A Connecticut town is slowly returning from the dead.
Josie Blair returned to her hometown of Dorset Falls after being fired from her high-powered but stressful job as a fashion designer in Manhattan. She’s moved onto the farm with her great uncle Eb and taken over his wife’s yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits, despite her inability to cast on a single stitch herself. In addition to solving a murder (Yarned and Dangerous, 2015), she’s made many new friends and several enemies. Josie’s thrilled to rent out the building she owns next door to Lyndon Bailey and his partner, Harry, for their antiques shop but less pleasantly thrilled when she finds Lyndon stabbed with antique sheep shears and Harry standing over the body. Despite dire appearances, she thinks Harry is innocent but does her best not to get involved. Apart from whatever desire he might have had to inherit the business, Harry might have been motivated by jealousy because a Hollywood producer had planned to star Lyndon and his stunning niece, Taylor Philbin, in a new antiques reality show. As she attempts to stifle her interest in Lyndon’s murder, Josie remains determined to help her friend Lorna, whose cooking keeps the customers coming back to Dougie’s General Store despite Dougie’s laziness and bad manners. Lorna’s saving to open her own restaurant—something sure to make Dougie furious when he finds out. When the arrogant producer and the snobbish Taylor show up and insist Josie let them into the store, they get her dander up. As it turns out, a box of doilies she bought from Lyndon holds clues to both his murder and a cold case that’s been upsetting some of her new knitting friends for years.
Plenty of quirky Yankee characters and a clever clue make for an enjoyable read.