Aug 302017
 

I am so happy to have Sadie drop my for a visit today! 

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A Moment with Sadie Hartwell

Thanks for helping me celebrate the release of A KNIT BEFORE DYING. In this book, Josie gets to solve two mysteries—one cold case and one right next door to Miss Marple Knits. But she doesn’t do it alone. She needs the help of her sidekicks Lorna, Helen, Evelyn, and Mitch. Even her crusty old great-uncle Eb and his canine companion Jethro play a part in bringing a killer—or killers—to justice this time.

Just like Josie needs some assistance, writers do too. I think there’s a perception that writers work in a solitary attic room somewhere, slaving away over their computers (or parchments, if you want to be even more fanciful) while adoring servants bring them trays of food, then emerge blinking, haggard, and in need of a shower only when the manuscript is completed. It’s true that writing can be a solitary business. After all, I’m the only one who can actually write Josie’s stories the way I write them and I’m the only who can put words on the page (or into the computer).

But for me, and for every other writer I know, writing is also a collaborative process. I am beyond blessed to have a large, supportive group of writer friends whom I trust without reservation. We write in different genres (women’s fiction, romance, young adult) but are always available to each other to brainstorm, work out plot problems, lift each other’s spirits when we get discouraged, and celebrate our victories, no matter the size. A few times a year, we go away on retreat together (one of us—not me, unfortunately—has a beautiful ski house that she is generous enough to let us use). We collaborate, commiserate, and work. And every one of us would agree that our friendship/partnership makes us better writers and better people.

I hope each of your has a tribe—whether it’s a big group like mine or a single friend you can always count on. If you’re so inclined, pop over to my author page and tell me about your people. And if you get the chance to read A KNIT BEFORE DYING, I’d love to hear what you think about that too! Hugs, and thanks for stopping by.

~Sadie


A Knit before Dying (A Tangled Web Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617737206
E-Book ASIN: B01CMGW66U

A new business might add some much-needed charm to downtown Dorset Falls—and draw tourists to Josie’s yarn shop. But when someone gets murdered, a close-knit community could come undone . . .

Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past in New York. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she has another project in her midst—repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework . . .

But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbors, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears. Police have pinned Harry as the killer, but Josie isn’t so sure. Now, she’s lacing up for another homicide investigation—and no eyelet or stitch can go unexamined, lest she herself becomes ensnared in the criminal’s deadly design . . .

INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book.

This second installment takes us back to Dorset Falls where Josie is getting more comfortable running Miss Marple Knits even though she still has knot learned how to knit a stitch. She and Uncle Eb are also getting used to living together, him creating his “thingamajigs” and she making sure he eats and taking care of the house. She also has new tenants in the store next to hers. Lyndon Bailey is opening an antique store. His partner Harry Oglethorpe will be on the road searching for more items to sell.

While welcoming Lyndon she notices a box of vintage doilies. She doesn’t know what she’ll do with them yet but she can’t resist especially at the price Lyndon is asking.

But before any other customers can gaze at his treasures Josie finds Lyndon dead the next day. A pair of sheep shears protruding from his chest. His partner, Harry, has arrived in town just in time to become the police’s prime suspect. Josie disagrees and quickly finds herself tangled up in another murder investigation.

The characters I loved are all back in this one. Josie, a smart and determined woman is an wonderful leading lady. Her Uncle Eb plays a major prank on his neighbor Roy, and Mitch is there to help Josie get to the bottom of it. Their relationship also takes a small step in the right direction in a surprising and absolutely perfect way.

The author has added some interesting new characters as well. Harry trying to prove his innocence. Lyndon’s niece, Taylor arrives in town with a television producer claiming to be her uncle’s heir.  We also learn about Bea Ryder, the woman who made the doilies. She disappeared from town many years ago and the case is still open.

Ms. Hartwell blends a old mystery with a new one and cleverly draws the reader into both. I was so impressed with how she connected everything together while giving us so many delightful twists. Life around Dorset Falls in knit right into the mysteries too. I found this book very hard to put down and would have read it all in one night had I not needed to get a little sleep.

The story contains enough of a backstory and would read well all on its own, but I recommend reading Yarned and Dangerous too!

I totally enjoyed my return trip to Dorset Falls. The characters are so engaging and the mysteries were quite a test to solve.  Maybe by the next visit Josie may have learned to knit and maybe even purl. I hope we don’t have to wait too long.

 

Dollycas

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About 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.

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Feb 252016
 
Earlier today I reviewed a book inspired by Walt Whitman, where Edgar Allan Poe made a cameo appearance. Now let me share this book of short stories with you inspired my Edgar Allan Poe.

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Edgar Allan Cozy: Wicked Short Stories
Cozy Anthology
Setting – Maine

Print Length: 55 pages
Wicked Cozy Press (January 16, 2016)
ASIN: B01AQ77TBY
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When cozy mystery writers meet Edgar Allan Poe, the result is Edgar Allan Cozy. Each story in this suspenseful new anthology is inspired by the work of Poe. “The Raven,” “The Lighthouse,” “MS. Found in a Bottle,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Annabel Lee” have been updated and set in the fictional town of Raven Harbor, Maine.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As soon as I heard about this collection I was so excited to read it. A modern spin on classic Poe, sign me up!

The book starts with a wonderful introduction of how these poems and stories can to be. They all take place in Raven Harbor, Maine. It was fun to have the stories all tie together in the same setting.

First up Barbara modern take on The Raven. I loved it!!!

Next Sherry Harris gives us The Lighthouse, a story where Madeline Wilson tries to find out what happened to her great-great-great grandfather, Barnabas, all those years ago. The residents seem to know the story but are pretty tight lipped. It has a nice twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Then Sheila Connolly gives us Found in a Bottle. This is a dark tale. A story were a romantic weekend turns into a true mystery. The romance of the story quickly fizzles but what continues is very interesting.

An Intolerable Intrusion by Edith Maxwell comes next. She gives us her modern twist on A Tell-Tale Heart. This was an entertaining read and if I was forced to choose my favorite I would have to pick this one.

Sadie Hartwell’s Within These Walls is next. What do you do when your husband cheats? This story has an intriguing idea. I knew where it was going but I loved it none the less.

The book wraps us with Anna, Belle and Lee by Sherry Harris. She has crafted quite a poem of a twisted love triangle.

Whether you are a fan of Poe or not, I know you will enjoy this little collection. It was a nice mini escape at only 55 pages. It will also be a keeper to be read again and again.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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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.”

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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.

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COVER YARNED AND DANGEROUSYarned and Dangerous
(A Tangled Web Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Connecticut
Publisher: Kensington (November 24, 2015)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617737176
ASIN: B00U7LJOEK
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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…

INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!

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.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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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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