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Only Skein Deep

(A Knitting Mystery #15)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  791 ratings  ·  141 reviews
In the latest novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Knit to Be Tied, Kelly Flynn and The Lambspun Knitters are eagerly awaiting a bundle of joy but find themselves heaped with trouble instead...

Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldn't be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Kelly's got a built-in group of fiber arts specialists,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Berkley Books
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a struggle, but I finally reached the halfway mark. And sorry to say, it's over and out.

Honestly, I don't remember the last book that bored me so much that I couldn't force myself to finish - and it's never happened with a book I received as an advance copy in exchange for a review. Under those circumstances, I feel that it's only fair that I tough it out to the end so I tend to stick with it no matter what.

Not this time - and I'm truly disappointed. This is a cozy mystery, for gosh sake,
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
I have been a fan of this series for some years and have read most of the books at one time. I was looking forward to learning about my friends at Lampspun Knitters. I was sadly disappoint to find the format had change from a mystery to a novel of family life. The story revolves around pregnancy and babies. Yes, there is a murder but it was secondary and seldom mention in the story. I got extremely tired reading about Baby Jack and his playing soccer. The mention of Carl's actions with the ...more
Dollycass Thoughts

Followers of this series knew this book was going to be about the birth of Kelly and Steves baby. I just wish the author would have presented this story differently.

This story followers Kelly through the last days of her pregnancy. Her daily trip to Petes/Lampspun where she either works on her spreadsheets or a cap she is knitting for Baby Jack. Everyone stops by to ask her how she is doing and her response is usually about Jack playing soccer and not ready to come out. She
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm SO glad I got this book from the library. $12.99 as a Kindle book is highway robbery. This is definitely not a cozy. Its all about a pregnancy! SO many things wrong with this book (a) Baby Jack and his in utero soccer skills; (b) Carl and the squirrels; (c) where the heck does Carl live and who really takes care of him; (d) repetitive conversations about Kelly and coffee, her bag made of fabric, her great pregnancy and, in the meantime, showing little sympathy for her pregnant friend; (e) ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
In ONLY SKEIN DEEP, author Maggie Sefton has knitted a cozy mystery using a new pattern---Heavy on the cozy and light on the mystery.

I very much enjoyed this installment in the Knitting Mysteries. One of my favorite parts of a cozy mystery is the relationship between the characters in the stories. I love spending time with them when they arent trying to hunt down a killer. I like when the protagonist talks about other things than the investigation in every single conversation. Lead character
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this book very excited. I love cozy mysteries, and cozies about crafters are my favorite. Unfortunately, this book never got started and I was very disappointed.

Kelly Flynn is 9 months pregnant and enjoying the final days of her pregnancy. I felt like nothing was happening for the entire book. It was slow and boring. The writing was very repetitive. I can't count how many times we had to hear about the baby "playing soccer."

The murder in this book was an afterthought. Something thrown
So. Much. Repetition.

Does she just copy and paste sections at random?

And I question her description of making a pom-pom.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only Skein Deep in the fifteenth book in The Knitting Mystery series.

This book is light on a mystery, but that is all right as Kelly is 9 months pregnant and is definitely looking forward to the day when Baby Jack will make his appearance. The mystery centers around the death of Giselle Callahan, whose body is found on the golf course that abuts the property of House of Lambspun.
William Callahan had divorced his wife of 40 some years, to marry his trophy wife. Kelly has sworn off investigating
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nothing book. The murder mystery was barely a part of this story. Instead we are treated to 200 or so pages of "Baby Jack" playing soccer in Kelly's belly (she's "fat and fine", by the way. A motto that is repeated 6 times in as many pages. Sefton is quite fond of repetition), Kelly's friends haranguing her about not being married to Steve yet, worrying that she'll drop the baby in the middle of Lambspun at any moment--with a side lesson on the risks of pregnancy and women who don't ...more
Ceillie Simkiss
DNF at 25% because literally nothing has happened except the MC being told that all her friends got married secretly and never told her.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Maggie Sefton's Knitting mystery series and the newest one comes out June 6th. This is book number 15 and it reads like you are catching up at a visit with old friends. This one is very exciting in that the main focus is really on main character Kelly and her rapidly expanding belly! Her son Jack is about to make his debut and even though Kelly is tying up loose ends with her accounting work and her knitting project she can not help but be interested in the latest unsolved murder mystery ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book.
I do not know where Maggie Sefton has gone......someone must have stolen her. This book in no way resembles the early books in this series. I initially started reading because this series is about knitting and set in my town, at my local yarn store. It was fun to recognize places and people and it was all very familiar and comfortable. While mindless cozy mysteries, there were mysteries and many interesting people. I thought perhaps
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a mystery book, dont waste your time. If you want to read the same conversation over and over asking a pregnant woman how she and the baby are doing, this book is for you. ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Kelly is in the last stages of pregnancy with baby Jack so she's trying to get her work in order before he arrives. When the young wife of a prominent older businessman is found murdered on the local golf course Kelly would love to investigate but in her condition she is limited in how she can help. Not to be deterred by pregnancy she asks around about those closest to the family and who might have had issue with the young woman. The few suspects that the police are looking at all have alibis ...more
Jenn Bellant Donner
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

