Agatha-finalist Sefton's warm ninth knitting mystery (after 2010's Skein of the Crime) finds Fort Collins, Colo., financial consultant Kelly Flynn turning for emotional support to her friends after breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Steve Townsend. One friend, realtor Jennifer Stroud, invites her to meet a new real estate client, Fred Turner, but when Kelly and Jen arrive at Fred's cabin on his ranch property, they discover him dead on the floor, an antique pistol by his side. The deceased, a homicide victim rather than a suicide as initially thought, had plenty of enemies, including a client of Kelly's. Kelly begins a search for the history of the gun in an effort to prove her client innocent. While details of Kelly's personal life, including chats with her knitting group at the House of Lambspun, slow the action early on, the pace picks up and leads to a surprising conclusion. Vivid descriptions of Colorado in early spring and credible characters are a plus. (June)
The Lambspun regulars (Skein of the Crime) tackle a real estate case in this popular Colorado-set series.
An unscrupulous Colorado real-estate developer pushes his luck one deal too far.
Dumped by longtime boyfriend Steve Townsend, CPA Kelly Flynn (Skein of the Crime, 2010, etc.) still has a lot to console her. Next door to her cozy cottage in Fort Connor is Lambspun, where cascades of soft multicolored yarn await her eager fingers. Surrogate moms Mimi Shafer and Jayleen Swinson offer a warm shoulder. Pals Lisa and Jennifer are on hand to distract her with pizza and beer, while Megan and Marty bubble with wedding plans. Now that her Denver client, Arthur Housemann, wants more and more of her time, her Cherry Creek house is perfect for hot-tub sleepovers. Too bad that Houseman covets a piece of Poudre Canyon property so much that he's willing to cut a deal with sleazy Fred Turner, who's already burned Houseman once. Sure enough, a counteroffer by a mysterious Brit named Birmingham threatens to scuttle Houseman's dream house. Next thing you know, Kelly and Jen find Turner dead. So Kelly, recruited to play volleyball on real estate hotshot Dave Germaine's team, takes time off from eying Steve warily across the net to try to discover who bought the World War II Mauser that blasted Turner to his well-deserved last reward.
Sefton's Rocky Mountain version ofSex and the Cityis short on the sex but features major chumminess for fans of 20-something volleyball bonding.
Genre Go Round Reviews
“[A] wonderful whodunit with a fabulous final twist.”
"Another great cozy."
From the Publisher
“[A] wonderful whodunit with a fabulous final twist.” — Genre Go Round Reviews
"Another great cozy." — Fresh Fiction
“Leads to a surprising conclusion." — Publishers Weekly