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A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out. Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in th A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out. Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend's ex-husband. While Belinda's alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion. Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they've grown to love.


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A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out. Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in th A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out. Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend's ex-husband. While Belinda's alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion. Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they've grown to love.

30 review for A Wicked Yarn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters a lot. The mystery parts of this book was good. I also enjoyed the craft parts of this book. I think this is going to be a great cozy mystery series. I cannot wait to be back with these characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Berkley Books) or author (Emmie Caldwell) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about h This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters a lot. The mystery parts of this book was good. I also enjoyed the craft parts of this book. I think this is going to be a great cozy mystery series. I cannot wait to be back with these characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Berkley Books) or author (Emmie Caldwell) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    I really enjoyed this mild cozy Murder mystery featuring a nice cast of crafty characters and a strong protagonist, widow Lia Geiger, a knitter. The author supplies a steady stream of suspects you’ll believe could certainly have motives to be killers. Vendors at the Crandalsbury Craft Fair in Pennsylvania certainly have no inkling a killer walks the fair grounds. Lia Geiger belongs to a lovely, active group of kind-hearted knitters-Ninth Street Knits-who sell their items at the fair. When Lia com I really enjoyed this mild cozy Murder mystery featuring a nice cast of crafty characters and a strong protagonist, widow Lia Geiger, a knitter. The author supplies a steady stream of suspects you’ll believe could certainly have motives to be killers. Vendors at the Crandalsbury Craft Fair in Pennsylvania certainly have no inkling a killer walks the fair grounds. Lia Geiger belongs to a lovely, active group of kind-hearted knitters-Ninth Street Knits-who sell their items at the fair. When Lia comes close to identifying the disturbed killer; the author revs up the ending to what was a great conclusion. I’m looking forward to reading the next story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    After the loss of her husband, Lia Geiger moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and starts selling things she and her knitting friends make at a local craft fair run by her best friend, Belinda. She’s expecting to sell lots of items over Mother’s Day weekend, and Saturday is great. But when she arrives on Sunday, she finds Belinda standing over the dead body of Belinda’s ex-husband, a developer who just the day before was planning to buy the barn where the craft fair is held and tear it down. With After the loss of her husband, Lia Geiger moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and starts selling things she and her knitting friends make at a local craft fair run by her best friend, Belinda. She’s expecting to sell lots of items over Mother’s Day weekend, and Saturday is great. But when she arrives on Sunday, she finds Belinda standing over the dead body of Belinda’s ex-husband, a developer who just the day before was planning to buy the barn where the craft fair is held and tear it down. With attendance at the craft fair dropping and Belinda everyone’s prime suspect, Lia jumps in to clear her friend. Can she do it? While I don’t normally read crafting themed cozies, I’m glad I picked up this debut because I enjoyed it. The mystery is strong with several viable suspects, and it kept me guessing until the end. I did struggle with Lia’s relationship with Belinda. Even given what she is going through, I had a hard time believe that Lia and Belinda are best friends. However, there are plenty of other characters to love here, including Lia’s new neighbors and her young adult daughter. I enjoyed spending time with them. I’m looking forward to visiting Lia again when the next book in the series comes out. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    When Lia Geiger's friend Belinda becomes the main suspect in a murder, amateur sleuth Lia springs into action. The protagonist in this charming cozy is likable, and the secondary characters are realistic and relatable. The plot is well-conceived. There are plenty of suspects with believable motives. Descriptions are vivid. The small town setting is delightful. Definitely four star reading pleasure here. When Lia Geiger's friend Belinda becomes the main suspect in a murder, amateur sleuth Lia springs into action. The protagonist in this charming cozy is likable, and the secondary characters are realistic and relatable. The plot is well-conceived. There are plenty of suspects with believable motives. Descriptions are vivid. The small town setting is delightful. Definitely four star reading pleasure here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    A WICKED YARN is my first book of 2021. All I can say is, if the rest of the books I read this year are half as good, I'm in for some fabulous reading! Author Emmie Caldwell's (Mary Ellen Hughes) debut book in the Craft Fair Knitters is going to be a lot for the author to live up too. Like the pilot of a TV series, the first book in a series is all about introducing the characters and setting, so it can be often be slow going. That was not the case with A WICKED YARN. By the end of the first coup A WICKED YARN is my first book of 2021. All I can say is, if the rest of the books I read this year are half as good, I'm in for some fabulous reading! Author Emmie Caldwell's (Mary Ellen Hughes) debut