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Fleece Navidad (A Knitting Mystery #6)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,951 Ratings  ·  162 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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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 22, 2016 Rage rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have super low expectations of cozy mysteries. this book had some seasonal cheer, fairly shallow characters, and a fairly obvious mystery.

I had a hard time connecting to the characters in this one - so many people were introduced in the beginning, and with curt and burt and meagan and mimi and marty I was just not keeping everyone straight. basically everyone has a partner, but their relationships weren't always defined, and I wasn't given any information about what anyone looks like (except m
Jan 08, 2015 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this isn't a mystery novel. it's a fiction novel with a token, predictable "mystery" thrown into the middle in hopes that people won't notice that the author cares more about developing her characters' romances than challenging the reader. I originally picked up these books because I'm a knitter and I love mystery novels. I can't continue with this series because not only does it fail in the mystery department, the knitting isn't even interesting or realistically described. I'm done.
May 14, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Maggie Sefton knitting books and this one did not disappoint. I love Kelly and the other characters, especially Mimi, Jayleen, Steve and Curt. I like the way the characters and their relationships have developed throughout the series.

In this book a few new characters are introduced, some that live in the town and some that are new to the area. This story centers on the Lambspun Knitting Shop where the cast of characters spend most of their time and the events that take pla
The author Maggie Sefton has a hook - she writes about a charming yarn shop in the fictional town in Colorado. Like the author, the heroine Kelly, is a transplant to Colorado from Washington DC. The story is formulaic and like most cozy mysteries pretty predictable. The story tries to keep us guessing by hosting two villains. One is a gold digging 3 time widow in town to trap a new husband. The other is the daughter of the third husband convinced the widow killed him and her 2 former husbands. A ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Margarita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I've read and enjoyed this whole series until this one. What a clunker! There has been no growth in these stilted one-dimensional characters. The dialog is so generic and impersonal. What irritated me the most, though, was Kelly and Burt's (who is a retired police officer) "advice" to a character accused of car theft. They tell her that she will have to prove her innocence! Even the most basic civics lesson should clarify this crazyness. It will be tough for me to keep going with this series, wh ...more
Jennifer Hodges Young
In this Sefton's 6th entry of this series Kelly must help a newcomer in town prove that she did not kill the town librian. Cluadia is a totally unlikable charector and you wish she had done the deed. Her step daughter is even more shrill and crazy. I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous ones the mystery was to obvious, the newcomers to unlikable and the main charectors stuck in the same place they were in the last book
Kathy Davie
Sep 20, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in the Knitting Mysteries series which I picked up...I could not resist the title!

Very homey and cozy. It made me want to hang out in a knitting shop...even...maybe...take up knitting!
Another fun and fast read. Once again - "who done it" was clear well before the end and I found myself telling the main character to put the clues together a little faster, but I still found it to be a really enjoyable read. A TON of recipies in the back of this one too. YUM!
Cathy Hannigan
I've read # 7 ~ don't remember this one
Nicolette Kernohan
Although Kelly Flynn is a relatively new knitter, she is keen to join her friends with a charity knitting project, in Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton. Kelly also must solve the unexpected death of one of her knitting companions, in the sixth of the Knitting Mystery series.

Caffeine addict, Kelly Flynn lives adjacent to the House of Lambspun in Fort Connor, Colorado knitting shop. This Christmas, Kelly and her fellow knitters are working on charity knitting projects. The local librarian, Juliet Re
Laura Gabbard
Another fun installment in this cozy series. This one takes place at Christmas time so of course we get lots of pre-Christmas activities (including lots of gift knitting and parties) all centered around this quaint little yarn shop in the fictional Fort Connor, CO (which sounds very similar to the way I've heard the real Fort Collins, CO described). And of course there is a murder mystery and Kelly, our protagonist, helps solve the crime.
Mar 19, 2017 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked the info about knitting on circular needles then changing to DPNS. The murder mystery is almost incidental this time, it's glaringly obvious who the culprit is almost as soon as the crime is committed, but it doesn't really matter. Lovely patterns and recipes.......even a recipe for dog biscuits!
Alice Janell
Cozy mysteries -- mysteries usually featuring a woman who is an amateur slueth -- are usually fun reads; they're the perfect books for curling up on the couch with on a lazy weekend.

Maggie Sefton's knitting mysteries series is no different. As an avid knitter, I've always loved this series. They're a bit campy, but very entertaining to read. It doesn't hurt that Sefton includes free knitting patterns and recipes in the back of her books.

I've been sitting on "Fleece Navidad", the sixth in her kni
Lucas Moyers
Feb 28, 2017 Lucas Moyers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Couldn't stop reading when I got more into it!
Marion Hogervorst
Jan 20, 2010 Marion Hogervorst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 26, 2008 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked the last novel, but decided to give this series one last chance. I'm still not sure how such a short, quick read can be so tedious.

