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Yarned and Dangerous
by Sadie Hartwell

I have been excited about this book since I
first heard about it months ago.

I am beyond thrilled to be part of this tour!

(A Tangled Web Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Connecticut
Publisher: Kensington (November 24, 2015)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617737176
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Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots…

Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins…

Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…


Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s been a long time since Josie Blair has set foot in Dorset Falls but she really wants out of New York City and away from her cantankerous boss. When her mother sends her to help her great uncle Eb she balks a bit but makes the trip. Eb and his wife Cora were in a auto accident and Cora didn’t survive.  Eb is a handful but Josie knows how to deal with him. Josie never met Cora but gets to know her through her friends when she closes up her yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits. She knew she was going to have to inventory everything at the store but never expected a dead body to be added to her list.  She does have some friends in town but she definitely has not been welcomed by the community. Something isn’t right in Dorset Falls and while she really doesn’t want to try to find a killer she just needs find out what is truly going on in a town she used to call home.

The author has set her story in a strange little town. Most of the storefronts are empty. Everyone seems to have a secret or something shady going on.  It truly is an “Tangled Web” of a place.

Josie Blair is quite a leading lady. She arrives in town with a very clear agenda but each day that agenda unravels just a little more.  I liked her Uncle Eb too. He is a man set in his ways and it is hard for him to take help from anyone. He and his neighbor Roy have a bit of feud going on and play nasty tricks on each other. Roy’s grandson, Mitch, tries to keep the peace between them or at least clean up their messes. Mitch and Josie make a great team and I love where that relationship is heading.

The author does a slow build with the mystery part of the story which is very smart. We meet the characters, become engaged and form our opinions and then we follow the clues to the murderer and the other craziness in Dorset Falls.

Josie Blair may not know how to knit one stitch but Sadie Hartwell knows how to knit and purl and yarn over to create a charming story. With the twists, turns, and the control of a master she has written a story that is very hard to put down. It has a very comfortable flow and evolves at a perfect pace. There were a couple laugh out loud moments too.

What a great start for this series! I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another visit to Dorset Falls.

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11357125_971118012944218_8414614081138047629_oAbout The Author –

Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, paralegal, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.


Webpage     Twitter – @SadieHartwell    Facebook

Sadie also writes the Greek to Me Mysteries as Susannah Hardy.

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Tour Participants

November 30 – Bab’s Book Bistro – Review
November 30 – Laura’s Interests – Review
December 1 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
December 2 – Book Babble – Review
December 2 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
December 3 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
December 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
December 4 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
December 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review
December 5 – Community Bookstop – Review
December 6 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
December 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review
December 8 – The Girl with Book Lungs – Review
December 9 – Musings and Ramblings – Review
December 10 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
December 11 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
December 12 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
December 12 – Brooke Blogs – Interview


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  15 Responses to “Review/ #Giveaway – Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell Great Escapes Book Tour”

  1. Knitting is a great hobby.

  2. Yarned and Dangerous sounds like a awesome read. Thank you for the review.

  3. I love books that include crafting … especially knitting.

  4. Great author, can’t wait to read it.

  5. Congratulations on the new release! Sounds like a good read and I look forward to checking it out.

  6. Love your cover and I know I would enjoy your book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  7. I love the cover as it would have caught my eye to pick it up. The fact there is also a craft involved makes it even more desirable.

  8. The cover conjures up a cozy afternoon knitting with a cat curled up beside you. Sounds like another good story for my ever ending list of TBRs.

  9. I always wanted to learn to knit. Instead, I’d love to read your book. It sound great.

  10. I like the idea of a cantankerous uncle.

  11. Cute book cover. Sounds like a good book.
    Sue B

  12. This is a series for all of we yarn lovers, even if we are ‘hookers’ instead of knitters! 🙂 I have looked forward to this since hearing about it – yarn, caregiving, trying to save a shop of interesting knitters – sign me up!

  13. This cover drew me in. The town sounds so quaint and I love a good mystery with a side of romance.

  14. I really love reading reviews here, and you have great giveaways

  15. Love the cover! And the cat. One of the things I love about cozies. Since learning about Escape with Dollycas and a couple of other sites I have been in 7th heaven learning about so many new authors and their series. I am hoping this will be a win and the start to a new series. the posts have all been so good. The teasers so intriguing that I have wanted almost everyone. I always have a book at hand. I never know when I will have to wait a few. Have even read in the check out line. Have gotten a few looks that said “weirdo” and some “what are you reading?” One gal had never heard of cozies before. So she should be on here soon. Thanks for this opportunity.

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