book in the Craft Fair Knitters is going to be a lot for the author to live up too. Like the pilot of a TV series, the first book in a series is all about introducing the characters and setting, so it can be often be slow going. That was not the case with A WICKED YARN. By the end of the first couple of chapters I felt like I was in a familiar place with wonderful friends. As for the mystery, is was very well written. I tried to get into the author's head for just a hint of who the baddy was, but I was stumped. Protagonist Lia and I learned the killer's identity at the same time. Totally worth sitting up half the night to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. A delightful new series comes from Emmie Caldwell, who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes. Lia, a recent widow, has moved to Crandalsburg. She soon joins a knitting group who call themselves The Ninth Street Knitters. The Ninth Street Knitters sell their knitted items at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and Lia handles their booth. Lia’s long-time friend, Brenda, manages the fair, located in a barn that dates A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. A delightful new series comes from Emmie Caldwell, who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes. Lia, a recent widow, has moved to Crandalsburg. She soon joins a knitting group who call themselves The Ninth Street Knitters. The Ninth Street Knitters sell their knitted items at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and Lia handles their booth. Lia’s long-time friend, Brenda, manages the fair, located in a barn that dates to the Civil War days. One day Brenda gets Lia’s attention and informs her that the barn is about to be sold, but nothing is known about the barn’s future or the Craft Fair. Soon Brenda’s ex-husband, Darren, is overheard talking with a business associate about his plans to tear down the barn once the sale goes through. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Lia plans on getting to the fair early show she can make sure that her booth is ready for what she expects to be a busy selling day. When she enters the barn, she finds Brenda standing over a body, who she soon learns is that of Darren. Fortunately for Brenda, she’s not the prime suspect, but foot traffic at the craft fair shows a drastic decline, so Lia sets out to investigate her own. Lia’s daughter, Hayley, has come home for Mother’s Day and will be spending some time with Lia while she considers a job change. Hayley offers to help her mother with the investigation, and they will soon find several suspects. I found the story to well-written and plotted. There were enough red herrings that kept me guessing until the end of the book as to who the murderer was. The characters are believable and well-developed, and I would be happy to call them my friends. I will be watching for the next book in this engaging new series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery by author Emmie Caldwell (who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes). This was a solid start to a new series. I really like that the series is centered on a craft barn with many different crafters who sell their wares. The characters were all very enjoyable, and I loved the mother-daughter relationship between Lia and Haley. The secondary cast of characters includes the crafters at the craft barn along with Lia's knitting group known A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery by author Emmie Caldwell (who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes). This was a solid start to a new series. I really like that the series is centered on a craft barn with many different crafters who sell their wares. The characters were all very enjoyable, and I loved the mother-daughter relationship between Lia and Haley. The secondary cast of characters includes the crafters at the craft barn along with Lia's knitting group known as the Ninth Street Knitters, whose wares Lia sells at the craft barn. Lia is an amateur sleuth drawn into solving two murders because she stumbled over both bodies. She decides to try and help her friend, who is under suspicion for the murders but also to save the craft barn as well. I thought the mystery was well done. There is a lot of clues for Lia, who is joined by her daughter Haley in sleuthing, to follow. There are plenty of viable suspects that have good motives for committing the murders. Lia is not a reckless sleuth nor does she charge in and get herself in trouble. The killer's identity is revealed toward the end and there is a climactic scene involving Lia's daughter where the killer is caught. The one thing that kept me from giving this a 4-star review was the pace of the book. I, personally, felt that the pace was slow and dragged a bit in some places which made it harder for me to push through to the end. All in all, I enjoyed this book enough that I will be returning for the next book in the series to see how the author grows the characters and to see how she plots the next story. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Berkley, through Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    The hook for me was knitting, alpacas, and a Civil War barn. And of course, a murder to solve. Recently widowed Lia moved to a nearby town and became involved with a professional knitters group who sold their work at a historic barn in the community. Things were going well until a developer with ties to one of Lia's friends was found murdered in that very barn. Soon Lia and her daughter take on the amateur sleuthing task and learned more about the deceased and other town citizens than they ever The hook for me was knitting, alpacas, and a Civil War barn. And of course, a murder to solve. Recently widowed Lia moved to a nearby town and became involved with a professional knitters group who sold their work at a historic barn in the community. Things were going well until a developer with ties to one of Lia's friends was found murdered in that very barn. Soon Lia and her daughter take on the amateur sleuthing task and learned more about the deceased and other town citizens than they ever thought possible. A nice cozy read for an afternoon! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley. Thank you!

