When you picture a romantic honeymoon cruise, I bet that image doesnâ€™t include a
bunch of knitters sharing your trip. Mine didnâ€™t either. However, when I
proposed setting a book during Skyeâ€™s honeymoon, my editor pointed out that if
Skye was leaving Scumble River the book wouldnâ€™t have the same feeling as the
rest of the series. That made me realize, that if I wanted to take Skye out of
town at least a couple of the regular series characters would have to go along
The problem was how to have these characters pop up with relying too heavily on
deus ex machina. The only way I could come up with was to have Wallyâ€”with the
help of some maneuvering by Mayâ€” go to the local travel agent who offered him a
good deal on a cruise for which she had a large group already booked. The group
of course turned out to be Mayâ€™s knitting club. I put a clue to this scenario in
Murder of a Catâ€™s Meow and set up the rest in MURDER OF A
STACKED LIBRARIAN. My only regret was that I wasnâ€™t able figure out a way to
have the Dooziers onboard. ☹
My problem then became that I knew nothing about knitting. I began my research
by reading several books about the hobby and asking my Facebook peeps for
stories about their groups.
Five Things I Didnâ€™t Know About Knitting/Knitters
1. There is a hierarchy based on where yarn is purchased. Exclusive little
shopsâ€”good. Discount storesâ€”not so much.
2. Knitters become extremely annoyed if you dis their creations or fail to wear
what theyâ€™ve made for you.
3. Yarn is the currency of the knitting world and hoarders abound.
4. Although most knitters are wonderful people, there is a competitive dark side
to the hobby.
5. Knitting needles can be deadly.
Have you ever been a part of a hobby group that contained with a member who was
so obnoxious you wondered if he or she would make it out of the meeting alive?
MURDER OF A NEEDLED KNITTER is now available
School psychologist Skye Denison has been waiting forever for her
happily-ever-after with police chief Wally Boyd. But her bliss threatens to
unravel on the very first day of their luxurious honeymoon cruise, when Skye
becomes convinced that she has glimpsed her mother on board! Surely even
momzilla May wouldnâ€™t have manipulated Wally into booking the same trip that her
knitting group is takingâ€¦or would she?
Mayâ€™s possible presence canâ€™t cool Skye and Wallyâ€™s ardor on their personal Love
Boat, but discovering knitting expert Guinevere Stallings as she lies dying from
a stab wound leaves them untangling the clues of yet another murder
investigation rather than getting tangled in the sheets. Since Skye found the
body, sheâ€™s considered a top suspect, but sheâ€™s far from the only one.
Guinevereâ€™s imperious ways needled nearly everyone, and she left an impressive
number of enemies. Itâ€™s up to the crafty newlyweds to figure out which of the
wronged parties was angry enough to cast Guinevere offâ€¦permanently.
"Murder of a Needled Knitter is one of Swanson's best chapters of her Scumble
River Mystery series with her lovable characters all returning, this time for a
mystery on the high seas. It's a great story and a fun read."
â€”Romantic Times Magazine
Meet the Author
New York Times
Bestselling author Denise
writes both the Scumble River
and Devereauxâ€™s Dime
mystery series. Denise was a practicing school psychologist for
twenty-two years and grew up in a small town similar to Shadow Bend and Scumble
River. She is married to classic music composer David Stybr and lives in
Illinois with her cool black cat Boomerang.
Visit Denise at her website, Facebook, and Twitter at @DeniseSwansonAu.
2 comments posted.
Those 5 things are so very, very true!! I'm so sorry you couldn't find a way to put the Dooziers on a cruise- even the thought has me laughing like a loon. As for your question, I try to avoid hobby groups other than book clubs but yes, I've been in a book club with an individual that should be thankful the members didn't read a lot of mystery novels or I'm sure they'd have figured out a way to dispose of her permanently LOL!!!
(Debbie Wiley 7:56pm September 15, 2014)