I have read every single one of the books in this series and I think I'm finally finished. I only made it about 20% through this book. The writing has gotten extremely repetitive. Kelly is constantly repeating the same things over and over again whenever she talks to someone. There are better ways to put that information into a book and Maggie Sefton is just not doing it anymore. These books used to be very interesting but have gotten worse
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This cozy is too saccharine.
Rhonda Newton
My big question - where is Carl? He only appears if Kelly is at the cottage. He's never mentioned if they are at the other house, where they seem to live. If Steve is letting Kelly sleep in, shouldn't he mention something about letting Carl out? If there's a big gathering at the house, where is Carl?

While was lovely to see life moving along for our characters, the murder mystery is very much off-screen and discussed second-hand, such that I didn't feel particularly invested in what happened
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeanie

Only Skein Deep
A Knitting Mystery, Book #15
By Maggie Sefton
ISBN 9780425282526
Author Website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


In the latest novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Knit to Be Tied, Kelly Flynn and The Lambspun Knitters are eagerly awaiting a bundle of joy but find themselves heaped with trouble instead

Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldnt be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
What a delight; Kelly and boyfriend Steve are expecting their first child! Kelly will very soon be giving birth to their son, Jack, named after Kelly's father.

Kelly spends much of her time at House of Lambspun at Pete's Cafe, which is part of the Lambspun building. She keeps up with her clients as well as her knitting friends and the local gossip. She hears about Giselle Callahan, the young bride of Henry, who divorced his wife of 40+ years who subsequently killed herself, to marry Giselle.

It is
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in Fort Conner, Colorado

This is one book I had missed in this great series that I thought I had read them all!

I was wrong, I had to read about Kelly Flynn getting hitched! She has been living with Steve Townsead for some time and she got pregnant. Steve wanted to get married right away. But Kelly wanted to wait!

Curt and Jayleen finally talked Kelly into marrying Steve just one week before Baby Jack is born. Of course, there is a murder that Kelly needs to get involved in. She helps the cops
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read and lots of friendships that are like a close family. Love the characters and all the closeness they have to each other. Kelly is due to have a baby and then her and Steve finally tie the knot, long overdue. Lots of fun and then suspenseful as a murder takes place and they are all wondering who did it, since it was only next door on the golf course. The murder is solved and all turns out well in the end. Enjoyed this book and do like the author writing style.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I really need to get in the mindset that these are no longer mysteries and are stories of a group of friends. This one seemed to have a lot of repetition of dialogue and scenes. It almost seemed to be filler to make the book long enough to be more than a short story.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books, series
Not quite as good as some of the other books but still a mystery that Kelly could help solve while spending most of the last month of her pregnancy being watched over by the other knitters at the Lambspun Knit shop. She listens, asks questions and follows the clues.
Susan Webb
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these stories so much, I have purchased the entire set for my library
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Easy read. I always like visits with my Lambspun family. The mystery was very light in this one as it centered more on Kelly and her pregnancy. Still lots of fun with the gang.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed the story. One of my favorites in the series. I waited a long time for this (wont say what so not to spoil). 😃 ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A baby is coming! Will the baby hat be made in time? Will the murder on the golf course be solved before the baby comes? And why is the dog Carl only mentioned when he's at her office and not at their home???
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I keep reading these because I love knitting and I like mysteries. Then when I start I remember oh no I forgot I hate this author's writing. She writes from the crank em out style of fiction, formulaic, simply written, repetitive. I scanned about half of this to find the story of the mystery.
Here's the formula: reintroduce us to the many many characters over again even though this is book 540 in the series. Use so many characters that we lose track and don't care about most of them. Repeat the
Peggy Ritchey
This is the worst book in the series. I may be done with these books. The dialogue has always been very bland and silly, but the mysteries and the knitting were pretty good, so I hung on. In this one, Kelly is pregnant and due almost any day. Her pregnancy takes up 4/5 of this book, leaving only 1/5 for the murder of a woman she has never met and only heard gossip about. Kelly goes on and on about not being able to drink her usual gallons of strong coffee, tells everyone numerous times that the ...more
This book made me want to poke my eyes out. Ive had issues with this series for several years, however the last book was quite good and made me want to read this one. What a waste of was NOT a mystery, it was a pregnant womans diary. Endless talk about the baby, Kelly not being able to drink full strength coffee, repeated page after page. There was a murder that was barely investigated and then wrapped up quite neatly at the end. The way the book ended makes me think there may not be a ...more
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