  9. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Ms. Caldwell first book in a new cozy mystery series, Craft Fair Knitters, was a delight to read from beginning to end. Lia Geiger is a widow living in a small community in Pennsylvania. She is a retired surgical nurse and keeps herself busy knitting now that she has recently moved to Crandalsburg. The developing characters were all likable except for one who I found to be too rough around the edges. Lia and her daughter, Haley, are strong characters that I liked immensely as I got to know them. Ms. Caldwell first book in a new cozy mystery series, Craft Fair Knitters, was a delight to read from beginning to end. Lia Geiger is a widow living in a small community in Pennsylvania. She is a retired surgical nurse and keeps herself busy knitting now that she has recently moved to Crandalsburg. The developing characters were all likable except for one who I found to be too rough around the edges. Lia and her daughter, Haley, are strong characters that I liked immensely as I got to know them. The mystery is smoothly paced with plenty of clues that provide the twists and turns and the suspects were quite plausible. The reveal was dramatic and totally unexpected. I never guessed who was behind the murder and mayhem. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Berkley via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    This is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia Geiger has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair which is housed in a Civil War era barn. The fair's manager's ex=husband is found dead after threatening to buy the barn and tear it down. Lia and her daughter, Hayley immediately start sleuthing to find the killer. As a fiber enthusiast I was delighted to find this new series. I really enjoyed all the conversations about wool and knitting. I'm a cat lover, too so the cover won me over. This is the first book in A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia Geiger has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair which is housed in a Civil War era barn. The fair's manager's ex=husband is found dead after threatening to buy the barn and tear it down. Lia and her daughter, Hayley immediately start sleuthing to find the killer. As a fiber enthusiast I was delighted to find this new series. I really enjoyed all the conversations about wool and knitting. I'm a cat lover, too so the cover won me over. Who doesn't love a fluffy cat and an alpaca? The characters are well developed and felt like friends by the end of the book. I loved the small town and the history associated with it. The mystery is well done. I suspected several people and did not realize the actual culprit until Lia did. i was a little disappointed that there were not knitting patterns or recipes at the end of the book. Since this was an ARC they may very well be included in the actual release. I will certainly look for iit. An excellent start to the series and I look forward to reading more. Thank you to Net Galley and Berkley Books for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    I was intrigued by The Crandalsburg Craft Fair Mystery Series by Emmie Caldwell. Former surgical nurse and widow Lia Gieger stars as a knitting sleuth in this series set in Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania. Lia runs a booth at the craft fair for her knitting group Ninth Street Knitters, but always has time to investigate a crime. When a developer who plans to demolish the craft fair barn turns up murdered Lia sets aside her knitting to do some detective work. I was pleasantly surprised by this knittin I was intrigued by The Crandalsburg Craft Fair Mystery Series by Emmie Caldwell. Former surgical nurse and widow Lia Gieger stars as a knitting sleuth in this series set in Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania. Lia runs a booth at the craft fair for her knitting group Ninth Street Knitters, but always has time to investigate a crime. When a developer who plans to demolish the craft fair barn turns up murdered Lia sets aside her knitting to do some detective work. I was pleasantly surprised by this knitting mystery. I enjoyed the cozy small town setting and Lia’s visits to the craft fair and local restaurants. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, but it was enjoyable as a stand alone book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    The bright colors in this cover, and the title, were big factors for requesting this book. I love any type of craft themed cozy mystery. From knitting and crocheting, to scrapbooking and candle making, those are my absolute favorites to read. In this book we meet Lia, and her daughter Hayley. Lia is a knitter who likes to live a quiet life, after the loss of her husband. Lia and her knitting group have a table at the local craft fair, and things begin to get rocky when there is talk about demolis The bright colors in this cover, and the title, were big factors for requesting this book. I love any type of craft themed cozy mystery. From knitting and crocheting, to scrapbooking and candle making, those are my absolute favorites to read. In this book we meet Lia, and her daughter Hayley. Lia is a knitter who likes to live a quiet life, after the loss of her husband. Lia and her knitting group have a table at the local craft fair, and things begin to get rocky when there is talk about demolishing the antique barn where the fair takes place. Add in a grumpy fair manager, a vindictive ex husband, and a shady business partner, and you have the beginning of a murder investigation. This is an easy to read book and the story flows well from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. #AWickedYarn #NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "A Wicked Yarn" first in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. Great start to a wonderful new cozy mystery series! I really enjoyed this story, with its craft fair theme. I did one craft fair years ago and I can see how this can be a fun series with lots of quirky characters. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I did suspect the killer prior to Lia and Haley but it did not take away from the enjoyment. I found myself "A Wicked Yarn" first in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. Great start to a wonderful new cozy mystery series! I really enjoyed this story, with its craft fair theme. I did one craft fair years ago and I can see how this can be a fun series with lots of quirky characters. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I did suspect the killer prior to Lia and Haley but it did not take away from the enjoyment. I found myself engrossed in the story from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to “Stitched in Crime” Coming Winter 2021 I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    I am always on the lookout for new cozy mystery series. A Wicked Yarn fit the bill. Lia mans a booth at the local craft barn every weekend. She moved to a new town after the death of her husband. But bodies keep popping up in conjunction with the barn and Lia's friend Belinda had terse relationships with both victims. Can Lia knit together the clues in time to clear her friend. I liked the concept. I like the knitting angle. I'm a knitter drop out, but it's soothing to read about. I like the sma I am always on the lookout for new cozy mystery series. A Wicked Yarn fit the bill. Lia mans a booth at the local craft barn every weekend. She moved to a new town after the death of her husband. But bodies keep popping up in conjunction with the barn and Lia's friend Belinda had terse relationships with both victims. Can Lia knit together the clues in time to clear her friend. I liked the concept. I like the knitting angle. I'm a knitter drop out, but it's soothing to read about. I like the small town atmosphere. The culprit was fairly easy to spot. I think the series is off to a good start. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the early copy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Being a longtime craft fair participant myself, I really enjoyed the setting for this mystery. How cool would it be to have a venue for doing a nice show every weekend? And the best part was it was inside away from the weather. Although if Belinda the manager's ex had his way, that barn was going to be torn down once he bought it. Luckily, the crafters never had to find out, because someone offed the guy, and all eyes turned to his ex, Belinda. Main character Lia was a good friend of hers, so wi Being a longtime craft fair participant myself, I really enjoyed the setting for this mystery. How cool would it be to have a venue for doing a nice show every weekend? And the best part was it was inside away from the weather. Although if Belinda the manager's ex had his way, that barn was going to be torn down once he bought it. Luckily, the crafters never had to find out, because someone offed the guy, and all eyes turned to his ex, Belinda. Main character Lia was a good friend of hers, so with the help of her twenty-something daughter Hayley, they decided to clear their pal's good name...and bring back their customers due to the pesky detail that the dead guy was found in their barn. Lia and Hayley were such a fun and likable mom-daughter duo, and they made a good sleuthing team. I like that Lia wasn't portrayed as someone who was tech-scared (as characters her age are often described in books--I'm older than Lia and I love tech!). The roles were almost reversed from the typical cozy which was fun. Hayley went off on her own while Lia sleuthed online. An added plus was that Hayley started seeing her old friend Brady who was now a police officer who came in handy more than once. I had a sneaky feeling most of the way through the book of whodunit, but I had no idea why, so it was fun following along and seeing if I got taken by any of the red herrings. The showdown was really good, and just as I was worried the killer was getting away, the police got them. There were a few places where the story went a little slow, but usually it kept my interest due to the craft fair subject. I'm really very anxious now for the next book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    Lia Geiger has started a new life in Crandalsburg, PA after the untimely death of her husband Tom. She's part of a knitting group who has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair. Everyone is especially excited for the weekend, since it's near Mother's Day and everyone will be looking for gifts. That is, until events take place that threaten the sustainability of the craft fair. Lia's best friend, Belinda, is the craft fair manager. When Belinda's ex-husband is murdered, the rumors fly and the cra Lia Geiger has started a new life in Crandalsburg, PA after the untimely death of her husband Tom. She's part of a knitting group who has a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair. Everyone is especially excited for the weekend, since it's near Mother's Day and everyone will be looking for gifts. That is, until events take place that threaten the sustainability of the craft fair. Lia's best friend, Belinda, is the craft fair manager. When Belinda's ex-husband is murdered, the rumors fly and the craft fair becomes enveloped in scandal. Lia wants to help her friend and save her livelihood, thus beginning her amateur sleuthing adventure, involving her knitting group as necessary. Lia also has a daughter visiting, who is have a career crisis. A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the Craft Fair Knitters mystery series by Emmie Caldwell. Lia is a likeable character who wants nothing more than the best for her daughter, Hayley and to help her friend, Belinda. She works hard at both, but I found the relationship between Lia and Belinda a bit unlikely. Had there been a bit more backstory on their friendship I may have jumped on the bandwagon but Belinda's personality did not mesh well with Lia's. Then again, people have become friends despite such extreme differences in personality. Other than that, the characters are enjoyable. The book has a strong plot, believable mystery, and fantastic setting. My mom and I used to have a craft booth in a local craft building just outside of Flint, MI for many years. I was taken back to that time in my life and I enjoyed the memories the story invoked. Thankfully there weren't any murders to contend with during our tenure. We only pulled our items out of the space when the building was sold and the craft sections turned in a new furniture store. We were pretty bummed. The path to revealing the murder, although kind of slow-going, was well thought out. The author provided several viable suspects, keeping me guessing almost until the end. I figured out who the murderer was prior to Lia's revelation, but it didn't detract from the mystery. One thing that really impressed me about A Wicked Yarn was how smart Lia was while sleuthing. She didn't put herself into needlessly dangerous situations nor did she dance the gray line of legality. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell is the debut of A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. We meet Lia Geiger who is a widow who has recently moved to Crandalsburg for a new start. Lia is a knitter who belongs to the Ninth Street Knitters. I liked this group of knitters who sell their wares at a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair run by Belinda Peebles. I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of the yarns and the items they created. There is also a visit to an alpaca farm. Lia is creating a sweater from the sof A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell is the debut of A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. We meet Lia Geiger who is a widow who has recently moved to Crandalsburg for a new start. Lia is a knitter who belongs to the Ninth Street Knitters. I liked this group of knitters who sell their wares at a booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair run by Belinda Peebles. I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of the yarns and the items they created. There is also a visit to an alpaca farm. Lia is creating a sweater from the soft yarn. I would have liked more information on Lia. Her last name is not mentioned a third of a way through the book. Lia’s daughter, Hayley is not happy with her marketing position in Pennsylvania and decides to make a change. Hayley explores her options while her mother worries about her. The mystery involves the death of Darren Peebles who is out to hurt his ex-wife through the barn where the Crandalsburg Craft Fair is held. You can tell right away that Darren will be the victim. The second victim is equally obvious. Lia decides to investigate to help her friend and save the craft barn. She questions various people and comes up with a list of suspects. Each suspect has a good motive (I am surprised the man was not murdered sooner). I like that Lia is not one of those amateur sleuths who dives into an investigation and is heedless of her own safety. The reveal of the killer involves drama and suspense. Most readers will be able to solve this whodunit before the killer is exposed. A Wicked Yarn has the cozy part down with knitting, chatting, food preparations, and eating. I liked the feel of the craft barn and the various vendors (who have created one-of-a-kind-items). The pacing could have used improvement. It was slow throughout the middle (lack of action) which had me speed reading through the sluggish sections. I thought the characters were realistic and I could understand their concerns regarding finances when business slowed down at the craft barn. A Wicked Yarn is a charming new cozy mystery with a crafty killer, adorable alpacas, daughter drama, comfy knits, and a dead developer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is a wonderful new debut cozy series . The "Craft Fair Mystery Series" by cozy author Emmie Caldwell is a charming fun read with a well crafted sleuth and great charcters. I enjoyed reading this first in series that is promising for a long running cozy series. Our protagonist is is Lea who is a skilled knitter and sells her wares at craft shows. She is living in a small Pennsylvania town and runs a knitting group . Lea is a widow and starting her life over enjoying her craft of knitting and This is a wonderful new debut cozy series . The "Craft Fair Mystery Series" by cozy author Emmie Caldwell is a charming fun read with a well crafted sleuth and great charcters. I enjoyed reading this first in series that is promising for a long running cozy series. Our protagonist is is Lea who is a skilled knitter and sells her wares at craft shows. She is living in a small Pennsylvania town and runs a knitting group . Lea is a widow and starting her life over enjoying her craft of knitting and living in a small town where crafts are appreciated and popular. She has a daughter and a cat she adores. When she and her group are knitting in a historic barn they discussion turns nasty when certain people in town want the barn torn down. Soon a murder occurs and Lea wants to find the suspect and keep the peace in her comfortable new life. The sleuth was very well created to conclusion. I enjoyed the charcters and the knitting was fun to learn about. I will be continuing to read this charming new series. Thank you to the publisher, the author and Net Galley for making this book available for review. My review opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    In 'A Wicked Yarn', the first installment in a new cozy mystery series, a bizarre murder at a the site of craft fair seems to point to the fair's manager, Belinda Peebles, as the most likely suspect; her arrest could also mean the end of the craft fair. Lia Geiger, Belinda's long-time friend and a knitter who runs the Ninth Street Knitter's booth at the fair decides to look for other suspects in an effort to get her friend off the hook and to save the fair. As Lia interacts with friends and neig In 'A Wicked Yarn', the first installment in a new cozy mystery series, a bizarre murder at a the site of craft fair seems to point to the fair's manager, Belinda Peebles, as the most likely suspect; her arrest could also mean the end of the craft fair. Lia Geiger, Belinda's long-time friend and a knitter who runs the Ninth Street Knitter's booth at the fair decides to look for other suspects in an effort to get her friend off the hook and to save the fair. As Lia interacts with friends and neighbors, while checking out every angle of the murder, their backstories become seamlessly woven into the narrative--here's hoping they will be back in a sequel. Most important in Lia's life is her twenty-something daughter, Hayley, who helps her with the sleuthing--the dynamics of their relationship is fun to watch. Caldwell's development of her characters skillfully moves the plot along with mounting suspense and danger that plays off against the idyllic small-town setting with an artful and sometimes heart-wrenching look at human nature at its best and worst.