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The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women mu The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up. Maggie Messina, beloved owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is thrilled to be hosting a workshop for one of her former students, now a celebrity in the knitting world. But the celebration is upstaged when Amanda Goran, the owner of the rival Knitting Nest, is found dead in her shop on the other side of town. Maggie had reasons to dislike Amanda, a thorn in her side ever since Maggie's shop surpassed Amanda's in popularity. Then again, it wasn't hard to dislike Amanda -- the contentious woman, whose marriage was on the rocks, seemed to specialize in causing misery all over town. But the pointed evidence has a detective casting a suspicious eye on Maggie. She may be a whiz at knitting, but can she keep the police from needling her before her shop, her reputation, and her circle of friends become unraveled?


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The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women mu The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up. Maggie Messina, beloved owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is thrilled to be hosting a workshop for one of her former students, now a celebrity in the knitting world. But the celebration is upstaged when Amanda Goran, the owner of the rival Knitting Nest, is found dead in her shop on the other side of town. Maggie had reasons to dislike Amanda, a thorn in her side ever since Maggie's shop surpassed Amanda's in popularity. Then again, it wasn't hard to dislike Amanda -- the contentious woman, whose marriage was on the rocks, seemed to specialize in causing misery all over town. But the pointed evidence has a detective casting a suspicious eye on Maggie. She may be a whiz at knitting, but can she keep the police from needling her before her shop, her reputation, and her circle of friends become unraveled?

30 review for While My Pretty One Knits

  1. 4 out of 5

    fleurette

    This is a good, solid story. For some reason, after reading the blurb I expected the main character to be Meggie. It turned out to be Lucy. And I think it's even better. There are so many books in which the main characters and often also the narrators are shop owners or people suspected of murder. And here we have some insights from the outside and from the inside at the same time. It's a good idea. And Lucy makes an interesting heroine. The plot is also fine, although nothing out of the ordinary This is a good, solid story. For some reason, after reading the blurb I expected the main character to be Meggie. It turned out to be Lucy. And I think it's even better. There are so many books in which the main characters and often also the narrators are shop owners or people suspected of murder. And here we have some insights from the outside and from the inside at the same time. It's a good idea. And Lucy makes an interesting heroine. The plot is also fine, although nothing out of the ordinary for this genre. Was I surprised by the identity of the murderer? Absolutely not. The murderer turned out to be the person I suspected from the very beginning. I think this is quite obvious to the reader. The motives for their behavior were no surprise to me either. Still, I enjoyed the story. Maybe except for the ending. I understand that the ending requires great dramatic scenes, but logically Lucy should have called the police and not put herself in a dangerous situation. This is stupid. Although even this thoughtless situation has not escalated to the size of a gigantic error that makes me roll my eyes. It is bearable but could be smarter. There is also a small romantic thread. But there is really nothing to talk about. As for a group of friends, they create an interesting jumble. Interactions between them are an interesting element of this book. I must admit that for a group knitting together they are not sugary sweet or sickly cute. As I said at the beginning, it's a good, solid story. Lucy proves herself as the main character. One day I can read another book in this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhed Morgan

    Several things wrong with this book. 1. Within 18 pages, I wanted to take my red pen to it. Whoever edited it did a poor job. 2. The writing wasn't that great either. 3. Once I figured out for sure who did it, I wasn't interested in keeping reading. I had no connection with the characters at all. 4. Though it's a book about women who love to knit (one of them owns a knitting shop, actually), there's none of that love conveyed in the story. The author did her research, and she knows about knit and pu Several things wrong with this book. 1. Within 18 pages, I wanted to take my red pen to it. Whoever edited it did a poor job. 2. The writing wasn't that great either. 3. Once I figured out for sure who did it, I wasn't interested in keeping reading. I had no connection with the characters at all. 4. Though it's a book about women who love to knit (one of them owns a knitting shop, actually), there's none of that love conveyed in the story. The author did her research, and she knows about knit and purl and cabling and the Yarn Harlot and UFOs, but there's no passion behind it. It felt like she was just regurgitating facts so that she'd sound good. It just sounded forced. 5. The title is dumb.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    It started out a bit slow but once it took up a bit speed it was a very nice cozy read. I expected the owner of the knitting shop to be the main character which was not the case. It will be fun to see where the romance is going and I am looking forward to reading more about sweet little Tink, Lucy's dog. It started out a bit slow but once it took up a bit speed it was a very nice cozy read. I expected the owner of the knitting shop to be the main character which was not the case. It will be fun to see where the romance is going and I am looking forward to reading more about sweet little Tink, Lucy's dog.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Holden

