Hanks and a Hitman (Knitty Kitty Mystery #3) by Tracey Drew

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Title: Hanks and a Hitman 
Author: Tracey Drew
20 April 2021
Format: Kindle (Book Funnel)
Source: ARC from the Author
Series: Knitty Kitty Mystery #3
Content: Genre: humorous cozy mystery Age appropriate: from young adult +. Language: as clean as a kitty that just washed itself. Graphic content: how squeaky are you for kitty litter? 
Synopsis: Wanted: Cat mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery.

A smart woman would dump her cheating ex, move from the city, and give herself a chance for a well-deserved do-over. A smarter woman—smarter than me, anyway—wouldn’t jump out of that same frying pan and return to Cape Discovery, a seaside village where her family is the nuttiest of all the nut-ball residents.

I’m a former high school counsellor, middle-child peacemaker, and current curator of lots of squishy/fuzzy goodness at my granddad’s little yarn store. Temporary assistant. Until I decide what to do with the rest my life. There’s only one knotty problem to untangle first. The knife sticking out of the most unpopular man in town, and the police detective trying to pin the murder on the donkey—otherwise known as my younger brother. With a pair mischievous cats determined to be underfoot and a craft group of Serial Knitters and Happy Hookers wanting the inside scoop, a girl could lose her mind. And if the killer has their way, maybe even my life...

Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy craft store, her crazy family, and two men who’d rather poke out their eyes than describe themselves as cute. Which they totally are. Cute, charismatic, and occasionally on her mind when she’s not stumbling over dead bodies and using her newfound sleuthing skills to track down murderers. Lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s surface can unearth secrets that kill.

Greetings Humans! Yes, this review will come from my adorable and witty kitten perspective once again. My Mommy is just here to press the buttons, but this time, she doesn't get my tail in as many knots. What a lovely, hilariously funny series this is. Yes, yes, we do read The Knitty Kitty series as a knitting pattern - knit one, skip one. We've read the first one, skipped the second one and just finished the third one. It still makes a lovely pattern though. 

Tessa Wakefield still runs their family business "Unravel", a yarn shop, in Cape Discovery where eavesdropping is considered a competitive sport. Tessa still plays Mommy to Pearl and Kit while taking care of  Grandpa Harry too. Pearl and Kit are two jet-black kitty siblings. Kit is a chubby, food-focused boy and Pearl is the haughty queen of the Known Universe and prone to kleptomania. Tessa still runs the Serial Knitters and the Crafting for Calmness and is the other knitting club called Happy Hookers? Why can't I remember? I've told my Mommy a gazillion times before that she needs to take better notes. Anyway, back to Tessa. I don't know if it's still fair to call Tessa an amateur sleuth. She sniffs out clues and murders almost as well as she sniffs out chocolate. This has been her third murder that she stumbled on and I believe that firmly places her in the same league as Jessica Fletcher.* 

*Fun Trivia for the Knitting clubs! You can actually knit Jessica Fletcher's Fish Cardigan. I've linked the original post on Exploring Jessica Fletcher's Closet here. Don't know if the pattern is still available though. But I'm sure one of the Happy Hookers will be able to come up with a stunning design for their very own murder solving serial knitter.

Once again, Tessa finds herself in the right place at the wrong time, or the wrong place at the right time and once again she needs the broodingly handsome Detective Mana to help her unravel the yarn. Or in this case, search for a knitting needle in a stack of kitty litter. 

This series truly  are quite similar to landing in a basket filled with fluffy, soft balls of yarn. Yes, you are definitely going to get yourself tangled up, but getting out is just as much fun as getting in. And what's the harm when you can do that giggling at the quirky and fun writing style of Tracey Drew? 

"Who needed boot camp to elevate your heart rate into the fat-burning zone when you could have a killer chase you through the woods?"

I'm terribly glad that my Mommy won this ARC from the very talented Nancy  Tracey Drew and we are looking forward to the rest of the series. The first three books are available at Amazon and if you haven't started with this series yet, put down the knitting needles and get reading!

About the Author                                                               
Tracey Drew lives Down Under with her husband—who’s given up complaining about her yarn addiction--and two madcap tabby cats called Kevin and Alfie. The feline brothers constantly battle with her while she’s trying to write her books by demanding lap-time, but they also provide constant inspiration for her fun & quirky cozy mysteries.

Lots of Love,


  1. Excellent review, Elza! I only read the first book in this series and loved it. I have to catch up!

    1. Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much. Elza is purring very happily now.

      Hope you will get to the rest of the series soon, I think you will love it!

  2. What a lovely looking series. Definitely adding the first book to my TBR pile.

    1. HI Christopher! It's a fun, easy to read series. Can't go wrong.

  3. Oh this sounds fun and the view made me smile. Elza is not afraid to share her opinions!

    I saw your comment on my blog and hope you are doing okay. Hang in there - virtual and very long distance hugs!

    1. Hi Katherine! Nope, Elza is not afraid to share opinions and she also don't always have the best filter. Luckily I'm there to safe the day. (I do sometimes sound like a read crazy person. Even to myself.)

      I think you might like this series!

      Thanks Katherine, a weekend of reading and not much else, sure does lift the spirit.

  4. I bought the first book in this series and I look forward to reading it. It sounds like a fun one with the knitting and the kitties. Great review!

    1. Hi Lola! I got the first one from you for review and it was a fun read. Decided to give the rest of the series a change too! It doesn't disappoint!


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