Sunday, January 24, 2010

Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo

Gloria Sterling has a fairy-tale life.  Rich and beautiful, she has recently remarried.  Known for her escapades, even her remarriage makes news--her new husband is gorgeous and twenty years younger.  But when Gloria is found dead in her swimming pool, the fairy tale comes to an end.

It turns out there are plenty of suspects.  Inevitably, the husband is always the first suspect and he was the talk of the town by those who refused to believe the marriage had been a love match.  Then there was the local attorney who had been Gloria's prior lover.  Finally, all that money was left to her by her prior husband, and he made that money in real estate.  There were many in Plum Harbor, where Gloria lived, who felt that his fortune was built on their misfortune.

Gloria had recently joined a circle of five friends that called themselves The Black Sheep.  The group was centered around all the participant's love of knitting.  There was Maggie, who owned the local knitting shop.  Suzanne was a real estate agent, while Dana is a psychologist.  Lucy is a graphic designer while Phoebe is a college student who lives over the knitting shop and works there.  When the police decide that the death is an accident, the group starts to put suspicious events together and decides that the death must have been a murder.  They each use their unique talents to bring another piece to the puzzle of Gloria's death.

Knit, Purl, Die is the second book in the Black Sheep mystery series, and would be considered to be on the cozy part of that genre.  The characters are interesting and their interplay and demonstration of true female friendship is fascinating for the reader to follow.  This book is recommended for mystery lovers.

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