    Shallow, especially stupid entry in the crafts-n-mystery genre. I guessed the murderer by page 28. Several things caused me to say out loud: "Oh, how stupid!" or "Yeah, that's believable!" including when the veterinarian character doesn't charge for a vet visit that turns out to include exam, blood work, x-rays, surgery to remove an obstruction, and several days boarding for observation/recuperation at the clinic. Yeah, all for free, right. Also, there are several glaring errors in police proced Shallow, especially stupid entry in the crafts-n-mystery genre. I guessed the murderer by page 28. Several things caused me to say out loud: "Oh, how stupid!" or "Yeah, that's believable!" including when the veterinarian character doesn't charge for a vet visit that turns out to include exam, blood work, x-rays, surgery to remove an obstruction, and several days boarding for observation/recuperation at the clinic. Yeah, all for free, right. Also, there are several glaring errors in police procedure. The writing quality is okay, although the book itself needed a better proofreader. One personal quibble (view spoiler)[: the love interest for one character turns out to be not-quite divorced yet. I think the novel was intended to end on a high point, including this new love interest, but how much of a high can it be if the love interest's divorce isn't final yet and he/she/it is still in the stage of making negative remarks about the almost-ex-spouse? Sometimes I think authors have forgotten how to write a really good romance. Hint: Still-married and full of resentment aren't words that immediately come to mind. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa R.

    When I know that a book will have more than one volume, I like to start at the beginning. This book introduced the characters and the knit shop. For those who knit, this is a cute story. Knitting techniques are discussed websites are listed at the end of the book for the patterns worked on in the book. Overall it's an enjoyable read. When I know that a book will have more than one volume, I like to start at the beginning. This book introduced the characters and the knit shop. For those who knit, this is a cute story. Knitting techniques are discussed websites are listed at the end of the book for the patterns worked on in the book. Overall it's an enjoyable read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    This was a pretty adorable cozy mystery. I don't grab them for deep thoughts, controversial subjects or complex plots. I grab them for the fluff fun read they are. I especially like that this one wasn't JUST about knitting, but about the friendships you make with others who love a craft you do too. Although predictable, I did love the addition of the vet and Tink. This was a pretty adorable cozy mystery. I don't grab them for deep thoughts, controversial subjects or complex plots. I grab them for the fluff fun read they are. I especially like that this one wasn't JUST about knitting, but about the friendships you make with others who love a craft you do too. Although predictable, I did love the addition of the vet and Tink.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo is more than a cozy mystery....it is a story about friendship and the depths of that friendship among a group of women. In Plum Harbor Maggie owns a knitting shop called the Black Sheep Knitting Shop and she developed a bond with 4 other women when they came together for a class Maggie was teaching....now these women - Lucy, Dana, Suzanne and Phoebe - will do anything for each other and in While My Pretty One Knits, their commitment to Maggie will be sho While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo is more than a cozy mystery....it is a story about friendship and the depths of that friendship among a group of women. In Plum Harbor Maggie owns a knitting shop called the Black Sheep Knitting Shop and she developed a bond with 4 other women when they came together for a class Maggie was teaching....now these women - Lucy, Dana, Suzanne and Phoebe - will do anything for each other and in While My Pretty One Knits, their commitment to Maggie will be shown. When Maggie's rival is found murdered in her knitting shop across town Maggie is considered a person of interest.....mainly because the two were competitors in a small town. Maggie's friends know that she would not do anything to harm someone let alone kill them but convincing the police will be a different story !!! I loved how Canadeo provides the reader with a different aspect of a cozy mystery. You get to really look into Maggie and her friends, with a new romance for one of them thrown into the mix. The reader gets a deep feeling of friendship and commitment and to see what a friend really and truly will do for another. The book provides the reader with a different way of investigating and solving the murder....a quiet and more laid back approach if you will. Even though the main focus, of course, is on solving the murder and clearing Maggie's name, it is done around the reader getting to really know the characters and their town. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series......

