Dyer Consequences: A Knitting Mystery
by Maggie Sefton
Cover Artist: Chris O'Leary
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425219331
Date: 03 June 2008 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Kelly Flynn is working longer hours and trying to get enough money together to pay back the loan she took out for the alpaca ranch she bought at the end of the last book. But she's also had to have a windshield and the tires replaced in her car, her home was splashed with red paint and had to be cleaned -- these acts of vandalism have cost money and time. But spring is coming to Colorado and the new colors are arriving at Lambspun. There's the new ranch house to plan. And Mimi talks her into taking her dye class. Things are going great until one night Lambspun and the restaurant are trashed and a student is found dead in the dye bath. Robbery gone wrong? Kelly doesn't think so. She thinks it's related to the vandalism and the guilt is not easy to live with.
Once more Kelly is the person on the spot with the necessary drive, skill, curiosity, and desire for justice. She won't take the easy way out. She's determined to find the killer. But she's learned her lesson and this is a much more cautious Kelly...no matter what her friends say.
Sefton has again allowed us to join Kelly Flynn and her friends on a search for justice and healing. The full cast is back and the relationships and friendships are continuing. As the series progresses more people are drawn into the community and yet each has a place, a voice, and their own passions and faults. The secondary characters continue to be fleshed out as the dialogue and by-play among the knitters and their friends continue. Many of the threads that were set up in previous books are brought to a tidy end but others have begun to show in the background.
We also see a surer touch with the plotting and pacing of the story. Dyer Consequences is the fifth book in the series and they just keep getting better -- tighter and with less guessable solutions. Each visit with Kelly and her friends becomes more enjoyable than the one before. If you've read and enjoyed the others in this series, you're sure to enjoy this one. If you haven't read the previous books, you may want to start at the beginning -- but, enough background is included so that you could read it as a stand alone.