If you’ve been reading the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries, then you’ve discovered that I’ve introduced several teenaged characters in the books on different occasions. Most recently, in CLOSE KNIT KILLER, I introduced a young twelve year old, about-to-be teenager, Cassie Wainwright, café-owner Pete’s niece, who joined the cast. Cassie has gone on to become a cast regular in YARN OVER MURDER. Curt Stackhouse’s grandson, Eric, also joined the cast in that book. Cassie and Eric—both now fourteen years old—will be in this year’s June 1015 release, PURL UP AND DIE.
Like all my characters, Cassie simply “walked onstage” one day, and I knew she was meant to be in the Kelly Flynn books. That’s the way it works with my characters. They don’t ask, they simply show up and demand to be on the page. Actually, I had a hint of Cassie a couple of years before she showed up. She didn’t have a name or any description then, but she was simply “out there” in the sky, circling. All I knew was she’s a teenaged girl. I was delighted when the character Cassie finally showed up and turned out to be a delight.
Here’s an excerpt from this June’s release, PURL UP AND DIE—
Glancing around her small table beside a window in Pete’s café, Kelly noticed Cassie clearing tables close by. “Hi, Cassie. How’d you guys play against Wellington last night?”
Cassie looked over at Kelly and broke into a big smile. “Oh, we beat ‘em. Beat ‘em bad,” she bragged. “I hit a triple!”
Kelly laughed softly at the sound of young teenage exuberance. “That’s great. Steve and I were both working in Denver so we couldn’t see the game.”
“We’re playing Longmont tomorrow, Saturday morning at Rolland Moore Park.” Cassie gave the table a thorough wipe. “Where are you guys playing?”
“Steve’s playing a morning game at Rolland Moore, and my team will play in the afternoon game at City Park ball field. So I’ll definitely be able to catch your game. I’ll just hop between fields at Rolland Moore.”
Cassie emptied another table of dirty dishes onto her tray. “I love City Park. It is so pretty. I hope we play more games there. All those tall trees. Pete says they’re oak trees, and they’re really going to be pretty in the Fall.” She wiped this table then lifted the trayful of dishes.
“Can you carry all that?” Kelly asked, pointing to the tray. “It looks pretty heavy.”
“Oh, sure,” Cassie said. “Funny, but it doesn’t feel that heavy anymore. I remember last summer I couldn’t carry a tray like this, the way Jennifer and Julie do.” She shrugged. “I guess I’m stronger now.”
“That’s because you’ve had two summers and a fall worth of batting practice,” Kelly said with a grin. “You worked hard with the ball machine. You’re batting really well now because you’ve gotten stronger. Funny how that works together. No wonder you hit a triple.”
“Do you think I can ever hit a homer like you do?”
“Sure, you will. In time. You’ve got a lot more growing to do. Look how much you’ve grown in little over a year since you’ve been here. Must be three inches.”
“Three and a half,” Cassie corrected, wide smile lighting her deep blue eyes.
“Three and a half. And I predict you’ll probably grow another inch before this year is over.”
Cassie’s eyes popped wide. “You think so! Awesome! I hope you’re right.”
“Your legs have gotten a lot longer, too. That’s why you can run so fast. You run almost as fast as I do, I think.”
“No way!” Cassie scoffed.
“Oh, yeah. You’re like a jack rabbit racing around those bases.”
Cassie gave a giggling laugh that made Kelly laugh just hearing it. “Jack rabbit. I love it. I gotta tell Eric.”
“Well, you can tell him that he looks like a really tall, skinny jack rabbit. And he runs even faster.”
“He’ll love that,” Cassie said, shifting the tray. “Talk to you later, Kelly.”
“If it’s Friday, then you’re going with Lisa to the Sports Clinic. Bring back some of Lisa’s PT secrets, okay?”
“Lisa’s secret is she’s got magic hands,” Cassie said as she headed toward the kitchen area.
Magic hands, huh? Kelly recalled how skilled Lisa had been when she helped Kelly recuperate from a broken ankle years ago. Cassie was one smart kid, she thought, as she pulled her laptop from the briefcase bag.
Purl Up and Die
(A Knitting Mystery)
13th in Series
Setting – Colorado
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Jacket Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4G6G
In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend’s son suspected of murder…
Kelly Flynn’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable—albeit challenging—knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb’s advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams.
A young woman has accused Barb’s son, Tommy—a young doctor doing his residency—of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect.
The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn’t seem to drop a stitch…
We return to Fort Connor, Colorado and the House of Lambspun Yarn Shop for the 13th installment of this cozy mystery series. Kelly Flynn, is an accountant and she does her best work while sitting at the big table in the middle of the yarn shop with a big cup of coffee from Pete’s Porch Cafe. It is also the place she catches up on what is happening in town and where she meets Burt Parker, a retired police officer with all the right connections at the local police department. Kelly and Burt have solved several murders by putting their heads together and keeping their ears open.
This time the case touches close to home. Barb, who teaches classes at Lambspun, is so proud of her son. Tommy is a doctor completing his residency at the local ER. She talks about him all the time, singing his praises. He has a bright future until a local co-ed accuses him of sexual assault. When she is found dead a few days later Tommy becomes the prime suspect. Kelly and Burt with the help of a few friends are on mission, spinning clues upside down and inside out, to find the truth and catch the real killer.
I do love this series. The friendship all of the recurring characters is what makes these stories great. Whether they are getting together at the cafe or the yarn shop or at the baseball fields they are there to help and support each other through things like a huge canyon wildfire or bending the rules a little to get information to help solve the latest mystery. They have each others’ back and can count on each other no matter what.
This time the author knits together quite a mystery. I did figure it out a bit before Kelly and Burt but I was second guessing myself a time or two thanks to a few clever twists. She also describes everything so well. There are times where I could almost feel the yarn between my fingers and smell the mountain air.
Kelly and Steve’s romance is proceeding nicely and the feud between Kelly’s dog, Carl, and the Brazen Squirrel continues. Both will put a smile on your face.
Booking my next visit to Colorado for Book 14 right now!
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.
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