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I don't read a lot of cozy mysteries as I prefer psychological mysteries, but I am usually up for a cozy related to my favorite pasttime, knitting. After 50 pages I decided this book lacked too much. I then read the description of the author as a novice knitter. Ah ha. Another opportunist who knows there are readers like me who will read a mystery because it's related to knitting. Immediately I realized this writer doesn't know much about knitting. The description of the shop and knitters lacked I don't read a lot of cozy mysteries as I prefer psychological mysteries, but I am usually up for a cozy related to my favorite pasttime, knitting. After 50 pages I decided this book lacked too much. I then read the description of the author as a novice knitter. Ah ha. Another opportunist who knows there are readers like me who will read a mystery because it's related to knitting. Immediately I realized this writer doesn't know much about knitting. The description of the shop and knitters lacked genunie details. Plus the first chapter features a demo and speaker in the shop talking about felting knitted projects as though it's the next best thing. Felted knits were all the rage about 6-8 years before this book was written. Some knitters still make them but many many have moved onto other things. The books are set in a small town north of Boston on the coast. Absolutely no local color or sense of place in this book. The author is not from the area and it shows. I am not finishing this or reading the other I have. The real mystery is why this series is published in trade paperback format with cover prices around $15.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    A fast paced and enjoyable cozy mystery. Full of twists and turns. I really enjoy the Black Sheep Knitting Group. They seem like a nice bunch of ladies I would love to hang out with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Five good friends have a knitting club at their friend Maggie's shop, Black Sheep Knitting. When a rival yarn shop owner is found dead in her own shop, Maggie is the first one the police look to since it's no secret the two of them didn't get along well even though Maggie tried to tolerate the other shop owner, Amanda. Maggie had just hosted well known knitting author Cara Newsome who had just written her second book and was looking into having a TV series as well. She'd hoped that would help pr Five good friends have a knitting club at their friend Maggie's shop, Black Sheep Knitting. When a rival yarn shop owner is found dead in her own shop, Maggie is the first one the police look to since it's no secret the two of them didn't get along well even though Maggie tried to tolerate the other shop owner, Amanda. Maggie had just hosted well known knitting author Cara Newsome who had just written her second book and was looking into having a TV series as well. She'd hoped that would help promote her shop but now with the town thinking she's guilty of murder or even a person of interest, things aren't looking too great for her business. Her faithful friends are not about to let Maggie go down since they all know she's innocent. This was such an enjoyable mystery and story of how five women came together over the love of knitting, something that has actually been making a comeback with younger people. The little group consisted of five very different women of all ages but the thing they all had in common was the love of their art and soon, their friendship and camaraderie with each other, along with helping Maggie of course. I did guess the killer but not really for the reason that was given at first, although the clues were planted and as it unfolded I saw the why. There weren't a whole lot of people in the story line that could have done it but I think it was written so we the readers could guess it. The take down was pretty cool, Maggie was proven innocent and the perp even confessed. After that the girls all thought they should name their knitting group the Black Sheep even though Maggie was no longer the black sheep in Plum Harbor. She said there was a touch of black sheep in all of them, referring to their snooping, gathering gossip and doing whatever clandestine thing it took to save her from a murder charge. At the end of the book, Phoebe shares her Jell-o dye recipe, Maggie shares some felting resources, Lucy shares a few sock monkey hat resources since she was knitting those for her nieces and Suzanne shares her famous guacamole dip recipe. I thought it was fun that the notes were written from the actual characters. I'm definitely going to read more in this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I admit - I knew "Who Done It" in the first chapter. The set up just kind of gave it away. I spent most of the book waiting for the other characters to catch on to what was already obvious to the reader. And still I enjoyed the book. I can't say it was written very well - I found who was saying what confusing at times - but there was something about the chemistry of characters that was "ON" enough to make me like reading it. I definitely felt echoes of other knitting mysteries here. Maggie remin I admit - I knew "Who Done It" in the first chapter. The set up just kind of gave it away. I spent most of the book waiting for the other characters to catch on to what was already obvious to the reader. And still I enjoyed the book. I can't say it was written very well - I found who was saying what confusing at times - but there was something about the chemistry of characters that was "ON" enough to make me like reading it. I definitely felt echoes of other knitting mysteries here. Maggie reminded me a little of Betsy Devonshire from the Monica Ferris books. Lucy reminded me of Kelly Flynn from Maggie Sefton's books And I think there might have been a hint of Debbie Macomber thrown in here too. Maybe that is why I liked it? I found the characters familiar? Even the plot was rather similar to Mary Krueger's "Died in the Wool". Regardless - it was a quick and fun read and I liked the recipes and knitting patterns/hints in the back of the book a fun little bonus - and the reason this is going on my "Keeper" shelf. I have hope that future books will improve in plot line and writing development and that the character chemistry will continue on an upward path.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Jones

    I knit, I write, I read. This is the perfect book for knitters like me who are too tired to knit and want to curl up with a good knitting "yarn." It keeps you guessing who the murderer is up to the last chapter, while giving you the sensation of knitting vicariously through each main character. The writing style is definitely genre-specific, which is great if you want a quick read that is highly entertaining. What stuck out to me about this book, compared with other "knit lit" books, is that it I knit, I write, I read. This is the perfect book for knitters like me who are too tired to knit and want to curl up with a good knitting "yarn." It keeps you guessing who the murderer is up to the last chapter, while giving you the sensation of knitting vicariously through each main character. The writing style is definitely genre-specific, which is great if you want a quick read that is highly entertaining. What stuck out to me about this book, compared with other "knit lit" books, is that it infused knitting into every scene. Knitting wasn't just a backdrop to the story, it was the story. Other obsessive knitters will enjoy feeling so immersed in yarn and needles, even when their own knitting is set aside for the night.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elly

