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A Deadly Yarn

(A Knitting Mystery #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,986 ratings  ·  227 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 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
Mar 08, 2010 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
Franci Rogers
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ok. That was horrible. I almost didn't finish it, but I was on vacation and needed something to read. The story was lost in a sea of wishy-washy characters with zero development and the author's insistence on using people's first names in the dialog. Every. Single. Line. A kept shouting, "Use a pronoun!" No one talks like that, Maggie. Maggie, I wish you would stop using people's names in every possible place, Maggie. Ugh. It was painful. I left it by a swimming pool at in Delaware, hoping that ...more
May 30, 2013 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
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A friend of Kelly’s is moving from Colorado to New York to further her artist career, but on the morning another friend, Megan, is supposed to pick her up to get her to the airport, she is found dead. Kelly and Megan begin sleuthing to find out who killed Allison (though Kelly has been warned against sticking her nose in before!).

It was ok. A quick read. I think this is where I’ll stop with this series, though. The mystery was fine for me, but I was quite bored with Kelly’s personal issues/deci
Jan 17, 2012 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
Nov 30, 2007 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
May 28, 2009 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!
Kim Galla
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.
Mar 06, 2008 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.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick cozy read. My only real complaint is how much Kelly complains about how much work she has and how little sleep she's getting while she spends an entire day questioning people hours away from her home office all day. I know solving a murder is very important, but ugh! But I do love the little knitting lessons that happen here and there and the friends Kelly is surrounded with.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, books-i-own
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 07, 2009 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
Jul 25, 2010 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
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.
Nov 07, 2009 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.
Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
this was murder.........
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
These are poorly written books and I'm stopping at number 3.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: knitting
Absolutely awful. Don't even bother picking it up.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Oh Kelly.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there was an option for 2.5... it's decidedly ok.

If you like cozy mysteries, (i.e., mysteries where murder occurs off-stage and isn't described in gruesome detail, and the investigation doesn't bring up any really gruesome/horrifying details), this is a decent one. I was unsure who the murderer was until late into the story, and then I was unsure how the murderer would be caught. The pacing wasn't ideal, the tension dissolved a little too early. It's no Agatha Christie, but then no one el
Another installment in this knitting cozy series.

I've been trying to figure out what it is with this series that doesn't sit well with me. I just realized it's not cozy enough for me. And I don't like the main character Kelly all that much.

I enjoy the setting, most of the cast of characters around Kelly, but I'm not jazzed by her and her life.

This story started out in a completely different location and I thought it would stay that way, but it returned back to Colorado, which I was a bit let dow
Erica  Skrine
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know everyone seems to be giving these series a bad rap but I wanted to read a series like this. Sure the main character does things that would get her into a whole lot of trouble with police in real life but I am choosing to read these to escape real life....duh! Truly though, I wanted to read a series like this because I am in a corny holiday/hallmark mood these days. I also wanted to read this genre of novels because I love crafting and I really wanted to read something that incorporates my ...more
Linda C
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kelly Flynn and her friend, Megan, are helping their young artist friend, Allison, pack up her apartment before leaving for a 6 month internship with a NYC designer. However, when they arrive at her place to pick her up to go to the airport, they discover her body instead. She perished from an overdose of sleeping pills. Kelly and Megan can't believe it is suicide and start doing some sleuthing on their own. They turn up a few people with grudges against Allison. By feeding the tidbits they unco ...more
Pat Timpanaro
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this series. As I've said before, sometimes it is good to read an easy book, one that is just fun. The kind of book that isn't a good book group book because there's not a lot to talk about, but one that gives pleasure while reading.

This is the third book in the series and the knitting references still are not forced.

In a lot of cozy mysteries, the amateur sleuth puts him/herself in danger, but Kelly, the protagonist of this series, figures out what's going on, then tells her
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm determine to continue reading this series so I don't forget the characters. I feel that the author is getting her groove with choosing which recurring main characters to focus on. I enjoy the interactions between the main characters (and the knitting talk) but I'm getting a little tired of the constant coffee/caffeine references and I'm not sure why the dog is so important to the plot or subplots. It seems that every once in a while, Ms. Sefton remembers Kelly has one and inserts him into th ...more
Gretchen Lord
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Cozy Knitting Mystery series. Very light reading but lots of fun. As a beginning knitter, the scenes in the yarn shop make me salivate. Kelly Flynn is the CPA/would-be detective. She's strong but, like most of us, has some self-doubt and, ironically, not about her amateur sleuthing but about her relationships and her ability to convert her professional self into her personal life and decisions. I like her a lot. I had to dash through this one because I borrowed it from t ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
A friend saw this in a thrift store & bought it for me, a bit as a joke. It is not good, either as a book about knitting OR a mystery novel. It is not a "so bad it's good" kind of book. But, it was a totally acceptable bathtub read. The protagonist of the book appears to live in a house across the street from a combination restaurant/yarn store/coffee shop which sounds awesome (except for all the murder.)

Other titles in this series include "Dyer Consequences" and "Fleece Navidad". I wish the
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A Deadly Yarn is the third book in the A Knitting Mystery series. This cozy mystery series is set in a town in Colorado. The books are filled with descriptions of yarn, knitting, and weaving. Definitely not a series for everyone. I happen to enjoy this series as it takes place near where I live, and many of these parks, trails, and events are familiar and make me laugh. Definitely not a series for everyone. I love how the book ends with one (or two) knitting patterns and a recipe that were featu ...more
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Play Book Tag: A Deadly Yarn / Maggie Sefton. 3 stars 3 13 Sep 14, 2017 03:52PM  
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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

Other books in the series

A Knitting Mystery (1 - 10 of 16 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)