Close Knit Killer

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Springtime in Fort Connor, Colorado, is a breeze until a veteran con man shows up in town. Everyone—including the House of Lambspun knitters—is up in arms, and once again it’s up to Kelly Flynn to untangle the threads of a complicated crime…
 
Years ago Jared Rizzoli operated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded countless Fort Connor residents—including Barbara, one of the ...

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Overview

Springtime in Fort Connor, Colorado, is a breeze until a veteran con man shows up in town. Everyone—including the House of Lambspun knitters—is up in arms, and once again it’s up to Kelly Flynn to untangle the threads of a complicated crime…
 
Years ago Jared Rizzoli operated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded countless Fort Connor residents—including Barbara, one of the shop’s knitters. Jared went to jail for his crime, but after being released for good behavior, he’s back to ruin more lives.
 
When Jared is found dead in his car outside of Lambspun, Barbara becomes a prime suspect, much to the shock of the knitting community. Kelly and her friends now need to sort through a long list of fleeced suspects to pin the crime on the true killer…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Revenge provides the theme for Edgar-finalist Sefton’s enjoyable 11th knitting mystery featuring Fort Connor, Colo., accountant Kelly Flynn (after 2012 Cast On, Kill Off). Twelve years before, investment adviser Jared Rizzoli ran a Ponzi scheme that defrauded many Fort Connor residents, some of whom lost more than just money. Rizzoli went to prison for his crimes, but now he’s back, unrepentant and unwelcome. After a couple of run-ins with the locals, Rizzoli is found murdered in his car. Kelly takes a keen interest in the case, especially since two of her friends are prime suspects, and once again turns amateur sleuth. While the ending is given away a little too early, series fans will delight in the side action of the regular cast of characters and be on the edge of their seats with a cliffhanger ending. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (June)
Library Journal
Old con men like Jared never change, but one victim (one of the knitters?) was mad enough to kill him this time. Sefton's 11th series title (after Cast On, Kill Off) includes recipes and patterns.
Kirkus Reviews
Fort Connor gets its collective knickers in a knot when a con man returns to the Colorado town after serving his time. Jared Rizzoli's Ponzi scheme casts a broad net, ruining many lives. Indigent Malcolm lost his home, his wife and his money in Rizzoli's scam. Barbara, one of the spinners at Mimi Shafer's House of Lambspun, lost her dad, a financial planner who killed himself when he discovered that Rizzoli had lost all of his clients' money. So when Rizzoli turns up dead in Mimi's driveway, the police don't think they have far to look for the killer. Accountant Kelly Flynn (Cast On, Kill Off, 2012, etc.), who shares the yarn shop's driveway, thinks otherwise and starts to hunt for alternatives to the cops' prime suspect. But her sleuthing is interrupted by an emergency: Good friend Pete Wainwright's father, Ben, is hospitalized in Denver after a heart attack, leaving his niece Cassie without a guardian. As Pete and his girlfriend, Jennifer, prepare a home for Cassie in Fort Connor, Kelly, Mimi, physical therapist Lisa Gerrard and alpaca rancher Jayleen Swinson all pitch in to provide activities to ease the 11-year-old's transition to small-town life. Like no adolescent on Earth, Cassie proves sweet, amenable and interested in everything, leaving Kelly plenty of time to track down the real culprit in Rizzoli's murder. Once again, the Lambspun gang shows the power of friendship and fiber arts to triumph over greed and self-interest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425258392
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Knitting Mystery Series , #11
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 369,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Sefton

Maggie Sefton was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and journalism. Maggie has worked in several careers over the years, from a CPA to a real estate broker in the Rocky Mountain West. However, none of those endeavors could compare with the satisfaction and challenge of creating worlds on paper. She is the mother of four grown daughters, currently scattered around the globe. Author of the nationally bestselling Knitting Mysteries, she resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Close Knit Killer is the 11th book in the A Knitting Mystery ser

    Close Knit Killer is the 11th book in the A Knitting Mystery series.

    First off, their is an exciting new character in the Kelly Flynn series. Her name is Cassie and she is almost 12 and is the niece of Pete, the owner of Pete Porch Cafe at the House of Lambspun. The gang at Lambspun have all joined together to help out Pete and Jennifer keep Cassie occupied and to smooth out the rough edges of her moving to a new home. She seems to have adapted to her new home. I certainly hope to read more about her.

