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Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery #9)

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The newest yarn from the national bestselling author of Skein of the Crime.

Spring is in the air of Fort Connor, Colorado-a time of new beginnings for the House of Lambspun knitters. But for fellow knitter Jennifer's new real estate client, it is his end. He's been murdered and Kelly Flynn is left unraveling a tangle of clues. This may prove to be her most challenging pr
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published May 14th 2011)
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First of all, I want to say that I really like this series, but now I'm having second thoughts about reading anymore of them. This book was just annoying from the beginning. First, the constant reference to Kelly's smartphone was annoying. I don't care that she has a smart phone, uses a smart phone and tosses her smartphone on the passenger seat of her car. Second, the mystery was second to Kelly's love life, which is also ok, but don't wrap the entire mystery up in two quick chapters with a rib ...more
Barbara Bocan
I usually enjoy knitting mysteries because I love to knit & read. I figured out who committed to murder early on & I also found the narrative between characters trite & uninteresting. I almost gave up reading it. Glad I got it from the library & didn't pay for it.
This series has been recommended to me many times over the years since I knit and other readers have found them enjoyable. My first foray into this group of books was underwhelming-partly because I am not a huge mystery fan, and partly because I found it poorly written. Apparently the author believes that repetition is critical, but I found it tedious and insulting, as if the reader is too dumb to remember the facts revealed in the earlier chapters.
Oft repeated in this story were:
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A bit of fun, a bit of romance, a bit of history, a bit of relaxation, a bit of underhandedness, and a corpse no one will miss! This is #9 of the Knitting series, but to be fair in my review I must say it is several years since I read one of Maggie's series, #2 "Needled to Death", so I am coming into this cozy series with little knowledge of what has gone before. Just the same, I feel attuned to the book. I'm delighted that this series takes place among the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a beautif ...more
Never having read an of Maggie Sefton’s previous books in this series I was very nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of secondary characters making an appearance right from page one of UNRAVELED. The author did try to make the daunting task of keeping everyone straight by including a cast of characters listing in the front of the book. Believe me, I did make good use of this list and in the early stages of reading found myself flipping back and forth as I familiarized myself with the relation ...more
Why do I keep reading these books? They are really really terrible. The characters are one-dimensional and don't so much have conversations with each other as continually advise, condemn or praise each other. There's one bit where two of the characters threaten some guy who they are playing volleyball with and instead of being 'advised' to deal with their anger everyone thinks it's just really funny. What?!? And they comment on each other's food and weight all the time, just like good friends do ...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
I am truly enjoying this series! A comfortable, easy reading book and the characters are fabulous!!

Kelly and her cohorts are a fun bunch. Kelly, aka, Sherlock, finds herself knee deep in murder and mystery.

Great reads for the summer.
I listened to this as an audiobook and really had to force myself to stick with it. The author spent 20 minutes describing a volleyball game that was being played by some of the main characters after a meeting. On and on conversation such as " good shot" kept being repeated. I can see mentioning the game and that the meeting attendants played but this was just ridiculous. Then a play-by-play of a character finding her wedding gown. About halfway through the book I really had forgotten what the o ...more
I almost could not finish this book, I just couldn't get into it. I'm getting tired of Kelly's coffee obsession. I mean she has a serious problem. And I should have counted how many times a character says, "ohhhhh yeah" It was repeated way too many times!
The whole "coffee" thing is still overly-irritating and overly done, but the story was better than others have been in the series. I enjoyed it.
Lisa Rutigliano
All her books make we want to knit, drink coffee and eat at the local knitting/cafe.
Charming as always, now must go buy yarn.
Although ninth in the series, this is the third that I have read. I suppose I am getting used to the cast of main characters. I didn't see quite as many errors this time, however, the word "physiologically" was used incorrectly when the author should have used the word "anatomically". A word to the wise - Don't use big words if you don't know what they mean. News of the murder investigation seemed to weave in and out of the story as we learn about the everyday lives of the characters. At the ver ...more
Unraveled is the ninth book in the Knitting Mystery series and a very delightful read.

Kelly's friends at Lambspun are walking on egg shells around around her after the recent breakup of her and Steve. So Jennifer, a real estate agent, invites Kelly to ride to the canyon with her to inspect some property she has under contract. As they turn onto the drive of the property, the owners wife passes them. Upon entering the house Kelly and Jennifer find the owner shot in the head with a WW II gun lying
Alannah Davis
I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. The mystery itself is good, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters likable if not quite fleshed out (it’s true that I’m coming in on #9 without having read the rest of the series, but IMO, books in this type of series should also work as stand-alones). However, given the basic issues with “Unraveled,” I had to lower my rating for it.

“Unraveled” reads as if Maggie Sefton handed in her first draft of the manuscript with no rewrites. Which isn

In the midst of the recession, Jennifer Stroud is having a tough time selling real estate in Fort Connor, Colorado. She is thrilled to find a new client; unfortunately, it's Fred Turner whose reputation as difficult is well known in the community. After Turner agrees to sell some river front property to one of Kelly Flynn's clients, another possible buyer tries to get in on the deal. Jenn and her friend Kelly, who runs her own CPA firm, travel up to see Turner to find out what's going on.

