I first met Maggie Sefton's Knitting
Mysteries because I
was buying them for my mother, who knits. Naturally I read
the cosy mystery too and I have been enjoying them ever
since. By the time of KNIT TO BE TIED, our heroine,
accountant Kelly Flynn, has been living in Fort Connor at
the feet of the Rocky Mountains for seven years. She's had
adventures galore, met boyfriend Steve, shorn South
American woolly beasts and learnt how to knit from her
friends at House of Lambspun knitting shop. What's next?
Kelly meets her friends for coffee, cinnamon rolls and
chat. New people moving to the Colorado town are being
warned about developing sites up in the mountains. The
costs of drilling for water, stringing electricity wires
are astronomical. Better a solar panel or a nearer site.
Nancy Marsted is a student, knitting and working hard at
accounting, but she's got a personal problem. Her student
boyfriend Neil freaked out when she told him she was
expecting, and he's left the relationship. Nancy's dad, a
counsellor, has gone for a talk with the man, but Nancy is
worried about what might develop. Then news comes of a hit
and run accident. Nancy receives a dreadful shock.
I love the well-established background we see. Kelly tells
us that Fort Connor has nearly doubled its population since
she was a child, to 150,000 people. The rapid growth means
that a witness is less likely to recognise a person at a
crime scene. Kelly frequently returns to the knitting shop,
a sensuous setting with richly coloured, soft skeins of
alpaca, sheep or mohair wools, and bamboo or silk fibres.
We can hear the gentle click of needles and smell the
coffee as the ladies tease out the tangles of the latest
I did find some repetition as details of the accident
emerge, are told piecemeal and are then retold a few times
over to different characters. However a tragedy would be
the talk of the town, so it's probably just realistic. We
also get told many times about a pickup bar at the centre
of a drama, from third parties, so I was pleased when our
protagonist finally went to give us a look inside the bar.
I would have liked more changes of scene. Anyone wanting to
find some creative inspiration will enjoy making the
headband pattern and the cranberry orange nut bread recipe.
KNIT TO BE TIED will please Maggie Sefton's fans and make
The New York Times bestselling author of Purl
Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun
Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels
. . .
In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of
Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the
fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to
knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy
to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns
and soon learn the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the
man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.
Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the
dad-to-be and strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a
frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the
loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their
needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to
kill again . . .