On a recommendation, I've just picked up a super-cheap second-hand copy of Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks by Mary Wright. With over 30 traditional patterns and backgrounds, it looks right up my street. something to read whilst I knit!
Currently on my wish list is the brilliantly titled Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton. I'm sure I'm pretty late to this particular party, but damn - the possibilities for crimes are really infinite. Strangled with circulars! Stabbed by a sharpened DPN! Fingers caught in deadly needle-gauge! The last one is not strictly terminal, but it would really hurt.