Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Format: paperback
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304 pages
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mystery #6
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Curiosity Killed the Cat
Knitting graffiti, in Plum Harbor? Maggie Messina doubts it could ever happen in her quiet village. Until the new parking meters on Main Street are found covered with cat-faced cozies. In the dark of night, the mysterious Knit Kats have struck again! The infamous gang of stitching graffiti artists are totally harmless, and their pranks all in good fun. Or so Maggie and her friends think. Until a yarn-covered corpse is discovered a few days later—the tangles identical to Knit Kat handiwork.
These threads of evidence should be easy to follow. But the clever Knit Kats hide behind a website and secret identities. The murderer could be anyone. A familiar face in town, even a copy Kat. But when Maggie’s assistant, Phoebe, becomes the prime suspect, the knitting friends know the police have dropped a few stitches. With no time to rest on their needles, the Black Sheep set out to unmask the crafty killer. No simple task, when all Knit Kats look the same in the dark.

When A Dark and Stormy Knit showed up at my door I was pleasantly surprised. I read only one other cozy mystery before (another Black Sheep novel by Anne Canadeo, actually--A Stitch Before Dying) so I cannot help but compare the two in this review. Apologies in advance if the comparisons cause some confusion, especially if you haven't read A Stitch Before Dying, but hopefully this review will be helpful anyway.

Everything I loved about my previous Black Sheep novel was present in this novel: the small town setting, the women's friendship, knitting and an interesting mystery. Canadeo really captured the homey, small town feel and the wonderful friendship between the women, both of which always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

However, I thought A Dark and Stormy Knit was slower than my previous cozy mystery. There was a lot of back story involved about the Knit Kats, the mysterious group of knitting graffiti artists and the real mystery didn't really get going until about halfway through the novel. While the mystery kept my interest for the most part, it didn't really grab me as much as the mystery did in Stitch. Maybe it was the slow start? Or that I was able to figure out who the killer was way before the women did (whereas in Stitch, I had no concrete answer until almost the very end)? Or that the women came by the clues a little too conveniently (e.g., Phoebe just happen to be there when two possible suspects were arguing and spewing up secrets)? It's probably a little bit of all those things.

Although the mystery in A Dark and Stormy Knit isn't as twisty and there were some instances where the writing took a slight feminist preachy slant, it did keep my interest. It was still a fun read and a good break from my usual YA and romance reads. The best part was really the women in the knitting group--I'd love to have the kind of friendship Maggie, Phoebe, Suzanne, Lucy and Dana have. You know, a shared interest, swapping recipes and knitting patterns, meeting once a week to have dinner together no matter how busy everyone is... it's all so cozy and sweet. They share a close bond that I'd love to have with my friends, except we are just so busy with our own lives (and it doesn't help that we live on different islands these days). Sigh.

Anyway, if you're in the mood for a cozy mystery or a novel that is just easy and relaxing to read, I suggest you try one of Canadeo's Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series (each book can be read as a standalone).


  1. Manchester United dinilai butuh pemain top

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Aktivitas Manchester United di bursa transfer musim ini masih sangat minim. Eks kapten The Red Devils, Roy Keane pun menyebutkan bahwa David Moyes masih butuh sedikitnya enam pemain top.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya - United hanya mendatangkan Marouane Fellaini saat bursa transfer awal musim. Sebab performa United yang masih melempem, petinggi klub lantas menggelontorkan banyak duit untuk memboyong Juan Mata dari Chelsea di bulan Januari.

    Kekalahan terakhir ditelan United saat melawat ke kandang Olympiakos di laga leg I babak 16 besar Liga Champions. Keane pun menilai bahwa beberapa pemain sudah tak menunjukan kualitas tak prima di laga United melawan Olympiakos.

    "Saya pikir United butuh enam pemain top. Saya pikir Moyes sudah terkejut. Saya piki saat dia datang ke United musim panas lalu, dia mungkin melihat ke para pemain dan berekspekasi besar. Secara pribadi, dia mungkin terkejut pada kualitas orang-orang yang bekerja bersamanya. Ada beberapa pemain yang bermain untuk Man United yang tak cukup menunjukkan kualitas," imbuhnya.

