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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 Absolu 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.


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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 Absolu 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.

30 review for On Skein of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Krista Davis

    Delightfully clever! As warm and cozy as a handmade sweater. A charming knitting store, a beautiful town, lovable characters, and a relatable protagonist with a sense of humor make for a fun mystery. Readers will love Allie Pleiter’s new series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✫erin✫

    wish this one was a little more interesting.....there isn't really much to say. if you love to knit read this I guess.... wish this one was a little more interesting.....there isn't really much to say. if you love to knit read this I guess....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars I’m already a huge fan of this author’s contemporary romances, particularly her Wander Canyon series with Love Inspired. So when I heard that she was going to release a cozy mystery series too, I got super excited! I knew it would be good, and I was right – you instantly feel ‘at home’ in the story. There’s even a dash of romance to appease my swoon-loving heart, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on those developments as the series progresses. Pleiter excels at creating characters y 4.5 stars I’m already a huge fan of this author’s contemporary romances, particularly her Wander Canyon series with Love Inspired. So when I heard that she was going to release a cozy mystery series too, I got super excited! I knew it would be good, and I was right – you instantly feel ‘at home’ in the story. There’s even a dash of romance to appease my swoon-loving heart, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on those developments as the series progresses. Pleiter excels at creating characters you care about, and On Skein of Death is no exception. Libby is very likable, and her enthusiasm for knitting is infectious. You can tell the author is a true knitter as well, just by the little things here and there that add to the realism of Libby’s character. Libby’s quirky mom Rhonda and ‘the Gals’ bring humor & heart to the story, and I was very much drawn to Gavin (the town’s mayor & Libby’s high school sweetheart) & his young teenage daughter Jillian. There is certainly still some deep affection between Gavin and Libby, and the not-always-subtle matchmaking attempts by Jillian and Rhonda (and their unlikely friendship) made me grin. And of course I can’t overlook Hank the loyal dog, a good sport to model doggie sweaters & an all-around good friend when needed. I’m not a knitter (can’t to save my life) but I loved Libby’s Y.A.R.N. nonetheless – because I do enjoy crocheting on occasion & I love visiting a yarn store where I can drool over all the pretty colors and imagine the beautiful things I could make were I better at handcrafting haha. My heart went out to Libby when her much anticipated celebrity knitting event unraveled around her, and I felt her anxiety over how it would all turn out for her store and the town. While the murderer turned out to be the person I initially suspected, I was not at all certain that I would be right in the end. The author stitched together lots of layers that made plausible suspects out of several characters, and right up to the very end I was still second guessing my initial opinion. Bottom Line: On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter grabbed my attention right away and kept me invested in the story until the very end. Knitters and yarn enthusiasts will love Libby and her yarn shop, as well as how the author’s expert knowledge and passion for the art shine through the character interactions and Libby’s engaging first person narrative. Some of the information gets a little repetitive at times but not enough to be that distracting. A well-plotted mystery, clever red herrings, and intriguing layers give the book its focus, and the lovely hint of romance potential will appeal to spark-loving readers like me without alienating mystery purists. I can’t wait for the next book! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kary H.

    Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc of this book, which is one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve ever read. From the characters to the dialogue to the plot, all of this was wonderfully crafted, and I enjoyed it all. This is the first of Allie Pleiter’s books I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I particularly appreciated the realistic relationship between Libby and her mom.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter is the debut of A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series. Libby Beckett is newly divorced and has taken her settlement to fulfil her dream of opening Y.A.R.N. Her dream is threatened when the three-day event she organized is canceled after the Norwegian knitwear designer is found murdered. Libby cannot rest until she learns the identity of the guilty party. There were some elements I liked and others that I did not. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the yarn s On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter is the debut of A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series. Libby Beckett is newly divorced and has taken her settlement to fulfil her dream of opening Y.A.R.N. Her dream is threatened when the three-day event she organized is canceled after the Norwegian knitwear designer is found murdered. Libby cannot rest until she learns the identity of the guilty party. There were some elements I liked and others that I did not. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the yarn shop, the yarn, the finished creations, and the gorgeous knitting needles. I also liked the picturesque descriptions of Collinstown, Maryland with its charming shops and friendly residents. The story is told in the first person which leads to a lot of internal thinking by Libby. There is repetition of information (details about characters and especially the murder). The whodunit was straightforward. Perle Langager is murdered in a fashion that suits the story. There are a limited number of suspects with the guilty party extremely obvious. I kept hoping for a surprise character or twist. The reveal wrapped up the mystery leaving no lingering questions. There is humor scattered throughout courtesy of Libby’s mother and her gaggle of friends. There is romance as well between Libby and her old high school beau, Gavin who is the current mayor. This is relaxing tale that will appeal to readers looking for lighter fare. On Skein of Death is a blithe cozy mystery with creative yarn art, a cute canine, a dead knitwear designer, a sleuthing shop owner, plenty of pie, and creative knits.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was just what you want a cozy mystery to be. The characters, likable and unlivable, had depth and the story moved along at a good pace. I hope the author writes another YARN book soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    4.5 stars I think I've finally found the perfect knitting-themed cozy series for me. I had a big smile on my face as I turned the last page of Allie Pleiter's debut Riverbank Knitting mystery, On Skein of Death. It is a wonderful blend of mystery, character, setting, and knitting. In the other knitting-themed cozies that I've read, knitting is usually nothing more than the hook to entice readers to buy the book. You're lucky if the characters look at a skein of yarn or pick up a knitting needle o 4.5 stars I think I've finally found the perfect knitting-themed cozy series for me. I had a big smile on my face as I turned the last page of Allie Pleiter's debut Riverbank Knitting mystery, On Skein of Death. It is a wonderful blend of mystery, character, setting, and knitting. In the other knitting-themed cozies that I've read, knitting is usually nothing more than the hook to entice readers to buy the book. You're lucky if the characters look at a skein of yarn or pick up a knitting needle once or twice during the course of the book. But On Skein of Death has knitting firmly woven into the story. If Libby's shop were real, I'd be making a bee-line for it and would undoubtedly spend way too much money there. When Libby can't sleep or needs to clear her mind so she can think, she picks up her needles and knits. She teaches a thirteen-year-old to knit and encourages a stressed-out businesswoman to take up needles, too. There are also dollops of yarn bombing and illusion knitting. But it's not only instances like these that put the knit and purl into On Skein of Death, it's the language Pleiter uses. She lets us know that knitters rarely get upset at delays because delays are just opportunities to whip out knitting projects and add a few rows. Libby also finds out that this investigation has "more twists and backtracks than it does to turn a sock heel." But before you begin to think that there's nothing but needles and yarn to On Skein of Death, there's an interesting group of suspects for Libby to learn about. Was the killer the strange young man who showed up to the first event? Was