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Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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Book 10 of 13 in the A Knitting Mystery Series

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“Kelly is a one-person dynamo, and when she sets her mind to something like knitting or sleuthing, nothing can prevent her from achieving her objective."

 "A darn good series with vivid, breathing characters."

About the Author

Maggie Sefton was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and journalism. Maggie has worked in several careers over the years, from a CPA to a real estate broker in the Rocky Mountain West. However, none of those endeavors could compare with the satisfaction and challenge of creating worlds on paper. She is the mother of four grown daughters, currently scattered around the globe. Author of the nationally bestselling Knitting Mysteries, she resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Knitting Mystery (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425247594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247594
  • ASIN: 0425247597
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MAGGIE SEFTON is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Berkley Prime Crime Knitting Mysteries. UNRAVELED, 9th in the series, made the New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Fiction List after its June 2011 release. All of the mysteries in the successful series have also been Barnes & Noble Top Ten Bestselling Mysteries. Maggie was first published in historical fiction in 1995 with ABILENE GAMBLE under the pen name Margaret Conlan. She wrote over a million words of historical romance fiction before she ever wrote the first mystery. DYING TO SELL, with real estate agent sleuth Kate Doyle, was published by Five Star/Tekno Mysteries in 2005. Maggie has been a CPA and a real estate agent in the Rocky Mountain West, but finds nothing can match creating worlds on paper.

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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By MyTwoCents on June 10, 2012
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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 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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader 1218 on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Seriously?? Kelly hangs out with "the gang?" Kelly laughs along with her that how young people talk these days? The dialogue reminded me of the old Nancy Drew mysteries I used to read as a kid. I must admit that I had to skip over the parts where Kelly goes to get's become the same thing in every book in this series about how much Kelly likes coffee...okay, we get it! There needs to be much more plot and less of "the gang" going out for pizza and beer over and over. Definitely hard to get to the end of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By margrete on August 25, 2012
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I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed most of them a lot. I also have lived in Colorado for some years and enjoy the Colorado feeling of the books. This book was a disappointment for me though. The plot was very thin and it was obvious very early on who the murderer was. More than that I felt that all the characters lacked personality and depth, at least as much depth as one can expect in the cozy mystery genre. Finally I found it rather annoying that the characters in the book keep addressing each other by name in every sentence. When I meet a friend for lunch I dont ever use their first name to begin or end everything I say to them. So that too made the conversations artificial and in the end I was just counting how many times this happened and didnt pay much attention to what they said.
I know this author can write really fun and enjoyable mysteries. I hope her next book will take her back to her best!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By kieshbox on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So I liked this series originally because I thought it was cute and fluffy...I like a good mystery series with a theme and I liked the characters. I've read them all and I was excited for this one because the last two were not that great...welp, this one was worse!!!!!!

Kelly didn't even solve the mystery, all she did was pick up clues and call Burt, so he could call the investigator. When did THAT start happening? Usually she's nosing around and getting into trouble.

I knew who the killer was as soon as that character was introduced....

Why was everyone was SOOOO caught up with Kelly and Steve having sex...really? That seemed to be the theme of this entire book....then at the end, Steve basically tells Kelly that they'll never get married, he doesn't need the ring, he loves her anyway?! Well hell, why pay for the cow when you've got the milk! It would have been more interesting if they had stayed separated and both dated other people...change is always good, and quite frankly all the coupling up is getting BBOORRRIIINNGGGG....

Do we really need a full description of Kelly's coffee every time she takes a drink?

The dialogue between characters drove me nuts because it's written where they say each other's name everytime they say something....HUH?! Who really talks like that?

The last THREE books of this series were pretty bad...enough to make me be done with it all was good while it lasted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hinds on July 31, 2012
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I've read the entire knitting mystery series and enjoyed it. Maggie Sefton is an excellent story teller, and her characters are likeable and true to life. Unfortunately, I found this book disappointing. I found that Sefton relied too much on repetition of unimportant story points. The colors and feel of the yarn are mentioned nearly every time Kelly enters Lambspun, the yarn shop. There was too much focus on Kelly's friends pushing her to resume a sex life with ex-boyfriend Steve, whom Kelly is dating again. All of her friends commented frequently about this.

Kelly also apparently has the bad habit of talking on her cell phone while she is driving. This happens over and over in the book, and since it is a pet peeve of mine in real life, I let it bother me a lot. How hard would it have been to have Kelly pull over to talk? Or for her phone to ring at times other than when she was driving and felt she had to answer? While the murder mystery itself was fairly good, I knew who the real killer was before Zoe was even murdered. It was like a big red flag was flown rather than the typical red herrings employed in the course of a mystery.

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