  2. Manchester United sulit mencari pemain bintang jika gagal ke Liga Champions

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Tak ada jaminan Manchester United akan finis empat besar. Jika sampai The Red Devils sampai gagal lolos ke Liga Champions musim depan, maka pemain bintang pun diyakini akan enggan bergabung.

    Saat kompetisi Premier League tinggal menyisakan 11 pertandingan, Manchester United masih terlempar di urutan keenam dengan mengumpulkan 45 poin. Mereka tertinggal 11 poin dari Liverpool di urutan empat, lima poin dari Tottenham Hotspur dan masih mungkin disalip Everton di bawahnya karena masih punya satu laga sisa.

    Mike Phelan, mantan assisten Sir Alex Ferguson mulai ragu United bisa mendapatkan buruannya. Pasalnya, bermain di Liga Champions menjadi daya tarik para pemain top seperti mereka.

    "Bermain di Liga Champions selalu menjadi sebuah persoalan. Anda selalu akan bersaing dengan klub-klub sepakbola lainnya untuk mendapatkan para pemain besar, apakah Anda main di Eropa atau tidak," ucap Phelan.

    "Mungkin akan berubah menjadi sebuah situasi di mana David Moyes memiliki dua daftar belanja pemain -- dia akan memiliki satu daftar belanja jika lolos ke Eropa dan satunya jika gagal lolos. Daya tarik untuk bermain di Man United akan selalu ada. Mereka membuat sinyal bahwa mereka akan belanja besar di musim panas dan menjanjikan gaji besar, jadi itu akan jadi waktu yang menarik." tutupnya.

  3. Ronaldo kembali dan Jese akan dicadangkan

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Semasa Cristinao Ronaldo absen, Jese Rodriguez hadir mengisi tempat yang ditinggalkan Ronaldo. Kini CR7 Sudah bisa dimainkan lagi, terpaksa Jese yang kembali ke cadangan, bukan Gareth Bale.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya - Performa Jese pun mendapat sanjungan karena ia dinilai mampu menggantikan peran Ronaldo dan bahkan dinilai pantas mendapat tempat di tim inti Madrid. Ia bikin 5 gol dan empat assist. Namun, kala Madrid melakoni laga leg pertama babak 16 besar kontra Schalke 04 dinihari WIB nanti, Jese tampaknya harus lengser lagi ke bangku cadangan, seiring kembalinya Ronaldo.

    "Bale," ujar Ancelotti ketika ditanya apakah Jese atau Bale yang akan dimainkan bersama Ronaldo dan Benzema.

    "Karena dia bermain baik. Kami akan putuskan siapa yang bermain sebagai full back atau saya besok. Saya butuh berpikir siapa pemain terbaik untuk laga ini. Ini hanya soal keputusan teknis saja. Kita lihat saja besok (dinihari WIB nanti)." tutupnya.

  4. Samuel Eto`o pemain sepakbola genius

    Berita terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Samuel Eto'o tampil cukup bagus di musim pertamanya bersama Chelsea musim ini. Striker asal Kamerun itu disebut Fernando Torres sebagai pesepakbola yang genius.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya - Di lini depan Chelsea musim ini, Torres harus rela berbagi tempat dengan Eto'o. El Nino sudah sebanyak 26 kali untuk The Blues, sementara Eto'o mencatatkan tujuh laga lebih banyak.

    Tampil sebanyak itu, Eto'o sudah membukukan delapan gol dan enam assist saat bermain bersama The Blues di semua kompetisi musim ini. Catatan gol striker yang pernah membela Inter Milan dan Barcelona itu sama dengan yang dibukukan Torres.

    "Mourinho sudah menunjukan bahwa semua orang akan mendapatkan kesempatan, dan kami semua sudah melewati hal yan sama. Dia suka melakukan rotasi skuat dan melakukan pergantian pada tim tergantung lawan yang dihadapi. Ini merupakan satu hal yang luar biasa, (Eto'o) merupakan seorang yang genius. Dia melakukan yang telah biasa dilakukannya, mencetak gol," imbuhnya.

