Maggie Sefton, Unraveled

Posted July 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery, #9)Unraveled by Maggie Sefton
Series: Knitting Mysteries, 9
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ninth in the Knitting Mysteries set in a fictional Fort Collins, Colorado. While our main sleuth is Kelly Flynn, her “headquarters” and main group of friends are all knitters who cluster together at Lambspun, a knitting shop located in her aunt and uncle’s old farmhouse.

The Story
Business is so busy for Kelly that she’s having to spend some nights down in Denver with lots and lots of meetings. Meetings where she’s seen Steve in attendance as well. With the lousy economy, Steve’s construction business went down the tubes and so did his thinking when he walked out on her six months ago.

It’s okay. Kelly’s a big girl and she’s moving on. Besides, Art Housemann , her biggest client, is keeping her so busy that she hasn’t time to think about Steve. Then one day, she and Jennifer are heading up into Poudre Canyon to see a house Jen is selling, to Art of all people, when they run across a dead body. In fact, it’s the seller, Fred Turner. Well, no one’s gonna miss Fred, but it’s the principle of the thing. People just can’t go around killing people. Besides, something just isn’t sitting right for Kelly. There’s something about the antique pistol used that is bugging her. Then when Art Housemann becomes one of the suspects…

My Take
Even though I can’t knit to save my life, reading Sefton’s Knitting Mysteries always makes me want to consider giving it another try. The way Sefton describes the yarns is enough to make anyone cry to collect all those lovely, luscious colors. These stories are just so homey with a lovely group of supportive friends who laugh, cry, and play together. You just can’t help wanting to be a part of their group even if it is just for a short time.

The writing itself is simplistic making this a very easy read.

The Cover
The cover is a bit cartoony but oh-so-inviting with its wicker settee and rocker around a cloth-covered round table laden with skeins of colorful wools, a vase of flowers, a cup of coffee, and a pistol. I do like how the cover artist faded the image into the back. As for the title, Unraveled, I’m not sure if it relates to the silk yarns Kelly struggles with throughout the story, the manner in which that silk yarn is created, or if it’s simply the case itself unraveling.

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