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Elderflower Tea Shop is next door to Cardinal Woolsey's, the yarn shop Lucy runs and home to the late-night Vampire Knitting Club. The tea shop owners are a pair of octogenarian spinsters and old family friends, so Lucy wants to help clear up the mystery that's keeping their shop closed. But murder isn't the only issue troubling the Miss Watts. A man has come between them. Miss Florence Watt is being romanced by an old flame, one Mary Watt distrusts.

In between figuring out who, among his many enemies, might have poisoned the unpleasant Colonel Montague, Lucy's trying to brush up on her magic spells before the Wiccan potluck dinner her witchy cousin insists she attend. However, she's still settling into being a witch and since she botched a spell and blew up her kitchen, she's taking the magic slowly.

Her knitting endeavors aren't much better. Between purling when she should knit and dropping so many stitches her hand-knit scarf looks like it was attacked by giant moths, there are days Lucy thinks she'll pack it all in and move back to Boston. She might, except she'd miss her beloved undead grandmother, her new friends, one very sexy vampire, and a local detective who is very much alive.

©2018 Nancy Warren (P)2019 Tantor

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What an enjoyable series to read.

I have read/listened to Bk 1 & 2----------NOW I'M HOOKED.

From the streets of Oxford England in a cosy knitting shop--------Witches, Vampires and murders to deal with. Read and enjoy.

Thank you to Nancy Waren for the story and to Sarah Zimmerman to the excellent narration.

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Better and better

I was surprised to like this book even more than the first in the series. I like learning more about the characters and I adore the setting.

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  • 12-07-20

A true cozy mystery

Interesting and engaging characters and storyline.
Maybe not for those looking for a complex riddle to unravel. I loved it. Also love that it takes place in Oxford, England. Just wish the books were longer with more everyday life as part of the story. I am looking forward to the whole series!

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Tea Service Tragedy

We return to the series and this volume happens at a slightly faster pace than the last with folks trying to find a rhythm and Lucy trying to navigate her new role as shopkeeper. There are funny moments as she deals with her newly turned vamp grandmother, burgeoning magical abilities, and social circles both human and supernatural. The twists and turns of the mystery were a delight to listen along to and Sarah Zimmerman continues to do a marvelous job narrating realistic characters with a range of accents. The murders and drama with the townsfolk was done well and drew me in and I felt emotionally invested in finding out the truth. There was only one moment where Lucy after making repeated comments about her fear of the main male vampire she talks with then runs headlong into unnecessary danger that left me confused and bewildered as it felt totally contradictory to most of what Lucy usually does but resolved quite quickly and even other characters pointed out her illogical choice. I continue to enjoy this exploration through the eyes of this little knit shop with growing communities in both worlds for our main character. There is really no romance to speak of but a delightful expansion on the varying relationships in the town. This definitely builds nicely on the first volume and I look forward to the next.

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Fun book

Stitches and Witches is book 2 of the Vampire Knitting Club series. In this book, Lucy helps to solve the murder of an acquaintance of once of the Ms. Watts. Lucy also starts learning more about being a witch.

I have been binging this series and haven’t been reviewing them in between each book. Some overall observations from the series so far (I have finished through book 8.5 and am partway through book 9) are that the stories are always cute and good for a short escape. I really enjoy the characters and have a vested interest in them. Something I have noticed, though, is that there isn’t continuity between books and the books really could have benefited from a proofreader. For example, in book 1, Lucy is 27 but in book 6, she has her 26th birthday. In one of the books, Rafe is at least 600 years old, but in the next book, he is only 500 years old. Occasionally there is an incorrect name used but I always know what was meant so it doesn’t confuse me or make it so that I can’t continue. Another thing that is missing, at least to the point I am at now, is any real information about the vampires. We don’t get to know anything about their abilities, only that they are vampires who feed via a blood bank. Even with the inconsistencies, I am hooked on the series and enjoy these easy-going, clean, cozy mysteries. It is a nice palette cleanser from the smutty stuff I typically enjoy.

The narrator is the same throughout the series and she does a great job. I recommend this series.

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This is my new favorite series

This second book in the series has sealed the deal for me - it's officially on my favorite murder mysteries list. The characters are enjoyable and the story is engaging.

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Such a cute premise

I really enjoy this series on my long commute. So fun to see my hobbies prominently included. The narrator is a bit distracting if you notice her odd rhythm patterns. Noone actually talks like that, and her Australian accent sounds like it more Liverpool, but emotions were conveyed accurately.

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Knitting, sleuthing and vampires.

Lucy and the vampire knitters have another mystery to solve, with two elderly men dying in the tea shop, it’s hard to know who to distrust. In the meanwhile, Lucy is having trouble keeping an assistant working with her in the shop.
Good story, funny and mysterious.

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Pretty Good

Stitches and Witches is a pretty good paranormal cozy mystery. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in this series.

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  • 07-12-20

very average?

So I bought this partly because I'm from Oxfordshire and quite homesick during lock down. I also love cheesy vampire books. I don't really reccomend buying this book if your from the area. Anyone from the area will find the mistakes quite grating. For example, Cotswold stone is not grey its a lovely warm yellow colour, I also don't recall seeing any cotswold hills and sheep on the drive from Oxford to Woodstock. And Warwick is not pronounced correctly!

Aside from those disappointments the story is fine, it's a nice and relaxing book to listen to and I did enjoy that. Though I find these books a bit short really to be deserving of a credit!

I would reccomend to people who enjoy a light hearted easy listen with a small amount of supernatural fun thrown in.

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  • Annie
  • 10-14-21

Fun but not too sure about the narration.

I enjoyed the first book in this series and enjoyed this story too. But I am struggling a tad with the narration. The narrator is a good 'actor' but the British and Australian accents aren't good and I found it distracting. The pronunciation of some words and phrases were wrong. I don't think it will stop me from purchasing the next book . I will stick with it and hope the narration improves.

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  • Tracy Scott
  • 05-08-20

Love it!

I’ve listened to this series twice back to back and love it. The characters are fun and quirky and I love the idea of knitting vampires! And I like the descriptions and details as well as the storyline. In my opinion the narrator does a great job between American and English accents. Looking forward to seeing how things develop!

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  • TasTan
  • 08-15-20

Almost gave up because of Narrator.

Narrator is too old for the character and drawls through the whole story. I nearly gave up but speeding up helped a little. the whole series needs re recording with a younger narrator.

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  • Angela
  • 05-13-20

Let the knitting jokes fly!

Slightly less lighthearted than the first book but still good fun. A lot less magic than I'd thought given the title. I do find it hard from time to time to differentiate when the main character is speaking out loud or just musing to herself. But given the writing style I'm not sure how it could be read much different.