During the cold, dark winter months, this knitting mystery will provide a few hours of warmth. The characters are well-developed and likable, and although there's a mystery to be solved, it's secondary to the knitting, baking and other Christmas festivities. It is a well-rounded story with a bit of romance, sleuthing, humor and delicious-sounding recipes.
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and the knitters of Fort Connor, Colo., are putting the finishing touches on their homemade gifts. Kelly Flynn and her eclectic group of friends are called upon to knit and bake for all the town's charitable activities.
Everyone's getting into the holiday spirit when tragedy strikes. Juliet, the town librarian, is hit by a car and left for dead, and it's clear to Kelly that Juliet was murdered. The main suspect is a newcomer to the knitting group, but Kelly has her doubts. The holidays are proving to be hectic for Kelly, as she juggles knitting, baking and solving a murder. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Oct., 291 pp., $23.95)