    This book was pretty good as far as knitting/mystery books go. There was a nice mix of characters and an actual plot. Wow. The mystery part of it was a bit predictable, but that's OK. I loved the fact that the vet knit. Why can't I meet a guy like that, darn it. This book was pretty good as far as knitting/mystery books go. There was a nice mix of characters and an actual plot. Wow. The mystery part of it was a bit predictable, but that's OK. I loved the fact that the vet knit. Why can't I meet a guy like that, darn it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane Adams

    I enjoyed this, but I'm kicking myself for reading the second one first (because that's the one I found at my library). I don't think the second one actually said who had done it, but it did give away some things in the characters' lives. Oh well. I was pleased to actually figure out "whodunit" before the end! Will definitely be looking for the third in the series. I enjoyed this, but I'm kicking myself for reading the second one first (because that's the one I found at my library). I don't think the second one actually said who had done it, but it did give away some things in the characters' lives. Oh well. I was pleased to actually figure out "whodunit" before the end! Will definitely be looking for the third in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Morasco

    Knitting mysteries are the latest "whodunits" to saturate the shelves. It seems every cozy writer wants to try their hand weaving one making the sub-genre blend together in a knot... Enter the stellar Anne Canadeo w/ her exemplary mystery debut While My Pretty One Knits. Delightful. Enchanting. Humorous. Impressive. Witty. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Anne Canadeo's effervescent cozy debut, While My Pretty One Knits. I absolutely adore this series. I couldn't put it down & when I was Knitting mysteries are the latest "whodunits" to saturate the shelves. It seems every cozy writer wants to try their hand weaving one making the sub-genre blend together in a knot... Enter the stellar Anne Canadeo w/ her exemplary mystery debut While My Pretty One Knits. Delightful. Enchanting. Humorous. Impressive. Witty. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Anne Canadeo's effervescent cozy debut, While My Pretty One Knits. I absolutely adore this series. I couldn't put it down & when I was closing in on the ending I hid it. Yes, I did! I recently moved off the island & moved up to gorgeous northern New York & hid it in my huge house; ). Well, I tried to hide it but the engaging cast of characters whispered for me to hang out w/ them @ the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. When I tried to ignore them they poked me w/ a knitting needle. Ouch! OK, it was more than one knitting needle. Geez, knitters are a crafty bunch ; ). While My Pretty One Knits is a dynamite introduction to an energetic new cozy mystery series. Canadeo's writing flows effortlessly off the page & the enchanting, fun, ingenious cast steals the show. Canadeo knows how to absorb the reader w/ a skillful, fast-paced plot. The characters are well-developed & Canadeo knows how to create a cast of characters you care about. All you need is a cup of hot cocoa overflowing w/ marshmallows, a crackling fire, a throw & you have an impeccable cozy evening (cheese, fruit, wine & crackers may enhance your reading pleasure). Canadeo showcases her sharp writing skills. She is a brilliant new addition to the cozy genre. When I reached page 249 it was bittersweet. Infact, I am in a bit of a diva monster mood (grumpy sourpuss) because I have to wait until December for Knit, Purl, Die. Grrr... Where are those knitting needles when I need them? While My Pretty One Knits is a perfect summer read for all of those scrambling to make the most of summer as it draws to a close but it is also an excellent read to curl up w/ as fall arrives. I really wish I could visit Plum Harbor, Massachusetts & visit all the terrific friends Canadeo vibrantly created. I really want to spend time w/ adorable Tink & Matt -- *sigh*! While My Pretty One Knits was so richly penned it has made me interested in learning to knit. Really! Moi, who can barely lace her kicks. I loved this book so much that I imagine myself as a character visiting the Book Review & the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. Non-knitters will revel in the picturesque surroundings. While My Pretty One Knits is a tightly stitched novel not to be missed!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Nice cozy mystery. Like to characters will continue series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Anne Canadeo's While My Pretty One Knits, the first installment in the Black Sheep Knitting Cozy Mystery series, this tale would get you all tangled up in knitted knots with a compelling storyline. When local book author Cara Newhouse arrived in Maggie Messina's book signing and felting demonstration, she had hidden a terrible secret. It all started when it would be brought to light, when Maggie's craft store rival Amanda Goran made an appearance and acting good-spirited with a new look at he In Anne Canadeo's While My Pretty One Knits, the first installment in the Black Sheep Knitting Cozy Mystery series, this tale would get you all tangled up in