Though I was admittedly a bit disappointed in the last book of this series, thankfully this one, the eighth, sees amateur sleuth (and knitter) Kelly Flynn, back on form. Based in small town Colorado, this series is based around Kelly and her friends at `The House of Lambspun' which is a wool shop, and sees her solve crimes, namely murders.
This book sees the unfortunate death of a young girl, known for participating in the heavy party scene at the local university. Though it is suspected she took an overdose, Kelly does a little bit of snooping around for the deceased's boyfriend and finds out that perhaps it wasn't an overdose at all. Cue lots of sleuthing by Kelly and her friends, though Kelly has enough problems of her own going on...
Despite the murder theme, this is still a `cosy' mystery and remains light hearted because as a reader you don't read about the crime being committed, but merely see the aftermath and Kelly's investigation. It is a quick read that you can dip in and out of at whim with fun characters and a delectable setting. I would however say that as this is the eight book, even though it does contain a list of characters at the beginning, it would be a shame for a reader not to start at the beginning of this wonderful little series- just so you know how Kelly ended up in Colorado and her relationship with the gang- there is some continuity carried over from book to book. Also, there were a few surprises that I wasn't perhaps expecting here with regards to Kelly's personal life, which kept me hooked, if you'll pardon the pun.
All in all, it was great to be back on familiar territory with coffee addict Kelly, her (friendly) Rottweiler Carl, and all of her fabulous friends. You don't have to be a knitter to enjoy these books either, so don't let that put you off. Four stars from me, and I hope the next one is just as good as this!