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Product Details

  • Series: A Knitting Mystery (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234389
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sefton's somber eighth knitting mystery to feature Fort Connor, Colo., financial consultant Kelly Flynn (after 2009's Dropped Dead Stitch) gets off to a slow start, but gradually picks up steam. While Kelly's romance with her longtime architect boyfriend, Steve Townsend, suffers, she helps her IT consultant friend, Megan Smith, plan Megan's upcoming wedding and teach a House of Lambspun knitting class. When Holly Kaiser, a college student who had been dating the son of a Lambspun knitting teacher, dies of a drug overdose, Kelly once again turns amateur sleuth. The more Kelly learns about Holly, who was far too fond of Ecstasy, the more she suspects the fatal overdose was no accident. The action builds to an intriguing cliffhanger. Directions for a braided knit scarf and a carrot cake recipe are a bonus. (June)
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From Booklist

It’s autumn in Fort Connor, Colorado, which means the knitters are working in overdrive at the House of Lambspun knit shop. Kelly Flynn lives next door and is happy to help out shop owner Maggie with classes. But when a special young friend of Maggie’s is found dead, Kelly wants to find out why a girl who was trying to get her life together ran out of time. Eagle-eyed readers may spot the murderer early on, but Sefton still manages to neatly wrap her yarn around a mystery. An upset in Kelly’s personal life adds a nice twist. --Ilene Cooper

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Customer Reviews

I love reading Maggie Sefton knitting mysteries including recipes and patterns.
flriley
Though you can read them out of order, this series is one that is very worth stashing and reading from the first.
Tnafbrat
The characters are sympathetic, and the mysteries aren't so simplistic as to insult the reader's intelligence.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sefton has stepped up her writing chops a bit in this book. In the past, I've found the pour-some-coffee-pass-the-pizza scenes a bit stilted, but either I've mellowed or she's toned them down a bit.

The mystery starts fairly quickly--first with an intruder into Kelly's home, followed by the intruder's murder. From there, the mystery moves along at a good pace and has a red herring that fooled me!

Sefton pays off one of the long-term relationships with a proposal--very satisfying for readers who have followed the series from Sefton's first book. On the flip side, there's some pretty serious friction between long-time sweethearts, Kelly and Steve.

For knitting aficionados, there are brief scenes about Kelly's foray into felting. For spinners (like me), there's even a nod to Burt's fondness for the relaxation to be found in drafting and spinning.

"Skein of the Crime" wasn't gripping--didn't keep me awake turning page after page to find out whodunit. But, it's a very comfortable book to while away a summer afternoon.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By knitloon on September 13, 2010
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I own this entire series, and can't seem to stop myself. However, I only truly enjoyed the first 5 books. However, this current book made me angry that I had spent money on it. Ms. Sefton's writing style has always been quite simplistic, but that's okay. Sometimes I just want an easy, pleasurable read. This one struck me as belonging more in the juvenile fiction category. I'm tired of the endless talk of coffee, the ridiculous relationship between Kelly and Steve (Really, she wouldn't even admit she liked him in the earlier books, and then suddenly they were living together. Now, suddenly they barely speak.). Also, I realize that this is fiction, but Kelly's interference in criminal investigation would probably land her in jail in real life, along with the authorities who freely share information with her.

I think I'm done with this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tnafbrat on June 22, 2010
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Maggie takes us back again to Fort Connor and our favorite knit shop and yes, of course, there's another murder to solve. If you're already addicted to these Lambspun Knit Shop mysteries, you won't be disappointed, in fact, this one has stepped it up a notch and isn't quite as predictable. Knit addicts new to this series will love this and the previous books. Maggie takes us to a knit shop that has the welcoming atmosphere of our realtime favorite LYS and makes us part of the family. She touches everything that causes us to be addicted to the craft, the yarn, the colors, the feel of it, the experience of trying something new and the friendships gained when becoming part of the knitting world and throws in a great mystery to boot. Though you can read them out of order, this series is one that is very worth stashing and reading from the first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Working from home on August 26, 2010
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I have liked all the books in this series. This, however, wasn't as interesting and seemed to drag on before anything developed. So, it was easy to lose interest in it. Nevertheless I will probably buy the next one to see if it gets any better and to see what happens between Kelly and Steve. Even the knitting pattern in the book wasn't of particular interest to me- maybe if they had printed the pattern Kelly was using to knit her hat it would have been more compatible with the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on April 3, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The mystery wasn't as strong and the ending was too manipulated in Kelly's favor.
All the cops had to do was interview Holly's roommate and the mystery would have been wrapped up. How is it possible that they didn't figure out this young woman HAD a roommate? What were the cops doing, sitting around reading magazines and eating donuts? The most basic of interviews by the cops would have ended this ridiculous "mystery".
Kelly finally figures out this "key" piece of information and solves the case right there on the spot.
I guess had the cops done left the police station and done the most basic of interviews, there would be no book to write. Sorry, too unrealistic to believe.
Steve was a jerk throughout the book and his reasons were pretty stupid. The author chose to put him in a very stressful situation where he is working two jobs and living in Denver part-time. He is cracking and takes it out on Kelly. Steve was written totally out of character and the scenarios where he blew up at Kelly were forced.
And that last 2-3 pages of the book with the Steve drama....What the heck was that for? The author wanted to add drama to Kelly's relationship, I guess. However, the author could have added a better problem for this couple to deal with and developed it in a more realistic way. The ending and how Steve leaves things, especially the content of the note he leaves behind, are too dramatic for what was going on. The note was seriously stupid and beyond forgiveable. "Your mother even left you". What has he suddenly become... a mental/emotional abuser? Either way, his whole attitude throughout the book and how he just goes off on Kelly is not realistic and to top it off with that note....Weird.
I sort of feel bad that my review is so negative, but I really feel the book was poorly planned.
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Fort Connor, Colorado had been a peaceful place ever since the murder of Kelly Flynn's Aunt Helen three years before. Some things aren't forgotten, but everything somehow seemed to nestle back into place and Kelly's most pressing need was simply choosing a yarn for her boyfriend Steve's hat. The camaraderie at Lambspun, the local knitting shop, made for cozy company where clacking tongues and knitting needles joined together to make a lively community of friendly knitters. In fact, Jennifer had just called to see if Kelly wanted to help Barbara Macenroe with a class of knitters. Knit one, purl two. It sounded like a plan and instead of crunching numbers as a CPA, she'd be counting stitches.

With knitting on her mind that night Kelly was ready to settle into a cozy evening at her cottage, the one she inherited from Aunt Helen, when she noticed her dog, Carl, was unsettled. She suddenly spotted a young woman standing like a zombie on her patio, but this was Lemay Avenue, not Elm Street and it was an eyebrow raiser with a freaky twist. The girl began to rock and smile and if Kelly had been a scrapbooker instead of a knitter that girl's forehead could easily have been stamped with the word "gonzo." Was there something in the Fort Connor water, or what?

Just as Kelly seemed to have forgotten the incident she learned that Holly Kaiser, the druggie, had apparently cured herself up and was going to be taking a knitting class at Lambspun. "Mother Mimi" was going to take her under her wing. It was a good thing because outside of getting that gal off her patio, Kelly had no interest in being a nursemaid to some freaky college student. It was bad enough that she learned that Holly was Barbara's son Tommy's girlfriend.
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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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