15 July 2014

Today's Read: Silence of the Lamb's Wool by Betty Hechtman

Silence of the Lamb's Wool by Betty HechtmanWhat if you inherited a lucrative small business that involved a sector you knew nothing about? Would you try to keep it going or would you abandon it? Casey Feldstein, a dessert chef, found herself in just that position when she inherited her aunt's knitters' retreat company, Yarn2Go. Although Casey didn't know how to knit or crochet, she decided to keep her aunt's legacy alive.

There is nothing like being awakened by a ringing phone and finding a pair of yellow eyes staring back at you. I think Julius knew I'd never had a pet and he'd taken it on as his duty to train me in the art of cat cohabitation, which included sitting on my chest when he wanted breakfast. His yellow eyes blinked at me as if to say, "Would you get up and get me some food. Preferably that stuff in the can with the fabulous fishy odor."
Silence of the Lamb's Wool by Betty Hechtman (Penguin Random House / Berkley Prime Crime, 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Cadbury on the Sea, California (near Monterey); modern times
  • Circumstances: Casey has organized a sheep to shawl class but when one of the participants is found dead, the trip may be over before it starts. Although initially ruled a natural death, Casey has her doubts. Can she find the truth about the death, stop the retreat from falling apart, and keep up with her baking?
  • Characters: Casey and her mother; knitters and friends, especially Lucinda, Bree, Olivia, Scott, Wanda, and Nicole; the cute cop next door; various townsfolk, spouses, and law-enforcement people
  • Genre: cozy mystery
  • What I liked: Casey is a great character, who is smart and thinks before she acts. I like her determination and that she is still trying to decide on a life path. Part of the book's appeal is the group of knitters, who all have different skill levels, different personalities, and different goals. It's hard for me to resist a cozy mystery that focuses on some of my passions (in this case, knitting and baking). I thought it was realistic that Casey's mom would be worried about her daughter's choices. I loved the California coastal setting. And, of course, I found the mystery to be fun and a little twisty. That Casey has the chance for a little romance adds a little heat.
  • Recommendations: Anyone who likes light mysteries and/or fun escape reading will like Silence of the Lamb's Wool, with its great characters, crafty focus, and tight plot.
  • Extras: The book ends with a beginner shawl pattern and a few dessert recipes. If you've never been to a yarn festival, keep your eye out for one near you; I particularly love the sheep to shawl demonstrations and the border collie demonstrations.
The Giveaway

Thanks to Berkley Prime Crime, I can offer one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address a copy of Betty Hechtman's Silence of the Lamb's Wool. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on July 21. Once the winner has been verified, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


rhapsodyinbooks 7/15/14, 7:19 AM  

I avoid cozies about knitting and quilting only because it makes me feel inadequate because I can't do either!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 7/15/14, 7:27 AM  

It does sound fun, but like Jill, I haven't a stitch of craft talent.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/15/14, 7:45 AM  

I'm not a big cozy mysteries person, but I do like the question about keeping a small business that you knew nothing about. Interesting to think about.

bermudaonion 7/15/14, 7:53 AM  

At first I thought you were reading Silence of the Lamb and I thought you were awfully brave. This sounds like a fun cozy!

Daryl 7/15/14, 8:28 AM  

sounds like my kind of book …

Unknown 7/15/14, 8:51 AM  

thank you for the chance to win

Kim@Time2Read 7/15/14, 9:25 AM  

Haha....great teaser! Sounds just like a cat!
Today I’m featuring Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 7/15/14, 9:43 AM  

Sounds like a charming book...enjoy!

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/07/first-chapter-first-paragraph-69-and.html

Literary Feline 7/15/14, 10:40 AM  

This sounds like a fun read! Casey sounds like a great character.

And although my cat doesn't get on my chest to wake me up when it's breakfast time anymore, it's happened enough times in the past that I won't soon forget! (Now he plucks at the blanket or my PJ's with his claws and mews at me.)

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/15/14, 11:29 AM  

I love the sound of this one...and the setting. And that intro made me laugh. That's exactly how my cats always behaved.

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Juli Rahel 7/15/14, 11:33 AM  

I actually really like the sound of it although initially I thought it wouldn't be for me. That's such an accurate cat description! I hope you enjoy the rest of this one :) Thanks for sharing!
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Anonymous,  7/15/14, 11:51 AM  

I do read cozies once in a while, if I find the right one for me since I am fussy about the type of cozy.

I like the setting in California, I love cats and animals (the sheep for the wool) so perhaps I would really like this one. Thanks for the chance.

kayerj 7/15/14, 11:53 AM  

I'm not much of a cat person so I probably wouldn't read it. I'm so glad it wasn't "Silence of the Lambs", that was one creepy movie. Have a great day. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

Michelle 7/15/14, 12:37 PM  

interesting cover...

My TT is here:

Pooch 7/15/14, 1:41 PM  

You had me at Yarn2Go and "near Monterey". This series is going on my TBR list.

I am reading a similar series by Monica Ferris where a "non-needlecrafts" woman inherits her sister's store. Ferris' writing is superb. So, now I'll look into this series, as well!


Yvonne 7/15/14, 1:48 PM  

Another series I have waiting on my TBR waiting for me. Sounds so good.

Heather 7/15/14, 1:54 PM  

Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat knows how accurate that teaser is. Definitely sounds like one I'd like. I also have a cozy mystery this week: A Parfait Murder

Margot 7/15/14, 2:36 PM  

The combination of dessert chef and Yarns2Go appeals to me. The first paragraph didn't, but then I'm not a cat person. On the other hand, I love a good mystery, so maybe I need to give this a try.

Sandra Nachlinger 7/15/14, 2:38 PM  

LOVE the title and the book's premise too. The combination of dessert chef and knitters' retreat sounds like fun.
My Teaser Tuesday excerpt is from HEARTS IN RUIN.

rhonda 7/15/14, 2:48 PM  

Sounds like my type of read.

Unknown 7/15/14, 5:23 PM  

Sounds like most cats I've met!

Here’s my TT!

grammajudyb 7/15/14, 7:47 PM  

I am a lover of cozy mysteries too. This one sounds like a good one. I am going to add it to my cozy TBR list. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the giveaway!

Udita Banerjee 7/16/14, 1:25 AM  

I can relate, I recently visited my friends who have a cat. And 'cat cohabitation' is a real art!

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