it Perle's "what's in it for me" beady-eyed editor? Was it...? I enjoyed the mystery even though the identity of the killer was no surprise. (Unfortunately, I've watched too many episodes of Forensic Files.) Pleiter has also created a stellar cast of characters that bodes well for future books. Libby's outlook on life and her passion for her shop and knitting will warm your heart. She's also good at making friends and developing useful contacts, and she's not one to take unnecessary risks. Gavin Maddock is Collinstown's mayor and Libby's high school sweetheart, and Gavin's thirteen-year-old daughter Jillian is a little jewel. Libby's mother Rhonda and her friends (known as "the Gals") provide plenty of humor. and then there's Frank the police chief and his receptionist Angie whom I hope to see more of in future books. Good gravy, I forgot one of the most important characters! Hank the English bulldog is Y.A.R.N.'s mascot and quite skilled at modeling sweaters and being your best buddy when you're in dire need. As you can see, I've fallen head over heels for On Skein of Death, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series. You really don't even have to be interested in knitting to enjoy this book. Find out for yourself! (Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Libby Beckett is thrilled to be opening her new yarn shop in her hometown of Collinstown, Maryland. It’s everything she ever wanted. To add to her excitement, a renowned celebrity knitter, Perle Langager, has agreed to appear at events for Libby’s shop. This will not only put her shop on the map, but it will do the same for Collinstown. Libby’s excitement is off the charts until tragedy strikes. Perle is brutally murdered with yarn and Libby demands answers. Her business is suffering and so is he Libby Beckett is thrilled to be opening her new yarn shop in her hometown of Collinstown, Maryland. It’s everything she ever wanted. To add to her excitement, a renowned celebrity knitter, Perle Langager, has agreed to appear at events for Libby’s shop. This will not only put her shop on the map, but it will do the same for Collinstown. Libby’s excitement is off the charts until tragedy strikes. Perle is brutally murdered with yarn and Libby demands answers. Her business is suffering and so is her town. This is a very good entry into a new cozy mystery series. This one is called A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series and it’s off to a fun start. I know absolutely nothing about knitting, but I really enjoyed this book and now I want to learn to knit. LOL It’s a fast-paced mystery with several potential suspects. I admit I did guess the culprit early in the story, but the ride getting to the end is intriguing. The characters are quirky, lively and witty. I was a bit surprised that the police didn’t find Libby to be too intrusive in the investigation but that’s how it is in cozy mysteries. The amateur sleuth always manages to get in the middle of things. Overall, a sweet cozy mystery series with lovable characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series and getting to know the characters even better. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    A charming whodunit involving a knitting store that is playing host to a designer, her almost fiancé, and her publisher. When Y.A.R.N. shop owner Libby Beckett lands famous Norwegian designer Perle Langager for a weekend of events, she’s over the moon. So are the knitter’s who live in the surrounding area. With a nice size crowd, the event starts, but ends on a horrible note. Libby finds Perle dead in the auditorium, a prize pair of knitting needles are next to her, covered in blood. With three A charming whodunit involving a knitting store that is playing host to a designer, her almost fiancé, and her publisher. When Y.A.R.N. shop owner Libby Beckett lands famous Norwegian designer Perle Langager for a weekend of events, she’s over the moon. So are the knitter’s who live in the surrounding area. With a nice size crowd, the event starts, but ends on a horrible note. Libby finds Perle dead in the auditorium, a prize pair of knitting needles are next to her, covered in blood. With three main suspects, the police, with Libby’s help are determined to solve the case before the blood is dry. It’s a case of fake identities, angry relatives, and more. I’m not a knitter, so the knitting parts didn’t interest me as much as they would other crafters, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story none the less. I love the relationship between Jillian and Libby’s mom, they really struck up a great friendship with the pair learning a lot from each other, and scheming to get Libby and Gavin together. It was fairly easy for me to deduce the culprit, but it didn’t detract from the story, the writing is good, the characters are well developed, and I can’t wait to see where the overall story arc goes. **I was given an ARC of this story from the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jill Benson

