Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed the first several books in Maggie Sefton's Knitting Mystery Series, but am very disappointed with Cast On, Kill Off along with the three immediately previous. So much so that I thought I would pipe up here with my humble opinion.
You'll notice that even in the very positive ratings posted previous to me that the "whodunit takes a back seat" and "as a mystery, this one is pretty straightforward." I would agree that the mystery itself is ho-hum. I am no genius, but right off the bat identified whodunit and was bored. The story was not engaging me enough, knowing the culprit aside.
Maggie Sefton, in previous books in the series, did a fine job of drawing us readers in, describing the beauty of Fort Collins and the surrounding area, drawing us into the relationships amongst the characters, but this time, and again, I've noticed the same in the last few books in the series, that the descriptions are to the point of superfluous and dialogue drones on and on without adding any additional depth to the story.
The series started off wonderfully, but after book six, I would dare to say...it died. I mean no disrespect to Ms. Sefton, but there are too many other wonderful books (cozy genre or otherwise) out there that I would suggest to pass on Cast On, Kill Off. In a nutshell, Cast On, Kill off has way too much fluff and not enough good story. Having enjoyed the series so much in the beginning, I clung desperately on, hoping that the series just was in a slump, but after four duds in a row, I am ready to cut this series loose.