knitted knots with a compelling storyline. When local book author Cara Newhouse arrived in Maggie Messina's book signing and felting demonstration, she had hidden a terrible secret. It all started when it would be brought to light, when Maggie's craft store rival Amanda Goran made an appearance and acting good-spirited with a new look at her store. Something was up with her change of attitude. After the book signing, word came about on her suspicious death at her own home. And the police believed Maggie had something to do with her murder as a suspect, when her fellow knitter friends thought it might Amanda's own ex-husband Peter. To help Maggie get off the hook, they dug deeper into Amanda's life, when more suspicious robberies made them raise their own eyebrows. For Lucy Binger, she had put the pieces together, when she rescued Tink, one of Amanda's dog, and had taken him to the vet, which made him real sick. Not only had she had eyes on the new vet as a possible love interest, she made some other shocking discoveries between Amanda's and Cara's alliance with the key evidence, when things came to a head with a heated confrontation between her and fight for their lives to bring her to justice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book is about the formation of a knitting group consisting of Maggie, the owner of the knitting store, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe. From reading the back blurb of the book, I thought the sleuth was going to be Maggie but it wasn't. There is a book signing at the store for a former pupil, now author, of Maggie's. Cara Newhouse, author of a popular book on felting (a process done to completed projects.) Everyone is so excited and the five ladies help set up the store. To their surprise, Ma This book is about the formation of a knitting group consisting of Maggie, the owner of the knitting store, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe. From reading the back blurb of the book, I thought the sleuth was going to be Maggie but it wasn't. There is a book signing at the store for a former pupil, now author, of Maggie's. Cara Newhouse, author of a popular book on felting (a process done to completed projects.) Everyone is so excited and the five ladies help set up the store. To their surprise, Maggie's arch-rival appears to actually give compliments and announce that she would attend the book signing. This leaves the ladies almost speechless with shock. Amanda Goren, owner of Knitting Nest, formerly the only shop of its type in Plum Harbor, MA, has made an concerted effort to cause woe for Maggie, ever since her shop opened. Why the change of heart? The Book signing day arrives and prior the author's talk, another customer arrives with the news that Amanda has been found dead. Maggie knows she will be the main suspect. Lucy decides to do a bit of investigating on her own. This was a nice and pleasant cozy mystery. The characters are likable and interesting. Knitters will become fond of the newly named "Black Sheep."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up. I don't want to reveal more of the plot beyond the b The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up. I don't want to reveal more of the plot beyond the book blurb excerpt. Suffice it to say for readers who love to knit, this cozy mystery will entertain. Anne Canadeo writes well and develops the characters to the point where you feel that Maggie, Suzanne, Dana, Lucy, and Phoebe are old friends. The suspense level in the novel surprised me, since cozy mysteries aren't known for their suspense. I definitely will read more novels in the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries Series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #1 om the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series I wasn't sure about this one at first. There were dozens of grammatical errors at the beginning that distracted me. Obviously I wasn't the only one because someone who had borrowed the book from the library in the past had written in corrections. But once I got beyond that section and started to get into the mystery, I really enjoyed it, not guessing the murderer until just before the reveal. What I liked was that it was sort of a chick-lit book, beco #1 om the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series I wasn't sure about this one at first. There were dozens of grammatical errors at the beginning that distracted me. Obviously I wasn't the only one because someone who had borrowed the book from the library in the past had written in corrections. But once I got beyond that section and started to get into the mystery, I really enjoyed it, not guessing the murderer until just before the reveal. What I liked was that it was sort of a chick-lit book, becoming involved in the personal lives of several woman who also get together on a regular basis to knit. There was a bit of romance too, always a good thing, in my opinion. What was interesting was that the owner of the shop was not actually the main character, instead it was one of her friends who figured things out and followed up. This juxtaposition made for a different viewpoint and a bit of oomph to what was otherwise a fairly typical cozy mystery. I will definitely read more in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carleny