What t
A client of Jennifer's is murdered, and this time, Kelly didn't even have to meet the guy and he was doomed. It's all right; everyone hated him anyhow. The murderer is obvious from the beginning. Most of the book is spent following Kelly around to her work and making it clear that she's the best thing since sliced bread and Steve is kicking himself for leaving her. Steve shouldn't be kicking himself for leaving her. He can do better. He should do better. He probably won't do better. The other tw ...more
Judy Iliff
I've said it before - I really enjoy this series. I like the characters, the plots, and especially the descriptions of the House of Lambspun, the knit shop. It's the conversations that bother me. While Sefton, this time, didn't have people repeating each others' names as they talked to each other, the conversations are still stilted. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but if this were a paper, turned in my a student, I'd say the conversations are stilted and unrealistic, almost sophomo ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Unraveled, by Maggie Sefton, b-plus, narrated by Jane Jacobs, produced by Penguin Audio, downloaded from

This is part of the Kelly Flynn series, and she is solving another murder with the help of the other knitters who hang out at the Lambspun store with its accompanying restaurant. Kelly’s friend, Jennifer, a real estate agent, is on her way to selling a property when the seller, her client is murdered. It turns out that he is a bit of a villain, not liked by anyone and someone who
Kathy Davie
Ninth in the Knitting Mysteries set in a fictional Fort Collins, Colorado. While our main sleuth is Kelly Flynn, her "headquarters" and main group of friends are all knitters who cluster together at Lambspun, a knitting shop located in her aunt and uncle's old farmhouse.

The Story
Business is so busy for Kelly that she's having to spend some nights down in Denver with lots and lots of meetings. Meetings where she's seen Steve in attendance as well. With the lousy economy, Steve's construction busi
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
We are back with CPA, Kelly Flynn and her friends in Fort Connor, Colorado. Kelly Flynn is refreshing as a character, due to the fact, that she admits she is sleuthing and doesn't waste the readers time with snooping around. Kelly's friends know she digs into mysteries and even request her help. The police department feels secure that Kelly will share her information when she can prove a point. All in all, a refreshing take on a murder mystery.

This case involved real estate purchases and sales.
I've read other of her books and they were fun. This one was tedious. Most of the conversation (as others have noted) was stiff and unconvincing. I figured out who did it early in the book. The clues were pretty stupid. Some of the actions of the main characters were pretty strange - leave everything to the police except when it comes to confronting the actual murderer? Also, I am a knitter, and I found that many of the descriptions of the yarns was not accurate.
This book was annoying. The story was OK but it was a book on tape and the reader's voice was very off putting. Kelly Flynn and her friend Megan come across the body of a real estate broker. It seems that everyone in town had a reason to kill the man, even his wife. Kelly goes after the killer outmaneuvering the police department and solves the mystery but I'll not be reading any more of these.
Diane  Morasco
Unraveled is my first foray into the land of Sefton and her charismatic cast of Lambspun knitters. I really enjoyed the well-crafted story Sefton penned. I found myself grinning, chuckling and shaking my head @ the high-jinks one minute and ticked, saddened and left with my mouth agape as I sailed through the latest knitting mystery.

Unraveled starts off a bit slowly, but effortlessly builds to a crescendo that leaves you feverishly flipping the pages. Sefton knows how to weave an engaging tale a
I've read all of this author's books since her first one, and while I found the first few charming, I hoped her skill as a writer would improve.

It hasn't.

In fact, after reading one chapter of this latest addition to the series, I'm wondering if her editor even gives a damn or just wants to churn out as many 'charming cozy mysteries with charming themes' as possible every year. I've read probably close to a hundred books published by Berkeley, and a great deal of them are very well written- they
Cute. I liked Eustace who helped round out Hilda and Lizzie's one dimensional characters, but as usual it was all too easy to figure the killer out. I knew IN THE FIRST CHAPTER based on a question one of the characters asked, since it was so out of place in the conversation. That was unfortunate, but as always, I'm reading these for happy escapism, not great writing.
I love my Lambspun family! At this point in the series seeing what's going on with the characters is almost more important to me than the mystery. After the gut wrenching ending to the last book I was happy with how things progressed in this book. The mystery was good too.
I don't really have the right to review this book because I didn't finish it, but the fact that I didn't finish it says a lot. I think the number of books started but not finished is under five for me.

The characters are so stiff, and there are so many of them. The subject matter is the recession, real estate, and construction. Very little knitting actually going on. Yuck.

The main character talks about her weight, working out, coffee, and her smart phone continuously. I didn't care who murdered t
The truth is that I'm burned out on this series, and should give it a rest. Kelly Flynn, free-lance accountant and avocational knitter, has broken up with her boyfriend Steve, but their friends wish they'd get back together. Meanwhile, Kelly and her real estate saleswoman friend Jennifer discover the body of someone with a property for sale. When the police say that it isn't suicide, Kelly is urged to investigate on behalf of the dead man's estranged wife. She also learns that one of her clients ...more
This is the 9th time I have visited Fort Connor, Colorado and I enjoyed it just as much as the first visit. Kelly and her friends never cease to entertain me. This time it was about the declining Real Estate industry.

Kelly and her friends get themselves involved with everyone who lives or visits their home town. This time though, I figured it out before the author told me at the end of the book, I guess I am getting used to the author and how she writes.

It is a good quick summer read and a good
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"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
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Other Books in the Series

A Knitting Mystery (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery, #1)
  • Needled to Death (A Knitting Mystery, # 2)
  • A Deadly Yarn (A Knitting Mystery, #3)
  • A Killer Stitch (A Knitting Mystery, #4)
  • Dyer Consequences (A Knitting Mystery, # 5)
  • Fleece Navidad (A Knitting Mystery, # 6)
  • Dropped Dead Stitch (A Knitting Mystery, # 7)
  • Skein of the Crime (A Knitting Mystery, #8)
  • Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery, #10)
  • Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery, #11)
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