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A Killer Stitch (A Knitting Mystery #4)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,422 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Now in hardcover-the fast-growing mystery series featuring Kelly Flynn and her knitting circle! The House of Lambspun has been bombarded for the holidays. Then an alpaca sheep rancher is found dead in Bellevue Canyon-and knitter and sometime-sleuth Kelly Flynn quickly puts Yuletide frivolities aside. With the deceased's reputation for loving and leaving the ladies of Fort ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Jan 24, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like repetitive writing
Shelves: mystery
Ugh, I wanted to throw this book against the wall. Not because of the plot, though I guessed who the killer was very early on. No, it's the prose that kills me - pun intended. Most of the characters have the same voice, except for Jayleen who is super-Southern-drawl woman. Everyone says "Ooooh, yeah" in response to every question. The sleuth, Kelly Flynn, is forever bemoaning her lack of knitting skills even though she's been knitting multiple things in each book. Kelly's description of touching ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: lpl
The writing is so insanely awful, and the humor would have been too gentle for my Catholic grandmother. It kind of kills me that people go on about these books being witty. They're corny at best, and work so hard to be heartwarming that they just come off saccharine and two-dimensional. Plus, isn't anyone there concerned that Kelly sort of wanders around bettering her situation because other people die? She somehow gained a cottage across from a yarn store, a whole bunch of friends, a boyfriend, ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it
this book drove me crazy. I loved the first three in the series, but this one really got under my skin. How many cups of Eduardo's coffee can one drink? How many times can a cup of coffee be described in the same exact way? And how obvious is the freaking killer? The conversations are monotonous - basically the same conversation had over & over with different words or questions. I kept taking a break from this book, thinking I'd come back & enjoy it - but I didn't.

I'm just over this seri
This series has such potential but this book was a clunker. Kelly is about as boring as a MC can get, the killer is easy to guess, the writing is repetitive, the characters are flat, and a huge chunk of the already-thin plot is devoted to setting up the next book. All that plus a frustrating thread about how Kelly and her boyfriend haven't progressed much past chaste kissing, which of course leads to an immensely silly scene where they share a long kiss in front of people and everyone around the ...more
Aug 16, 2012 CinnamonHopes rated it it was ok
Barely tolerable, this book was as bad as I was expecting. I had to reread the first chapter, because the characters were so generic that I couldn't tell them apart. It took me until the second chapter to identify the main character, and I mostly figured it out due to her major trait - an everpresent cup of coffee.

