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A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425215203
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Kelly Flynn is fitting into her new life in Fort Connor, Colorado. She's now running her own accounting business, joined a local ball team, helped to solve a couple of crimes, found some kindred spirits and friends, fell in love with fiber, and started learning to knit. Somehow she also acquired a steady male date in Steve Townsen. But she hasn't managed to buy the canyon property she fell in love with. Christmas is approaching and projects need to be finished. But, Kelly can't turn down a plea for help when Jennifer's friend is accused of murdering Derek Cooper. The problem is Lucy Adair, a teacher at House of Lambspun the local fiber mecca, was dating Derek and she's carrying his child. How to find the truth when it could that the truth could tear apart some of her friendships -- and the clues aren't adding up.

As Kelly starts to look into the murder she finds that there are very few people who knew Derek who didn't have a motive for killing him, and it's comes down to opportunity. But, she's distracted when she learns that the buyer for the canyon land she wanted has put it back up for sale and she puts in another bid. Tensions rise and the police turn up the pressure on their likely suspect.

One of the nice benefits of a continuing series of well-fleshed out characters is that you get updates on what's happening in their lives. So, in the midst of Kelly investigating the murder, we find that maybe Burt and Mimi seem to be spending time together. That everyone has noticed that Kelley and Steve are courting. And that life goes on for Curt Stackhouse who recently lost his wife to cancer. That there may be more to the café owner Pete than meets the eye.

With each book the plots are getting a bit more convoluted and we're starting to see a surer touch of weaving in the threads of continuing side plots that may play out in a future book or books. While we have a satisfactory ending to this story, there are now threads that I hope will get picked up and played out when next we visit Kelly and her friends.

A Note from the Author:
Thanks for the great review, folks! It was obvious that you'd read the novel with a discerning eye, because you picked up lots of the telling details. Yes, new relationships are hinted at and some are right there on the page (i.e. Mimi and Burt flirting over the yarn bins). And I'm so happy you enjoy the deepening character development and the continuing side plots that are building. I tell readers that I "plant seeds" in every book and they flower farther along in the series. I planted little hints about Burt and Mimi starting in Needled to Death, continued in A Deadly Yarn, and let it flower on the page in A Killer Stitch. Also--be forewarned -- EVERY cast member is in play in my books. If they've got more than a few lines of dialogue, they're a player. And I -- as Conniving Author--intend to mess with them. Good things will happen, and Not So Good things too. I'll spare you the Evil Author Laugh. Thanks, again. And watch for Dyer Consequences next year, when the clues I've planted and the cold feeling in Kelly's gut are played out on the pages. In addition to a murder that has to be solved, there's a constantly building threat to Kelly which culminates in the climax when Kelly is face-to-face with the Killer. And the Killer wants Kelly dead. And very nearly pulls it off. ---Maggie

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