Crafting mysteries. Are we talking about crafts that are mysterious? Or are we talking about mysteries that features some kind of crafting person as a hero/heroine? The later I think. I don’t know of any mysterious crafts but I have read a couple of good mystery series that involved craft type persons. You have your Quilting Mystery Series, your Crocheting Mystery Series, Your Knitting Mystery Series and Your Weaving Mystery Series. You even have the generic Needlecraft Mystery Series all available in your local libraries and, of course, on Amazon. Since this is the first week of the new year we thought we would do a FUN post about one of our other favorite past times, mystery novel reading. And what better way to share that with all our fellow crafting people is to compile a listing of some of the more prevalent or should I say prominent mystery series that involves some kind of crafting activity. We have added a Crafting Mystery Series section to our SWC AStore page so that you can purchase the ones that you find interesting.
Here is a listing of some of the most popular ones we have found so far:
Southern Quilting Cozy Mystery Series by Elizabeth Spann Craig:
Former art museum curator Beatrice Coleman retires to a sleepy North Carolina town and learns the art of quilting…and sleuthing. Who knew that quilting could be so dangerous?
1. Quilt or Innocence
2. Know What It Seams
3. Quilt Trip
4. Shear Trouble
5. Tying the Knot
Quilting Mystery Series by Mary Marks:
Martha Rose, a sassy, sarcastic woman of a certain age and her two quilting friends Lucy and Birdie find adventure while trying to figure out the latest murder mystery.
1. Forget Me Knot
2. Knot in My Backyard
3. Gone but Knot Forgotten
4. Something’s Knot Kosher
Crochet Mystery Series by Betty Hechtman
Molly Pink has discovered the joys of crochet. It’s a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager. She, along with her fellow Crocheters, the Tarzana Hookers, find adventure and solve crimes all while crocheting their latest projects.
1. Hooked on Murder
2. Dead Men Don’t Crochet
3. By Hook or By Crook
4. A Stitch in Crime
5. You Better Knot Die
6. Behind the Seams
7. If Hooks Could Kill
8. For Better or Worsted
9. Knot Guilty
Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries by Anne Canadeo (A.K.A. Katherine Spencer) Author doesn’t seem to have her own website.
Maggie Messina, Owner of Black Sheep Knitting Shop, Massachusetts. The Black Sheep Knitters — Maggie, Lucy, Dana, Suzanne, and Phoebe — meet once a week without fail, sharing the varied and colorful skeins of their lives as much as knitting tips, recipes, and small-town gossip, and creating an intricate, durable pattern of friendship.
1. While My Pretty One Knits
2. Knit, Purl, Die
3. A Stitch Before Dying
4. Till Death Do Us Purl
5. The Silence of the Llamas
6. A Dark and Stormy Knit
7. The Postman Always Purls Twice
8. A Murder in Mohair
Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum
Ben and Nell Endicott are delighted that their niece, Izzy Chambers, has given up a law career and moved to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, to open up a yarn shop. In just a few months, it has become a gathering spot for residents and tourists drawn in by the gorgeous yarn displays as well as by Izzy’s own delightful personality. Soon a Thursday-night knitting group emerges, one that including Nell; Cass Halloran, a lobster fisherman; Birdie Favazza, a wise and energetic octogenarian; and Izzy herself.
1. Death by Cashmere
2. Patterns in the Sand
4. A Holiday Yarn
5. Wedding Shawl
6. A Fatal Fleece
7. Angora Alibi
8. Murder in Merino
9. A Finely Knit Murder
10. Trimmed in Murder
Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton
Kelly Flynn—29, tall, slender, chin-length dark brown hair, athletic, loves playing sports but her demanding and stressful job as a corporate CPA keeps her working long hours in the office. No time for sunshine or softball until—she returns to her childhood home in Northern Colorado for the funeral of her beloved aunt. Kelly’s heartbroken. Aunt Helen was the closest thing to a mother Kelly ever knew. Fortunately, the knitters at the nearby yarn shop are eager to befriend Kelly and help her discover the truth behind her aunt’s tragic death.
1. Knit One, Kill Two
2. Needled to Death
3. A Deadly Yarn
4. A Killer Stitch
5. Dyer Consequences
6. Fleece Navidad
7. Dropped Dead Stitch
8. Skein of the Crime
10. Cast On, Kill Off
11. Close Knit Killer
12. Yarn Over Murder
13. Purl Up and Die
A Weaving Mystery – Carol Ann Martin (A.K.A. Monique Domovitch)
Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first class, she meets half a dozen of the town’s colorful characters, who seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom.
1. Looming Murder
2. Tapestry of Lies
3. Weave of Absence
4. Loom and Doom
A Needlecraft Mystery by Monica Ferris
When Betsy Devonshire’s sister is murdered in her own needle craft store, Betsy takes over the shop. She and the patron’s of the shop solve mysteries all around their small town of Excelsior, Minnesota.
1. Crewel World
2. Framed in Lace
3. A Stitch in Time
4. Unraveled Sleeve
5. A Murderous Yarn
6. Hanging by a Thread
8. Crewel Yule
9. Embroidered Truths
10. Sins and Needles
11. Knitting Bones
12. Thai Die
14. Buttons and Bones
16. And Then You Dye
17. The Drowning Spool
18. Darned If You Do
19. Knit Your Own Murder
These are by no means a complete listing of all the fictional stories about the various different crafting persons who solve crimes, fall in love or go on an adventure. We hope you will take some time out of the crafting day and read a few of these. Let us know if you know of more series we should add for our readers.
Till next time…..
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