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Murder Of A Needled Knitter
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Scumble River #17

September 2014
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Featuring: Skye Denison; Guinevere Stallings; Wally Boyd
272 pages
ISBN: 0451416511
EAN: 9780451416513
Kindle: B00IOE3ND0
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Also by Denise Swanson:
Body Over Troubled Waters, August 2021
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Winner Cake All, October 2020
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Come Homicide or High Water, January 2020
Leave No Scone Unturned, April 2019


When you picture a romantic honeymoon cruise, I bet that image doesn’t include a bunch of knitters sharing your trip. Mine didn’t either. However, when I proposed setting a book during Skye’s honeymoon, my editor pointed out that if Skye was leaving Scumble River the book wouldn’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 with her.

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 Wally—with the help of some maneuvering by May— 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 May’s knitting club. I put a clue to this scenario in Murder of a Cat’s Meow and set up the rest in MURDER OF A STACKED LIBRARIAN. My only regret was that I wasn’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 Didn’t Know About Knitting/Knitters

1. There is a hierarchy based on where yarn is purchased. Exclusive little shops—good. Discount stores—not so much.

2. Knitters become extremely annoyed if you dis their creations or fail to wear what they’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?



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 wouldn’t have manipulated Wally into booking the same trip that her knitting group is taking…or would she?

May’s possible presence can’t cool Skye and Wally’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, she’s considered a top suspect, but she’s far from the only one. Guinevere’s imperious ways needled nearly everyone, and she left an impressive number of enemies. It’s up to the crafty newlyweds to figure out which of the wronged parties was angry enough to cast Guinevere off…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." —Romantic Times Magazine

Meet the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Denise Swanson writes both the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store 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.

Re: Denise Swanson | Honeymoons Are Meant for Two

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)

I was an assistant teacher in a big knitting group a few
years back. There was one woman who joined. In the
beginning, she was very nice, then out of the blue, she
decided to pick on me, in front of the others, for no
reason. This continued, and rather than have me totally
lose it in front of the group, I decided to just drop out of
class. Afterward, the class decided they had enough of her,
too, and missed me, so they disbanded. I have since been
asked to come back and start a new knitting group, with a
new group of women, and we both knit and crochet. I'm still
getting used to these new personalities, and things are
going smoother, but it's a far cry from having the "one
woman" that I had to deal with in the old class!! I heard
she shows up at this one from time to time, and we'll cross
this bridge when it happens, but the new women can't stand
her!! lol
(Peggy Roberson 10:56am September 16, 2014)

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