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A Killer Stitch (A Knitting Mystery #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,158 ratings  ·  137 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 2 of 5 stars
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 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
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?
Mar 26, 2008 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
Amy Petty
*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
Dawn Michelle

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"
Maria Carson
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
I am really getting into this series :) definitely got to catch up all those I'm still missing. I think I'd become friends with the characters and very frequent customer at the yarn store :D
seriously though - fast paced, written with humor ( I actually had a few bursts of laugh), and the killer comes as a surprise after the whole plot was leaning towards the "Wrong" suspects :D
good one!
Linda Smatzny
This is the fourth book in the Knitting Mystery series featuring Kelly Flynn. It is winter in Colorado and Kelly is trying to help two friends that are upset over the death of a man both had dated. Kelly starts asking questions. Kelly is also continuing trying to buy the property up in the canyons but keeps getting outbid. The book was a quick easy read.
"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
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
Dharia Scarab

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
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
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 involved, there weren't many clues, just a lot of hashing over the details. The plot was rather focused on personal issues, but the investment in the characters was sadly minimal, so it didn't work as well as it could have.
I liked a couple of the scenes with Steve best, mostly because they made me feel warm and fuzzy, thinkin
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
February Four
It takes a while, but eventually it's all clear. The society-girl vibe of the yarn shop is beginning to show a bit of strain for me, but eh, still entertaining.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The first three books in this series were ok, but I feel like Ms. Sefton is running out of ideas quickly.

I was so tired of Kelly going to get coffee, Kelly going to knit and Kelly playing sports. I'm also tired of Kelly avoiding getting close with Steve. He's a great guy, and he probably would have given up on such an annoying woman by book two if this was in any way reality based.

I felt like her relationships to the suspect and the murder victim were t
Glad to be reading this series again.

The stories are simple, and the characters straightforward. I am a knitter, so I love that there is a community of knitters as central to the story.

My only criticism is that I wish Kelly would spend more time with her dog. He seems very neglected to me!
Laura Gabbard
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.
Reading the next in line of the Knitting mysteries by Maggie Sefton is like coming to meet an old friend. You catch back up with all those you knew and another adventure begins...

When alpaca rancher Derek Cooper is discovered dead, there is shock among The House of Lambspun shop as it directly affects his girlfriend Lucy. But it soon becomes apparent the Derek has been murdered. As Kelly discovers more to help Diane who is suspect number one and also Kelly's good friend Jennifer's friend, she di
I love the characters in this series.. They really feel like friends I could actually know and love. :)

The author really has a way of dragging you into their friendly world of knitting, yarns and emotions. I really felt for Lucy and Diane in this story.. And just love how their circle of friends expand to help new friends in each book of the series. :)

And I really can't wait to read the next book in the series! I have all I can do not to run out and get the next book in the series, since this on
I have had this book next to my bed to read. It has taken me awhile to finish reading. I like the ladies and Burt who can be found at the House of Lambspun. Since I do bookkeeping and married an accountant, I relate to Kelly and her need to get away from her accounts at times. Sleuthing is a lot more fun and accounting is very solitary.

For most of the story, there are only two suspects and I did not catch the possibility of a third suspect until after the suspect was introduced. I kept wondering
Sep 27, 2010 Salena rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2010
I am bound and determined to read this entire series. I have to keep repeating that to myself! I really enjoyed the first two books. However, book 3 and 4 have been so boring with extremely cheesy conversations. It almost seems like the author is dragging out the story with the same lines over and over just to get the required number of pages in. I can't tell you how many times during a few pages it was said "who is this guy?" and "we should tie him up" or some such nonsense over and over. I may ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Joan added it
Loving Maggie Sefton's knitting mysteries!!!
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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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