I’m back with another book review about a novel featuring yarn! This month, I’ve moved from romance to cozy mystery novels with Knit One Kill Two.
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This month, the book is a Maggie Sefton book. Knit One, Kill Two, is the first in a series of cozy mysteries featuring a yarn shop.
About The Plot…
Kelly’s Aunt Helen has been killed. Kelly and her dog Carl head back to her family’s hometown in Colorado to handle the affairs. While the police believe Helen’s murder was committed randomly by a passer-by they have in custody, Kelly isn’t sure.
Kelly hangs out at the local yarn shop, a favorite place of her aunt’s. The friends she makes there insist she learns to knit and assist her in investigating Helen’s murder. Notable friends: Jennifer, a real estate agent who can give context to some suspicious property dealings. Steve, a builder, is set up as a love interest for future books.
Along the way, Kelly finds unknown family members and long-buried secrets. I won’t spoil the details for you. But as expected, Kelly and her friends find the murderer and draw out a confession.
Is The Author A Knitter?
The author clearly knows how to knit and has taught knitting to beginners. The sections describing learning how to knit are detailed. Experienced knitters at the always-bustling shop (unusual but welcome in a small town) guide her to yarn and needles and help her correct her common mistakes.
The book is a little older — published in 2005. There was some nostalgia for me as it describes how popular brightly-colored eyelash yarns are. Kelly falls in love with the colors and textures of yarn at the shop. There are plenty of descriptions of lovely combinations of merino and silk.
The mystery itself is satisfying but fairly predictable. There’s just enough blood at the crime scene for DNA tests, but it’s not gory nor described in detail. There are a couple of scenes where Kelly thinks she might be in a little danger. But like most cozy mysteries, there’s not enough to make the reader scared for her. The characters could be fleshed out more, and I hope they are in subsequent books in the series.
The end of the book has a beginner scarf pattern. It’s a very basic shell pattern made in bulky yarn (with a schematic), and a cinnamon roll recipe.
What The Publisher Says…
The publisher’s blurb on Amazon.com about Knit One, Kill Two is:
“Despite the fact that her aunt was an expert knitter, Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of knitting needles she liked—until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, Kelly is about to learn how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt’s murder…Sefton, Maggie. Knit One Kill Two. Berkley Book; English Language edition (June 7, 2005)
Kelly would be the first to admit her life in Washington, D.C., is a little on the dull side. But coming back to Colorado for her beloved aunt’s funeral wasn’t the kind of excitement she was seeking. The police are convinced that her Aunt Helen’s death was the result of a burglary gone bad, but for the accountant in Kelly, things just aren’t adding up. After all, why would her sensible, sixty-eight-year-old aunt borrow $20,000 just days before her death? With the help of the knitting regulars at House of Lambspun, Kelly’s about to get a few lessons in cranking out a sumptuously colored scarf—and in luring a killer out of hiding…”