Skein of the Crime (A Knitting Mystery)
by Maggie Sefton
Cover Artist: Chris O'Leary
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425234389
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Times are tough in Fort Connor, Colorado. The economy has effected many of the characters we've come to know over the years. Kelly Flynn has picked up new clients for her accounting business and is holding her own since, even in a bad economy, business owners need to know the state of their accounts. Jennifer Stroud's is seeing a big slump in real estate and that's hurting her bottom line. She's had to take on extra waitress jobs to make ends meet. But the worse hit has been Steve Townsend. As an architect and builder, he's seeing his properties standing empty and those who had bought the houses putting them up for sale or being repossessed. He's taken on a regular day job at a firm in Denver and is commuting to Fort Connor on the weekends.
Kelly and Steve are having communications problems. When he arrives for the weekends, he's so exhausted that they barely get to talk. So, Kelly is a bit distressed, lonely, and worried about Steve and his business. So, when she finds a young girl, barefoot, without a coat, standing in her backyard and obviously drugged. She calls for the police and EMTs. Later she learns that the girl, Holly, is dating the son of one of the Lambspun instructors, Barbara.
The Lambspun group pulls together to help Holly put her life back on track. Not everyone though is happy to have Holly off-drugs and out of the party scene. Tensions rise and Kelly finds herself once more pulled into an investigation -- this time into the college drug scene.
Maggie Sefton not only tells a good story about people who you come to know and care about, she also deals with some current social issues as the basis for the plot. She also doesn't hold back from giving a good view of the reality of the situation and what can and can't be done about it. Told through Kelly's point of view, you learn about how the police deal with drug dealers and drugs as Kelly learns. It's not pretty and it's not what most of us would think.
The secondary thread of Kelly and Steve's relationship will obviously be ongoing. How could it not when miscommunications, pride, and fear of being hurt or hurting the other is stirred into the pot and allowed to simmer. Sefton definitely knows how to complete the main story line and still set the hook that will have you pacing for the next book in the series to come out.
Each of the Knitting Mysteries can stand on its own -- there is enough back story scattered throughout to fill in new readers and prod the memory of fans. However, if you enjoy this story you may want to go back to the first of the series and read through them all. This is one of those books that I think of as an ensemble story. Kelly Flynn is the main character and our point of view, but without the secondary characters and their relationship with Kelly the book would lack much of it's warmth and charm. So, read Skein of the Crime and get to know this community of people who we'd all really like to find in our own lives.