    I genuinely liked this books. I'm not usually a huge fan of murder mysteries (because I'm too dense to figure out who the killer is) but I figured it out early on. I gotta say, though, that one of the main characters, Maggie, pissed me off a lot. I found her to be annoying. It was also a little disconcerting not knowing how old the characters were and trying to figure out how old they were relative to me. I immediately think characters are around my age unless otherwise specified. There were litt I genuinely liked this books. I'm not usually a huge fan of murder mysteries (because I'm too dense to figure out who the killer is) but I figured it out early on. I gotta say, though, that one of the main characters, Maggie, pissed me off a lot. I found her to be annoying. It was also a little disconcerting not knowing how old the characters were and trying to figure out how old they were relative to me. I immediately think characters are around my age unless otherwise specified. There were little things that bothered me of the book as a whole. There were some spelling mistakes, some words were completely missing, and at one point one of the character's names is completely different (Amanda's), maybe it was just my copy of the book or something. I did love that in the back it has instructions on how to do the recipes for the food that shows up and for the techniques in knitting that the women of the club do. The websites will certainly come in handy I'm sure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Sweet! I like that the women in the knitting group are close knit friends (ha, ha) and NOT all of the same age or place in life. I like that they are not all excellent crafters. I like the love of fur friends. I look forward to more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicolette Kernohan

    When Maggie Messina is accused of a rival shop owner’s shocking murder, the Black Sheep knitters are formed to defend their friend. The peaceful town of Plum Harbor, Massachusetts is the setting for While My Pretty One Knits, the first of Anne Canadeo’s Black Sheep Knitter mysteries. A group of keen knitters meet every week in the little New England coastal village to knit, gossip and catch up on local small town news. There is Maggie the owner of the Black Sheep, Lucy a divorcee graphic designer When Maggie Messina is accused of a rival shop owner’s shocking murder, the Black Sheep knitters are formed to defend their friend. The peaceful town of Plum Harbor, Massachusetts is the setting for While My Pretty One Knits, the first of Anne Canadeo’s Black Sheep Knitter mysteries. A group of keen knitters meet every week in the little New England coastal village to knit, gossip and catch up on local small town news. There is Maggie the owner of the Black Sheep, Lucy a divorcee graphic designer, Dana a psychologist, Suzanne a mum and estate agent and Phoebe a funky college student who is also Maggie’s tenant.Maggie is thrilled that Cara Newhouse, her former pupil, has agreed to give a felting presentation and book signing in the store. Cara has become a celebrity in the knitting world and the group enthusiastically help Maggie prepare for the visit to the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. However, there is a thorn in Maggie’s side in the form of Amanda Goran. Amanda owns the Knitting Nest; Plum Harbor’s other knitting shop. Amanda is a disagreeable woman who is irritated that Maggie’s newer shop is doing better than her own. She dislikes Maggie to such an extent that she has been known to spread malicious lies about Maggie to win over customers. The knitters are therefore puzzled when Amanda pops into the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, the day before Cara Newhouse’s appearance, full of good wishes, having had a makeover and saying how much she is looking forward to the presentation the next day. That is nothing, however, to the surprise the group experience when they are told that during the night Amanda has been murdered in her shop across town. Amanda was not a popular woman with the locals; her marriage had broken up and her social life appeared to be lousy too. Yet, the police quickly hone in on the rivalry between the two shop owners. Maggie becomes number one suspect when all of the circumstantial evidence points towards her being the murderer. Maggie soon becomes subdued. Her spirits get very low and she finds herself wondering whether she will have to close her yarn shop and whether she will be able to knit in prison. Lucy then steps in to help her friend. She starts to do a bit of amateur sleuthing and forms the knitters into the Black Sheep Knitting Group to uncover the killer’s true identity. You can tell that the author, Ann Canadeo, is a genuine knitter. Throughout the novel, there are knitting ideas and techniques described. The Jell-o dying technique is one that I had never heard of before. There are some good knitting patterns and interesting web links at the back of the book (although some of the web sites are defunct now as is the way with such things). I thought it was quite cool that the dog was named Tink because, as I’m sure you know, it is the term for stitches that need to be unravelled (and is also knit spelt backwards). I also loved the fact that the vet was a knitter too! While My Pretty One Knits is a murder mystery which has a bit of a romance thrown in. What Anne Canadeo does best is the portrayal of the female friendships in the story. She blends together the everyday life and feelings of the friends with a suspense brought about by the suspicions about Amanda. However, although there are murders, it is not gory and is still a pleasant read. I found that the story flowed nicely. The dialogue is witty and there are some humorous sections. From the blurb on the back of the book, it would appear that the main character is going to be Maggie. This is not the case. The story is told from the viewpoint of Lucy, who becomes the amateur detective in the story. The detection process made sense to me. The book is not so much about detective work though. It is more about the personalities and characters of the knitting group. They all have different traits and I found that I could relate to them well. For a light hearted read, I found that there were quite a few high brow terms. I even learnt some new sayings like “every pot has its lid”. However, I was almost put off reading this book because of the terrible puns on the back cover. One other thing that I didn’t like was the amount of product placement in this book, especially at the beginning of it. The mystery was not the most taxing of puzzles as far as murder mysteries are concerned. However, as I said, the strength of this book is not as a murder mystery but in the friendship of a group of knitters trying to solve a whodunit. This book was focussed on Maggie and Lucy, so the other Black Sheep Knitters didn’t get as much of a look in. Maybe they will in the next book? While My Pretty One Knits is full of knitters, their colourful yarns and their conversations about their latest projects and ideas. The notes and instructions at the end of the book added to overall creative knitting atmosphere of the story. For these reasons I would recommend While My Pretty One Knits to knitters who enjoy curling up with a nice knitting murder mystery. I will be reviewing the second in the series soon.  I hope for further development with the friendships and the romance with the vet. I read this book on softback version. My review is available at: https://www.theknittingsquirrel.com/p... In case you’re interested I wrote about this very pretty scarf on my blog: https://www.theknittingsquirrel.com/s...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I enjoyed the mystery went quickly and I guessed who did it !

