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Dyeing Up Loose Ends
Knitting Mystery #16
BY Maggie Sefton

July 3, 2018 / ISBN 978-0-425-28254-0

Reviewed by  Laura Hinds

I have read every book in the Knitting Mystery series by Maggie Sefton. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect of the 16th book in the series, and I’m still not all that sure of what I got.

Protagonist Kelly Flynn will ultimately, as in previous books, put her sleuthing skills to work to find the killer of cafe waitress Julie. Julie is found dead in her car, but not until a little more than half-way through the book. Before that, the first 50 odd pages are a rehash of many previous murders that Kelly and her friends have solved over the years. That made for an impatient reader in my case. On the other hand, if someone is new to the series, or has only read some of the books, it provides a solid background and may tempt readers to get others in the series.

With all that said, it was interesting that there was a fast forward in play here, as Kelly and Steve’s son is now four-years-old, and he was just born in the previous book. I was intrigued to read about what the regular characters have been up to and how their lives had changed. I immediately wondered how things could have carried on for four years without a murder, and think that if there are any more books in this series—and I suspect this is the last one because of the title-- it would pique my curiosity to have stories of what really went on during the missing time.

So, I’m asking myself am I satisfied with this book? Is it the final book? I am honestly not sure what the answers are to either question. Yet I can say that I read it all because I was deeply curious about how the Lambspun gang was doing, and I liked this book much more than the last one.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this to readers already familiar with the series, and I hope that it will whet the appetites of new readers to go back and read all of the previous fifteen books.

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


Reviewed 2018