  5. David Moyes accepts responsibility for club’s defeat

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, David Moyes, a manager of Manchester United, has revealed that he shoulder for Manchester United's 'worst' performance in Europe this season.

    The comment from manager comes after the club’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos, which really harm to their future’s position.
    Moyes concedes that the Red Devils failed to produce the required standard on Greek soil and paid the price. However, he believes that his side’s chance is still possible, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    "It's the worst we've played in Europe, that's for sure. We never got going from the start and we didn't deserve anything because of the way we played tonight," the manager said.
    "We just never really got to grips with things. To a man, you could hardly pick anyone out, we just didn't perform."
    He added, "There is the second game to come and Old Trafford has seen some great nights in the past - I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing another one."

  6. Djouoru eager extend contract with Hamburg

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Johan Djouoru is eager to sing his contract extension with Hamburg beyond his current loan deal from Arsenal.
    The 27-year-old, who joined the club from Arsenal, has made 14 top-flight appearances since arriving at the Imtech Arena in the close-season.
    Djourou has a new feeling of optimism under new coach Mirko Slomka, under whom he worked at Hannover, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    "I know the coach, I love the club, I love the city. HSV is incredible. The club has so much potential. We have to go way up," The Switzerland international said.
    He added, "The fans are great. The mood is different than in England. If all goes well and the club also want to, I would stay."

  7. Drogba praises Jose Mourinho as best manager

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Didier Drogba, a striker of Chelsea, has praised Jose Mourinho as the best manager because he turned him to a winner.

    The 35-year-old, who won 10 honours during his eight-year stint at Stamford Bridge and bowed out with a Champions League medal, says his mentality is down to the work ethic instilled in him by Mourinho, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya

    "Of all the managers I’ve worked with he’s [Mourinho] the first, I would put him first. Our philosophy when I was there was very simple. He educated us to hate losing," Drogba told reporters," the striker said.

    "Sometimes, in training, you could play three or four games of five minutes without a goal. It shows you the intensity of training and the way we working. Everyone was so concentrated."

    He added, "We knew everything about the opponents. We were ready, when we went on the pitch, even for a difficult game, a difficult start, we knew we would win. It was a machine. It was like we were a machine."

  8. Gareth Bale says Real Madrid will to go all ways this season

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Gareth Bale, an attacker of Real Madrid, is optimistic that his side have more capable to go all ways in this season's UEFA Champions League.
    Real Madrid outfit visit Schalke in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Wednesday, hoping to boost their chances of claiming a first European title since 2002.
    Bale believes that his side are up for the challenge, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    "We know the Champions League is a big competition with all the best teams in it, so we know it is going to be difficult," the attacker said.
    He added, "I think we are ready, we believe we can win every game so we'll go over there and hopefully come back with the win."

  9. I can add more scores for Borussia, says Lewandowski

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Robert Lewandowski, a striker of Borussia Dortmund, believes that he still has a lot of times to find more scores for the club after he has score twice during the match against Zenit on Tuesday.

    The striker has score twice in the 4-2 Champions League win over Zenit, making the manager and fans feel very happy, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya

    The 25-year-old is set to join Bayern Munich in the summer when his contract at Signal Iduna Park expires but he claimed that he still have more times to score for the club.

    "Of course I'm satisfied with the game, with the result and my two goals. But the last word has not been spoken. That was not my last goal," the striker said.

    "We'll continue to play in the Champions League and I hope to score a few more."

    He added, "We still have important games in the Bundesliga, the cup and Champions League. I want to win as many as possible. It doesn't matter that I'm going away after the season ends."

  10. Inter’s president to discuss with head coach over vision

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Erick Thohir, a president of Inter, says that he will discuss about the vision with head coach Walter Mazzarri before the end of the season.
    Inter currently sit fifth in Serie A, 16 points adrift of leaders Juventus, and were eliminated from the Coppa Italia in the round of 16, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    "So far, I say 'yes, it is the right coach' and I believe in him. Before the end of the season will meet him to see if his vision coincides with that of the board of the company," the president said.
    "When I see the glories of the past Nerazzurri I get excited. I never imagined to be a partner of (Massimo) Moratti and to become the owner of the club, but had the opportunity, I did not think twice."
    The president added, "I am here because I want the good of Inter, to bring this club to be competitive and to win. I do not mean to put too much pressure on the players."

