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Book Title: Needled to Death|
The author of the book: Maggie Sefton
ISBN 13: 9780425207062
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 444 KB
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime Books
Date of issue: December 6th 2005
Read full description of the books:I didn't really enjoy the first book in this series, but I figured I'd give at least the second one a try to see if they got better. Unfortunately this book is worse than the first one.
We have the return of Kelly the Whiny Knitter, amateur sleuth. She also becomes a nosy, oblivious, self-centered blabbermouth of a character, to the point that I found myself genuinely disliking her. This book gets one star.
As many others have mentioned (as did I in my review of the previous book), Kelly's fetishistic relationship with yarn starts grating as soon as she first sinks her arms into piles of luscious (used nine times in this book) eyelash yarns (I want to hate, but I remember how crazy that trend was). She's taken it to a whole other level now, though, by groping her friends' yarn...while it's being knit into a WIP! It's a good thing her friends are all so patient, I was waiting to see if any of them would slap her hand or tell her it's poor form to grope someone else's WIP without asking. If she had pulled any stitches off my needles with her grabby-hands, they would have had to put us on opposite sides of the library table.
The coffee addiction. If you are practically having orgasms over "Eduardo's potent brew," then you have a problem. If you drink it all day, every day, you have a problem. What is Eduardo putting in that stuff anyway? Crack cocaine? Must be, if her friends all refuse to deal with her until they've poured the "delectable nectar" down her throat.
Carl. Kelly's (and thereby the author's) obliviousness regarding responsible pet ownership irked in the first book, but really irritated me in this one. Carl's constant fence-jumping and golf-ball-stealing is NOT CUTE. Kelly strikes me as the kind of person who would blame YOU for her dog jumping into your yard and stealing/destroying your property. After all, when the poor fence contractor expresses his concern about the fierce Rottweiler trying to come through the door after him, Kelly poo-poos his fear and says Carl would never bite anyone! Of course, this is the same owner who goes off and leaves her dog out back all day in the boiling July heat, on a chain when she knows he jumps the fence as soon as her back is turned. I was half-expecting her to come home and find poor Carl strangled, hanging over the fence.
The "mystery." Well, what mystery there was...when the villain virtually confesses to the reader just a few pages after their first appearance (view spoiler)[("Your income fluctuates...but, I think my luck is about to change." -Geri) (hide spoiler)] it kinda ruins the entire rest of the mystery aspect of the book. The final confrontation is (view spoiler)[virtually identical to the first book, (hide spoiler)] which is lazy writing, IMO.
I'm done with this series, and I definitely won't be recommending it to anyone.
Read information about the authorAka Margaret Conlan
From author website:
"First, a little biographical information as introduction: Born in Richmond, VA, I grew up in Northern Virginia in Arlington, close to Washington, D.C. I attended university and received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature & Journalism, married, and started my family there. All four of my daughters are grown and established in careers of their own and are literally scattered around the globe. I now reside in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs."
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