This was the rankest crap.
Feb 08, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 4th book in the Knitting Mystery cozy mystery series. When a rancher ends up dead, Kelly gets involved when a friend of a friend and former girlfriend is under suspicion. To make matters more complicated, one of the spinning instructors at her favorite knit shop is also involved in the case, being the girlfriend of the man who died, and now is pregnant with his child. Kelly is also hoping to get the ranch property that she previously lost out on when it unexpectedly comes back on the ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
I finished a killer stitch last night and I have only read one other in this series. I enjoy the characters and the small town they live in. I am not normally a Crime of Passion mystery fan but I liked how this story played out. I will not hesitate to pick up another book in this series and love the knit patterns and recipes at the end!
Laura Gabbard
Jul 13, 2014 Laura Gabbard rated it really liked it
This was a fun cozy read with plenty of knitting, yarn, and coffee talk to soothe my soul. This book takes place in Colorado in December. I read it in July and it made me nostalgic for snow and Christmas.
Mar 26, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it
Recommended to Colleen by: My Mom
This book is one of the author's "knitting" series. It is the first one I read, so it took me a while to get into it. Once I did though, I really enjoyed it. The characters are very easy to visualize.
Ria F
Nov 22, 2016 Ria F rated it liked it
Small quiet mountain town... Yet another murder. (memo to me - if moving to a idyllic town, make sure the yarn store is one town over!) Same cast of characters. East coast CPA transplant Kelly sleuthing around, Steve the builder, ever patient, will Kelly ever take it to the next level with him? Burt the retired cop turned spinner, Curt the rancher coming out of his shell helping Kelly with the Wyoming ranch she inherited and trying to help her get an alpaca ranch of her own. Mimi, the motherly L ...more
Alton Motobu
All of the action takes place "off stage" - we hear about it third-hand as characters describe their experiences to Kelly, who then ties everything together and solves the case for us. The emphasis is on Kelly and her friends - the love and empathy they have for each other in their everyday interactions. At the end you feel good that there are people who have such close relationships, but you also feel cheated as a mystery reader because there is minimal action, not much mystery, and an unsatisf ...more
Nov 12, 2016 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I don't know why I continue to read these books. The character development is lacking, the dialogue is boring and I can't stand that she has based her book on Fort Collins, but calls in Fort Connor. I don't know how many times Kelly can complain about her lack of knitting skills in one book and her dire need of coffee. So annoying.
Jan 10, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I re-read this book for book club this month. I enjoy this cozy mystery series so re-reading it wasn't a chore. The characters are interesting and likable and the mystery is well crafted. I figured out "who dunnit" about the same time as the heroine in the book, just the way I like it.
Elizabeth Uptegraff
Jan 03, 2017 Elizabeth Uptegraff rated it liked it
The allure of alpaca farming, and fleece spinning sucked me into this title. The mystery was far fetched but it's a fast paced read for right before the holidays. It kept me putting off all the chores I should have been doing.
Jimmie Lindsey
Dec 01, 2016 Jimmie Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well crafted mystery with memorable characters, looking forward to #5!
Nicolette Kernohan
Apr 24, 2016 Nicolette Kernohan rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting-mystery
A review of A Killer Stitch, the 4th book in the Knitting Mystery series, by Maggie Sefton. Derek was a local alpaca ranch owner and, although Kelly Flynn did not know Derek himself, she is at once determined to find out who has murdered him.

Derek was well known around Fort Connor for loving and leaving the ladies and Kelly soon discovers that her new spinning instructor at the House of Lambspun, Lucy Adair, had been Derek’s latest conquest. Lucy takes the death hard and initially locks herself
Dec 16, 2016 Katarina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I recently read this book for, I do believe, the first time. I honestly did not get the slightest de ja vu sense from any of the plot points. However, I had it marked as read 3 years ago, with the following (now italicized) review. I'm now concerned that it is a review for a different book in the series (perhaps the 3rd?)

[i]Kind of weak, as much as I would love to say otherwise. It was a bit slow; I was through a large hunk of it before Kelly got involved in the mystery, and even once she was i
Aug 22, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A Killer Stitch is #4 in Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Series. It’s almost Christmas and Kelly is settling into her new home in Fort Connor, Colorado. Money is coming in from her Wyoming ranch and her accounting consulting work is keeping her busy, but a pall hangs over the festive spirit at the House of Lambspun. An alpaca ranchers death in Bellvue Canyon has the knitting regulars concerned. Diane, friend of Jennifer - and Kelly’s friend - is under suspicion of murder. But it doesn’t stop there, the ...more
Dawn Michelle
May 07, 2010 Dawn Michelle rated it liked it

3 Stars
Read~May 4, 2010

Really good book. MUCH better than the last one. I really am loving this series. The only negative I have to say about this book is the increase in swearing. Just a few words (one in particular--though definitely applicable, I felt unnecessary to keep repeating), but Kelly's character does not strike me as one who talks that way, so it was rather disconcerting.

Other than that, this book was really good, Kelly is settled into her new life in Colorado with her new "family"
Jan 10, 2014 Erika rated it liked it
I read these cheap paperbacks between more serious books, so I usually don't give them too much credence to begin with. However, this one was a real stinker.

Yes, the books are cheesy and predictable but the setting is cute and the main characters so cheerful that it can be a nice break.

This book had me wondering how many murders one group of friends will endure before they get skeptical. Four murders in the same friend group and nobody bats an eye? Couldn't the author come up with anything else?
Amy Petty
Oct 24, 2013 Amy Petty rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
*My reviews for Maggie Sefton's knitting mystery books are all the same, as I consider the books in this ongoing series to be of a similar quality level*

I would this book 2 1/2 stars were it possible. This title and the rest in the series are more than okay, but I consider them to be "candy bar" books that I read between more potent books. Palate cleansers, if you will.