    This cozy mystery genre is growing on me. I have read a few and was not that impressed, but I liked this one. I think it does have many things in common with other cozy mysteries, but this one stood out for a few reasons. The characters, the knitting connection and the humor. The characters showed a lot of heart, generosity and determination. They also showed some of the flaws and self doubt that most of us have. There is a you-love-to-hate-him bad guy that will hopefully go from novel to novel. This cozy mystery genre is growing on me. I have read a few and was not that impressed, but I liked this one. I think it does have many things in common with other cozy mysteries, but this one stood out for a few reasons. The characters, the knitting connection and the humor. The characters showed a lot of heart, generosity and determination. They also showed some of the flaws and self doubt that most of us have. There is a you-love-to-hate-him bad guy that will hopefully go from novel to novel. Libby is a woman starting over after a bad divorce and she seems like she is doing pretty well, but it is not easy. Her circle of friends are a nice variety. It's always good to have a foodie for a best friend, and someone who is willing to cover for you as you go about your sleuthing. The yarn store and the camaraderie that it engenders is something that I have found to be a a good thing in my life, and it is nice to see a story that uses it as a component of the story/setting. The book story line centers around a Nordic style of knitting and even comes with a pattern at the back. While that is not unusual, I can tell that the author is a knitter. The humor is a bonus and it is not always present. The mom character is a bit over the top and provided for some humorous moments. The teenage knitting student and daugher of the romantic interest was true to form and I found amusing. I did hate that she took to knitting so easily and so well. It was much harder for me. I look forward to more from this author and the Collinstown cast of characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    On Skein of Death is Allie Pleiter’s first foray into the cozy mystery genre. From the authors note to the characters names and even a dog sweater pattern, the authors love for knitting is evident throughout the book. One of the things that draw me to cozy mysteries is the small-town setting and the characters, and this book is rich with both. There is also just the hint of a possible romance (which I’m sure will be developed as the series continues), a curmudgeon who is Libby’s nemesis, good fri On Skein of Death is Allie Pleiter’s first foray into the cozy mystery genre. From the authors note to the characters names and even a dog sweater pattern, the authors love for knitting is evident throughout the book. One of the things that draw me to cozy mysteries is the small-town setting and the characters, and this book is rich with both. There is also just the hint of a possible romance (which I’m sure will be developed as the series continues), a curmudgeon who is Libby’s nemesis, good friends, an adorable dog, and a murder. While this is an enjoyable story that introduced me to the town and people of Collinstown, the mystery fell flat. That may just be because I’m an avid suspense reader, but it could also be because it became obvious early on (at least to me) who was behind the crime. There were a couple of red herrings thrown in there, but they were so glaring they didn’t throw me off the trail. However, the mystery isn’t usually what draws me to cozies (despite it being part of the genre), and I will definitely be visiting Libby, Gavin, Jillian, and the rest of the crew again. **Content warning: For those who are fans of Pleiter’s inspirational books, will want to not this clean cozy mystery does contain a few curse words. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was not for me. I had a hard time just getting into the book over all. The author does a play off of all things yarn in the book including a teenager and a group of “old” ladies set to have fun with yarn and trees. The book is told in a first person telling. I liked Gavin he seemed to face a lot and was always looking out for Libby. Libby was store owner turned detective which made things very interesting. The author did keep the book a clean read. I guess in the end I expected a diffe This book was not for me. I had a hard time just getting into the book over all. The author does a play off of all things yarn in the book including a teenager and a group of “old” ladies set to have fun with yarn and trees. The book is told in a first person telling. I liked Gavin he seemed to face a lot and was always looking out for Libby. Libby was store owner turned detective which made things very interesting. The author did keep the book a clean read. I guess in the end I expected a different ending but over all the story was ok. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a pleasant little murder mystery that centers around the unlikely activity of knitting. Who knew that there could be such complications in this charming hobby. The plot wasn't particularly complicated but the characters were nice and it gives the hint of a romance in the future. All-in-all, an enjoyable read with more to come. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review. This is a pleasant little murder mystery that centers around the unlikely activity of knitting. Who knew that there could be such complications in this charming hobby. The plot wasn't particularly complicated but the characters were nice and it gives the hint of a romance in the future. All-in-all, an enjoyable read with more to come. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margie Smith

