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Knit One, Kill Two

(A Knitting Mystery #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  6,291 ratings  ·  750 reviews
Despite the fact that her aunt was an expert knitter, Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair knitting needles she liked -- until she strolled into House of Lambspun. Now, in the first in a brand-new series, she learns how to knit one, purl two, and untangle the mystery behind her aunt's murder. Kelly Flynn would be the first to admit her life in Washington, D.C., is a little ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 273 pages
Published June 2005 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
Shelves: mystery
Purely a fluff mystery. Its a fun little story that almost dives into the world of fantasy. Really now - how can all these people work such flexible jobs that allow them to continuously pop into the knitting store at whim? Seriously. I also found that there were too many characters, there was nothing to really distinguish them from each other and their characters were all rather flat. Less would have been more here. Being a knitter, I found the rate that all these working people were finishing ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am an avid knitter and enjoy a good cozy mystery so I expected this book to be something I would like, given that it enjoys fairly decent ratings. I did not expect to find a poorly edited book full of errors, populated by cardboard charters who exist merely to do favors for the heroine of the book despite the fact they met her ten minutes ago.

Everything about this book rings false. From an Aunt who lives on a golf course and had previously sold huge amount of prime land to developers who is
Nov 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-most-foul
I'm just going to review this first book, since it is fairly representative of the series. An enjoyable, though somewhat predictable mystery read, especially if you are a fiber addict and like to read about knitting and yarn.
Something I like about these books is that the murders aren't just "the reason for the book," they are treated as being horrible/sad/tragic/hateful, just as they ought to be. Some books are "ho-hum, we needed someone to die so our hero could investigate, HELLO JANE
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to fairly evaluate this book, because I listened to the audiobook and the narration is HORRIBLE. It was only just about the level that I can even stand to listen to it. It seemed like the narrator had not read the book before, or even read a sentence before narrating it, so there are all these weird mood shifts and changes.
As for the book itself (in as much as I can judge, what with it being filtered through the prism of terrible narration) it's a reasonably interesting book,
Dawn Michelle
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it


I have been reading "cozy mysteries" for awhile now. Most of them I REALLY enjoy. But I am starting to see a pattern in them. Let me explain~~First, you have a party or a gathering or a function. Then, someone (usually its QUITE shocking) dies. Then, someone (the hero OR heroine of the stories) steps in to "help" local authorities and 128 pages later, *POOF*, the crime is solved. Not always neatly, but solved nonetheless.

THIS book was different. And since this is the first book in
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book anticipating a light fluffy mystery read, not the next great work of American literature. Even with that in mind, I was sorely disappointed.

I'm a hardcore knitter, I was knitting while reading this book on my Kindle. But by the third (then fourth, fifth, etc.) time the same plot devices were used, I was losing interest fast. I have no idea how the main character, Kelly, was able to suck down as much (insert superlative here) coffee as she did and still sleep. I too
Jul 05, 2017 marked it as dnf
Too much fat shaming and guilt over eating good food for me to enjoy the yarn and murders.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Knitters who like a side of mystery with their yarn.
The first in the Knitting Mystery Series.

This was a rough book but you can see the potential in the series. The main character is Kelly Flynn, a CPA who goes back to her Aunt's house to wrap up the estate after she is murdered. Kelly is an army brat who moved around a lot as a child - and coming back to her Aunt's house reminds her that this was the only place even close to being a real home to her over the years. When she digs into her Aunt's finances and finds some hinky loans against her
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this cozie. Because the murder was more intimate - family member of the main character - there was more development of the plot....the story felt like it was on a deeper level. I also liked that we looked at Kelly's background...her childhood/teen years, family dynamic throughout, rather than just a quick summary of a recent life changing event.
I was annoyed with this book from the get-go because of typos and word mis-use(The proofreader sucked I guess: "The sound of Carl's barking reached her eyes.") because I live in the Colorado town where it is based, and the shop in the book was the first LYS I knew. What irritated me is that I can see no reason to change the name of the towns -- can someone explain why you would do that?
While I did not figure it out right away, I felt that there was a shallowness to the mystery, and unnecessary
Mary Billinghurst
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was curious to read a Maggie Sefton mystery after I met the author this winter. As is my usual practice, I started with her first book, in case I wanted to follow the development of the protagonist throughout the series.

The first of the "Knitting Mystery" series was not my cup of tea. The murders seemed too bloodless, and the "detective" Kelly Flynn had no business solving then. Sefton presents her, an accountant in her day-to-day life, as smarter than the police and spunkier than most women.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the knitting mystery series. Kelly Flynn returns to her aunts Colorado hometown when she learns of her aunts murder. She soon finds out that her aunt borrowed $20,000 from her mortgage shortly before her death. Kelly is soon lead to believe that her aunts death was more than a random act of violence, but in fact a calculated murder. Along with her aunts friends, Kelly sets out to find out who would want her aunt dead.
I absolutely loved this book. The characters were fun
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
What wonderful characters! The mystery is a little slow though. I loved the knit shop next to the coffee shop. Their descriptions made my heart go pitter patter - I love to knit and drink coffee. My idea of heaven.

