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Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery #9)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,706 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
The newest yarn from the national bestselling author of Skein of the Crime.

Spring is in the air of Fort Connor, Colorado-a time of new beginnings for the House of Lambspun knitters. But for fellow knitter Jennifer's new real estate client, it is his end. He's been murdered and Kelly Flynn is left unraveling a tangle of clues. This may prove to be her most challenging pr
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Published June 7th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published May 14th 2011)
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Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep reading these books? They are really really terrible. The characters are one-dimensional and don't so much have conversations with each other as continually advise, condemn or praise each other. There's one bit where two of the characters threaten some guy who they are playing volleyball with and instead of being 'advised' to deal with their anger everyone thinks it's just really funny. What?!? And they comment on each other's food and weight all the time, just like good friends do ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
First of all, I want to say that I really like this series, but now I'm having second thoughts about reading anymore of them. This book was just annoying from the beginning. First, the constant reference to Kelly's smartphone was annoying. I don't care that she has a smart phone, uses a smart phone and tosses her smartphone on the passenger seat of her car. Second, the mystery was second to Kelly's love life, which is also ok, but don't wrap the entire mystery up in two quick chapters with a rib ...more
Barbara Bocan
Aug 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy knitting mysteries because I love to knit & read. I figured out who committed to murder early on & I also found the narrative between characters trite & uninteresting. I almost gave up reading it. Glad I got it from the library & didn't pay for it.
A bit of fun, a bit of romance, a bit of history, a bit of relaxation, a bit of underhandedness, and a corpse no one will miss! This is #9 of the Knitting series, but to be fair in my review I must say it is several years since I read one of Maggie's series, #2 "Needled to Death", so I am coming into this cozy series with little knowledge of what has gone before. Just the same, I feel attuned to the book. I'm delighted that this series takes place among the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a beautif ...more
Never having read an of Maggie Sefton’s previous books in this series I was very nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of secondary characters making an appearance right from page one of UNRAVELED. The author did try to make the daunting task of keeping everyone straight by including a cast of characters listing in the front of the book. Believe me, I did make good use of this list and in the early stages of reading found myself flipping back and forth as I familiarized myself with the relation ...more
Sylvia O
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that although this series - and this book in particular - bugs me in many ways, I do generally enjoy it and I'll probably keep on reading the series just to see how things progress with the characters. I also think it could be a much better series than it is... maybe I'm just hoping that the author will wake up to that fact and start writing to its potential. ;)

So how did this book bug me? Let me recount the ways:

First, for 99.9 percent of this series, the story is told fr
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A client of Jennifer's is murdered, and this time, Kelly didn't even have to meet the guy and he was doomed. It's all right; everyone hated him anyhow. The murderer is obvious from the beginning. Most of the book is spent following Kelly around to her work and making it clear that she's the best thing since sliced bread and Steve is kicking himself for leaving her. Steve shouldn't be kicking himself for leaving her. He can do better. He should do better. He probably won't do better. The other tw ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This series has been recommended to me many times over the years since I knit and other readers have found them enjoyable. My first foray into this group of books was underwhelming-partly because I am not a huge mystery fan, and partly because I found it poorly written. Apparently the author believes that repetition is critical, but I found it tedious and insulting, as if the reader is too dumb to remember the facts revealed in the earlier chapters.
Oft repeated in this story were:
references to
Oct 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audiobook and really had to force myself to stick with it. The author spent 20 minutes describing a volleyball game that was being played by some of the main characters after a meeting. On and on conversation such as " good shot" kept being repeated. I can see mentioning the game and that the meeting attendants played but this was just ridiculous. Then a play-by-play of a character finding her wedding gown. About halfway through the book I really had forgotten what the o ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I almost could not finish this book, I just couldn't get into it. I'm getting tired of Kelly's coffee obsession. I mean she has a serious problem. And I should have counted how many times a character says, "ohhhhh yeah" It was repeated way too many times!
Carol Stanley-Snow
I am truly enjoying this series! A comfortable, easy reading book and the characters are fabulous!!

Kelly and her cohorts are a fun bunch. Kelly, aka, Sherlock, finds herself knee deep in murder and mystery.

Great reads for the summer.
Lisa Rutigliano
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All her books make we want to knit, drink coffee and eat at the local knitting/cafe.
I really enjoyed the story. It kept me guessing every page that I read.
The whole "coffee" thing is still overly-irritating and overly done, but the story was better than others have been in the series. I enjoyed it.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming as always, now must go buy yarn.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very put-down-able, which is why it took me so long to read it.

The book needs some strong editing: a lot of minutiae in the beginning, redundancies (e.g. One character says, "You got that right!" Turn the page; new chapter and a different character says, "You got that right!"), and zero foreshadowing that would allow the reader to come to the conclusion on their own.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these knitting mystery books. I like that it is kept light but still keeps my interest. The end did surprise me.
Candy Hart
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice series with easy going mystery. Love the townspeople.
Nice beach read!
Kathy Davie
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, homey
Ninth in the Knitting Mysteries set in a fictional Fort Collins, Colorado. While our main sleuth is Kelly Flynn, her "headquarters" and main group of friends are all knitters who cluster together at Lambspun, a knitting shop located in her aunt and uncle's old farmhouse.

