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A Deadly Yarn (A Knitting Mystery #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,457 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Kelly and Megan could not be happier for their friend Allison Dubois—a young, talented, up-and-coming artist. Invited by a designer to join her New York studio, Allison is about to embark on a new life. But when Kelly and Megan arrive at Allison’s apartment to drive her to the airport, they find her dead on the floor, apparently from an overdose of sleeping pills. The poli ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley
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Oct 20, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
The copy editor was asleep during the editing of this one, though. That got really annoying. Not enough love interest in this one, either.

Other than that, I am totally hooked on all the knitting and coffee drinking. I love the gossip and chatter at the knitting shop and want to find a place like that around here.

It is a light easy read, just like the 2nd one. The characters are not 'deep' or anything, but I am so tired at night, that sometimes these books are just what the doctor ordered.

I do no
May 20, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the third book in the Knitting Mystery series. Kelly and Megan are on their way to take Allison, a fiber artist, to the airport to start a prestigious internship. When they arrive, they find her dead, of an apparent overdose. Megan cannot believe that her friend would kill herself, so they begin to investigate to find out if this was murder. There are many potential suspects including jealous students and a bad boyfriend. On a personal note, Kelly is struggling with her plans to return b ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Danette rated it really liked it
I really like these knitting mystery books by Maggie Sefton when I am in the right mood. The main character, Kelly is easy to warm up to and all of the yarn shop talk is always inviting to me. Not much makes me happier than to picture a group of women sharing life around balls of yarn, cups of tea and loads of laughter. There's just enough mystery in each book to give interest without being overbearing when a heavy mystery is not what I am looking for. All in all they are a light, feel good, coz ...more
Mar 06, 2008 Savannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: librarybook, mystery
A cozy for the airplane. Would have been better, when writing a knitting-based plot, to have actually known something about knitting.
Jun 24, 2013 Bunny rated it did not like it
AH HA! I have figured out the trick! I have figured out a sure-fire, no fail way to enjoy these god awful books!

Introducing The Knitting Mystery Books Drinking Game!

Grab your favorite alcohol, and get to reading!

Take a shot every time:

* Kelly verbally masturbates about coffee.
* Take two shots if the coffee is called "nectar".
* Take three shots if the coffee is called "black gold".
* Kelly's "intuition" kicks in.
* Take two shots if Kelly's got a cutesy name for her intuition. i.e., "insects flyin
Apr 18, 2011 Teresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, 2011
This is the third installment in the Knitting Mystery Series by Maggie Sefton. The first is Knit One, Kill Two, and the second is Needled to Death. The series is centered around Kelly Flynn and a group of ladies who spend a great deal of time together at the local knitting shop.

Kelly returned to Fort Connor to wrap up her aunt’s estate in Knit One, Kill Two and hasn’t quite made it back home to D.C. She is slowly building a life in Fort Connor but hasn’t actually acknowledged the fact. This inst
Jul 09, 2009 Ingrid rated it liked it
Recommended to Ingrid by: Cassandra
I wasn't sure what to expect from this serial novelist, given that they are murder mysteries and knitting themed. I have read a few other knitting related serial novels, a cross-stitch mystery, and a bunch of other serial mystery novels. The majority of them are poorly written and do not have a plot or characters that hold my attention or keep me guessing.

While I did figure out "who did it" early on, I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are around my age and for once the writing about kn
Maria Elmvang
I was in the mood for a cozy read, and I knew that despite being a murder mystery, this series has actually fit the bill quite nicely so far, so I saw no reason why the next book should be any different.

Fortunately it delivered as expected, and I greatly enjoyed being back with Kelly, Mimi and the others. There was less actual knitting-related in this book than in the two previous ones, but that bothered me less than I would have anticipated. Even though the setup to the murders is getting incre
Nov 30, 2007 Lain rated it it was ok
I have to admit, if this series weren't about knitting, I probably wouldn't keep reading it. This book seemed to be the most poorly edited of the three so far -- several typos in the text, and errors in plot that should have been caught but weren't.

