Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton


Fleece Navidad is the sixth book in Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mysteries series. As the holidays approach, Kelly Flynn is busy knitting hats for charity, staffing the holiday bazaar booth, baking cookies, and coaching teens to perform the Nativity at a local church. After her life was threatened, she has taken a long break from amateur sleuthing. Her daily routine always includes coffee from Pete’s Café and knitting with her friends at Lambspun, the knitting shop across the way from her house. A newcomer to the knitting group is Claudia Miller, a flirty socialite set on finding husband #4…her previous husbands all seem to have died tragic accidental deaths. Her sights are set on retired professor Jeremy Cunningham although he had been involved with librarian Juliet Renfrow.

Sheila Miller, Claudia’s stepdaughter from her third marriage, suddenly shows up in Fort Conner, and makes accusations that Claudia killed her father. She also accuses Claudia of stealing a car and credit card from an elderly woman in Florida. Claudia claims Sheila’s father’s death was accidental and that she borrowed the car and credit card and intended to pay everything back once she was settled. Lambspun regulars take sides creating tension in the usually relaxed atmosphere of the knitting shop.

Ultimately Jeremy rejects Claudia for Juliet, but later that night Juliet is the victim of a hit and run accident. Claudia claims she was in her motel all night, but all evidence seems to point to her. Kelly starts asking questions and puts her sleuthing skills back to work again. Is Claudia a murderer or was she set up to look like one?

I have enjoyed all of Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mysteries, however I felt this story was a bit too predictable. The book seemed to be lacking the usual fun characters and interesting plot twists, but I enjoyed reading the knitting patterns and recipes included in the back of the book.

1 comment:

Kara - Reference & Reader Services said...

This book might be worth reading for the recipes. I love books with recipes!