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Dropped Dead Stitch (A Knitting Mystery #7)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,605 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, who are furiously working on their holiday projects. Juliet, the town's "little brown wren" librarian, is known for her beautiful handmade Christmas capes, and she has extra reason to be joyful this year—she's in love. But as soon as she finds happiness, death finds her.

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Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Sanya Weathers
May 09, 2012 Sanya Weathers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I love mysteries.

Didn't love this.

There were pages and pages and PAGES of the main character and her friends playing party games and drinking coffee and rec league softball and all kinds of stuff that never, but never had anything to do with the mystery. And to be honest, I've known enough spinners, weavers, and knitters to know that the main character would get slapped into next Tuesday for constantly fondling the skeins with her dirty, oily hands. You don't just wander into a yarn store from y
Oct 21, 2010 Thebookmistress rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tpl
Very nice but extremely boring people do some boring things nicely for 250 pages. I keep trying this series, being bored silly, and yet trying again. I don't know why. None of the characters are interesting; the "mysteries" are usually stupid, frankly, and never constitute anything but a small interruption in the boring routines of the townfolk; and even the knitting details are subpar. Ribbon and fun fur yarns, really? Really? Argh. Here's hoping I don't attempt picking up another one of these.
Probably one of my least favorite in the series. The mystery in this one focused on the rape of one of the friends in the knitting circle. Tough subject to be sure. Without spoiling anything for anyone I will say that with this book in the series in particular - I felt that you had your good people on one side and your bad people on the other. Not much gray area to be found. I also knew "who done it" pretty early in the book - so once again I was waiting for Kelly to figure it all out. I still l ...more
I figured I couldn't go wrong with a knitting mystery, but it was pretty blah. The characters lacked depth and I had some nitpicky complaints, like the main character going on and on about how she shouldn't be eating pancakes and will have to run to make up for it (seriously, stereotypical diet talk in books is a pet peeve of mine) and then spends the rest of the book downing microbrews and eating pizza. I was also bugged by some proofing errors -- it's piqued my interest, not peaked. The plot i ...more
Nov 23, 2009 Ramona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great read. I enjoy her more and more with each new book. She also makes me get out my much neglected knitting. :)
Lisa Corathers
A fun (if you can call rape and murder "fun") and quick read. I like cozy murder mysteries and this one was fairly good. Kelly Flynn lives in the small town of Fort Connor, Colorado, and works as a self-employed accountant after leaving Corporate America back east. Since moving to Colorado, she also becomes a knitter and an inadvertent amateur detective. One of Kelly Flynn's close friends, Jennifer, is raped after being followed home from a bar she frequents. Jennifer doesn't tell the police, as ...more
Marion Hogervorst
A quicky: only 185 pages on my e-reader and I finished it within 2 hours. It was a nice read. I always feel like coming home when I pick up one of Maggie Sefton's knitting cozy's. It makes me want to pick up my long time neglected knitting.

This one however was different. I think Miss Sefton tried to make a statement or needed to write about sexual abuse and made one of Kelly's friend a victim. Too bad it did not work out very well. It was too flat, no real depths or emotions that came up. Like
Feb 08, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another adventure with Kelly. I really enjoy reading this series. Kelly is always in the right place to get information that the police cannot. She has also made herself so many friends in the mountains that everyone is comfortable to confide in her now. I can't wait to see what is in store for her next.

I think I may even knit up Jennifer's blanket from the pattern in the back!
Jan 27, 2013 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Agree with many of the other reviewers. I have read the whole series and the continue to be simpler and simpler. Plot is thin and so are the goodie goodie, cutsie characters. To much narrative off the plot, house moving, food, baseball, food.

I hated that the raped victim was made wrong because she liked the bar scene and to go dance. She shouldn't have to change her life - that increased her being victimized. Are we going back to a time that if women go to bars they are asking for it? Then the
Text Addict
I understand that this series is very popular, but I'm just not feeling it.

It's the middle-of-the-series problem - I haven't read the first six books, so the reliance this one places on following the lives of the characters leaves me pretty cold. I mean, there's nothing wrong with the basic writing (dialogue, characterization), but I don't have six books' worth of investment in how Kelly's softball team does, or the careers or love lives of the various people I've just been introduced to. So wh
Nov 24, 2009 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. It is set in Colorado and there is a knitting shop but I struggled to get through the poor writing. There are too many main characters, the jumps from clue to clue and deductions are WAY too slow and not very logical. I had it figured out mid book and waited for Kelly, the main character who was supposed to have this "intuition" to catch on. Borring.
Jun 19, 2009 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
While not intellectual, or even possessing strong characterization and plots, I find this knitting shop series addictive. In fact, the description of the yarns and knitting projects has inspired me to take up needles myself and start a scarf.

This is the latest of the series and is as usual a fast read, guilty pleasure. It is perfect summer fluff fun.

May 05, 2013 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are light and fluffy and silly, which I can usually swallow, and in fact is the reason I enjoy them. However, this book dealt with the sexual assault of one of the characters, and it was difficult to see it treated so ridiculously poorly. Ugh.
Oct 08, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I love a cozy murder mystery. One thing I wonder-the girl in this book is always drinking a ton of coffee. Her breath must smell terrible and I bet her teeth are really stained...
This book really really rubbed my the wrong way.

