I wish I could recommend Dropped Dead Stitch. I love knitting; I love cozy mysteries; and, I loved Sefton's first few books of this series.
But, I can't recommend Dropped Dead Stitch. The mystery isn't compelling. Heck, it's not even interesting. Typically, I'm so eager to know whodunit that I turn page after page and read an entire book in one day. The mystery in Dropped Dead Stitch is so dull, I didn't care who did it.
On the plus side, Sefton tackles the difficult topic of rape with respect and sensitivity which gives the book a slightly more serious tone. Sefton also pays off one of the long-term relationships with a wedding and picks up the threads of a romance that was hinted at in Dyer Consequences. Finally, Dropped Dead Stitch drops clues that there may be trouble ahead in Kelly and Steve's relationship, perhaps even a parting of the ways due to financial strain and career goals.
But, I don't care about the characters any more. What makes characters interesting is how they deal with conflict and life changes. Sefton's characters have no conflicts or life changes. They drink coffee, eat pizza, play softball, knit, and play board games. That's no more interesting than my own life. As I read the comments from other reviewers, I see that the frequent descriptions of hum-drum daily life in Dropped Dead Stitch turn them off, too.
As a reader, when I pay hardcover prices, I expect an author to step-up the quality of their work. I'm not looking for the "great American novel," but for hardcover prices, I expect a quality mystery. Dropped Dead Stitch isn't worth the hardcover price or the time you'll spend reading it.