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Cast On, Bet's Off: A Lisa & Max Devereaux Sit and Knit Mystery

by Jack Olesker

Rating: 4 sheep

  This book is a fun read. Don't expect any knitting patterns or tips, just a well-written mystery with interesting characters and a nice chunk of romance thrown in for fun.

  Lisa and Max Devereaux are a married couple who own a yarn shop in a small resort town on the shore of Lake Michigan called Indigan. When a local casino developer named Gunther Hoffmann is found dead after being stabbed by a pair of size 19 Addi Turbos, the town goes into an uproar. Suspects abound, starting of course with Gunther's wife, who happens to frequent the Devereaux's yarn shop, to members of the Indian tribe who don't want the new casino to compete with theirs. The Sheriff, who is also Max's brother, deputizes Max and Lisa so that he can utilize their knowledge of their neighbors to help the investigation. There are many exciting twist and turns along the way to solving the mystery and learning some other deep secrets about the apparently idyllic town in which they live.

  The author, Jack Olesker, follows the first rule of writing - write what you know. He and his wife, Kim Olesker are the co-owners of three yarn shops called Sit & Knit, A Yarn Café and Jack has written extensively for television. Kim also has a long history in the entertainment industry, so these two really know how to spin a good yarn! (Sorry, I could not resist the pun)

  One note to the more sensitive reader – while there are a few scenes of mild violence as would be expected in a murder mystery, there are also a couple of fairly passionate scenes between Max and Lisa that I feel compelled to mention. If that sort of thing makes you uncomfortable, this book might not be your thing. For that reason, I give four and a half sheep to this fun book.

  Special thanks to Nancy Quade, owner of The Weeaving Dept in Florissant , MO for providing a copy of the book.

 

Respectfully submitted, Ginny Zschau

Buy this book new from your local yarnshop, or www.sitnknit.comAn audio version is also available for download from sitnknit website so you can listen while you knit!

Buy this book used on Amazon.com


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