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Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton
Cover Artist: Chris O'Leary
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425258392
Date: 04 June 2013 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Website / Show Official Info /

Spring is arriving in Fort Connor, and Kelly and her good friends are enjoying the warmer weather and the lovely new yarns that are appearing on the shelves at House of Lambspun -- their home away from home and knit central. But, when a body shows up in a car parked at the end of Lampspun's driveway, and the body turns out to be that of a man who'd had an altercation with one of the workers, well Kelly and the gang can't help but get involved in the search for the killer.

More Maggie Sefton:
A Knitting Mystery:
* A Killer Stitch
* Dyer Consequences
* Fleece Navidad
* Dropped Dead Stitch
* Skein of the Crime
* Double Knit Murders
* Cast On, Kill Off
* Close Knit Killer

Once again Kelly is asked to help find a killer when the two top suspects are one of the teachers and a man renovating a building for more class space. While the victim had more than enough enemies to fill a book, the police seem to be narrowing in on these two. Since Kelly just can't help herself from getting involved when her friends are in danger, she begins to ask questions and listen to the answers for what is not being said.

The major and minor characters are still being developed, and their interactions and circumstances are changing as the world around them changes. The economy around Fort Connor, and Colorado in general, is similar to that of the rest of the US and all the characters are having to make life changes due to money issues. While good for Kelley as an accountant, it is not so good for Jennifer who works real estate.

When people learn that Jared Rizzoli, a financial planner who bilked thousands of people out of their money, and thus ruining their lives, is back in town, they are not happy. In fact, many are hopping mad, a condition not helped when it comes out that he's back in the financial advice business.

There's some surprises in Close Knit Killer and Kelly has learned to take her time and to play things safe. All of the central repeating characters in this series are growing and changing as a result of their experiences over the past novels and it shows in greater maturity in their actions.

Close Knit Killer is a quick read. Violence tends to be off the page and only mentioned. There is no sex, but some innuendo. Friendships are stressed as well as family. A great book for the beach or just a quick read when you need something to remind you that even when bad things happen there are good people to share the worry.

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