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A Killer Stitch
Knitting Mysteries #4

by Maggie Sefton

      This is the fourth installment in the knitting series comprised of Knit One, Kill Two, Needled To Death, and A Deadly Yarn (also reviewed on this site). The latest thing at House of Lambspun is spinning classes, and taking them is the adept but shy Lucy Adair. Accountant Kelly Flynn isn’t taking part, but she loves working from home and her new life in sleepy Fort Connor. Everything starts to fray like an old knitted jersey when Lucy’s fiancé is murdered. Sleuth Kelly soon discovers that alpaca rancher Derek had something of a reputation, and suspects start appearing thick and fast.

As usual, there is plenty to enjoy in this quintessential cozy. Packed in here are the multiple delights of snowy Colorado, the company of good friends, the antics of a cute pet, knitting patterns, and recipes, preparations for Christmas, romance, and a murder, of course. The latter is somewhat linear after the tortuous plot of A Deadly Yarn, and despite my enjoyment, I felt that this was the weakest entry so far in what is a good series. I wanted more crime with the coziness, more plot, and more sleuthing. Bubbling under throughout is the main plot of book five, involving the ranch that took center stage in an earlier novel. I felt that this plot could have been combined with that of dead Derek to great effect, but instead it is a taster for the next book. This aside, settle back in front of a cracking fire and enjoy the company of Kelly and co.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Knit One, Kill Two #1
Needled To Death #2
Deadly Yarn #3
Killer Stitch #4
Dyer Consequences #5
Fleece Navidad #6
Unraveled #9
Cast On, Kill Off #10
Only Skein Deep #15
Dyeing Up Loose Ends #16

The Book

Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Group)
1 May 2007
Mystery / Cozy Contemporary, Colorado
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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