Dropped Dead Stitch (Knitting Mystery Series #7)

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Seventh in the national bestselling Knitting mystery series.

Spring has sprung for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, and the House of Lambspun. But for one of Kelly Flynn's pals, things are unraveling...

After Kelly's friend Jennifer is attacked by a stranger, their close- knit group of friends escapes to a ranch retreat in the mountains to stitch and talk. But they're in for a shock when the owner of the...

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Overview

Seventh in the national bestselling Knitting mystery series.

Spring has sprung for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, and the House of Lambspun. But for one of Kelly Flynn's pals, things are unraveling...

After Kelly's friend Jennifer is attacked by a stranger, their close- knit group of friends escapes to a ranch retreat in the mountains to stitch and talk. But they're in for a shock when the owner of the ranch turns out to be Jennifer's attacker-and he's found dead a few days later.

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Sefton's seventh puzzler to feature Kelly Flynn, crafty sleuth of Fort Connor, Colo., and the House of Lambspun knitters (after 2008's Fleece Navidad) finds them worrying about their friend Jennifer Stroud, who's been raped. Though Jennifer initially refuses to report the attack to the authorities, she agrees to attend a weekend workshop for women who've suffered sexual violence. Kelly and physical therapist Lisa Gerrard are teaching a fiber class for the May retreat at Lazy C Ranch, whose owner, Cal Everett, turns out to be Jennifer's assailant. When Cal's found dead, pushed over the railing of a steep deck with Jennifer's latest afghan project draped over his body, Jennifer becomes a murder suspect. Sefton skillfully handles a sensitive topic while weaving in happier moments for her amateur detectives, such as the marriage of Mimi Shafer, Lambspun's owner, and Burt Parker, a retired Fort Connor detective. (June)

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It takes a village to solve a mystery. Kelly Flynn and friends (Fleece Navidad, 2008, etc.) are caught up in another mysterious death when the body of ranch host Cal Everett is found during their self-defense/knitting retreat in the mountains overlooking Fort Connor, Colo. It's unclear whether Everett's death was accident or murder. The rancher had a large share of enemies in the area, Kelly and company among them. Just days before his body is found, Jennifer, one of Kelly's nearest and dearest, pinpoints Everett as the man who raped her three months earlier. Staying at the ranch to assist with the knitting workshops, the crew is taken aback by this turn of events, especially when Everett's body is found wrapped in Jennifer's pink knit afghan-a clue that moves her to the top of Detective Peterson's suspect list. Kelly, determined to prove Jennifer's innocence, all but abandons her CPA work (though never her knitting) to find a more probable killer. Kelly pulls her resources together, calling in favors from her network: advanced police information from retired cop Burt, restricted database queries from IT guru Megan, pro bono work from lawyer friend Marty. Meanwhile, Lambspun shop owner Mimi and long-term boyfriend Burt have finally decided to make it official. Now if only everyone can stay out of trouble long enough to enjoy the festivities. Sefton writes the mystery equivalent of the Sunday driver: slow, relaxed, enjoying the view while keeping her characters out of any real danger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425235195
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Knitting Mystery Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 209,524
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Sefton

Maggie Sefton was born and raised in Virginia, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and Journalism.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    Afraid "Dropped Dead" does not make.

    Have read all in series before "Dropped Dead Stitch." Must admit the dialogue was wearing thin in last few books("Whoa!" Kelly addicted to caffeine like a drug).

    Very seldom have I put a book down without finishing it - this time I did. From beginning I was turned off by fact that a person's rapist was not found but he turned up in a town not terribly far away running a resort type business. Then, when victim sees her rapist and points him out, no one tells authorities - just tells rapist to "stay away"from women at the get-away-resort. Then, when authorities DO get involved, Kelly tries to shield victim from having to tell authorities she had been this man's rape victim. Suddenly it was not worth my time.

    As I look back, I believe last few books were getting to be predictable, and I am ready to move on.

    Hope others find it a good read - I did not.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

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    Done with this series

    I am a knitter and avid mystery reader so I should really like this series. After finishing each book of this series, I was left wondering why I bothered and hoping for something better next time. The main character is bland and really undistinquished from her friends. The dialog is juvenile and the plots not so great. Description of the yarns and comaradarie of the yarn shop was nice though. Actually I didn't finish all the books. This last one offended me so, I cast it aside. Treating a brutal rapist as someone who needs a stern talking to was just too much for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Nightmare Rarity chapter 22

    Creeping up from behind, Nightmare Rarity put a spell on Photo Finish, turning her to stone. Next: Rainbow Dash. That kick to the face had really hurt! Dashie was fighting a Changeling in the form of Derpy. Tackling her, Rarity sent a blow to the chest on Dash. She was stunned. Dashie tryed flapping her wings, but the impact had broken them. Smiling, the Nightmare threw Rainbow into the side of the Library." Ha!" She snarled cruelly. Rarity searched for her next victim. Most were busy with Timberwolves or Changelings. She flew over to Crysilis." Okay, now im just embarrassed." The queen ssid with a smile." We totally over prepared!" The two laughed like old friends. Suddenly a dark shadow appeared over the battlefeild." Sombra! You've arriaved! Welcome to the party!" Said Crysilis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Relaxing Mysteries