The Story
Business is so busy for Kelly that she's having to spend some nights down in Denver with lots and lots of meetings. Meetings where she's seen Steve in attendance as well. With the lousy economy, Steve's construction busi
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

In the midst of the recession, Jennifer Stroud is having a tough time selling real estate in Fort Connor, Colorado. She is thrilled to find a new client; unfortunately, it's Fred Turner whose reputation as difficult is well known in the community. After Turner agrees to sell some river front property to one of Kelly Flynn's clients, another possible buyer tries to get in on the deal. Jenn and her friend Kelly, who runs her own CPA firm, travel up to see Turner to find out what's going on.

What t
Alannah Davis
I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. The mystery itself is good, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters likable if not quite fleshed out (it’s true that I’m coming in on #9 without having read the rest of the series, but IMO, books in this type of series should also work as stand-alones). However, given the basic issues with “Unraveled,” I had to lower my rating for it.

“Unraveled” reads as if Maggie Sefton handed in her first draft of the manuscript with no rewrites. Which isn
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unraveled is the ninth book in the Knitting Mystery series and a very delightful read.

Kelly's friends at Lambspun are walking on egg shells around around her after the recent breakup of her and Steve. So Jennifer, a real estate agent, invites Kelly to ride to the canyon with her to inspect some property she has under contract. As they turn onto the drive of the property, the owners wife passes them. Upon entering the house Kelly and Jennifer find the owner shot in the head with a WW II gun lying
I have to admit to not having read the others before this one, and because of that, I felt lost from the beginning. However, I feel that a book should be able to stand alone on its own without having to have read the others. Relationships should be briefly described, and such so that the new reader can be clued in, and the old readers can be refreshed. After all, many of us have read other books in between.

The book also focused a lot on CPA and real estate deals. To the point of more detail than
Judy Iliff
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I've said it before - I really enjoy this series. I like the characters, the plots, and especially the descriptions of the House of Lambspun, the knit shop. It's the conversations that bother me. While Sefton, this time, didn't have people repeating each others' names as they talked to each other, the conversations are still stilted. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but if this were a paper, turned in my a student, I'd say the conversations are stilted and unrealistic, almost sophomo ...more
Diane Rapport
I read earlier books in this series a few years back and got tired of it. I came across this volume at my library and decided to give it another try. Overall, I wasn't impressed. The pace moves very slowly. A lot of pages are spent describing mundane things - the contents of the buffet table at a business meeting, a volleyball game, traffic on the freeway, shopping at a gun show. The murderer in this book is pretty obvious, made more so by the way the author avoids attaching any hint of suspicio ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
We are back with CPA, Kelly Flynn and her friends in Fort Connor, Colorado. Kelly Flynn is refreshing as a character, due to the fact, that she admits she is sleuthing and doesn't waste the readers time with snooping around. Kelly's friends know she digs into mysteries and even request her help. The police department feels secure that Kelly will share her information when she can prove a point. All in all, a refreshing take on a murder mystery.

This case involved real estate purchases and sales.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, knitting, mystery
Another foray into the world of Kelly Flynn and pals. The longer this series goes, the more strongly I am reminded of Nancy Drew. I generally know who has done it long before anyone else has figured it out. Not ground-breaking, but not bad. It's like a PB&J. You know exactly what you're getting, so while you won't be disappointed, you're not trying anything new, either.

Honestly, the reason I rated this particular book so low was the sudden association of food and behavior. Kelly is constantl
Kathleen Hagen
Unraveled, by Maggie Sefton, b-plus, narrated by Jane Jacobs, produced by Penguin Audio, downloaded from

This is part of the Kelly Flynn series, and she is solving another murder with the help of the other knitters who hang out at the Lambspun store with its accompanying restaurant. Kelly’s friend, Jennifer, a real estate agent, is on her way to selling a property when the seller, her client is murdered. It turns out that he is a bit of a villain, not liked by anyone and someone who
Diane Morasco
Unraveled is my first foray into the land of Sefton and her charismatic cast of Lambspun knitters. I really enjoyed the well-crafted story Sefton penned. I found myself grinning, chuckling and shaking my head @ the high-jinks one minute and ticked, saddened and left with my mouth agape as I sailed through the latest knitting mystery.

Unraveled starts off a bit slowly, but effortlessly builds to a crescendo that leaves you feverishly flipping the pages. Sefton knows how to weave an engaging tale a
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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 15 books)
  • Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery, #1)
  • Needled to Death (A Knitting Mystery, # 2)
  • A Deadly Yarn (A Knitting Mystery, #3)
  • 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)
  • Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery, #10)
  • Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery, #11)

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