Monday, August 2, 2021

On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery) by Allie Pleiter @alliepleiter @BerkleyMystery #CozyMystery #REVIEW


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery) by Allie Pleiter

About On Skein of Death:


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Publisher: ‎ Berkley (June 1, 2021)

Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 304 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 0593201787

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0593201787

Digital ASIN: ‎ B08H15VG1T

For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do. Until the yarn she loves is used for murder…. 

Libby has come home to Collinstown, Maryland to live her dream and open her own yarn shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., along the Chester River. To Libby, Y.A.R.N. stands for "You're Absolutely Ready Now." But the acronym changes whenever inspiration strikes, and customers add to the list of suggestions that fill the blackboard wall in a shop stuffed with color, fiber, and comfort. 

Libby is thrilled when she lands famous Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Langager for a series of events at Y.A.R.N. Libby's English bulldog, Hank, has been modeling one of Perle's doggie sweaters, and customers just can't wait to see Perle in action. The mayor of Collinstown even decrees a Collinstown Yarn Day to celebrate. But once Perle arrives in town, she seems distracted and on edge. And when she's found strangled with a skein of red yarn, Libby knows she has to solve a knotty mystery before her new life unravels.

My Review:

On Skein of Death is a fantastic first book in the Riverbank Knitting Mystery series by Allie Pleiter. I was engaged in the mystery, always sifting through the clues with Libby as she tried to figure out who killed Perle and why. She also had to do damage control as customers who planned to spend a few days attending events headed up by Perle. She knows she had nothing to do with the murder but Libby feels responsible anyway.

Libby is capable and competent heroine. She's a wonderful shop owner, friend, daughter, and, as it turns out, amateur sleuth. She doesn't put herself in unnecessary danger and involves the police in all situations. I enjoyed her interactions will almost every secondary character in the story. 

There were twists, turns, and shocking revelations, making this a wonderful mystery to try and figure out. Several suspects were introduced who had motive and opportunity. Narrowing things down was a challenge and I enjoyed working through everything.

My Rating:

About Allie Pleiter:

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at to learn more.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my book!

  2. This sounds like a fun book with a cute cover.

  3. Sounds like a great book. My Sister is an awesome knitter and makes the best slippers. I still at the scarf stage.

    1. Knitted slippers are so comfy! I hope she makes some for you!