Kelly and her friends just aren't real people to me -- more "Betty and Veronica," where they are two-dimensional, with no real depth or interest.

The plot was slightly interesting but not all that compelling. Just didn't hook me (no pun intended). St
Oct 23, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
I enjoy these cozy mysteries because of the characters and the setting. And I secretly have knitting envy. I cannot knit, have never knitted and have no idea how to even begin to start. But I really want to! So I can live vicariously through the characters in the series and enjoy their camaraderie over their shared love of the craft. The solutions to the mysteries in this series always seem to come a little too soon, though, so I wouldn't classify the Knitting Mysteries among the best of the coz ...more
Ann Boytim
Jun 02, 2015 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Another story involving Kelly Flynn and her knitting buddies. Kellys friend Allison has been offered a great chance to become a designer in New York and is excited to leave but Allison is found dead in her apartment after Kelly and Megan have helped her pack. Allison was working on some great designs and some things are missing from her apartment. The death is ruled as suicide by an overdoes of sleeping pills in a cup of coffee but the truth will out. Kelly has decided to investigate her friends ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Babs rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Mysteries
I love Kelly and all her friends in Colorado. Kelly always finds herself investigating some type of murder around her. The series is funny as well as a mystery. We get to see more and more of her friends and her soon to be boyfriend Steve. A good book to curl up with hot cocoa and read.
Another good book in the series. Kelly is forming great friendships in Colorado and has decided to stay. In between knitting, being with her friends, working as an accountant, and starting new business ventures; Kelly sleuths and solves the murder mystery. I am enjoying this series.
Jun 01, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads, mysteries
Found this confusing, with lots of spelling and grammar mistakes. Don't really know why I stayed with it, was hoping there would be some redemption in the end, but no. Even figured out who did it, and I never do!
I found the murder plot to be boring, had no interest in who killed Allison, and found it unbelievable that these friends who were so close to Allison knew nothing about her.
Dec 28, 2015 Kristi rated it liked it
Sad to say it's rather formulaic after 3 books, but this mystery followed the pattern set by the other 2. Kelly strongly reminds me of Nancy Drew, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This series is definitely popcorn, quick to read, but nothing substantial. Perfect for a summer beach read, imo. I will say, however, that I'm getting tired of every lace project being described as "frothing" into someone's lap. Knitting patterns in the back are simple enough for beginning knitters, but I'm hopi ...more
Nicolette Kernohan
Mar 28, 2016 Nicolette Kernohan rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting-mystery
In the third Knitting Mystery book, Kelly Flynn investigates the death of Allison Dubois, a talented young “fibre artist” on the rise.

It is Autumn and Allison is about to make it big with a move to New York to take up a lucrative studio job as a designer with Sophia Emeraud. But when Kelly and her friend Megan arrive at Allison’s apartment to take her to the airport, they find her lying dead by her packing boxes and office desk. Allison had taken numerous sleeping pills and so the police do not
Aug 01, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Book #3 in the Knitting Series. Seftons characters are settling into place now. There are still way to many gals in the knitting shop, but they began to take smaller roles in this book. I still don’t know how in the matter of a couple of months all these people manage to knit complete shawls and sweaters (remember - this series started in April) but each time a new book starts they are on a different project. Except Kelly. She’s still plugging away on her first sweater. And I still have a beef w ...more
May 18, 2013 Gabby rated it it was ok
This is the third book in the Kelly Flynn knitting, cozy mystery series. It is slightly better than the first two, but not much. Kelly comes across to me as an incompetent CPA and a bumbling, lucky-to-be-alive amateur sleuth. Her crime solving ability is highly over-rated, and if her friends were really true friends, they'd go to any lengths possible to keep her from bulldozing her way through yet another crime solving caper. So much of the mystery solving part of this series is contrived, and n ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Kelly Flynn is still in Colorado, working remotely for her job back east and still drinking way too much coffee and sticking her nose into murder investigations. Her friend is killed just before moving to New York to join a prestigious design firm and, of course, Kelly is the only one who can figure out who done it.