    If you are a knitter these books by Maggie Sefton ate very interesting, I really relax reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Sorry

    Not my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Keeps you wondering

    Love to read at night for relaxation. This is perfect - kept my interest and made me look forward to getting home to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Drop Dead Stitch

    Good book - cast of characters that return are interesting and quirky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    awesome

    loved this whole series....in fact, loved it so much I told a friend about it, and she went and bought it and loved it, and also has told other friends about it.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    a trade mystery :great

    As a knitter and embroiderer I find it great to read mystery books that include words/situations of the "trade » it's fun These stories are light and could compare to Agatha Christy :There isn't much violence nor descriptions of violence nor big blood shed That perfectly good We see enough violence on the news every day

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Dropped dead stitch

    I enjoyed book 7 not as much as the others though. I would like to see more of the other characters coming to life so to speak ie Steve, Greg, Marty, Jayleen and Carl etc

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    DROPPED DEAD STITCH

    A Knitting Mystery
    Paperback Release June 1, 2010

    This is the seventh book in Sefton's Knitting Mystery Series. In this one Kelly Flynn, CPA and amateur sleuth learns that one of close friends, Jennifer, has been raped and refuses to report it to the police. Kelly encourages Jennifer to attend a workshop for other women who have also suffered sexual violence. Kelly will be there teaching a fiber art classes with physical therapist Lisa Gerrard, taking place between the heavy counseling sessions. The retreat is being held at the Lazy C Ranch and Jennifer agrees that a change of scenery may be a good idea so she decides to attend. Everything is going along fine until the ladies are introduced to the owner of the ranch, Cal Everett. Jennifer has a breakdown and tells her friends that that Everett was the man who raped her.

    When Everett is found dead below the steep deck of the meeting building and Jennifer's afghan project is draped over his body she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Never fear, Kelly Flynn and her friends are on the case and they will knit the clues together to find the real murderer.



    This could have been a real heavy topic for a cozy mystery but Sefton handles it by spinning in some happier moments like a wedding, and the wonderful descriptions of the beautiful yarn at the Lambspun Shop. The patterns and recipes are the icing on the cake or the fringe on a beautiful scarf. This is a sensationally written series with a grand cast of characters set in the beautiful state of Colorado. You don't have to be a knitter or even crafty to enjoy these mysteries, just a fan of a great who-dun-it.

    Skein of the Crime (A Knitting Mystery)Maggie also has her new book Skein of the Crime coming out in hardcover on June 1, 2010. I hope to be able to review that for you soon.


    To find out more about Maggie Sefton and her books be sure to visit her web site http://www.maggiesefton.com/




    Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was from my private collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    For Fans of Cozy Mysteries and Knitting

    Number 7 in this knitting mystery series featuring Kelly Flynn and her friends features a mysterious death and the consequences of date rape and sexual assualt. Despite the well handled heavy subject, the familiar characters and the lure of yarns and needle craft make this a good read. Kelly's relationship with Steve has progressed and so too, has that of good friends Mimi and Burt. This is a fun series and one where I suggest reading them in order for a better payoff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Great Knitting Thriller

    I have read her entire knitting series and look forward to the next one. Her characters are like visiting and knitting with old friends.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Great Author

    I have read allof her books and I recommend all of then whole-heartedly. I can't wait to finish reading each one abd tgen I really anticipate the next one

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Maggie Sefton tells a very entertaining story.

    Very pleasant, entertaining story of friends, loyalty, murder and knitting. Lots of fun to be had.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    Sefton provides an engaging amateur sleuth starring a warm caring person struggling along with readers to figure out who the killer is.

    Kelly Flynn left a big DC based CPA corporation to move to Fort Connor, Colorado where the pace is slower. She lives with her boyfriend Steve and visits House of Lambspun where she has made good friends with knitters and crocheters. When one of her knitting pals Jennifer Stowe calls her at two twenty in the morning begging her to come over because she was attacked, Kelly wastes no time to get over there.

    Jennifer was at a bar talking to a fellow customer when she leaves to go home. The customer rings her bell and informs her she left something behind. She opens her door only he pushes her back in, beats her up and rapes her. She receives professional help. She and the knitters go to a retreat run by her psychologist for assault victims. However, the ranch owner is Jennifer's rapist. Soon after their arrival, Jennifer's attacker is found dead, a homicide victim. Lacking an alibi and having a motive, Jennifer is the prime suspect; Kelly plans to prove otherwise.

    Kelly is a one person dynamo and when she sets her mind to something like knitting or sleuthing, nothing can prevent her from achieving her objective. She interrogates people whom she believes know something useful and has a tendency to come close to being killed. Yet she also is a friend who keeps Jennifer's moral up. Her inquiry is terrific because she feels for the culprit whoever that is as they are probably a victim of the ranch owner too. Maggie Sefton provides an engaging amateur sleuth starring a warm caring person struggling along with readers to figure out who the killer is.

    Harriet Klausner

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