If you are looking for a lighthearted mystery, you might enjoy one of the following cozies:
By Maggie Sefton
Certified Public Accountant Kelly Flynn leaves her fast-paced life in D.C. to head to Fort Connor, Colorado for the funeral of her beloved Aunt Helen. Helen, it seems, was murdered during a botched burglary. The police suspect a vagrant with a known drinking problem and violent tendencies. As she investigates her Aunt's death, Kelly discovers that Helen took a loan for a large sum from a shady mortgage company shortly before her murder. She also finds out that several items (including her Aunt’s last knitting project, a treasured family heirloom, and a large quantity of cash), were missing from the crime scene. All of these loose ends have Kelly wondering if the police have really caught Helen's killer, or if the vagrant was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Meanwhile, Kelly discovers the unexpected kindness of the regulars at the House of Lambspun, a knitting shop owned by Helen’s best friend. Complications with the settlement of her Aunt’s estate force Kelly to extend her stay in Fort Connor, and she realizes that her life in D.C. is missing several key elements that Fort Connor has to offer -- such as friendship and a possible romance!
As Kelly discovers more about Helen's murder, she decides that it's up to her and her friends from the House of Lambspun to solve the case and see the killer brought to justice.
By Betty Hechtman
Bookstore Event Coordinator Molly Pink is caught in a compromising situation when she attempts to do a good deed. Ellen Sheridan, the group leader for the Tarzana Hookers (a crochet group that meets at the bookstore) forgets her crochet hooks after a meeting. Molly decides to return them to her. Unfortunately for Molly, when she arrives at Ellen’s house she discovers that Ellen has been murdered. Molly is discovered standing over the body by the police, and her complicated past with Ellen makes her an ideal murder suspect. To make matters worse, the investigating officer, Detective Heather Gilmore, has a grudge against Molly. Detective Heather is willing to take the circumstantial evidence of the case at face value and pin the murder on Molly. With all eyes on her and no other suspects in sight, it’s up to Molly and her best friend Dinah to figure out the killer's identity. To do so, they join the Tarzana Hookers and learn how to crochet while they try to figure out who might have killed Ellen.
Whether or not you knit or crochet, the characters in Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mystery series, and Betty Hechtman’s Crochet Mystery series, will entertain you. If you’re inclined, the simple pattern that each book includes might even inspire you to take up one or the other craft, if not both!
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Reviews by Christina J. J. Gangwisch