    Good Start While overall I liked this book and enjoyed reading it, the reason I bought it was because it was about a yarn shop in Maryland. I really wish there was more info on where the shop is located. I know it's not a real town but more info on location, neighborhoods, etc. would be nice. With that being said I like the characters and the storyline and I look forward to more books in her series!!! Good Start While overall I liked this book and enjoyed reading it, the reason I bought it was because it was about a yarn shop in Maryland. I really wish there was more info on where the shop is located. I know it's not a real town but more info on location, neighborhoods, etc. would be nice. With that being said I like the characters and the storyline and I look forward to more books in her series!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pat Salvatini

    4.5 stars. Listened to the audiobook of this nice slow burning cozy mystery set in a charming small town. Divorced Libby left the big city and returned home to open a yarn shop named, Y.A.R.N. along the river. Libby is fortunate to book a famous knitter for weekend event until things begin to unravel. There are well thought out characters, a quaint setting and food, lots of food. The second book is due in early 2022 and I will interested to see where the author takes our cast of characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I enjoyed this book. I think the new series is off to a good start. I like the Y.A.R.N. shop, Libby is definitely a passionate character and advocate for fiber crafts, she has a fun crew of supporting characters, an English bulldog name Hank and a problem as her first major speaker, demonstrator, has just been found murdered. The mystery is interesting enough with several major villains apparent. I will definitely be around for the next trip Collinsville, Maryland.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! The characters were likeable and well written. The twists and turns in the story were fun, but not too unrealistic. I would definitely read more cozy mysteries from this author!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I really liked the first book in this new cozy mystery series. Great characters, story, and a charming town. Knit together with Pleiter's trademark humor and heart. Brew a cuppa and enjoy! I really liked the first book in this new cozy mystery series. Great characters, story, and a charming town. Knit together with Pleiter's trademark humor and heart. Brew a cuppa and enjoy!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Joyce

    I read this book for the MYS Book Club for Yarnies in July of 2021. I really enjoyed reading On Skein of Death. The "cozy mystery" appeals to me much more than a typical murder mystery book and I love the addition of knitting woven within the pages. The characters were well developed and believable. I think Allie did a nice job of keeping me guessing right up until the end to determine "whodunit" with all the details she included in the text. I'm looking forward to seeing how Libby and her frien I read this book for the MYS Book Club for Yarnies in July of 2021. I really enjoyed reading On Skein of Death. The "cozy mystery" appeals to me much more than a typical murder mystery book and I love the addition of knitting woven within the pages. The characters were well developed and believable. I think Allie did a nice job of keeping me guessing right up until the end to determine "whodunit" with all the details she included in the text. I'm looking forward to seeing how Libby and her friends/family continue to develop throughout the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Joyce

    I had so much fun getting to know the characters in the book! Allie is very talented. She draws you in to the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elida Liederbach

    This is such a cute cozy read by Allie Pleiter and published in June 2021. You don't have to knit to enjoy the story of Libby and her knitting shop grand opening weekend with a special guest, who ends up murdered before the 2nd night of events! Libby gets help from her best friend Margo and her high school sweetheart Gavin (who is town Mayor). If you enjoy cozies, this is one to read! This is such a cute cozy read by Allie Pleiter and published in June 2021. You don't have to knit to enjoy the story of Libby and her knitting shop grand opening weekend with a special guest, who ends up murdered before the 2nd night of events! Libby gets help from her best friend Margo and her high school sweetheart Gavin (who is town Mayor). If you enjoy cozies, this is one to read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirby