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the first in a brand new series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia has relocated to Crandalsburg from York after the sudden death of her husband Tom she is getting acquainted with her new home and has taken a booth of her knitting and that of her friends with the Ninth Street Knitters at the local Crandalsburg Craft Fair located in a historic barn just outside of town. Her friend Belinda manages the craft fair and can come across often too direct and abrupt but it is shouting when her ex This is the first in a brand new series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia has relocated to Crandalsburg from York after the sudden death of her husband Tom she is getting acquainted with her new home and has taken a booth of her knitting and that of her friends with the Ninth Street Knitters at the local Crandalsburg Craft Fair located in a historic barn just outside of town. Her friend Belinda manages the craft fair and can come across often too direct and abrupt but it is shouting when her ex-husband Darren shows up claiming to have bought the barn and his plan to tear it down and would take Belinda’s livelihood away. Lia is surprised when her daughter Hayley arrives in town for Mother’s Day with some work troubles on her mind but they are enjoying their weekend when it is time for Lia to go to the craft fair. She arrives early and finds Belinda over the dead body of Darren who has been killed and staged with some items from the local crafters. Belinda immediately comes under suspicion and Lia knows her friend and does not believe her capable of murder. Town sentiment is not as kind as Belinda does not always endear herself to others with her direct ways. Hayley must go home but arrives back later in the week to help her Mom thru the trauma of the murder. Lia decides to do some investigating to help her friend out. I really enjoyed the debut of this new series and look forward to the next installment. The mystery was good and it was a fast and effortless read. Recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    A Wicked Yarn is the debut of the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series set in the small town of Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania and featuring Lia Geiger, a recent widow and avid knitter. It's Mother's Day weekend and Lia is looking forward to a busy day manning her booth at the local craft fair. A day filled with happy customers and a beautiful array of crafts hits a low when two gentleman enter the barn and cause a stir. The men are overheard bragging they are going to purchase the property and tear A Wicked Yarn is the debut of the A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series set in the small town of Crandalsburg, Pennsylvania and featuring Lia Geiger, a recent widow and avid knitter. It's Mother's Day weekend and Lia is looking forward to a busy day manning her booth at the local craft fair. A day filled with happy customers and a beautiful array of crafts hits a low when two gentleman enter the barn and cause a stir. The men are overheard bragging they are going to purchase the property and tear down the barn, effectively putting an end to the local attraction. The next morning, Lia arrives early to set up her booth and discovers her friend and fair manager, Belinda leaning over the body of a dead man. It's one of the men from the day before and it turns out to be Belinda's ex-husband, Darren Peebles. Feeling a need to clear her friend's name and save the craft fair, Lia sets out with the help of her daughter, Hayley and the Ninth Street Knitters, her group of fellow knitters. Plenty of suspects come to the surface thanks to Lia's needling, including Darren's business partner and also one of the craft vendors. A well crafted plot with interesting characters, a touching mother/daughter dynamic, a close knit group of friends and a delightful furry ragdoll named Daphne. This is a great start to a new series and if you haven't already done so I suggest taking a look at the author's other series, Pickled and Preserved written as Mary Ellen Hughes. I received an advanced copy of A Wicked Yarn from NetGalley via Berkley Books and while not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/a... A Wicked Yarn Craft Fair Knitters Mystery #1 By Emmie Caldwell ISBN#9780593101681 https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/au... http://www.maryellenhughes.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows–murder wool out. Mother’s Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year’s yield. But thi https://openbooksociety.com/article/a... A Wicked Yarn Craft Fair Knitters Mystery #1 By Emmie Caldwell ISBN#9780593101681 https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/au... http://www.maryellenhughes.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows–murder wool out. Mother’s Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year’s yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia’s daughter announces she’s quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend’s ex-husband. While Belinda’s alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion. Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they’ve grown to love. (Goodreads) Review: A Wicked Yarn, the first Craft Fair Knitters mystery, is a solid start to the new series by Emmie Caldwell (aka Mary Ellen Hughes). Small town dynamics, a crafty backdrop, and a quality murder mystery come together to make a fun cozy read. Lia, a surgical nurse, unexpectedly finds herself a widow and moves to a small town in Pennsylvania to start over, though she does not move far and maintains her knitters group in her nearby hometown. She is settling in nicely and spends her weekends manning her group’s booth at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair. Things start to go awry when the barn’s manager Belinda’s ex-husband threatens to buy the historic building and tear it down, but then Lia finds his Belinda standing over his dead body. In an effort to save Belinda’s reputation and their livelihood, Lia sets out to find a killer, even as the body count rises. The mystery Lia faces is very well thought out and executed. The layout of suspects and clues is orderly and moves along in an organic fashion. Every step Lia takes makes sense, and she never goes off on a wild goose chase. Belinda’s ex-husband Darren has stepped on a lot of toes along the way leaving behind a slew of folks with good motives for murder. The addition of another victim complicates the