Knit to Be Tied (Knitting Mystery)
by Maggie Sefton
Cover Artist: Chris O'Leary
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425282519
Date: 06 June 2017 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
[Note: This review originally appeared in our June 2016 issue of SFRevu.]
In Knit to be Tied, readers once again get to stop in for a visit with Kelly Flynn and her friends. Of course there's a crime, and this time it is close to home when Greg Carruthers is hit by a car when riding his bicycle one evening. His injuries are extensive, but he'll recover. However, another man was hit on the same street that night, and he died. Kelly believes these incidents are related.
I enjoy the Knitting Mysteries by Maggie Sefton mainly because the characters are well rounded and are the kind of people you'd like to meet and have as friends. They have their problems, just as any of us do, and they deal with them. In Knit to be Tied, Jennifer and Pete have been contacted by Cassie's mother and she wants her daughter back. Since Jennifer and Pete have been caring for Cassie for over a year, they are now a family. What can they do? Throughout the book, there is a discussion of what they can and can't do to solve their problem and keep Cassie with them.
In another thread, a classmate of Lisa's, Nancy, wants to learn to knit, so Lisa brings her to House of Lambspun and introduces her around. Nancy is single and pregnant and slowly tells her story to Lisa and Kelly. They try to work with her and help her out.
Throughout the story, it is driven home that family is important, but that there's biological family, and there's the family that is made up of close friends who help you when you need it; even as you help them. A secondary thread that has been running through all the books in the series is one of personal responsibility and its importance in how you live your life. The books are never preachy but they deal with the lives of characters who embody these characteristics, and it does affect what they do when faced with the problems of daily life and the more critical problems that sometimes strike when you least expect it.
With these basic issues affecting the lives of Kelly and her friends, they manage to move forward while when facing the loss of a child, a critically injured friend who will require lots of physical therapy, and trying to gather clues to find the person who ran down their friend and who maybe killed a second person, and helping a young woman who feels betrayed and alone.
If you've never read one of the Knitting Mysteries before don't worry, you'll pick up enough information to follow the relationships between the characters as you read. Each of the books can stand alone, but you may enjoy visiting these characters enough to go back and read the series in order.