    I was really excited to dive into this one, as I couldn't wait to see how one of my all time favorite authors was going to tackle one of my all time favorite genres. I have to say this didn't end up being quite what I was expecting, but it was still an enjoyable read, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series. I've long appreciated how Allie Pleiter always writes in an atmospheric style that really brings the setting alive to the reader, and I adored how the town, it's vibrant cast of char I was really excited to dive into this one, as I couldn't wait to see how one of my all time favorite authors was going to tackle one of my all time favorite genres. I have to say this didn't end up being quite what I was expecting, but it was still an enjoyable read, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series. I've long appreciated how Allie Pleiter always writes in an atmospheric style that really brings the setting alive to the reader, and I adored how the town, it's vibrant cast of characters, and the precious Y.A.R.N. shop easily brought a vivid picture to my mind. I felt like I was right there experiencing everything alongside Libby, and I always enjoy when an author can pull this off so effortlessly. Anyone reading this one can easily tell of the author's love for knitting, and the close knit knitting world, and I learned a lot about different techniques and the like through the many mentions throughout the story. It made an already cozy story seem that much cozier, and I hope to see more of this in future books of the series. I also loved that this one really doesn't center around romance at all, and instead most of the focus is on the mystery and the shop itself, although I think there definitely could be potential for more romance in the upcoming books. While this one did have a lot of elements I really ended up enjoying, it didn't end up being quite the five star read I was expecting. I obviously knew this wasn't going to include the same type of content as her books published in the Christian market would, but I thought it would overall be pretty squeaky clean. While compared to many other cozy mysteries I've read in the past few years, it was more on the clean side, it still had numerous content pieces added that I definitely could have done without. Lastly, I unfortunately felt the mystery element was extremely obvious and I kept hoping I would be proven wrong in the final conclusion, but that wasn't the case. I was really hoping it was going to be a different character than I'd initially expected just to throw another twist or turn into the series, but I was left pretty disappointed with how everything ended up coming together in the end. Final Rating: 3/5. An enjoyable read, but not quite what I was expecting. I'm hoping I'll feel much more positive about the future books in the series. Thanks so much to Berkley Books for allowing me to advance read and review this! I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Berkely) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    I love cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint. It has knitting, murder, and Libby, the knitting shop owner that gets caught up in the whole mystery. Can't wait to see what the rest of the series brings to the table. Looking forward to possible romance between Libby and Gavin. I love cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint. It has knitting, murder, and Libby, the knitting shop owner that gets caught up in the whole mystery. Can't wait to see what the rest of the series brings to the table. Looking forward to possible romance between Libby and Gavin.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Everything you want in a cozy mystery Great characters. Yarn. Complex heroine. Baked goodies. Dogs. Yarn. Oh yes, and a fun cast of characters with a compelling mystery !

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    Do you enjoy a cozy mystery? Then grab a copy of On Skein of Death. Not only will you be trying to figure out who dun it, you’ll enjoy the mystery along with the laughter. Author Allie Pleiter paints a lovely picture with her descriptions of the yarn shop, Y.A.R.N., of the town of Collinstown, and the quirky people of the town. I especially enjoyed “meeting” Libby’s mother and her group of friends,the Gals. They’re so cute. I would love to visit, have a cup of coffee, and have them show me some n Do you enjoy a cozy mystery? Then grab a copy of On Skein of Death. Not only will you be trying to figure out who dun it, you’ll enjoy the mystery along with the laughter. Author Allie Pleiter paints a lovely picture with her descriptions of the yarn shop, Y.A.R.N., of the town of Collinstown, and the quirky people of the town. I especially enjoyed “meeting” Libby’s mother and her group of friends,the Gals. They’re so cute. I would love to visit, have a cup of coffee, and have them show me some new knitting techniques. That’s how real it felt. On Skein of Death is a great start to Pleiter’s newest series, A Riverbank Knitting Mystery. I recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Between a plethora of knitting, a medling mother, and a captivating plot, this has the be one of the best books I have read. I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series to come out! Between a plethora of knitting, a medling mother, and a captivating plot, this has the be one of the best books I have read. I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series to come out!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Great Knitting Mystery! I love books about knitting because I love to knit. This book had all the elements of suspense in solving the murder of Perl while learning more about Libby and her knitting store with all her customers with their personalities. Light's mother adds the comic relief to the serious topic of Park's murder. It is a fun story! Great Knitting Mystery! I love books about knitting because I love to knit. This book had all the elements of suspense in solving the murder of Perl while learning more about Libby and her knitting store with all her customers with their personalities. Light's mother adds the comic relief to the serious topic of Park's murder. It is a fun story!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Reiter Brandwein

    Plane read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Quirky and fun this book is an easy read, especially good for holiday reading!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Decent, but not as intellectually stimulating as others in the cozy genre.

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