Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Review: On Skein of Death by Allie Pleiter

About the Book

Cozy Mystery



Release Date
June 1, 2021

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do. Until the yarn she loves is used for murder....

Libby has come home to Collinstown, Maryland to live her dream and open her own yarn shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., along the Chester River. To Libby, Y.A.R.N. stands for You're Absolutely Ready Now. But the acronym changes whenever inspiration strikes, and customers add to the list of suggestions that fill the blackboard wall in a shop stuffed with color, fiber, and comfort.

Libby is thrilled when she lands famous Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Langager for a series of events at Y.A.R.N. Libby's English bulldog, Hank, has been modeling one of Perle's doggie sweaters, and customers just can't wait to see Perle in action. The mayor of Collinstown even decrees a Collinstown Yarn Day to celebrate. But once Perle arrives in town, she seems distracted and on edge. And when she's found strangled with a skein of red yarn, Libby knows she has to solve a knotty mystery before her new life unravels.

My Review

Libby Beckett is thrilled to be opening her new yarn shop in her hometown of Collinstown, Maryland.  It’s everything she ever wanted.  To add to her excitement, a renowned celebrity knitter, Perle Langager,  has agreed to appear at events for Libby’s shop.  This will not only put her shop on the map, but it will do the same for Collinstown.  Libby’s excitement is off the charts until tragedy strikes.

Perle is brutally murdered with yarn and Libby demands answers.  Her business is suffering and so is her town.  

This is a very good entry into a new cozy mystery series.  This one is called A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series and it’s off to a fun start.  I know absolutely nothing about knitting, but I really enjoyed this book and now I want to learn to knit.  LOL

It’s a fast-paced mystery with several potential suspects.  I admit I did guess the culprit early in the story, but the ride getting to the end is intriguing. 

The characters are quirky, lively and witty.  I was a bit surprised that the police didn’t find Libby to be too intrusive in the investigation but that’s how it is in cozy mysteries.  The amateur sleuth always manages to get in the middle of things.

Overall, a sweet cozy mystery series with lovable characters.  I’m looking forward to the next book in this series and getting to know the characters even better.  

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2021 (Maryland)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Thank you so much for this very kind review! I'm delighted you enjoyed the book!

  2. That looks good. I like to crochet, but don't know how to knit.

  3. I'd like to think that even if a reader guesses the culprit early, it doesn't ruin anything if the ride is fun along the way, and they don't really know they know until the end anyway.

  4. The book cover is beautiful but instead of encouraging me to read the book I feel the need to crochet instead.


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