background undoubtedly helped her "read" into people and have them "confess" things to her. It is a great trait to pinpoint the murder and later discover more than a simple motive. Things are NOT what they seem on the surface, and the many secrets that Tessa unraveled in this novel were far beyond tame as what this supposedly sleepy town. I recommend this book for mystery buffs who loves a bit of comedy to balance things out. I enjoyed Tessa's crazy antics as she solved the mystery. Its simple-at-first-sight storyline-but-turned-complex storyline woven in with "interesting" characters will surely keep having readers guessing.

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  • Great start to a new series

    A great start to a new series. Tessa is a sensible, competent woman. She doesn't put herself in unnecessary danger by doing silly things. Eric appears to be a good detective. It looks like Tessa will have two men interested in her--Eric and Oliver(bar owner)--as the series continues. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. Pearl and Kit play a big part in the story even though they don't narrate this book like they did the prequel. There were plenty of suspects and twists to keep me turning the pages and guessing whodunit. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Interesting and light-hearted cozy mystery

    Knitted and Knifed is an interesting and light-hearted read. If you are feeling tired, or stressed from a long day at week, this is a good book to let you de-stress and relax. Humour can be found throughout the story and you can be sure to laugh your troubles away after reading this book. There are some twists and turns in the story, making you wonder who the murderer is, but yet nothing so complicated to stress over. This is a book I'd definitely recommend and I'm really looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • A fun new series start!

    Knitted and Knifed is the first book in Tracey Drew's (AKA Tracey Alvarez) new cozy mystery series, the Knitty Kitty Mysteries. It's a single-POV story about newly-single Tessa, who has (temporarily? Maybe...) left the big city to move in with her grandfather to help him run the business that he had started with his recently deceased wife, a yarn shop called Unraveled. Along with the business, she has also sort-of inherited her nan's two cats, Kit and Pearl, who are exactly as troublesome (and adorable!) as cats can be, even when they don't have the run of a yarn shop. ;) It's actually her nan's cats that accidentally(?) get Tessa embroiled in her first--but given that this is a series, undoubtedly not her last--murder mystery. They also may or may not have a hand in bringing her to the attention of not one, but two attractive men in town--local bar owner Oliver, and police detective Eric (the one who is *technically* charged with solving the crime and who doesn't really think he needs her help). The focus here is definitely on the mystery, though, and the direction that Tessa will take her life in going forward. Fingers crossed that Ms Drew doesn't go the route of the Stephanie Plum series here, and eventually *does* have Tessa make a choice if romance is indeed in her future. We don't see enough of either gentlemen here to really develop a preference (yet!), but I trust that we--and Tessa!--eventually will. This was a fun read, and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery alongside Tessa, Kit, and Pearl. I don't tend to read a lot of cozy mysteries, but between the quirky heroine and the antics of her two cats (not to mention the promise of a possible romance), I definitely will look for more of this series going forward! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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