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At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do.  

Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door - including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?  

When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there's no body in the grave. Between a hot 500-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan. The only one who seems to know what's going on is her cat...or is it...her familiar?

©2018 Nancy Warren (P)2019 Tantor

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Slow Start But Great First to Supernatural Series

This took me some time to get into the story is slow to boil but I was very impressed with the detail and immersion I felt by the end. The world that the main character is being drawn into feels very well developed and hints of different communities of supernatural that make an easy to build on series. I myself knit and crochet so this was a fun addition and unlike other cozies that use certain occupations as backdrop (bakery, bookstore, coffee shop) this doesn't feel like an accessory but a real part of the characters life integrating daily tasks to the story without it bogging things down. Overall this doesn't have the fast action pace of some cozies but I still found it enjoyable. There are twists and turns and fun pieces of magic mixed throughout and already some set ups for the main character struggling to straddle two worlds magic and normal. There is only the very hints of a beginning of some romantic interests but those are very, very background. The narrator did a fantastic job with the different voices and really brought out the different characters. Overall, I was surprised by the end I was already looking to find the second volume and hope it builds on what this has begun.

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LOOKING FOR A NEW PARANORMAL COZY

LOOK NO FURTHER. THE VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB SERIES IS THE ONE. THE STORYLINE HAS SOME UNIQUE TWISTS. I LOVE THE CHARACTERS ALREADY, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH POTENTIAL FOR STILL MORE. FOR THOSE OF US WHO CARE, THE BOOK IS FAMILY FRIENDLY. I CAN LISTEN TO IT WITH KIDS IN THE CAR. AND LAST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, THE READER IS SUPERB.

AUDIBLE, PLEASE OFFER MORE SOON!

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I’m Hooked!

Absolutely delightful, magical story. Beautifully read and I am hooked. On to book number two!

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loved it!

thoroughly loved this book. can't wait for next one! plus I really enjoyed the narrator.

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Entertaining surprise

The Vampire Knitting Club is an entertaining surprise. I pre judged this book because I thought the concept silly, but, I was very wrong. The mystery is well developed with engaging characters and an interesting plot. I found myself sucked in to the story and listened to it in one sitting. When I was finished, I bought the next book. Sarah Zimmerman does a very good job as narrator. She gives the characters different voices and is very good with accents. I strongly recommend this book.

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Loved it! Can’t wait till next installment!!

What was not to love?? England, witches, vampires, and a mystery! My favorite things!!! Maybe it’s time I take up knitting!

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great book

I enjoyed the book and really got into the audio book. The reader Sarah Zimmerman did an outstanding job. Looking forward to more audio books.

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AWESOME!!!

This is absolutely amazing. Light and funny as well as mysterious and somewhat dark.

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This was really nice and cozy!

Definitely going to listen to the next ones! It was a nice escape with all the details of knitting and magic. And the mystery made me guessing.

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Whimsically Fun & Magical

Book was full of mystery, magic and humor. The detail was fantastic clear to the set up of a wool shoppe down to the balls of wool, hooks and needles.

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  • kezs
  • 10-30-19

Vampires witches and knitting

I loved this book. I have been crocheting for just over two years. I love vampire books and witch books and when I found this book about all three I was hooked! Pun intended lol!
It’s very light hearted story that i feel I can relate to, I love all the different characters and can images the wool shop in my head. I can’t wait to listen to book 2!!

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  • Brook10033
  • 10-24-19

good

Light hearted, enjoyable story. Plenty of entertaining moments, okay dialog, excellent descriptions. The magic is cool.

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  • 04-21-20

Entertaining Cosy Mystery

If you enjoy books by Deborah Harkness and Sam Short this may well be right up your street. It's got definite flavours of 'A Discovery of Witches' about it with Oxford, witches and an enigmatic vampire who lives in a manor in Woodstock. The Vampire Knitting Club fits more snugly in the cosy crime and fantasy genres though. As the title suggests, the books are full of gentle humour, interesting characters and details that draw you into the story. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a steamy listen. Though our main character does have romantic interests they are of the slow burn kind and the whole story does not depend on them.