  11. Moyes Yakin Akan Tangani Setan Merah Untuk Waktu Yang Lama

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola - Kemenangan atas Olympiakos nampaknya membuat David Moyes merasa yakin dengan masa depannya di Manchester United. Moyes baru saja memastikan diri bakal di United untuk waktu yang lama.

    City Holiday Terpercaya - Moyes juga memberikan pembelaan diri atas beberapa penampilan buruk United sepanjang musim ini.

    "Saya melihat diri saya akan berada di Manchester United untuk waktu yang lama. Saya memiliki banyak tugas di sini. Wajar saja kalau saya tidak bisa melakukan semuanya secara langsung," ucap Moyes seperti dilansir Sky Sports.

    "Sudah berkali-kali orang bertanya kepada saya apakah ini momen kebangkitan kami atau apakah ini waktu yang tepat untuk bangkit? Saya tidak tahu jawabannya. Tapi benar bahwa kami butuh hasil bagus setelah yang terjadi pada hari Minggu lalu."


  12. Saat Buffon Puji Fiorentina

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola - Kiper utama Juventus Gianluigi Buffon menilai Fiorentina diisi pemain-pemain hebat yang berpotensi menyulitkan Juve.

    City Holiday Terpercaya - Buffon pun mengakui dengan posisinya sebagai kiper ia akan sangat mencermati dua striker La Viola yakni Mario Gomez dan Alessandro Matri.

    Juventus kembali harus bertarung dengan Fiorentina di leg kedua Liga Europa bermodalkan hasil 1-1 di Juventus Stadium pada leg pertama.

    "Kami tak bisa menyembunyikan fakta bahwa Fiorentina memiliki sejumlah pemain hebat yang bermain di level internasional, jadi mereka bisa membuat kami kesulitan," jelas Buffon dalam konferensi pers.


  13. Mertens : Reina Jangan Pernah Pulang ke Liverpool

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola - Reina memulai petualangannya di Serie A bersama Partenopei sejak awal musim ini dengan status pinjaman. Ia memutuskan pindah sebab manajemen The Reds mendatangkan Simon Mignolet sebagai kiper nomor satu di Anfield..

    City Holiday Terpercaya - Penyerang Napoli Dries Mertens menganggap peran kiper Pepe Reina di tim sangat penting. Karena itu Mertens ingin agar kiper asal Spanyol ini tidak kembali ke Liverpool.

    "Reina sangat penting buat kami, baik di dalam maupun di luar lapangan. Pepe saya mohon tetap tinggal di sini! Dia menjalani musim yang luar biasa, saya harap dia bertahan bersama kami," ungkap Mertens kepada Mediaset.


  14. Ancelotti: Real not well prepared for Sevilla

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said their preparation for Sevilla was below par, after their shock 2-1 loss on Wednesday. The Italian tactician said Sevilla's exploitation of Real's defensive frailties meant his side were not deserving of the three points.
    Ancelotti said: "I don't think we deserved to lose. On the one hand we could have because we didn't prepare well for Sevilla's counter-attacks and that is how they scored both goals. We took the lead and could have scored more goals. Then they scored two goals in the same way when we needed more balance." as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    Ancelotti refused to single out Xabi Alonso for criticism, after the defensive midfielder gave up possession in the lead-up to both of Sevilla's goals, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    He added that we lost two matches but we have to believe we can win it. We are behind but we have to believe it is possible. It's not a problem. The team has lost against smaller teams. Ancelotti also refuted suggestions Real struggle in big matches, having lost two on the spin against Barcelona and now Champions League-chasing Sevilla.

  15. Atletico Winning Grandada 1-0

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was not getting carried away with his side's newfound La Liga lead on Wednesday. Simeone's side enjoyed a 1-0 win over Granada at home, while their city rivals Real Madrid fell to a 2-1 loss to Sevilla - with those results sending Atletico top, one point clear of Barcelona.
    The 43-year-old tactician said he wants Atletico to preserve their standing in the title race for some time yet, before he switches his thinking towards silverware, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    Simeone said: "Every game is long, hard and difficult. The lads have made an incredible and marvellous effort. If we can reach the last four or five games where we are, then that will encourage us even more. I appreciate the efforts of the club. We've worked well to maintain a solid base, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    He added: (We have) a group of players who have wanted to improve and grow, knowing their flaws and strengthening their virtues.

