I received "Needled to Death" in the mail yesterday. I started reading it last night. I didn't read the first book, but it doesn't seem to affect the story line of this book thus far. I will read the first book as soon as the library calls me, it's on reserve.
I'm still collecting stuff for the mystery ball swap. I've heard from the person assigned as my partner a few times, and am excited to see what she's come up with for me! This is such fun.