    Mimi and Burt have decided to renovate a storage building and turn in into classrooms for the spinners and weavers who frequent the House of Lambspun. When, Hal Nelson who will be doing the work, shows up with his helper, Malcolm, Kelly recognizes Malcolm as the homeless person who provided her with some valuable information solve a previous case. Then when Jared Rizzoli shows, things really begin to tense. Rizzoli had operated a Ponzi scheme and many of the residents of Fort Connor had lost money in the scheme, some, even had been ruined by it. Soon Jared is found dead in the drive of Lambspun. Barbara, a knitter that is frequently at Lambspun, Hal and Malcomb were all seen having an argument with Jared, in addition Hal and Malcomb were seen by his car shortly before he was found dead. All three had had their lives saddly touched by Jared Ponzi scheme.

    Kelly and Bert have their hands full sorting out people's alibis and trying to find hard facts that will point to the murderer.

    Sefton wonderfully ends up the story by setting up the next book. I wouldn't even be surprised if there isn't another romance blooming in the next book.

    Another exciting chapter in Kelly Flynn's life. Looking forward to book 12 next year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Dissaointing

    Stilted coversation. Yes, said Kelly. No said Kelly. And the boring coffee description. Over and over with how much coffee Kelly drank as if the author was on a word or page count.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    Boring!!!! I am so disappointed with this book. Sefton is gett

    Boring!!!! I am so disappointed with this book. Sefton is getting lazy with her writing by repeating over and over conversations with people. I am tired of her description of the coffee. Enough already, we get it that Kelly likes coffee. She is going to have major problems with her bladder with all the coffee she drinks. The story was weak, my favorite characters were walk-ons, and the mystery was a non-mystery. This is my last book to buy or even get at the library as Sefton is mailing it in and not being creative with the storylines. Loved Lambspun and all the characters but they have become one dimensional. Not a good buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Good for interludes between literature

    While I sort of like the series because I'm a knitter, I find a lot of Maggie Sefton's books very repetitive. Kelly, (the gossip and snoopiest character!), tells one character details of the murder, then that character repeats the same details to another character, then THAT character tells the next character.....well, you get the picture. It's almost as if the author is trying to use up her word count for the day the easiest way possible. I also get distracted by the endless descriptions of Kelly drinking coffee and by the "ohhhhhh" and "yummmm" and other silly things the characters say.
    That said, I do like the knitting and the spinning and the yarn descriptions. It's obvious Ms. Sefton loves fiber and her books are filled with all things fiber. That alone is worth keeping up with the series. I want to live in Lambspun! So if you are a yarn lover, you will like this series of "Kelly" books. If you aren't, there are other good mysteries out there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Good

    I have been enjoying this series, but I feel like they are losing the ability to keep me captivated. I do enjoy them, but I don't have a problem putting the last couple down and being distracted by something else. Normally if I am reading a good book, I CAN'T be distracted for anything.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Another page-turner!

    I love the group of characters that Maggie Sefton has created, she makes you feel like they are part of your life. Whenever I pick up a book in this series, I feel like I am getting together with a group of friends. The story is well played out and plot moves along at a good pace. Maggie Sefton knows how to create a visual scene with words without overdoing it.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    A disappointing entry

    I've read the other books in the series, but found this one to be disappointing. All Kelly does (besides drinking WAY too much coffee - this woman is headed for major problems with her liver) is talk, talk, talk. Not much of a detective. The resolution was not believable - not who the killer was, but how Kelly uncovers the killer.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Great Read

    This is a book for people who want a good clean mystery. I have kept up with this series and appreciate the story line and the way it keeps you guessing without any bad words or "interludes" of bedroom scenes. I have told others of this author and sent them to library to check them out. Looking forward to next in series.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    good

    There was too much time eating and describing how to make food then spent on the plot. It is the first on Maggie Sefton that i did not enjoy completly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Lazy afternoon read

    Another great addition to the series. Series hasn't gone stale.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    It's ok

    I enjoyed the book but found much of the dialogue between the characters repetitive. The series is losing its thrill for me. It seems like the last two books have circled around Kelly and Steve's break up and Marty and Megan's wedding which has yet to occur. The mysteries are becoming easier and easier to solve, but that's fine I'm use to solving them mysteries mid way the book. I would recommend the series because its a nice read during the knitting season. I'm waiting for book 12 to release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Enjoyable read...

    I have read the whole series and have throughly enjoyed all of them. The only thing I wish is that they were longer...

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    there is mystery in fort collins. a body is found after 30 year

    there is mystery in fort collins. a body is found after 30 years. also a treasure of jewelry. then a murder. are they all connected? whodunit? did one person commit all three crimes? these stories are well written and the characters live real lives. that's what makes these stories so enjoyable. we readers can relate to them. i've read every oone of these stoies and they never disappoint. a cup of tea, a cozy fire, and one of miss maggie's stories and it's heaven!

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