Great Escapes Tour: Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell – Guest Post

11 Dec


FTC Disclosure:  I received an advanced e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome Sadie Hartwell, author of Yarned and Dangerous to the blog today.

Hi, Booklady! Thanks for having me here today and letting me meet your readers.

Do you love the cat on the cover of Yarned and Dangerous? (See how she’s winking at you?) In my story, she was a stray, and my heroine/sleuth, Josie Blair, took her in and named her Coco, after her favorite classic fashion designer, Coco Chanel. Anyone who’s familiar with the habits of cats knows that they love hidey-holes. Enclosed spaces, particularly if they’re lined with carpet or fake fur or a fleece blanket.

But it isn’t just cats who love warm and snuggly places. This time of year, I love my fleece pajama pants and wrapping up in hand-crocheted afghans. Yes, I live in the Northeast and snow’s a-comin’, LOL! I’m fortunate that if I want to, I can do my work—which now consists of writing mystery stories and editing romance novels, making up and testing knitting patterns, as well as keeping touch with my readers, without leaving the comfort of my fuzzy little world.

But if I had my wish, I’d take it further. I’d have a tiny house. Oh, I couldn’t live in one year round; I have too much stuff for that and I imagine eventually it would get to be too confining. And I have a son and husband I do enjoy seeing once in a while! But wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own little hidey-hole to escape to occasionally, maybe in your backyard? Or maybe overlooking a beautiful lake or stream or beach or mountain range? When those television shows about people building tiny houses, or those deluxe-o treehouses, come on, I always get a bit wistful. People who live in those have, by necessity, only what they need. Or what they consider a necessity here in twenty-first century America, anyway. No clutter. They always seem so free and evolved.

And then I look around. Could I really give up my books? Or my five complete sets of china (all of which get used and have special meaning, I swear!)? Or all my pots and pans and baking dishes? Or my yarn and fabric hoards? Or my full-size bathroom, LOL? Still, it’s fun to think about. I don’t have a dedicated office in my house, so maybe what I really need is a Tiny Office. Yeah, a Tiny Office! 

How about you? Are you ready to give up your stuff? Or are you comfortable where you are? Does a tiny house—or office—appeal to you?


Yarned and Dangerous Book Description:

Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins. And when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…
Includes original knitting patterns!


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Twitter: @sadiehartwell


Bio: Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction, cooking, and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, office person, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with recipes and yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.


Thanks Sadie for joining us today. I always enjoy learning more about the authors I read.  Sometimes, I too think I would like to have a tiny house, but I also have way too much stuff and my book collection alone would probably spill out the windows.

My thoughts on Yarned and Dangerous:  This is the first book in a new series: The Tangled Web Mysteries.  I signed up to be a part of this tour because I enjoy yarn mysteries. I’m not a knitter, I crochet. However, there’s just something about yarn mysteries in general that appeals to me.

The yarn aspect may have been what peaked my interest, but it’s the characters and the town of Dorset Falls that will keep me coming back.  The author builds the mystery slowly, craftily drawing the reader in as she introduces us to Josie, Uncle Eb and the other inhabitants of Dorset Falls.   There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. But, to be honest, it’s Uncle Eb that I like most. He reminds of some of my favorite family curmudgeons. I’m looking forward to reading more about him.

I wish I was a knitter as there are some wonderful knitting patterns included at the end of the book.  My friend Sue has just taken up knitting again, maybe I can convince her to try a pattern or two.

If you are looking for a good read and a new series to add to your standing reading list, then I recommend you check out Yarned and Dangerous.

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