  16. Barca Tak Akan Sama Tanpa Xavi'

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –Barcelona - Tak perlu menanyakan kontribusi Xavi Hernandez kepada Barcelona dan timnas Spanyol. Presiden Barcelona Sandro Rosell menyebut, Barca tidak akan sama tanpa Xavi.

    Xavi memulai karier sepakbola di Barcelona. Sederet trofi dan gelar bergengsi diraihnya bersama tim yang bermarkas di Camp Nou itu. Sejak 1998 Xavi tercatat melakoni 698 pertandingan bersama Los Cules pada berbagai ajang. Bersama timnas Spanyol, Xavi membukukan 130 penampilan.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Hingga kini sosoknya sebagai jendral lapangan tengah belum tergantikan. Legenda sepakbola Pele pernah menyebut kehebatan Lionel Messi pun tak lepas dari peran Xavi.

    Senada, Presiden Barcelona Rosell menilai peran Xavi pun sangat krusial buat tim. Dialah otak gaya permainan Barcelona.

    "Tanpa Xavi, permainan Barca tidak akan berirama. Dialah arsitek gaya bermain tim ini. Akan sulit bagi pemain lain untuk membuat gol jika kami tak memiliki Xavi," kata Rossell.


  17. Bolivar on the high list of Group Seven

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Bolivar climbed top of the Copa Libertadores' Group Seven, with a 1-0 road win over Leon on Wednesday. William Ferreira's 70th-minute strike at the Estadio Leon was enough to hand the Bolivian outfit all three points.
    Leon, a Liga MX club, sit second in the group, one shy of new leaders Bolivar. Emelec and Flamengo sit third and fourth but have a game in hand, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    For the result of other team, Velez Sarsfield is all but assured their spot in the knockout phase, after beating Atletico Paranaense 3-1 away from home in their Group One encounter, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    The Argentine outfit had the benefit of playing against 10 men for much of the second half, and scored twice with their numerical advantage. Agustin Allione opened the scoring for the visitors in Brazil, and their chances of holding on to win increased when Atletico went down to 10 as Fran Merida was dismissed on 51 minutes.
    Newell's Old Boys went top of Group Six, with a 4-2 road win over Nacional in Uruguay. Nacional led on 11 minutes at home.

  18. Bradley Gabung ke Klub MLS

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –Roma - Rumor bahwa Michael Bradley bakal hengkang dari AS Roma memang benar adanya. Pesepabola 26 tahun itu menerima pinangan klub asal Liga Amerika Serikat (MLS) Toronto FC.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Masa depan Bradley semakin santer dispekulasikan setelah Giallorossiberhasil memboyong Radja Nainggolan dari Cagliari.

    Toronto FC lantas dilaporkan mau menebus Bradley dengan nominal sebesar 10 juta dollar Amerika Serikat.

    "Sayang sekali Bradley harus pergi, tapi dia ingin pergi dan kami tak bisa menahan seorang pemain yang tak mau berada di sini," ungkap Garcia.


  19. Celtic got third consecutive Scottish title

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, despite seven games to spare, the five-goal demolition of Partick Thistle at Firhill made Celtic get its third consecutive Scottish title.
    The victory establishes an unassailable 26-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen as Celtic is crowned champions for the 45th time. Celtic had scored 11 goals in their previous three games and it looked like they were about to unleash another goals-fest as the ball pinged about a penalty box unconvincingly guarded by a nervous home defense, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    Many Celtic fans might have taken greater pleasure in securing it at the home of a certain other club in Scotland's biggest city, but the absence of Rangers from the top flight has made their task easier for the second season running, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    The Maryhill outfit were seeking a third straight home win after a season-long wait for a home victory since their return to the top flight, and manager Alan Archibald had voiced his determination to avoid hosting a championship party.

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