While the Monday Bunch knitters work, talk
turns to the murder of a local man, Harry Whiteside, who was
killed in his own home. He wasn't liked much, and was involved
in a bidding war for a local property which would be perfect
for developing. There were three bidders, and one of the others,
Joe Mickels, is a suspect. He hires Betsy, who is well-known
for her amateur yet effective investigation skills, to prove
At the auction, the third bidder for the property,
Maddy O'Leary keels over while knitting on stage and dies.
She too, was murdered, and by a most nefarious means: someone
poisoned the yarn she was using with nicotine, deadly nicotine
which seeped into her skin. Could Mickels be responsible for
the deaths of both of his competitors?
I'm always amazed at how fresh and interesting
Monica Ferris keeps this series. This is the nineteenth book,
and still the characters are growing, relationships evolving
and the murder mysteries remain new and intriguing!
I love Betsy and her store manager, Godwin,
as well as the varied cast of characters throughout the series.
With two murders to solve in this book, I found myself unable
to solve the crimes until Ferris was ready to let the cat
out of the bag. I must say, all was revealed in a unique outcome,
one that I wouldn't have guessed in a million years. There
were no loose ends left and everything made perfect sense.
If you love a good cozy mystery, even if you
haven't followed this series in the past, you'll want to jump
right in and settle down for an excellent read. There's even
a knitted cat pattern at the back of the book so you can knit
the cat featured on the cover. Such a clever mystery!