I was digging around the web today and ran across a great resource, wool works.org. On this site, they had a list of books that mention knitting or have a character that knits. I wanted to share with you just the mystery section for that list:
A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
Description of a very intricately knitted mauve Aran sweater.
Aunt Dimity's Death, Nancy Atherton
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie King
In Sherlock Holmes style; also A Letter for Mary where a suspect makes mistakes in her knitting.
The Bookman's Wake, John Dunning
"The night was young, the game wasn't over yet, I was more focused with each passing block. I wasn't going to sit in my room all night knitting an afghan."
The Brother Cadfael series, Ellis Peters
At least one mention in Potters field of an old lady knitting.
Buried in Quilts, Sara Hoskinson Frommer
"'I still can't believe it,' said Annie Jordan, knitting without watching. Like Edna, she couldn't bear to sit idle -- and she didn't count mere meetings as work."
Candle for a Corpse, Ann Granger
Delightful mention of hand-knit sweater given as a gift.
Carpool, Mary Cahill
One of the main characters knits, and another quilts; the book has numerous mentions of their projects. "The nice thing about knitting is, you can do it anywhere. And you can do it faster when you're away from your own phone."
C.O.P. Out, Nancy Herndon
A seniors' knit-in in front of the police station.
D is for Deadbeat, Sue Grafton
Knitting as an aid to learning patience and an eye for detail.
Dead Winter, William G. Tapply
Nice description comparing knitting to solving murders
Deadly Appearances, Gail Bowen
Brief mention of knitting.
Death of an Expert Witness, P.D. James
One of the characters is a knitter.
Deception on His Mind, Elizabeth George
Comment that knitting is a usual part of a woman's possessions.
The Devil's Workshop, Kate Gallison
Doomed to Die, Dorothy Simpson
A suspect is a knitwear designer.
Everywhere That Mary Went, Lisa Scottoline
Farewell to Yarns, Jill Churchill
Numerous knitting mentions.
The Grub-and-Stakers Spin a Yarn, Charlotte MacLeod writing as Ailsa Craig
Zany book with some scenes set in a yarn shop.
The Hand of Death, Margaret Yorke
The wife of the main character knits, including charity knitting.
Hasty Retreat, Kate Gallison
Knitting figures into the plot.
Ho Ho Homicide, Corinne Holt Sawyer
Brief mention of knitting by a night-shift nurse.
Holly Jolly Murder, Joan Hess
Somewhat snarky comment about knitting.
How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams, Dorothy Cannell
The vicar's husband knits.
Ice, Ed McBain
The main character's wife knits him a watch cap for Valentine's Day.
Impact, Stephen Greenleaf
Another murder with a knitting needle.
J. Alfred Prufrock Murders, Corinne Holt Sawyer
The Miss Marple series, Agatha Christie
Lots of knitting by Miss Marple in this well-known series.
Mrs. Malory: Death of a Dean, Hazel Holt
Mentions yarn stashes.
Mrs. Malory wonders, Hazel Holt
Main character owned a yarn shop.
Murder Among Us, Ann Granger
The murdered woman ran a wool and craft shop -- you'll have to read the book to see if this caused her death.
Murder Gets a Life, Anne George
KIP at an airport.
Night of Four Hundred Rabbits, Elizabeth Peters
Main character is a knitter.
"A Needle for the Devil," Ruth Rendell
In the short story collection The Fever Tree and Other Stories. Several knitting references, but the details are inaccurate.
The Red Scream, Mary W. Walker
Sadie Shapiro's Knitting Book, Robert Kimmel Smith
Also other titles including Sadie Shapiro, Matchmaker. A zany senior has adventures, solves mysteries, and knits.
Serpent's Tooth, Faye Kellerman
Mention of favourably-received handknit cardigan.
The Silent Cry, Anne Perry
Brief mention of knitting socks using bone needles in this William Monk/Hester Latterley Victorian mystery.
Stitches in Time, Barbara Michaels
Thrones, Dominations, Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh
Knitting under stress.
Tourist Trap, Julie Smith
Brief mention of male knitting baby clothes.
The Trouble with Going Home, Camilla T. Crespi
Dreaming of murder with a knitting needle.
The Veiled One, Ruth Rendell
Considerable knitting content; the murder weapon is a knitting needle.
While the Patient Slept, Mignon Eberhart
The narrator is a nurse who knits during home-nursing work; the author is a knitter and knows what she's talking about.
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