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Randall

    Aww, a cozy mystery. It's been so long since I have read one of these, but I got into the cozy mystery genre long before I started reading the paranormal - and so I know that it seems paranormal is all that has been on my reviews in a long time, it has - it is just what has come up, it seems to be a more popular genre than the cozy mystery at this point in time, so it just is more visable. This book combines knitting and mystery! I love it. I am a novice knitter, meaning that I can do a basic sti Aww, a cozy mystery. It's been so long since I have read one of these, but I got into the cozy mystery genre long before I started reading the paranormal - and so I know that it seems paranormal is all that has been on my reviews in a long time, it has - it is just what has come up, it seems to be a more popular genre than the cozy mystery at this point in time, so it just is more visable. This book combines knitting and mystery! I love it. I am a novice knitter, meaning that I can do a basic stitch and make a blanket or scarf, or even a few other more complex items - but I can't read a pattern to save my life! So everything I knit is from my looking at something and trying to replicate it, no patterns, nothing like that. The story also surrounds a small group of knitters that have become good friends and that meet at the shop and knit and talk, and I love that! What I wouldn't give to have a small group of people like that in my life that I could knit with and enjoy their company. Rival yarn shop owner Amanda is murdered and of course Maggie, the owner of the shop is the top of the police list, when we all know that she didn't do it. Of course the group is set to figure it out themselves. Normally in a cozy mystery I expected the yarn shop owner to take the lead in the story, but that wasn't the case in this book. Lucy the recently divorced and now unsure of herself graphic designer is the lead in the book, she is the one most of the conversations are from and it is her that takes the lead in figuring things out as to what really happened. This was a great start to a series, and I hope to read more of it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Maggie owns a knitting shop in a small town in New England. Now on her own after her husband died, she runs a very successful business and is supported by her best friends who come to a weekly knitting group. But there is a rival knitting shop in town run by Amanda Goran. Amanda has spent years trying to undermine Maggie and her shop, so when Amanda turns up dead, the police don't have far to go to find a suspect. But her friends know Maggie is innocent, but how can they prove it? This is a cooki Maggie owns a knitting shop in a small town in New England. Now on her own after her husband died, she runs a very successful business and is supported by her best friends who come to a weekly knitting group. But there is a rival knitting shop in town run by Amanda Goran. Amanda has spent years trying to undermine Maggie and her shop, so when Amanda turns up dead, the police don't have far to go to find a suspect. But her friends know Maggie is innocent, but how can they prove it? This is a cookie-cut cosy mystery with the usual set up - small town, craft shop, group of friends, murder. The first half of the book I skimmed through because it was so predictable, and I knew who had committed the murder virtually from the time it was committed. But the story picked up at the end. One point though - although this is a book about knitting, and the author obviously knew about knitting, I could tell she wasn't really a knitter. The description of the craft felt shallow and researched rather than from someone who understood it deeply. There were a couple of questionable descriptions and even one or two things that were arguably just wrong. However, surprising was the fact that the third person point of view of the story wasn't from Maggie but from her friend Lucy. I was glad about that because I didn't actually warm to Maggie that much, although I liked Lucy. But overall, you don't read cosy mysteries to discover great works of literature. They are light, fluffy escapist stories which don't offer too many challenges. By that measure, this books ticked most of the boxes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Title: While My Pretty One Knits Author: Anne Canadeo Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, 1 Format: ebook, bind-up Length: N/A Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- an Title: While My Pretty One Knits Author: Anne Canadeo Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, 1 Format: ebook, bind-up Length: N/A Rating: 3 stars Synopsis: The Black Sheep Knitters -- Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe -- meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship. Now a shocking murder has peaceful Plum Harbor, Massachusetts, in knots -- and the Black Sheep women must herd together to protect one of their own from a scandalous frame-up. Maggie Messina, beloved owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop, is thrilled to be hosting a workshop for one of her former students, now a celebrity in the knitting world. But the celebration is upstaged when Amanda Goran, the owner of the rival Knitting Nest, is found dead in her shop on the other side of town. Maggie had reasons to dislike Amanda, a thorn in her side ever since Maggie's shop surpassed Amanda's in popularity. Then again, it wasn't hard to dislike Amanda -- the contentious woman, whose marriage was on the rocks, seemed to specialize in causing misery all over town. But the pointed evidence has a detective casting a suspicious eye on Maggie. She may be a whiz at knitting, but can she keep the police from needling her before her shop, her reputation, and her circle of friends become unraveled? Favourite character: Tink & Phoebe Least favourite character: N/A Mini-review: This felt a bit forgettable. And the reason I say that is because I just finished the book and I have nothing to say except for the fact that I solved the mystery extremely early on. I liked Tink. Fan Cast: Lucy Binger - Amanda Seyfried Maggie Messina - Marisa Tomei Dana Haeger - Zoe Saldana Suzanne Cavanaugh - America Ferrera Phoebe Meyer - Vanessa Morgan Dr. Matt McDougal - Jonathan Groff Peter Goran - Rob Lowe Cara Newhouse - Sara Paxton Detective Walsh - Patrick Warburton Detective Marisol Reyes - Daniela Ruah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I started and finished this book in one day. It was a good cozy mystery. Maggie Messina owns a yarn store called The Black Sheep. At the beginning of the book, she is hosting a booksigning for one of her students from her former life (as a high school art teacher), and is excitedly preparing, with the friends from her knitting group helping out. A woman named Amanda Goran, who owns a shop in another part of town, shows up and seems very excited about the event the next day. Which is odd, because I started and finished this book in one day. It was a good cozy mystery. Maggie Messina owns a yarn store called The Black Sheep. At the beginning of the book, she is hosting a booksigning for one of her students from her former life (as a high school art teacher), and is excitedly preparing, with the friends from her knitting group helping out. A woman named Amanda Goran, who owns a shop in another part of town, shows up and seems very excited about the event the next day. Which is odd, because ever since Maggie opened her shop, Amanda has made her life hell. The next morning at the beginning of the booksigning program and demo, one of the group arrives late, with the news that Amanda Goran has been bludgeoned to death and that her husband found her in the shop. Maggie immediately becomes a suspect, along with Amanda Goran's husband, from whom she was separated, and who becomes a suspect as well. Maggie's friends are determined to help her clear her name, and only when one of them finds an unlikely clue as a result of adopting one of Amanda's dogs, do we learn the truth. A good read, especially on a day that was particularly sad for me. Good enough to be distracting and not requiring intense concentration. For that, I will always be grateful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Goldenwattle

