Title: A Killer Stitch
Series: Knitting Mysteries, Book #4
Author: Maggie Sefton
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
The House of Lambspun has been bombarded for the holidays. Then an alpaca sheep rancher is found dead in Bellevue Canyon-and knitter and sometime-sleuth Kelly Flynn quickly puts Yuletide frivolities aside. With the deceased’s reputation for loving and leaving the ladies of Fort Connor, many women had a motive to kill him. Kelly also finds herself linked to the prime suspect, a former lover of the wealthy playboy rancher. Charged with keeping both spinner and spurned from going over the edge, Kelly will discover more than a few secrets tangled on this triad’s bobbin. (Via Goodreads)
Honestly, this is my least favorite book in the Knitting Mystery Series. First of all, I’m starting to have a hard time with the timeline. This is book 4, yet we haven’t even been with our heroine, Kelly Flynn, for a full year and there have already been 5 murders in and around Fort Connor, six if you count this storyline, that directly touch Kelly’s inner circle. Maybe it is my idealistic idea of town life in Colorado, but I just don’t buy that many murders so close to Kelly Flynn’s social circle in such a short amount of time.
Secondly, by the time we reach the last quarter of the book, Kelly still hadn’t done any detective work. We didn’t learn anything new from the first telling of the murder to nearly the end of the story, except for a bit of gossip here & there. Then the final “piece” that truly points to the killer, just happens to fall into Kelly’s lap? After that her only sleuthing is a second trip back to the bar and having Burt check with the patrol officer. Armed with that she manages to get a confession? No, I’m not buying it.
Although I do love the group of characters in this series, the actual mystery writing for this installment was under par for the standards the author has set previously. In fact, the highlight moment for me was the chaotic introduction of Marty into the group. The entire scene at Curt’s house had me laughing out loud. Since I love the characters so much and enjoy seeing the relationships grow & develop, I will probably continue reading this book series. However, I think I will take a break from binge reading it, to give my brain a palette cleanse. Hopefully, future books in the series return to the sleuthing style I so enjoyed in the first 3 books.
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