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Knitting Theme Mystery Books

Updated on February 7, 2016

Mystery Books With Knitting Themes

My favorite hobby is to read. My newest hobby is knitting. My favorite genre is mystery. Recently, while looking for books on Amazon, I ran across some books that were about knitting AND they were mysteries. I thought, "What could be better than this? A mystery book that has to do with knitting! Sounds like a good diversion and a way I can procrastinate." So I decided that this is the best of two worlds. I decided to read one of these books. And then I read another. So now, instead of knitting and reading my long list of books that I have, I have decided to read at least one book of each of the authors on this lens. They all write mysteries that revolve around knitters.

Knit One, Kill Two - by Maggie Sefton

Kelly Flynn returns to a small town in Colorado after her Aunt Helen was found murdered. Kelly was very close to her aunt and had even lived with her. Being an accountant in Washington D.C., she took care of her aunt's finances. So it seemed odd to her that the day after her aunt was murdered was the same day she had taken out a cash loan of $20,000 against the house without telling Kelly.

The police tell Kelly that her aunt was the victim of a burglary that had gone wrong. They had arrested a vagrant who was found in the area of the murder scene. However, Kelly is not convinced that the police have the right man. The cash is missing and there is no trace of it.

Kelly decides to stay in Colorado to take car of Aunt Helen's affairs. She meets the knitting group at the store next door, the House of Lambspun. Aunt Helen had been an expert knitter, but Kelly had never had any desire to learn to knit. But the store was filled with yarns and other materials that Kelly loved to look at and touch. The people in the knitting group convince Kelly that she can learn. Before she knows it, Kelly has made her first scarf and is ready for her first sweater.

In between knitting and purling, Kelly does her own investigating and comes up with some ideas of what happened to Aunt Helen.

Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mysteries, No. 1)
Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mysteries, No. 1)

Knit One, Kill Two is an entertaining story. The book should have been edited better, but it doesn't take away from being able to enjoy the book. I The book isn't full of suspense and there aren't a lot of twists and turns. It's just a fun read.

At the end of the book there are a few bonus sections. There is a knitting pattern for Kelly's First Scarf and one for Lambspun's Whodunnit Shell - a sweater that Kelly makes. There is also a recipe for Maggie's Cinnamon Rolls including a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

 

Murder, She Knit - by Vivienne Fagan

Hilda Hopkins is a sweet little old lady who is an expert machine knitter and an expert a killing little old men. She uses her knitting skills to create knitted garrottes to kill her victims after she poisons them. After each victim is dead, she helps herself to their wallet and bank account.

When the police find her out, she cleverly escapes from right under their noses and avoids them as they come close to tracking her down. The evidence against her? Knitted dolls of each victim!

Hilda Hopkins, Murder, She Knit (Hilda Hopkins, Machine Knitting Serial Killer Book 1)
Hilda Hopkins, Murder, She Knit (Hilda Hopkins, Machine Knitting Serial Killer Book 1)

I have never heard of knitting machines, so this book was not just a mystery with a knitting theme, but (OMG) educational. She below for information on Knitting Machines.

Murder, She Knit is a novella and a very quick, enjoyable story. Hilda Hopkins is the wacky murderess you want to help run from the cops.

The ebook is FREE

 

Death by Cashmere - by Sally Goldenbaum

Izzy Chambers decides to leave her hectic life as a lawyer and her boyfriend in Boston and move to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, where she spent her childhood. She opens up a knitting shop called the Seaside Knitting Studio. On Thursday nights, she kept the shop open late until seven. Her Aunt Nell would bring her dinner. One night Cass Halloran, the owner of over 200 lobster traps, happened to come in to the shop as did 80 year old Birdie Favazza. They both stayed for dinner and started a Thursday night knitting group.

Izzy didn't live in the empty apartment above the shop, but rented it out to Angie - who isn't very popular in town. One Thursday night, the Seaside Knitters hear some odd noises upstairs. Angie comes down wearing the cashmere sweater that Izzy had loaned her, looking just as alluring as ever for her date with Cass's brother, Pete. A few days later, Angie is found dead. She had drowned in the harbor with her hair tangled in in one of Cass's lobster traps. It appears to be an accident, but the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy and suspect foul play.

Death by Cashmere: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
Death by Cashmere: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Besides the murder plot, there is a subplot of someone poaching Cass's lobster traps. I prefer mysteries that have more than one mystery thread in the story. Some of the reviews complain that there are too many characters, but I think that the way the author brings them in is well done. I like the way the characters are introduced and I think they add value to the story.

The end of the book has a bonus chapter with a scarf pattern.

 

While My Pretty One Knits - by Anne Canadeo

Maggie Messina is the owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop in Plum Harbor, Massachusetts. She bought the shop after she retired as a high school art teacher. Lucy Binger moved to Plum Harbor after her marriage ended to live with her sister in a cottage they inherited. Dana Haeger is a local psychologist who finds knitting as the best form of therapy. Suzanne Cavanaugh is a Realtor and soccer mom. Phoebe Meyer is a college student who lives in the apartment above the knitting shop.

These five women meet every week at the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. They love to share knitting tips and personal advice. But things get shaken up when when Amanda Goran, the owner of the rival knitting shop Knitting Nest, is found murdered. Amanda wasn't very popular with the people of Plum Harbor. And one of the Black Sheep Knitters is a suspect.

While My Pretty One Knits (A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery)
While My Pretty One Knits (A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery)

As of this writing, I haven't finished reading this book. What I have read was well written and engaging. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book and others in the Black Sheep Knitters series.

 

Why do you think there are there so many knitting mystery novels and how are the two related?

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    • LouisaDembul profile image

      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Knitting is something cozy and not associated with badness in general. Maybe that's why it makes such a good basis for a mystery book!

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      Debra Lobel 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

      @AllThingsPotter: Start with the Hilda Hopkins series. I really love that one.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      Oooh goodie! A new mystery series I haven't read yet. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Monica Ranstrom 4 years ago

      I've only heard of Maggie Sefton's books before now! My take on how the two are related is that is it fun to imagine people who are knitters as sleuths. Knitters seem so unassuming, but there is more than meets the eye! A baking series I like is the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. Nice lens :)