All of the titles in this series that I've thus far read are of the same quality. They are light, fun mysteries, but they are a
Jun 24, 2010 Min rated it liked it
First, a warning - when I read the jacket copy of this book, I had no earthly idea what the heck this book was about. So I suggest just not reading it. If you liked the first three books in this series, just trust that you'll like this book, and read it; don't worry about the jacket copy.

Basically, the deal is that there's a dead guy and he was involved in a love triangle. Why the jacket copy insists on taking two really complicated paragraphs to say that, I have no idea. Kelly gets personally i
Maria Carson
Feb 22, 2013 Maria Carson rated it liked it
This book is part of a pretty standard paperback murder mystery series. The series centers around a fiber shop, and following the characters interact with yarn, learning how to knit, spin, etc. is a nice part of the book. Additionally, there is a lot of talk of food and coffee, which is fun to read. Sometimes this becomes farcical and unrealistic -- in one scene in this book, the main character has a piece of chocolate cake, a mint hot chocolate, and then once done immediately takes a gingerbrea ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012, mystery
So bad it was good? Maybe more like so bad it was kind of funny. I didn't realize until I was about a chapter in that I'd read another in the series, Dropped Dead Stitch, and had similar complaints, especially about the main character's relationship with food. I don't remember the other one being quite as repetitive, though. Yes, Kelly likes coffee. We get it. She's athletic. Got it. She thinks she's an inadequate knitter. Okay.

The plot was moderately entertaining, which is why I have it two sta
Feb 12, 2009 Diane rated it liked it
"The House of Lambspun has been bombarded for the holidays. Then an alpaca sheep rancher is found dead in Bellevue Canyon-and knitter and sometime-sleuth Kelly Flynn quickly puts Yuletide frivolities aside.

With the deceased's reputation for loving and leaving the ladies of Fort Connor, many women had a motive to kill him. Kelly also finds herself linked to the prime suspect, a former lover of the wealthy playboy rancher. Charged with keeping both spinner and spurned from going over the edge, Kel
Dharia Scarab
Jul 23, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jul 24, 2014 Annie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Like so many others on here I can only stand to read this series as a palate cleanser in between other types of books. Kelly is not the most endearing main character. I'm sick of reading about her love for coffee (one scene has her downing a hot chocolate, latte and double espresso in short order.) Kelly's progression as a knitter is painfully slow for someone who seems to spend so much time doing it, unless most of her knitting time is being in the presence of yarn instead of actually stitching ...more
Karen L
This story is set around a woman named Kelly who came to a Colorado town to take care of her late grandmother's estate. She had a wonderful time there where she met some people who were in a knitting club. Kelly decides to stay there after deciding not to go back to her hectic accounting job in a fast city like New York. In the last three books Kelly and her friends have solved some murders that have taken there in town. This has been the good parts in the books so far, however, in this story so ...more
Ann Boytim
Feb 13, 2016 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Kelly Flynn and her knitting group are getting ready for all the holiday knitters. A local rancher/playboy is found dead and it seems this was a man who courted and tossed off women by the dozen so there could be many suspects in his death. Kelly offers to help her friend Jennifer's friend Diane who is one of the chief suspects in the murder. In the meantime Kelly wants to purchase a property that was just put back on the market after the second buyer backed out. Kelly does get the property but ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Fourth in the series, this edition takes the reader on a winter mystery set in Colorado during the holidays where the Lambspun community is fast at work making hats, scarves, and mittens for seasonal gifting. Amidst the holiday cheer, chaos hits when a romance gone wrong ends in murder. The Lambspun community could be set in any small town. The writing is easy to follow and the variety of characters will surely allow readers to find at least one to cheer for. I enjoyed learning more about other ...more
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From author website:

"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 14 books)
  • Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery, #1)
  • Needled to Death (A Knitting Mystery, # 2)
  • A Deadly Yarn (A Knitting Mystery, #3)
  • 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)
  • Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery, #9)
  • Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery, #10)
  • Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery, #11)

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