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November 19, 2021

I've Been Reading: Book Review

 The Vampire Knitting Club(series)

by Nancy Warren

paranormal/cozy mystery

Tangles and Treason~Prequel/ Book #0.5
The Vampire Knitting Club~Book #1

" I needed comforting after discovering my boyfriend of two years, Todd, had stuck his salami in someone else's sandwich. I refer to him now as my ex-boyfriend, "The Toad".~ Lucy Swift

Book Blurbs:
From #0.5
In Elizabethan Oxford, Sir Rafe Crosyer is on a secret mission for the queen. He also wants to secure Constance's hand in marriage, not only for love, but for her safety, for there are rumours afloat that Constance is a witch. When he is attacked and left for dead, not only is his love in terrible danger, but also his queen. Unless he takes the unthinkable step...

From #1
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 is going to do.

My Review:

I'm giving both of these books a solid 4 stars.
These are the first two books in Nancy Warren's The Vampire Knitting Club series.
There are a total of 13 books, or 15(counting the two .5 books)
The complete list is here:

I actually happened to find the first book by accident on my library app. I tend to always have some audiobook downloaded on Libby. Lately, I hardly have time to sit down with a physical book.
There are a ton of apps you can download with thousands of audiobooks for people always on the go.

By my mistake, I accidentally read book #1 first, not realizing there was a prequel.
I definitely am excited to continue onto book #3 and see where this series goes.
These two are, absolutely, cozy mysteries. Somewhere between Ghost Whisperer and any of the Hallmark murder/mystery series(usually based off books anyway), or a good Murder She Wrote.
You can certainly wrap up one of these "who done it" books in a few hours or a day.
That's one thing I liked about the first two. It is an enjoyable, fast-paced, light read, or listen, to keep your mind engaging.
There isn't any huge twists or mind-blowing moments, but that isn't what they are intended to be.
The characters are relatable, and each one has a purpose in the story. I'm not a fan of books that add characters just for word count r to fill a gap in a scene.
I always think, where'd they go? or What was that about?
Give them a purpose, or just omit them.
Sir Rafe Crosyer is a classic loyal servant/hero caught with two missions, protecting his queen and his love.
Lucy is a late twenties' gal, just out of a bad relationship, looking for solace and time to figure things out.
Gran is a typical grandma, knitting, sweet, caring, but with a magical twist
You'll have to read the books to get more characters.
I only gave them 4 stars because, again, I read the books out of order, not realizing there was a prequel. I definitely think it needed to go further with Rafe's character. I'm not 100% happy about how book #1 kind of drops him and starts off with a whole new story.
I can't get too much into that without spoilers, but if you read them(you should), then you'll see what I mean.
That's really my only complaint. Again, these are cozy, light reads, great for anyone looking for fast-paced, fun series.
Go and check them out. Remember, there are 15 books!

Always be watching for new book reviews!


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