Till Death Do Us Purl
by Anne Canadeo
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gallery Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439191408
Date: 06 March 2012 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Maggie Messina and the members of the Black Sheep Knitters swing into action when Rebecca Bailey asks for help. Her wedding has been moved up and she just doesn't have time to knit her wedding dress and shawls for all the bridesmaids. Maggie loves Rebecca's design and comes up with a few changes to shave off some of the knitting time but still turn out a dynamite gown. The members of the knitting group are also eager to help. Of course, they all attend the wedding to see their work worn by the wedding party.
Imagine their horror when the groom is killed before they can even leave for their honeymoon. Adding to the grief Rebecca is feeling over the loss of her husband, is the fact that the police suspect her. Naturally, Maggie and the Black Sheep Knitters must figure out who killed the groom, Jeremy.
This is the first Black Sheep Knitting Mystery I've read. I had no problem getting up to speed as there was a list of the Black Sheep Knitters in the front of the book along with a bit about their backgrounds. This particular mystery had a lot to do with Jeremy's research work on a new glue.
The story pulls the reader in, especially if they have a love of knitting. I was dying to get a look at the wedding gown, it sounded wonderful. The cover has a knitted wedding gown on it -- it's close but not quite what was described in the book -- so major disappointment. I know. I know. This is a mystery not a knitting book -- readers, particularly this one, should try to remember that, but the shawl pattern is available to readers who follow the link given in the extra material.
There were enough twists and turns to the mystery to keep a reader interested. Extra texture and complexity was add by an additional plot line and a potential love interest for one of the main characters. But it's the dynamics of the friendships between and among all the women that make up the Black Sheep Knitters that will keep readers coming back for more. With a fairly diverse group there should be ample material to develop future crimes to be solved.
Some knitters may catch on to a subtle clue earlier than others but it will not take away from the joy of the hunt for the killer and justice.
Book includes some recipes and the link to the shawl that was knitted for the bridesmaids.