A nice attempt for a start of a series - introduce the characters and develop them wonderfully. As I said the mystery plot was slow, but nice enough to keep me reading. I understand the series gets better, so I will defer my criticism until the next novel I read in this series.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I took the time to start this series! It's just as awesome as I'd heard, and I've only finished the first book. I loved getting to know Kelly and her new friends in Colorado, and I especially liked Burt, their resident guy at the fiber shop, a wool spinner who happened to be a retired police officer and came in handy sometimes since he still had contacts on the force. Kelly simply wouldn't take the report seriously that her aunt's murder was merely a robbery gone wrong.

When she
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that was boring. 90% of the plot was useless filler and the dialogue was beyond repetitive and bland.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute but predictable cozy.
Annika De
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
There are a lot of things to love about this book. Knitting! Friendship! A strong female protagonist! Yes, it's cheesy, but the cheese is forgivable given how cute the premise is. The only problem is that all of the delightful elements fail to offset the heaviness of the murder that drives the plot. Unlike with other "cozy mysteries," the stakes in this book are very high - the main character has lost her only living relative and she is convinced the police have arrested the wrong person. As the ...more
Sierra Dean
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The only reason this is getting 2 stars instead of 1 is because I actually finished reading it.

But wow. It was bad. There were several things that bothered me throughout, like Kelly being a classic too stupid to live heroine, the atrocious dialogue, the lack of any kind of character depth, the complete lack of any real gravitas to the whodunnit, and did I mention the ATROCIOUS dialogue. Characters constantly used each others names in conversation, which sounds so jarring compared to how normal
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up because it had to do with knitting and it looked like the kind of fluff reading I needed at the time. As a mystery, it lacked suspense and 3-dimensional characters, but it did inspire me to pick up my knitting needles again.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this mystery! It had enough twists to keep me in suspense! After reading this I feel I should try to knit something lol. Very cute cozy mystery. I highly recommend this one as it made it to my **FAVORITES** list!
Victoria Taveras
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It was OK. I didn't hate it but it was a little boring. I will give book two a try and hope it's better, I need a good cozy mystery series
Jan 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Sorry, the writing is sophomoric and somewhat boring. Too much emphasis on unnecessary details. Love the character and the setting.
Deb F
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Seriously dreadful.
Firstly, because the grammar is appallingly bad. But secondly because the story just sucks.

A woman is staying in a hotel room for her aunt's funeral. She's inherited everything, and drops off her rottweiler in the back yard of the aunt's house, but stays in a hotel. She goes jogging for 5 miles every day, but the dog stays in the back yard. So the dog starts picking up golf balls. And gets yelled at, but the solution is not to leash the dog, or to put up temporarily higher
Joan - xstitchfan
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This enjoyable mystery book is as cozy as your favorite scarf on the first cold day of winter. The characters are appealing and will seem familiar to many people. The mystery had a few surprising twists. I dont think you have to be a knitter to enjoy this book, but a love of yarn would help you enjoy the descriptions of the yarn shop where the characters meet. The author manages to fully describe the sensuous appeal of the textures and colors of yarn that yarn addicts appreciate. Regrettably, ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read one of the later books in this series and enjoyed it enough to consider reading another one... so I know the writing will improve somewhat. in this first entry, I found the characters flat and unlikable; there were many interactions where the dialogue/attempts at humor were irritating more than humorous (Kelly is asked to keep an older woman out of trouble and for some reason freaks out when she realizes the older woman has gone to flirt with a man in a kilt... let her live); the mystery ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Maggie Sefton book and I really enjoyed it. Easy to follow and lots of characters, but not so many as to be overwhelming. I feel like I didn't get to know the "secondary" characters that well, but hope to see more of them all in future books. I really like Kelly and loved how easily her aunt's friends took her into their fold. I've never tried to knit, but this book made me want to find my local yarn shop and try my hand at it. I focused in pretty quickly on the killer because ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pop-sugar-2019
Repetitive. Terrible dialogue.

I am not a cosy person I dont think. But even so, this book was so boringly repetitive and mundane with conversation. The description of the yarn shop was interesting, but the characters all melded together. None of them were really interesting. I only read this because i hated the prompt on the pop sugar challenge, and I couldnt be bothered finding another one that suited.

I didnt care who killed Aunt Helen for $20000. At all.
Erica  Skrine
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally would not read this genre but the holidays had me in the mood for a Hallmark-type story with some type of crafting thrown in, especially since I am into crocheting. I read a lot of low reviews for this book but I have to say that I enjoyed it. I liked it so much I wish I could turn my TV to Hallmark and watch it as a show or movie. I am definitely going to search for more of the series at my local library and thrift stores. It was a pleasant departure from my normal sci-fi/fantasy ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great start to a series and I'm so glad to see there are many books and still active. I'm not a proficient knitter by any means, but this series is going to push me into trying again. I love all the characters and it will be interesting to watch the relationships grow. And bonus, although I'm not a fan of reading on my tablet, my local library has the entire series on over-drive.
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