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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (26 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743484746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743484749
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Roycroft on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A reasonably entertaining mystery revolving around a knitting-based murder at a fibre festival. If you enjoy fibre crafts then you'll find this story fun as there are lots of references to knitting, yarn,and crafts throughout. The story is rather basic and the conclusion where they discover the murderer at the end is a bit confusing, but it's alright if you're looking for a light read.
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By balzar on 22 Jun. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had to look up the book summary to even remember what this was about.
The usual ditsy yarn store owner who knows better than the police and keeps any evidence well concealed....
Obviously written by a committee - or perhaps a knitting group.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Kirby on 18 Feb. 2011
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The book which is excellent,came on the 2nd day from when I ordered it, so in my mind,Thats pretty good.Keep up your Excellent work.xx
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Another cozy mystery. 10 Jun. 2007
By Lundie62 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by Mary Kruger. I will be looking for more of her books. It takes place in Massachusetts, during a yarn festival in some drafty old barns. Well written with a twist at the end I wasn't expecting. A good mystery like this one does not have to have gory details to be enjoyable. Like an old black and white movie, it doesn't need to be in color or show all the details of a crime to be good.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Reap what you sew 17 Sept. 2007
By Nancy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Second and hopefully not last book in Kruger's Knitting Series. Ari and her friend Diane are participants in the Freeport Wool and Yarn Festival when suddenly in the middle of a downpour a body literally falls into Ari's arms. And this isn't just any body, this is Felicia Barr, the much disliked owner of Knit it up!, a magazine that could either make or break a knitwear designer.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
So disappointing 23 July 2008
By Seven Kitties - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So, I like cozy mysteries. I like knitting. What more could I want than a cozy mystery involving knitting?

Turns out, a LOT. Now, I must admit, this is the first book I've read in a long time where I've not caught any spelling or grammar errors. But....

The characters are beyond wooden. You can't tell them apart at all. I literally had to keep flipping back to earlier chapters to keep straight which of the possible Suspects had done what. They were entirely unmemorable. No idea what they looked like, no distinctive speech tags or accents, nothing. Just a bunch of generic women. The only one I remembered was the pink beret.

Second, the 'love' plot is so trite it's unbelievable. I literally cringed as I read it. Thankfully that only took up about two pages before everyone was over it and back to watching ice skating. (Guess he wasn't that great a kisser?)

Third, these cops are apparently morons. Now, I'm no cop, but I've read the odd criminal justice textbook in my day. Heck, if you even watched Law & Order (pick your flavor thereof) you'd know more about police procedure than Ms. Kruger does. As the mystery unfolds, turned entirely into the competent (?) hands of a yarn store owner (hey, she's miles brighter than the fuzz here), it would be ENTIRELY impossible to prosecute in court. But these cops don't know what they're doing, so they'll just hide behind rafters and let our Ari have her Hercule Poirot moment.

Fourth, the dialogue. When I teach, the textbook and I both hammer home the idea that people generally don't go up to strangers and spill their life story. Especially when that stranger is accusing them of murder. When the dialogue isn't completely banal, it's info dumps, such as "Do you know what 'suicide by cop' is?" (No, please tell me....is the upshot of her reply. Which he does, for about three pages. And this, by the way, is the flirtation scene.)

As for plot, well, at the risk of being a spoiler, just pay attention to who never speaks and never gets mentioned. Ding ding ding! Crikey. The motivations were weak, there were no real credible red herrings, and frankly, I only finished it because I took a vow with myself back in high school as punishment for not reading Joyce. We have unresolved issues (what about Mr. Barr?) and the 'tension' between the State Police and local never materializes--it would have brought some very-much-needed conflict.

Look, I like knitters, and I like to support knitters whenever and wherever possible. But I can't abide writing this bad. The story wasn't original, the characters were undifferentiated beyond 'types' (the hunky cop, the brusque Chief of Police, the Burbly Best Friend, the Spunky Heroine); it was *boring*. And when two people die and it's *Boring*, someone's doing something wrong.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant diversion. 30 Jun. 2008
By Lois Lain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Knit Fast, Die Young is a pleasant, unassuming read. I wasn't in love with the book or the characters, but it was a nice way to pass the time and it was fairly well-written.

I found many of the characters to be interchangeable and had trouble keeping them apart. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read.

I strongly prefer first-person mysteries as the distance created with a third-person POV can separate the reader from the action, and I found that to be the case in this book. I also thought the POV was uneven -- sometimes giving insight into what other characters were doing/thinking, but mostly sticking with the limited POV of the main character.

This is the first Knitting Mystery book I've read, and I will definitely get ahold of #1 in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must Read for Knitters 4 Oct. 2009
By PoohNCL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I love Mary Kruger's knitting mystery series!! Her plots are so well developed and intertwined with the knitting facts. Her main characters are well developed and interesting. The only problem I have is that-she has to write faster!!!! As soon as I finish one book I want to jump into another!!
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