It's a fast read with some likeable characters. The mystery is fairly easy to figure out--which is okay with a cozy. Some reviewers have called Kelly annoying, but for me it's more so
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
This is the third book in the series. I didn't read #2 because I found these at a thrift store and they only had 1 and 3. So there is this group of friends who hang out and knit together and solve murders. It reminds me of the whole Murder, She Wrote joke that you wouldn't want to be Jessica Fletcher's friend 'cause you're probably going to get killed. Same here. Kelly has been hanging out in Colorado for 6 months and this is her third murdered friend/associate. Not good odds. Aside from this gl ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok
Oh my. These just get worse. I picked up the first three of these at the used book store because they sounded cute and light. Well, they're definitely light. This author just isn't very good at writing. Her characters are flat and weird. She has them all laughing until tears are streaming down their faces from a comment that a normal person might give a (very) small smile at. When they talk, they tend to narrate the things that are happening around them. And they're all incredibly annoying. The ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery, this means no minute descriptions of the deaths, this book features a free lance accountant who moves to Fort Collins Colorado and joins a knitting group. Here she meets all kinds of friends and solves mysteries. The evidence is not too obvious and it does require some sleuthing, but she does track down the killer. A friend was killed in this one, and it masqueraded as a suicide.
Laura Salas
Jan 28, 2015 Laura Salas rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, mystery, e-book
I've enjoyed the first couple of books in this series, but on this one, the gee-whiz factor was just too high for me! Maybe it's a cumulative thing, because it's always been full of very friendly characters, too good to be true, but it didn't really bother me until this one. This book has 41--yes, FORTY-ONE, uses of "teased" and "teasing." It's not nearly long enough a book to support 41 times of teasing. Megan teases; Lisa teases; Curt teases; Steve teases--it's jolly enough to be a Pat Boone s ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
This book was mildly entertaining - I read it mostly on a stationary bike - and was exactly what you'd expect to find in the free section of a lady-only gym. I was mostly entertained by the fact that it was written in 2006, and the protagonist is 29, but uses words like "dayplanner" and "the web", and her friends refer to her getting involved in solving murders (oh - it's a murder mystery, obvs) as "sleuthing".
Oct 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
DNF. Didn't make it past chapter 4. Why? Cuz here's a sampling of dialog, between TWO people with no one else around:

Megan: Kelly, can you look at this mysterious file?

Kelly: Yes, Kelly, I think that's a good idea.

Megan: I am really worried about the information, Kelly.

Kelly: Yes, Megan, I agree, it is worrisome.

Megan: Well, Kelly, should we tell anyone about this?

Kelly: I don't know, Megan, I think that might be a bad idea.

And so on. Really?? Do I, the reader, truly need an identifier in Ev.Er.
Jun 24, 2010 Min rated it really liked it
Pretty much as soon as finished the last page on book #2 in the series, I started this book. In this book, Kelly and her friends have travelled to New Mexico to see their (previously unheard of) friend Allison's wearable art exhibit before she (Allison) goes to New York to work for a big-name artist.

A few days later, when Kelly and another friend go to Allison's house to pick her up and take her to the airport, they find Allison's dead body.

Kelly goes into sleuthing mode, and finds plenty of sus
Dharia Scarab
When I read these it makes me want to knit something.

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
Claudia Cheyne
Jan 25, 2015 Claudia Cheyne rated it liked it
This is the third installment in the Knitting Mystery series. It will be the last one I read. Even though I like Kelly and her friends in Colorado there isn't enough to their story to make me go back again. This one was good. Kelly makes some decisions about her career and future. If you want a quick read you might enjoy these.
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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 14 books)
  • Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery, #1)
  • Needled to Death (A Knitting Mystery, # 2)
  • 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)
  • Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery, #9)
  • Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery, #10)
  • Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery, #11)

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