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Great Escapes Review: Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell


Yarned and Dangerous


Tangled Web Mystery, #1


Sadie Hartwell


Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Date of Publication: November 24, 2015
Number of pages: 257



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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…


I simply love the cover of this book. I saw it and had to have it. I didn't even read the blurb until after I had put in my request. Seriously, I could totally see this as a framed print on my wall.  I think it's a color and texture thing.  Luckily, the story inside lived up to the outside.

Josie spent just a few short teenage years in Dorset Falls, Connecticut and the only reason she is heading back now is to fill in for her mother helping her grumpy great uncle recover from the car accident that injured him and killed his wife. Josie has a great job in the city working for a fashion designer, and is eager to get back to.  So why does she hate the feeling of boxing up Aunt Cora's yarn shop so much? And is seeing this cozy little town through an older set of eyes, making her change her mind about going back?

I was shocked at how readable this book was. I sat down, planning to only read a chapter, maybe two, and the next thing I knew I was half way through the book. It just had a flow that kept me engrossed in the story. I see such great potential in this as a series as well, with many angles and avenues available to be explored. I finished the book feeling fulfilled, but curious and excited about what would happen in the next book. This cozy feeling cozy mystery was a 4 star read.

Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Author Bio:

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, paralegal, 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.

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