Review: Close Knit Killer by Maggie Sefton

(A Knitting Mystery)
11th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 4, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258392
E-Book File Size: 506 KB



Springtime in Fort Connor, Colorado, is a breeze until a veteran con man shows up in town…

Mimi and Burt are having the storage building  behind Lambspun remodeled for more classroom space and to organize the storage of wool waiting to be spun or sold.

Pete’s grandfather, Ben, has a heart attack and needs major surgery. Pete rushes to Denver to be at his side and make arrangements for his niece, Cassie, who has been staying with Ben while her mother travels around chasing her boyfriend’s band. After much thought and encouragement from the folks in Fort Connor Pete realizes bringing her home with him is the best option.

Plus Jared Rizzol has had the nerve to return to town after being released from prison. His Ponzi scheme defrauded countless Fort Connor residents and brought much pain and suffering to their families. It is no surprise that he has been found murdered. There should be plenty of suspects but the cops quickly turn their focus to someone who Kelly knows just couldn’t have done it.  She is bound and determined to knit together the clues and find the real killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Holy Cliffhanger!!

I love my trips to Fort Connor. The characters all feel like old friends. I would love to sit at the table in Lambspun and knit, talk and relax with a cup of coffee. Not much time for that this visit with a murder happening right in the parking lot.

While I love all the regular characters, it was the new character Cassie that stole my heart. Basically left behind with her grandfather so her mother could pursue HER dreams. Then her grandfather has a heart attack and she is uprooted to Fort Connor and she handles it wonderfully. She is thrilled to go to a youth softball clinic with Kelly, to play tennis with Megan and even to stock the shelves for Mimi. Everyone comes up with ideas to keep her occupied while Jennifer and Pete work. You can tell she led a slower life with her grandfather and now she is ready expand her horizons.

I enjoyed the mystery but there was a small number of actual suspects and at times Kelly and Burt seemed to be going in circles.  I am really looking forward to the next installment as a canyon fire takes center stage. I don’t know if I can wait a year to find out what happens!

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About This Author
Maggie Sefton was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and journalism. Maggie has worked in several careers over the years, from a CPA to a real estate broker in the Rocky Mountain West. However, none of those endeavors could compare with the satisfaction and challenge of creating worlds on paper. She is the mother of four grown daughters, currently scattered around the globe. Author of the nationally bestselling Knitting Mysteries, she resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs.

Check out her website here.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

5 thoughts on “Review: Close Knit Killer by Maggie Sefton

  1. So many books, so little time!!! You just keep bringing them on! It sounds good.

  2. I’m a fan of Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mysteries, too! This one was fun, if (as you say) Kelly seemed to spin her wheels a lot. Like you, I’m eager to find out what happens in the next book. I have family a part of NM which has experienced two major fires in the last 12 years or so (an another in the mountains this summer), so I know how devastating wildfires can be.

    Someday, I vow I’m going to visit Fort Collins (the real “Fort Connor”) and spend time in Lambspun — with my knitting, of course. 🙂

    My review of Close Knit Killer comes out Monday. Come on by if you get a chance!

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