Friday, June 20, 2008

Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton

Dyer Consequences
A Knitting Mystery
Maggie Sefton
Berkley Prime Crime


Kelly Flynn’s first winter in Colorado has been a busy one. She’s learned the joys of fibers and knitting as a daily visitor at House of Lambspun, located, conveniently, right across her driveway. Like most of the knitters, she also frequents Pete’s coffee shop, in the back of the yarn shop. She continues her work as an accountant, and just bought an alpaca ranch in a nearby canyon. It’s the ranch that worries her the most. The ranch house, barn, and stable are all old and poorly constructed and will need to be pulled down and rebuilt. She’s got a short-term loan for that, but the due date seems awfully close.

Adding to her stress level is a series of acts of vandalism. Over the past few months, the vandals slashed her tires, smashed her car windshield – the car now remains locked in her garage at all times – and splashed the side of her stucco cottage with deep red paint. Since the little town of Fort Collins is growing, the police are kept busy with bigger crimes. Even so, they have no leads at all on the vandals. When Kelly awakes one morning to find the sides of her garage splashed with red paint, she’s at the end of her rope.

Things only get worse when she goes next door and finds out that Pete’s has been completely trashed, too. This is no casual vandalism; broken glass, beer and wine, are everywhere and all the food is dumped and ruined. Venturing into the yarn shop next door, they find a terrible mess, but, fortunately, no real damage. Owner Mimi worries about her storage and dye space in the basement. Arriving downstairs, the group finds the body of college student Tracy half-submerged in the dye kettle. Tracy was new to the shop, and to dyeing, but an eager and enthusiastic student. Like everyone, Kelly is stunned at this development, and determined to get to the bottom of things.

As always, the author of this series (A DEADLY YARN, A KILLER STITCH) perfectly captures the atmosphere of a local yarn shop and the regulars who gather there. As a knitter who wishes there was such a yarn shop across the street from me, I can tell you that the interplay and descriptions of the work is spot-on. Having something as violent as a murder, or even vandalism, happen in such a welcoming environment would be enough to make anyone want to see justice done. This is a cozy, so the murder happens off-screen. The emphasis is on the characters involved, their interrelationships and solving the crime. If you haven’t been reading along in the series you’ll have no problems jumping in at this point. If you have been reading the series from the beginning, the character developments are interesting to watch.

Rating: 7 ½
June 2008
ISBN# 978-0-425-21933-1 (hardcover)


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