If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit with a bit of mystery and romance, pull up some knitting needles and get into the swing of things. You'll be glad you did!


About The Book

A Riverbank Knitting Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: November 1, 2022

A murder in her yarn shop’s backyard puts Libby Beckett’s holiday plans on thin ice.…

The holiday season looks merry and bright for Libby and her friends at Y.A.R.N. The store is expanding for a holiday boom, and she’s gathered Collinstown’s businesses to decorate a community Christmas tree. Dashing “Gallant Herdsman” Vincenzo Marani arrives to showcase the rare vicuña, whose coat produces the world’s most luxurious yarn. It’s a perfect yuletide—until Libby’s ex-husband, Sterling, turns up in town…and then turns up dead.

The murder unravels Libby’s life faster than a hand-knit Christmas stocking. The luxe yarn goes missing, Sterling’s domineering family comes to town, and the vicuña attempt an escape. If Libby can’t stitch up a solution to the case, she may be trading in her knitting needles for a set of handcuffs.

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The Review

It Came Upon a Midnight Shear by Allie Pleiter is a cute title for a Christmas story set in small town of Collinstown with a lot of spirit, mysteries, murders, crimes, and secrets. 

It Came Upon a Midnight Shear is the third book in A Riverbank Knitting Mystery series, and I look forward to reading the first two books and any others Ms. Pleiter writes. 

Libby is the owner of Y.A.R.N. and happens to be the newly elected president of the Chamber of Commerce. She has her eyes set on community events leading up to Christmas but will some of the less-than-festive happenings in town put a damper on things? Only one way to find out as you sit with a cup of tea in front of a fire under a newly knitted blanket or throw!

 There are several characters, and each has depth to them. And the story has multiple storylines woven or knitted together. There’s romance in the air, along with family and friends. 

Amateur sleuth Libby is one of the murder suspects, but that doesn’t deter her from trying to piece together clues and help the chief of police solve the various crimes. Especially when her ex-husband, who she threatened publicly, turns up dead. Is there anyone else in town happy about his demise? 

The book had a good flow and held my interest from the beginning to the end. I tried to figure out whodunnit along with Libby and others in the town even when fingers kept getting pointed at suspects who weren’t on our lists! 

Even with all the twists and turns, the closure was satisfying. As the crimes are solved, the holidays are celebrated, and romance continues to bloom. Yarn plays an essential role throughout the story. The cover is cute and festive and also has a Christmassy title.

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit with a bit of mystery and romance, pull up some knitting needles and get into the swing of things. You’ll be glad you did!

About The AuthorThe bestselling author of over fifty titles, Allie Pleiter’s twenty-year career has sold 1.6 million books. Allie also coaches on writing productivity and speaks nationally on time management for creatives. Allie is an avid knitter, confirmed coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better.” She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and the world’s most adorable dog.



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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit with a bit of mystery and romance, pull up some knitting needles and get into the swing of things. You'll be glad you did!4-STAR REVIEW: IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT SHEAR by Allie Pleiter