The mystery side of the story was painfully predictable from the start, even before Sefton began dropping the obvious clues. Kelly and her friends were mostly removed from the action this time, probably because of Kelly's previous promise to stop "sleuthing." That decision may have made the book a bit more realistic, but it also made it less interes
Amateur sleuth Kelly Flynn gets a chance to put her detective skills to work in this mystery novel, which is part of a series. Kelly and her friends are very busy in the weeks before Christmas, trying to finish the hats, gloves and mittens they are knitting for the holiday bazaar. The women meet at the House of Lambspun, a yarn shop in Fort Connor, Colorado. The circle of knitters is enlivened when Claudia Miller, a thrice-widowed woman from Florida, joins the group. Soon another stranger shows ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Min rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the Knitting Mystery book series, which I have really enjoyed. This series is set around Kelly Flynn and her friends and the local yarn shop, House of Lambspun.

In this instalment, Juliet, one of the knitters, is dating a local professor and is quite excited about how the romance is progressing. However, the romance is derailed when Claudia sweeps into town, leaving a trail of dead husbands in her wake. Of course, there's a (mostly) plausible explanation for each husband
Julie Goucher
Feb 15, 2011 Julie Goucher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually hate reading books out of order, but I bought books 5 and 7 of the series together and missed this one as Amazon UK were out of stock. I then couldn't wait to read book 7! It has been a tough Winter here and I was keen to have some relaxing escapism reading, and I wasn't disappointed.

Kelly and Steve are now living together in the cottage that was originally the home of her Aunt and Uncle. As usual, the storyline weaves itself around the local knitting and yarn store and there are two n
SUMMARY: This Yuletide, Kelly Flynn and friends are helping the town's librarian, Juliet, teach children how to knit. Juliet has fallen in love-but just as she finds happiness, death finds her, facedown in her Christmas cape. Suspicion falls on a newcomer, a widow with a puzzling past, who-some believe-was sweet on Juliet's boyfriend. But Kelly and her knitting crew aren't convinced. It's up to them to find a killer- before someone else gets fleeced.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery and the group of c
Jul 14, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sefton-maggie
A lot of things bothered me about this book. If I recall, the last book Kelly and Burt didn't believe in coincidences, yet this lady breezes into their lives with three dead husbands all dying in questionable ways, she doesn't seem to be upset about any of them and moves into their town on the prowl for husband number four and they all just can't imagine her doing any wrong. That person would be the first one I would come up as a suspect.
And this is minor but drove me a bit nuts. Steve has lived
Apr 28, 2010 Lise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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Jul 04, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I read after the first book; I guess I was hoping the writing would get better. Unfortunately, it didn't and I found myself skipping paragraphs. The first thing that bothers me is that Kelly is a citizen yet is encouraged by a retired cop to "sleuth". I'm pretty confidant that this would never happen. Not to mention that she finds two dead bodies, one of which has her throat slit and yet she acts as though it was just another day. Personally if I walked in on someone I had know ...more
This book is the 6th in the Knitting Mysteries series. It was a quick read, with some pretty engaging parts. The police procedural details were more accurate than in past novels in the series, which was a welcome change, but the story itself mostly took place "offstage," with the effect that the reader didn't get to "witness" the most critical events in the plot through the eyes of the main character. Instead, these details were told to us by other (often secondary) characters, well after they o ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Roberta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas-books
Being a very, very amateur knitter myself, I was attracted to this title. I've not read any others of this knitting mystery series by Maggie Sefton so I can't say whether this one is better or worse. Once I was able to get past the poor writing, I was able to enjoy this book. Her pop-culture style seems like something out a creative writing class that will date itself very quickly. This is not one for the ages.

As for the story itself, I didn't buy the identity of the real killer. I didn't feel t
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
Aug 31, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a light, quick read, and this certainly filled the bill. Sefton’s “Knitting Mysteries” don’t really contain much knitting, but her stories need a place for a group of women to gather, and a yarn store fills the bill. Kelly Flynn is the main character in these stories, the one who can put actions and ideas together to help solve whatever crime happens in each story. Here Claudia, a woman whose several husbands have met untimely deaths, is accused of murdering Juliet, the town librarian ...more
"Is Marty going back for seconds already?"

Kelly Flynn and her friends from the House of Lambspun have amped things up for the holidays. Everyone is knitting furiously for the upcoming art and craft show. Juliet, the town's librarian, has handcrafted beautiful capes to sell at the shop. A newcomer steps on toes when she tries to steal Juliet's gentleman friend. She is of the prime suspect when Juliet is the victim of a hit and run murder.

Kelly and company do a little sleuthing and eventually come
Jan 20, 2014 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author seems to be improving as murders now feature in the plots but aren't the main source of drama. The sleuthing and clues are.

My gripes: Please don't tell me that I'm going to have to hear about Kelly and Steve having sex every few pages in every book? 2. I'm really tired of the sexist characterization of any woman who has "too much sex" as being a hazard to herself. What an outdated and sexist idea.

Aside from that, it was enjoyable, though it was easy to discover the killer with a littl
Jun 29, 2012 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mom had picked this up somewhere & had never read it.
It's the 6th in a series and at times was like listening to a shorthand conversation between friends because I'd never read any of the earlier books. Although I'm very partial to the cozy mystery sub-genre, I've read loads which are much better. It doesn't say much for the book when it's dead obvious, no pun intended, VERY early in the book whodunnit. The only reason I finished it was to find out how long it would take for the info to sma
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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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A Knitting Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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