Title: A Deadly Yarn
Series: Knitting Mysteries, Book 3
Author: Maggie Sefton
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Kelly and Megan could not be happier for their friend Allison Dubois—a young, talented, up-and-coming artist. Invited by a designer to join her New York studio, Allison is about to embark on a new life. But when Kelly and Megan arrive at Allison’s apartment to drive her to the airport, they find her dead on the floor, apparently from an overdose of sleeping pills. The police suspect suicide, but Kelly and Megan aren’t convinced.Soon Kelly discovers that while Allison’s career was on the fast-track, her social life was a mess. A bad news boyfriend, a jealous design student, and a mysterious man named Brian are all prime suspects in Kelly’s book. Now it’s up to Kelly and her crafty friends from the House of Lambspun to unravel this tightly stitched puzzle…(Via Goodreads)
While I enjoyed the third installment of the Knitting Mystery Series, it isn’t my favorite. There were a couple of plot development points that I felt were rushed, in addition, I felt the instantaneous relationship between Kelly, Jennifer, and the supporting character Eugene Tolliver was unrealistic. Maybe this is colored by my own life experiences, I just don’t believe that people have that type of sudden familiarity in a friendship. That point aside, this was the first time my immediate guess of the murderer’s identity was correct. So having the experience of feeling like I knew who did it, then being given more and more evidence that I was correct, may have negatively impacted my enjoyment of the book. I much prefer it when I am proven wrong or am completely surprised.
Regardless, the negative impact was minimal, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the further development of the friendships between our main character Kelly and the people in her knitting circle. Also enjoyable was the development of Kelly’s sleuthing skills, she is really becoming a creative amateur detective. Further, I wholeheartedly rooted for the progression of Kelly and Steve’s relationship. Like the rest of Kelly’s new circle of friends, I am excited about the decisions she’s made pertaining to her life in Fort Connor.
Overall this was a good installment in the series, the presentation of the crime, and how Kelly, our central character once again gets involved was believable and not outside the realm of what could happen to anybody. The few parts that I did not enjoy or had a problem with, will not deter me from continuing in my journey through the Knitting Mystery Series.
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