investigation, and a dangerous situation adds suspense. It all comes together to make a satisfying read. Lia is an older than average cozy sleuth, but I had to keep reminding myself that she is probably only in her late forties or early fifties. She feels fresh to me…she is not a quirky octogenarian or inexperienced young woman but a sensible and warm, intelligent woman who sees the best in people. I really enjoy her relationship with her daughter Haley and appreciate both perspectives of Haley’s predicament as she figures out the trials of young adulthood. There is the merest whisper of romance within these pages but not for Lia. Quite a few supporting characters are introduced between the other craft fair vendors, knitting group members, neighbors, and murder suspects, and it does require a little attention to keep them all straight. These characters provide a lot of variety and interest to the small community setting. I like that the police are not the bad guys or portrayed as inept. A Wicked Yarn hits all the right notes for the cozy genre, and I will definitely read the next installment in the Craft Fair Knitters Mystery series when it becomes available. Recommended to any cozy reader.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Lia is adjusting to life in a new town with new friends and a new business, selling items she and her friends have knitted at a local craft fair. The fair is run by an old friend who supported Lia when things were bleak, so Lia is quick to defend her friend when Belinda becomes Suspect #1 in a murder. Can she prove that someone else committed the crime? This is the first book in this series by a new-to-me author, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Before The Plague shut everything down, I love att Lia is adjusting to life in a new town with new friends and a new business, selling items she and her friends have knitted at a local craft fair. The fair is run by an old friend who supported Lia when things were bleak, so Lia is quick to defend her friend when Belinda becomes Suspect #1 in a murder. Can she prove that someone else committed the crime? This is the first book in this series by a new-to-me author, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Before The Plague shut everything down, I love attending craft fairs, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the book is set in Pennsylvania, in a fictional town not too far from where I live. It's always fun when a book is set in familiar surroundings :) I liked the characters and can't wait to learn more about them as the series progresses. The mystery was good, with plenty of suspects to choose from, each with their own motive. I probably should have had the actual culprit higher on my suspect list, but I didn't figure it out until very near the end of the book. Overall, this book was much better than many of the first-in-series books I've read, so I have high hopes that the rest of the series will follow suit and can't wait to read the next book! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This first book in the series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery combines two things that I love crafting and cozy mysteries. Emmie Caldwell, the author, has places Lia in Crandalsburgh after living in York. As she is getting acquainted with her new town she decides to have a booth displaying her knitting projects along with the Ninth Street Knitters at a historic barn. One of Lia's friends runs the craft fair, however there are problems when the barn has been bought by the friend's ex-husband. His p This first book in the series A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery combines two things that I love crafting and cozy mysteries. Emmie Caldwell, the author, has places Lia in Crandalsburgh after living in York. As she is getting acquainted with her new town she decides to have a booth displaying her knitting projects along with the Ninth Street Knitters at a historic barn. One of Lia's friends runs the craft fair, however there are problems when the barn has been bought by the friend's ex-husband. His plans do not include a craft fair, in fact, he wants to tear it down after the craft fair. When the friend, Belinda, arrives at the barn, she discovers her ex's dead body. Of course she is suspect number one. I loved this book and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I was given this book by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    A WICKED YARD is a solid start to a new series. I like protagonist Lia, who is not elderly nor a very young woman, and her relationship with her daughter Haley who helps her investigate. The crafty setting is cozy, and the murder investigation is well thought out. The pace lags a bit here and there, but everything comes together to make a satisfying read. I will continue reading the series when the next book becomes available. Recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    It is no surprise that I love cozy mysteries so when I see that there is a new series coming out I have to jump on it! This is book 1 in the A Craft Fair Knitters mystery by Emma Caldwell. After Lia Geigers husband dies she moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and joins a knitting club that her best friend Belinda is in charge of. However, during a craft fair for Mothers Day weekend Lia finds Belinda standing over a dead body---her husbands dead body. Lia jumps in as amateur sleuth to help clear It is no surprise that I love cozy mysteries so when I see that there is a new series coming out I have to jump on it! This is book 1 in the A Craft Fair Knitters mystery by Emma Caldwell. After Lia Geigers husband dies she moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and joins a knitting club that her best friend Belinda is in charge of. However, during a craft fair for Mothers Day weekend Lia finds Belinda standing over a dead body---her husbands dead body. Lia jumps in as amateur sleuth to help clear her best friends name! This was such great debut novel! The mystery aspect is great and definitely keeps you on your toes as you try and figure out who committed the murder.