The narration could have been better if Sarah Zimmerman had been able to master British accents. Though her story-telling tone was excellent and she fit the protagonist well, the voices she gave her English characters were often jarring. Most of the characters are English so this did sadly lessen my enjoyment of the book.

In spite of this, I've listened to all the books available in this series which is a recommendation in itself. Despite various twists and turns, aspects of Nancy Warren's plots are (comfortably) predictable. The fact her mysteries remain quite addictive is testament to her story-telling skill.

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  • Connie M
  • 08-24-20

Vampires who knit, oh my!

I loved this book, it had an intriguing plot, engaging characters and excellent narration. All rolled into a great package certain to keep listeners up all night.

There is something for everyone. Murder, mystery and magical Mayhem featuring Vampires who knit including one serious hottie and a witch who doesn't believe in witchcraft.

Can't wait to find out what happens next. Roll on the next book.

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  • Mrs Donna Dixon
  • 03-05-20

Loved

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. can't wait to read the next one in the series.

wonderful.

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  • personofinterest
  • 03-30-21

Narrators!!!

Oh my goodness, don't the authors vet the people going to read their books?! This narrator, Sarah Zimmerman, is yet another truly awful narrator. Another person unable to play multiple characters. It REALLY spoils the whole experience. Ms Zimmerman's voice is monotonous and boring.

These books are fabulous but so, so, let down when they go onto audiobook by the narrator.

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  • D. Dolenz
  • 12-30-20

Meh

I expected this audiobook to be a simple cosy, paranormal who-done-it and that is what I got.

Unfortunately it pales in comparison to many in that genre.

The protagonist is a 27-year-old American in England. The narrator’s voice does not match that character. That threw the whole book off sync.

All in all, it is passable, for a 2 for 1 sale.



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  • Alexis
  • 07-15-20

A pleasant enough listen...

Nice gentle 'murder' story that is pleasant, non violent (honestly) and I can recommend as a 'cozy mystery'. Knitting has little to do with it really except for the location - a knitting club in a wool shop. Nicely paced and the narrator is just right. Not sure I will buy the next in the series as it might be a little too cozy but it was definately worth a punt.

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  • B. Gaskell-Denvil
  • 04-27-20

Delightful in so many ways,

Delicious in so many ways. combining the dark with humor and crazy enjoyment.
Although the quality of writing, characterisation and plot goes up and down a little, on the whole this was thoroughly entertaining and had some quite gripping moments. I'd recommend this.

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  • Rune
  • 03-11-22

A wonderful read@

When I was gifted this title I wasn't sure it was going to be for me. It sounded silly. I mean can you picture a Vampire wanting to knit? Let alone actually Knitting ? No I couldn't.

I am very glad however to be proven wrong abd I find myself very much enjoying getting to know Lucy her grandmother and all her Vampire friends.
A brilliant start to this serries! I look forward to my next vist to Oxford and cardinal Woolseys

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-21-22

a nice easy listen

it was a bit of a struggle at some points. The story was ok very simple and a little over descriptive. If you are looking for something cosy to fall alseep to it will do the job. overall a good performance for a simple and easy story.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 10-24-19

Cozy listen

Haven't read / listen to many cozy paranormal books, but I did enjoy this as a quick listen. Sarah Zimmerman does a great job as narrator. There isn't much in the way of romance in this story. I did find the main characters reaction to some things a bit tame, like finding out her grandmother was now a vampire or that there were vampires in general. It doesn't go in depth as I like so may not continue on with this series. But if your into cozy mystery then would recommend this.

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  • Elise
  • 08-13-19

Awsome

This book is soooooooo good anyone who is reading this text spread the word of the series . This book is so convincing and it is like you are right on the page . Overall the book is the best audio book I have heard for I while.