The Vampire Knitting Club
by Nancy Warren
About the Book:
At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do.
Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?
When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there's no body in the grave. Between a hot 800-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan. The only one who seems to know what's going on is her cat ... or is it ... her familiar?
First in a new series of paranormal cozy mysteries!
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by: Ambleside Publishing
Publication Date: September 2018
Number of Pages: 250
ASIN: B07HDBQ7BB Series: The Vampire
Knitting Club #1
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Read My Review:
The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lucy Swift is at a point of uncertainty in her life. She knows that spending time with her grandmother in Oxford will help her sort things out. When she arrives in Oxford, she heads to the knitting shop her grandmother owns to find it closed. Unable to find her grandmother in the shop or at home, Lucy heads to one of the other shops. Inside, she learns that her grandmother died weeks prior but no one was able to get ahold of Lucy or Lucy’s mother. Upon further investigation, Lucy also discovers that the knitting shop was bequeathed to her but there are conditions. She cannot sell the shop for at least one year.
Lucy is then brought into a world she thought only possible in stories. Her grandmother is a vampire but she wasn’t turned in violence – she was turned because of violence. Now, it’s up to Lucy to figure out what happened and bring the killer to justice without revealing the secret her grandmother and friends are keeping. Of course, all while running a knitting shop during the day, dealing with a surly employee and her lowlife son, and keeping her hormones in check when she’s around a certain vampire or a certain detective.
The Vampire Knitting Club is an unusual vampire novel. The premise is certainly unique and the plot is different. The characters are quirky and easy to like. The story is told solely from Lucy’s point of view but contains many secondary characters. I really enjoyed Lucy’s lowkey attitude and ability to be flexible in her life choices. Learning her grandmother is dead, that she inherited the knitting, shot, that her grandmother really isn’t dead, and vampires exist would have thrown many people into a tailspin. Lucy manages to stay calm all while freaking out inside.
There were a couple inconsistencies in the book that kind of gnawed at me. One, in particular, is the missing book. The fact that it’s missing is a huge deal, dismissed as an issue later, then a big deal again, especially when others come to claim the book. It didn’t detract from the story but I felt this particular thread could have used some smoothing out. Other than that, the book was well written, fun, and I had a great time reading about a nest of knitting vampires.
I was was provided a copy of this to read.
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