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    As I started reading this, I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because it was different from your normal cozy. There is a mother/daughter team working together to solve the murder that occurs in the town, but I ended up really enjoying the mother/daughter dynamic. Great story, great characters, and a great setting + a kitty cat :) 4.5 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this on Netgalley. As I started reading this, I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because it was different from your normal cozy. There is a mother/daughter team working together to solve the murder that occurs in the town, but I ended up really enjoying the mother/daughter dynamic. Great story, great characters, and a great setting + a kitty cat :) 4.5 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this on Netgalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    This is a solid beginning to a new cozy mystery series called A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia is the main character and sleuth. She gets help from her daughter Hayley and her knitting group - The Ninth Street Knitters in gathering and evaluating information regarding the murder and possible suspects. I read many cozy mysteries and find it interesting to consider how the author pulls together the elements of the mystery. Will the police be a real presence with the sleuth either working with the This is a solid beginning to a new cozy mystery series called A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery. Lia is the main character and sleuth. She gets help from her daughter Hayley and her knitting group - The Ninth Street Knitters in gathering and evaluating information regarding the murder and possible suspects. I read many cozy mysteries and find it interesting to consider how the author pulls together the elements of the mystery. Will the police be a real presence with the sleuth either working with them or irritating them or will the police be more background in the story. The author went with the police in the background except for an old classmate of Hayley’s feeding them some details. Will the main character get into mortal danger? In this case it’s Hayley that gets into trouble rather than Lia. Is there a pet? A cat enters the picture during the story. Is the murderer someone expected or unexpected? Unexpected, but anymore would be a spoiler. There isn’t a big sense of urgency in the story. The information gathering flows with Lia’s life. The tension and urgency do appear in the last few chapters as pieces come together and the culprit is close to being revealed. I enjoyed reading this book. It is very good and rates 4 stars. 5 stars would have required a wow. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I could not put this book down! I loved the characters and the plot. This book was well written and fun. The characters felt real to me and I was invested in their well being. The plot, though reminiscent of many other cozies, came off as fresh and true to the book. I did not guess the murderer until the main character did and was only able to solve it along with clues she provided me. I cannot wait to read the next book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    RoloPoloBookBlog

    A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell Book #1: A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery Source: NetGalley and Berkley Books Rating: 4/5 stars In the wake of her beloved husband’s death, Lia Geiger packed up home and moved to a small town. In the small town of Crandalsburg, there is little in the way of crime and lots in the way of good friends, community spirit, and a willingness to support others. In the year and half since her move, Lia has found a renewed spirit and a lessening of her grief, much of which has com A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell Book #1: A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery Source: NetGalley and Berkley Books Rating: 4/5 stars In the wake of her beloved husband’s death, Lia Geiger packed up home and moved to a small town. In the small town of Crandalsburg, there is little in the way of crime and lots in the way of good friends, community spirit, and a willingness to support others. In the year and half since her move, Lia has found a renewed spirit and a lessening of her grief, much of which has come through the companionship she has found among her fellow Ninth Street Knitters group. Lia knows she isn’t over the loss of her husband, but her slower life pace and membership into a most welcoming community has been a blessing. The quiet life has given her time to heal but that time seems to be coming to a rather dramatic ending. Over the course of just a few short days, Lia’s adopted hometown becomes the site of a gruesome murder and her adult daughter drops a bombshell, she’s quitting her job and moving home. In an instant, Lia’s life, peace, and quiet have been turned topsy turvy. Though Lia has no special skills in detecting, she does have a vested interest in solving the murder. On the one hand, Lia’s good friend is the prime suspect and, on the other hand, if the murder isn’t solved, it could contribute to the permanent closing of the Crandalsburg craft fair. Though Lia doesn’t need the income personally, the craft fair offers many sellers an avenue for income and it provides Lia and her knitters group with an outlet to share all their creative creations. If the craft fair were to close, the community would be hurt in a most severe way. With her daughter home, Lia has someone to bounce her theories off and while some sound absolutely outlandish, a murder in Crandalsburg is outlandish so the theories may as well be too. In addition to her daughter, Lia also bounces theories off the ladies of her knitting group. What she finds is a wealth of knowledge among the group related to various parts and pieces of the mystery. When the women put all their heads together, they come up with a solution that confounds them all. The Bottom Line: I really just can’t enough of the cozy mystery genre! I know nothing about knitting but I sure loved all the descriptions of knitting and the finished results found in this book. When you add in a wonderfully weird small town and community that truly does come together in a crisis, you have a recipe for success. The only character I struggled with in this book is Lia’s daughter and I am hoping as she finally decides what she wants to be when she grows up that I ‘ll grow to like her a bit more. In all, I found this book to be a pleasant and easy entry into a new series.

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