Knit or Dye Trying
(A Riverbank Knitting Mystery #2)
by Allie Pleiter
When I saw this one on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it when the blurb mentioned a parade of protest sheep and what a great idea! I should get some protest sheep so I can spread my message that Cozy Mysteries need their own classification separate from Suspense/Thriller/Mystery and yes, this is a hill I will dye on (heh!) supported by my protest sheep. This book also fit into my Spring Fever theme read for a spring themed craft cozy.
In this one, Collinstown is welcoming spring with a See More Than Seafood festival and Libby has lined up Julie Wilson, a vegan fiber expert who achieves amazing colors for her plant based yarns, to be a speaker and to demonstrate her dyes and techniques. Julie is known to be an outspoken advocate for veganism and has managed to annoy/anger/provoke others, especially farmers, with her outspoken anti-animal product views. Trouble quickly ensues with a parade of protest sheep down the main street in town, confrontations and finally, with Julie found dead. With so many suspects with motive for murder, Libby takes up the reins to flush out a killer.
I’ve haven’t read any of the other book in this series, so I can safely say it can be read as a standalone or an entry into the series. I always love finding a new world to dive into and Collinstown sounds like a charming getaway (I’m not going to lie, I’d be lined up in front of Margo’s shop waiting impatiently for goodies) with lots of great little shops and restaurants to wander through. Sign me up! I loved the characters, Libby is the kind of woman everyone would love to have for a friend and her close knit group of friends and shopkeepers made for a friendly, cozy read. I have to admit, I guessed most of the who in the whodunit but I stuck around for the big reveal to fill in the rest of the blanks. What a tragic story, I felt the same way Libby did when the whole story came out. Just senseless.
Overall, this was very enjoyable and I will definitely be picking up the first book in the series.
Published April 5th 2022 by Berkley Books