I believe Sefton when she said she wanted to tackle this topic with care (one of the characters gets "attacked" which is code for raped which is kind of danced around in the book) but I didn't like how it was presented in this book.

Also, I started these books as light, fun, quick reads, and this felt out of place in that line. Maybe the series has been moving towards more serious and I just didn't pick up on it until now, but it rubbed me the wrong
Jul 30, 2009 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad. Just so bad.
 Gigi Ann
Spring has sprung for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, and the House of Lambspun. But for one of Kelly Flynn's pals, things are coming apart at the seams...

Kelly's friend Jennifer is a top-notch knitter--and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed one step ahead of trouble, until the night a stranger follows her home. As Jennifer recovers from the dangerous encounter, she looks to Kelly and their other close-knit friends for comfort and support.

A retreat in the mountains, stitching
Erika Perry
The latest Maggie Sefton novel is a lot like the rest of them: not at all intellectual, but nonetheless compelling. It's like junk food, tasty but no nutrition or substance. This author does some annoying things, like repeat the same phrases over and over and over and ooooover. The author may have read some of her critics' advice, and she has eliminated some previous annoying phrases. Unfortunately, she has simply replaced them with other annoying phrases.

I missed the characters of Hilda and Liz
Jan 25, 2014 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, a nice quick read. The author tried a bit harder this time to conceal the culprit but it was still and easy guess. My only qualm is the advice of the therapist in this book. Holding a retreat for rape victims at a rapists ranch? Counseling one of the characters to stay despite the ranch owner being her rapist? Far from realistic and far from sane advice. Many people are complaining that the characters were too hard on the rapist. As a rape survivor it was nice to read a book where he got ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Snap rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Kelly's friend Jennifer is a top notch knitter and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed one step ahead of trouble, until the night a stranger follows her home. As Jennifer recovers from the dangerous encounter, she looks to Kelly and their other close-knit friends for comfort and support. A retreat in the mountains, stitching and talking seems to be just what the doctor ordered. Surprise! The owner of the ranch turns out to be Jennifer's attacker and when he ends up dead - Jennifer is ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer is raped and beaten by a man she met at a bar and followed her home (without her knowledge). She stops going to the bars and starts hanging out with her friends more. Steve is having trouble because his homes that he built are not selling, but friends agree to rent one towards ownership. Jennifer, Lisa and Kelly go up to a retreat for women who were sexually abused. They are teaching the women how to knit or crochet. When they arrive the owner of the ranch comes out and is the man that ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot was okay -- no surprises, and not particularly interesting. I hated the dialogue and didn't care for the young people in the book. An example of the dialogue is when people are talking with one another, such as a conversation between Kelly and Steve. Kelly says something like, "Well, Steve, you know blah, blah, blah," and he answers in kind using her name. The book doesn't really give a sense of location, even in the mountain retreat. I didn't feel as if I was there. And the yarn store ...more
My first time reading a cozy from this knitting series. I enjoyed the little character cheat sheet in the front of the book. I thought the mystery solving part was lighter than many cozies, since the group spends a lot of time eating, drinking and savoring the yarn. The main sleuth was in her early 30s. Set in Colorado and centered at the Lampspun yarn shop.
This seventh novel in the Knitting Mystery series centers on the aftereffects of sexual battery, especially as these effects involve a death and the main character's best friend. As in Sefton's last novel, most of the action takes place "in the wings" and is merely recounted to the main character (Kelly) and, therefore, to the reader. It's an example of why writers are told to "show, don't tell" if they want to really engage their readers. In this case, Sefton missed several opportunities to sho ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do love these books. Kelly is always finding clues in places the cops never think to look. She is uses working on yarn projects to calm her thinking and filter through the clues to come up with the right answers. Kelly has a great group of friends who can help her find some of her answers. This time what started out as an accident started to look like murder and when it looked like one of her might get the blame she went to work again.
Jul 12, 2015 Kathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did not enjoy this one too much. Another one of those cozy mysteries where the police are seen to be kind of bumblers depending on the characters to find all the clues for them. These 30 year old better begin to settle down and get on with their lives instead of just knitting and playing softball and eating pizza and beer.
A cozy mystery, this book is set in Fort Collins, Colorado. Kelly's friend, Jennifer, runs into some trouble. She doesn't report it though, as she doesn't think anyone will believe her. Then she runs into the culprit at a retreat. And the action really starts rolling.
Jul 18, 2016 Mimi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
meh, she getting a bit whiney for my taste. I'm not sure what's happening but I just didn't enjoy this one like the first couple. Everyone is too something and her complaints about her knitting should have advanced more. Not terrible, just meh.
Jan 21, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, mystery
It was OK. The book deals with the rape and recovery of a woman in the knitting group. The main character is always trying to control what can't be controlled and trying to protect her friend from the cops. For someone with a modicum of "sleuthing" experience, she was pretty stupid trying to cover up for the friend.
May 19, 2016 Alethea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I was reading a mystery or a food journal. The constant descriptions of what Kelly and her friends were eating and drinking distracted from an otherwise fun story. I won't actively seek out any of Ms. Sefton's books again.
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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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