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Posted December 2, 2008
Not one of my favorite yarns - too predictable
Unless you're already a Maggie Sefton fan, I'd skip this one. This is my first (and last) of her mysteries. <BR/>First, the story is predictable from the first page to the last. The characters are self-righteous and arrogant and these are the ones you're supposed to like! At one point in the novel, all of the "regulars" are on one side of an issue and the "newcomers" are on the opposite (read wrong) side of the same issue. Also, if I had read the word "Whoa" one more time I was going to scream. I guess I expected more when I read the praise from one of my favorite authors. This book is not worth the money or the time spent reading it. I did finish it because that's what I always do, but if I ever was to put a book down without finishing it, this would be the one.<BR/>I've read other novels with somewhat weak and predictable plots but the quality of the writing and the lovable characters has saved them. That's not the case with this book. Throughout the book, the characters over use the same phrases and words, like Whoa and Colorado Cowgirl. I found the writing just too weak to save this novel.<BR/>There is very little that I liked about this book. The knitting patterns are a nice touch but even they tend toward elitism. One of them uses chinchilla chenille! Try finding that where I live. I did, however, like the recipes. Gingersnaps are one of my favorites and this recipe is a winner, but it's not worth buying this book for one recipe.
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