Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Vampire Knitting Club - A Review & Giveaway

Review


THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB by Nancy Warren
The First Vampire Knitting Club Mystery

Having left her toad of a boyfriend Lucy Swift doesn't know quite what she wants out of life, but knows that her grandmother will be a good sounding board while providing respite from the world. But when she arrives in Oxford Lucy finds Cardinal Woolsey's Knitting shop closed and is told her grandmother died peacefully in her sleep. Things don't add up however. Not only could she swear she saw her Gran walking around town, but Lucy found her Gran's broken glasses and blood on the floor of the shop. Can she trust the good looking pale man who says he's part of Gran's knitting club, or the man who wants to buy all the shops on the street vowing he'll keep them as is, or  Gran's grumpy shop assistant whom she never liked? With a little kitten to help Lucy will try to make sense of her Gran's apparent death as well as her own life.

What a fun book! I loved this fast paced entry to the Vampire Knitting Club mysteries. Lucy Swift is a heroine with a good head on her shoulders, rightfully suspicious, and not gullible. Even when faced with the unbelievable, she is calm and able to come up with a plan, multiple plans if need be. The other characters are equally interesting from the goth teenager, the good doctor, and the various neighbors and shop keepers. I freely admit that I love Nyx. 

THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB is a classic fish out of water and coming into one's own story. A young woman who can't knit unexpectedly inherits a knitting shop. And discovers that vampires are real...and they can knit! And she learns about family she never knew she had as well as her own powers. All this encapsulated in a unique mystery with plenty of suspects and motives. It's a youthful book, upbeat and funny, with a hint of romance to come and an adorable kitten.

THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB makes me want to dig out my own knitting needles, even though I'm about as proficient as Lucy! I look forward to spending more time with these characters and watch Lucy's journey to become the woman she's truly meant to be.

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The Vampire Knitting Club

by Nancy Warren

on Tour October 15 - November 16, 2018

Synopsis:


At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do.
Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?
When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there's no body in the grave. Between a hot 800-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan. The only one who seems to know what's going on is her cat ... or is it ... her familiar?

First in a new series of paranormal cozy mysteries!

 

Book Details:

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by: Ambleside Publishing
Publication Date: September 2018
Number of Pages: 250
ISBN:13 9781981498970
ASIN: B07HDBQ7BB Series: The Vampire
Knitting Club #1
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Read an excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE
Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting shop has appeared on postcards celebrating the quaint views of Oxford, of which there are many. But when a visitor has tired of writing ‘wish you were here’ on the back of pictures of the various colleges, the dreaming spires, and the dome of the Radcliffe Camera, a cozy little shop painted blue, brimming with baskets of wool and hand-knit goods, can be so much more inviting.
My grandmother Agnes Bartlett owned the knitting shop and I was on my way to visit after spending a very hot month at a dig site in Egypt visiting my archeologist parents.
Gran was always ready to wrap her warm arms around me and tell me everything was going to be all right. I needed comforting after discovering my boyfriend of two years Todd had stuck his salami in someone else’s sandwich. I referred to him now as my ex-boyfriend The Toad. I was thinking about Gran’s wisdom, her hugs and her home made gingersnaps, when I started to feel as though cold, wet fingers were walking down the back of my neck.
My wheeled suitcase clanked and rattled behind me along the cobblestones of Harrington Street as I looked around, wondering what had caused the heebie-jeebies.
The October day was chilly and crisp and, in the mid-afternoon, the street was busy with shoppers, tourists and students. Church bells chimed three o’clock. When I glanced ahead, I saw my beloved Gran. She wore a black skirt, sensible shoes and one of her hand-knit cardigans, this one in orange and blue. She was walking with a glamorous woman in her sixties whom I didn’t recognize. I thought Gran looked confused and my hackles immediately rose. The glamor puss was holding an umbrella over Gran’s head, even though the day was dry and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
I waved and called, “Gran!” moving faster so my suitcase began to bounce.
I was sure they saw me, but as I sped toward them, they veered down a side street. What on earth? I lifted my case and began to run; though my case was so heavy it was more of a grunting stagger.
“Gran!” I yelled again. I stopped at the bottom of the road where I’d last seen them. There was no one there. A dry, shriveled leaf tumbled toward me and from a window ledge a small, black cat regarded me with what looked like pity. Otherwise, the street was empty.
“Agnes Bartlett!” I yelled at the top of my lungs.
I stood, panting. The side street was lined with a mixture of half-timbered cottages and Victorian row houses, all clearly residential. Gran hadn’t popped into a shop and would soon emerge. She was visiting in one of those homes, presumably. I wondered if it belonged to her friend.
Well, there was no point standing there. I’d go to Cardinal Woolsey’s and wait for Gran there. Her assistant, Rosemary, would be running the shop and I could let myself into the upstairs flat and unpack while I waited for my grandmother to return.
I retraced my steps, but when I reached the entrance to the quaint shop and tried the door, it didn’t open. I tried again, pushing harder, before my other senses kicked in and I realized that no lights were on inside.
A printed sign hung on the windowed front door. It said, “Cardinal Woolsey’s is closed until further notice.” At the bottom was a phone number.
Closed until further notice?
Gran never closed the shop outside her regular closing days. And if she had, where was her assistant?
I stood on the sidewalk that feeling came again, like cold fingers on the nape of my neck.
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Excerpt from The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren. Copyright © 2018 by Nancy Warren. Reproduced with permission from Nancy Warren. All rights reserved.
 

Author Bio:


Nancy Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 60 novels including the Toni Diamond cozy mystery series.
She shares her time between Victoria, British Columbia, and Bath in the UK.

Catch Up With Nancy Warren On: nancywarren.net, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

 

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6 comments:

  1. After reading your review, I have put this book on my list. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Thank you so much for that lovely, intelligent review. I had a chuckle at the line "THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB makes me want to dig out my own knitting needles, even though I'm about as proficient as Lucy!" That's how I feel about knitting, even though I keep trying... best, Nancy

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