I don't have to tell you I love to knit, I shouldn't have to tell you that. Pretty much anything related to yarn I love. That love was what originally pulled me to my first cozy mystery. Since then, I have found so many wonderful yarn-ish books to read. Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery #13) by Maggie Sefton is the latest in my yarn reading adventures, and is available in paperback on June 7th.
From the back of the book:
In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend’s son suspected of murder…
Kelly Flynn’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable—albeit challenging—knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb’s advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams.
A young woman has accused Barb’s son, Tommy—a young doctor doing his residency—of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect.
The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn’t seem to drop a stitch.
I've been with this series from the start, we've had some growing pains and here we are at lucky number thirteen. All of the characters I have grown with are back, with a few new faces and of course a new mystery to solve. If you are new to the series you can probably follow along as there is sufficient backstory given, though there are a lot of characters and it would help you to understand motivations if you start a bit earlier on.
The mystery was pretty easy to figure out, but this series has really always been more about the characters. There was a lot of fun attention to detail that yarn enthusiasts, like myself, will appreciate.
As always, in the back of the book you will find easy to follow knitting patterns and recipes. And there is even a teaser for the next part! Knit to be Tied, which is currently available in hardcover.
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