Cast On, Kill Off
Berkley Prime Crime, Jun 5 2012, $25.95
In Fort Connor, Colorado, IT consultant and House of Lambspun knitter Megan Smith is marrying attorney Marty Harrington. A friend of the bride and groom, CPA and House of Lambspun knitter Kelly Flynn is happy for them and relishes the honor of being a bridesmaid.
Local seamstress Zoe Yeager is making the wedding party gowns, but is short tempered and her face bruised most likely from her abusive husband; while Leann O’Hara accuses Zoe of stealing her designs. Kelly intercedes when a frightened Zoe leaves her husband by placing her in a women’s shelter. However, not long afterward, someone murders Zoe.
The latest Knitting Murder (see Dropped Dead Stitch, Skein of the Crime and Unraveled) is an interesting amateur sleuth although the killer seems obvious relatively early. Much of the storyline focuses on the protagonist, her friends and the Lambspun Knitters discussing the wedding, Kelly and Steve Townsend’s broken relationship, and the CPA’s nonexistent sexual activity (abstinence proves humorous unless you’re the one abstaining). Although the whodunit takes a back seat to the friends theme, readers will enjoy this engaging tale.