    I stuck this book out, but I do wonder why. It was blatantly obvious from the very first pages who was the murderer. Then when the women had any evidence (the CD for instance) they never thought anything was important enough to tell the police about. They are either very, very stupid (my thoughts on that are leaning that way) or don't want to assist the police (actually some of that too). They deserved to have been charged for withholding evidence. Then Lucy and Maggie are saved by the police be I stuck this book out, but I do wonder why. It was blatantly obvious from the very first pages who was the murderer. Then when the women had any evidence (the CD for instance) they never thought anything was important enough to tell the police about. They are either very, very stupid (my thoughts on that are leaning that way) or don't want to assist the police (actually some of that too). They deserved to have been charged for withholding evidence. Then Lucy and Maggie are saved by the police because Maggie had installed an emergency button to press. Lots of police pour in seconds after it's pressed. WOW! Fancy having police waiting outside the shop just in case. Light drivel! I am still wondering why I finished this fluffy stupid book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I’ve never read anything by this author before and this first book in the series was very interesting. It took me a little bit to get into it but once I did I really enjoyed it. I like the addition of Tink. I will admit that I had a pretty good idea who did it and perhaps why early on but watching the various characters develop and the plot get laid out was fun. I used to knit a whole lot more than I do now even if when I did it it was mostly scarves and blankets and nothing too complex. I like I’ve never read anything by this author before and this first book in the series was very interesting. It took me a little bit to get into it but once I did I really enjoyed it. I like the addition of Tink. I will admit that I had a pretty good idea who did it and perhaps why early on but watching the various characters develop and the plot get laid out was fun. I used to knit a whole lot more than I do now even if when I did it it was mostly scarves and blankets and nothing too complex. I like projects that are relatively easy and that can be completed mindlessly. Anyway I’m looking forward to reading more books in the series because I think I’m going to like the various characters and the development of the community as a whole.

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