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Every book comes with its own story, including WOUND UP IN MURDER. Before it had a title or a mystery plot, I was thinking about the backdrop of the third Yarn Retreat mystery. Located on the tip of California's Monterey peninsula, Vista Del Mar, the moody hotel and conference center where Casey Feldstein puts on her yarn retreats, is over 100 years old. The guest rooms are spartan without televisions or phones. The main building that serves as a gathering spot, lobby and social hall has retained its original look. The whole place has gone unplugged which means no cell service, Internet or even television. The means of communication are some vintage phone booths with landline phones and a message board.

I started to think what a great place to spend a weekend pretending it was a year in the past. Dress in the clothes, eat the food, watch the movies and listen to the music of that year. What if there was a club that put on weekends like that? What if they chose, say 1963 and that same weekend Casey was holding one of her yarn retreats?

WOUND UP IN MURDER is the result. Of course, there is more to the book than just the competing retreat. There's murder, magic, romance and hopefully fun. There's food and yarn craft as well. The included recipes are for Throwback to the Sixties Cream Cheese Brownies and Out-of-Time Square Cinnamon Nut Muffins. The patterns are for Crystal's Worry Doll who has been posing on Facebook with other famous dolls, and Wanda's Scarf.

(There is a correction for Wanda's Scarf pattern: Row 9 should be - knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together *, repeat from * to* all the way across.)


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Molly Pink & The Tarzana Hookers

Molly Pink and her pals, the Tarzana Hookers, are ready to bring the craft of crochet to the masses. But when one of their members finds herself the prime suspect in a murder, the Hookers are going to have to switch their focus and find the real killer.

Two patterns are included (See Photos):
   • Dinah's Granny Square Pins
   • Adele's Stash Buster Wrap

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Another Adventure of
Molly Pink & The Tarzana Hookers

When Molly is invited to a major society wedding, she expects some wedding drama. Though she never anticipated this much trouble. The bride is the daughter of Molly's close friend Mason - who has been planning this wedding for a long time. But at the reception, things go amiss when the wealthy groom ends up dancing with the grim reaper.

Three patterns are included (See Photos):
   • Party Scarf
   • Dr. Wheel's Meditation Washcloth
   • CeeCee's Pet Mat

The latest Yarn Retreat Mystery!

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Dessert chef Casey Feldstein has learned one end of a knitting needle from the other after inheriting her aunt's yarn retreat business, but a murder threatens to unravel her latest event.

Casey's running a new retreat called "From Sheep to Shawl" at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl.

Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She's an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles. But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone's nerves frayed.

Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped . . .

Complete pattern included (See Photos):
   • Wool Shawlette

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"Yarn to Go is a cozy mystery
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It combines cooking, knitting
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The Book that started the Yarn Retreat Mystery Series!

A cozy mystery that you won't want to put down.
It combines cooking, knitting, and murder in one great book!

- Fresh Fiction

Dessert chef Casey Feldstein doesn't know a knitting needle from a crochet hook. But after her aunt dies unexpectedly leaving Casey to run her yarn retreat business, the sweets baker finds herself rising to the occasion - and trying to unravel a murder mystery.

A knitting pattern for Casey's first project and one of Casey's famous muffin recipes are included.

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Yarn To Go

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Molly Pink & The Tarzana Hookers are at it again!

"I have done a lot of embarrassing things, but this morning I topped even myself... I watched as the detective walked out of the small blue stucco house. Everything about him gave off the vibe of somebody who'd been up all night chasing down evidence. His face featured a day-old beard, his tie was pulled loose from the collar of his pale blue dress shirt, and he gave out a weary sigh as he sauntered down the three steps to the front walk and moved toward the black Crown Victoria parked at the curb."

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If Hooks Could Kill

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