A Killer Stitch is the fourth knitting mystery by Maggie Sefton. In this installment, knitter, accountant, and amateur sleuth Kelly Flynn finds herself drawn into the investigation of the murder of bad boy about town, alpaca rancher Derek Cooper.
Who had a motive to kill Derek? Pretty much everybody. Derek cut a pretty wide swath through the women of Fort Connor, several of whom are habitues of the House of Lambspun, the local wool shop and knitting hangout. In the process he left more than a few broken hearts and dark thoughts of revenge behind. It's Kelly's job to determine who done the deed, and that job is made harder by the fact that several suspects are friends or friends of friends.
A Killer Stitch is an adequate cozy mystery. The Colorado ranch country setting is beautiful, and lovingly described, as are the many colors and textures in the yarn shop. But, the characters aren't particularly well drawn, the dialog is clunky and unnatural, and the mystery isn't very compelling.
An okay read if it comes your way, but don't rush out and buy it.
IF THIS TITLE INTERESTS YOU...
...and it's the crafty aspect of the cozy that you like, you have a lot to choose from. Here are a few: Laura Childs's Scrapbooking Mysteries, starting with Keepsake Crimes, Monica Ferris's Needlecraft Mysteries, which begin with Crewel World, or Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series, which begin, appropriately enough, with The Shop on Blossom Street.
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