Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mystery Series #1)

Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mystery Series #1)

by Maggie Sefton
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Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mystery Series #1) by Maggie Sefton

Kelly Flynn never picked up a pair of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425203590
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Knitting Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 146,864
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maggie Sefton is the author of the New York Times bestselling Knitting Mysteries. She was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and journalism. While Sefton has worked as both a CPA and a real estate broker, she feels that neither of those endeavors compare to the challenge of creating worlds on paper. She is the mother of four grown daughters, currently scattered around the globe, and resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs.

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Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mystery Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of cozy mysteries, as well as a knitter, I was excited to start this series. Overall the plot was very well developed, however, I could not get past the artificial, stilted dialog. The characters call each other by name in almost every sentence..."Hi Kelly, how are you"? "I'm fine Mimi." "Nice dog, Kelly." "Thank you, Mimi." "You are welcome, Kelly." It drove me to distraction! I'll give the second book in the series a try in the hopes that the writing style improves. If not, I'm definitely done with this series.
harperbruce More than 1 year ago
"Knit One, Kill Two" is the lead book in one of several mystery series published by Berkley's "Prime Crime" mystery division. Knowing the popularity of series sleuths, I think that Berkeley has hired a clutch of writers to create series of books, each themed around a particular aspect of their world. You have Gardening Mysteries, Coffeehouse Mysteries, Tea Mysteries, Bewitching Mysteries (centered around Wiccan in Indiana), etc.

Here, remembering how popular mystery characters are often knitting (think Miss Marple), we are offered Kelly Flynn, a CPA from Washington, D. C. Kelly has moved back temporarily (she thinks) to her old childhood home in Fort Connor, Colo. to close out the house of her murdered grandmother; she also meets the central workers and customers of the House of Lambspun, a custom-lot knitting shop that was formerly her grandmother's first house. As for the murder, too many coincidences are appearing in the case; why did a vagrant just happen along, kill the grandmother, and grab $20,000 that she had cashed a check for that morning from a predatory mortgage company? Why is no trace of that money to be found now? Why did Grandma take out the loan in the first place? And why is the purple knitting Grandma was working on gone, along with a broken knitting needle? Why did the killer take the time to also grab a unique family heirloom quilt?

Fortunately, when it looks like the police are taking the bird in hand, Kelly finds help and support in the regulars of the House of Lambspun. They're sometimes quirky, but they also make a good team in helping to pin the crime on the true killer.

Some aspects of this book are excellent; the problem is that they're mainly the background, not the plot. The description of the store, with its tons of hand-spun and -dyed yarns, the trip to the Wool Fair, and the coaching of Kelly to become a knitter are wonderful. Do they advance the plot? Not really, though they add atmosphere. Of course, if you're building a series, you want a rich background to bring the reader back for more books. In this, Maggie Sefton succeeds. A mystery's core, however, is the plot -- how well does the writer lay out the story, keeping things just opaque enough to prevent you from guessing or deducing the criminal until the reveal, that keeps you turning pages in the book you have? Here, the author also succeeds -- just. The story is enough to keep you going to the end, but it's not anything truly special.

(Unless you're a knitter, of course; the description of the dream fabric-arts store with an attached coffeehouse, and the people inhabiting it, will make your mouth water. Non-knitters note: it really is as easy to learn how to knit as this book suggests. I've begun the hobby recently, and have started picking it up in just a handful of days with short practice bursts. More intense sessions, such as Kelly does here, will get you in faster. And yes, fingering all that Merino and cashmere and alpaca wool is just as delicious as it sounds! Keep in mind that this fictional store sells mostly hand-spun and -dyed yarns; there are less expensive yarns available to work with that will be just as satisfying.)

Is this book -- and its brother books in the several Berkley series -- any threat to Agatha Christie or Kathy Reichs? No. But if you're looking for a quick, fairly entertaining read, or a fan of knitting, you can do worse than give this a try.
Atreyu59 More than 1 year ago
I loved the development of the characters; the home-town feeling to all the settings & the romance was even upbeat. The women characters are strong & interesting to read. I liked this book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Nannayaya37 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing - thought I had the murder all figured out several times, not until the last few pages did I figure it out. Great read!!
pattil More than 1 year ago
This book was very fun to read. The characters were interesting and made me feel like I could drive to Colorado and meet them all. The writer's descriptions of the scenes, especially in the yarn store, made it very easy to visualize everything I read. I love to knit and the colorful descriptions made me want to pick up my knitting and continue reading the book. I hope this author has many more books up her sleeve. I have already read the next two installments!!
nkell More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and the cast of characters so much that I have ordered the entire series currently available. Not only that, the description of the cozy yarn shop inspired me to get my knitting out again after 35 years. The author drew me in and I felt like I was there and part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is chocked full of quirky, funny, interesting characters. I could not put it down. I also loved the patterns and recipes at the back of the book.
Recyclequeen3 More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. I love how the knitting was intertwined with the mystery sleuthing. While I was reading, I felt like I was right there with the main character. I know it sure made me want to knit more! Ha Ha. I have bought the next books in the series. Each book is quite captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this series by accident. I enjoy knitting and so it caught my attention. The knitting is incidental to the story, but is kind of the thread that holds the plot together (pun intended). Well written plot - shorter (about 200 pages) than some stories but well put together with twist and turns along the way. I really enjoyed it and have already read the second in the series. Will soon be purchasing the next one to keep up with the characters.
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Great to curl up with a strong cup of coffee. Terriffic reading material. Makes me want to go back to Colorado.
YogaDiva More than 1 year ago
Cute little read for summer, struck my interest because deals with two of my favorite pastimes knitting and mystery reading. Will definitely purchase more in series. Not for the serious mystery reader.
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This book was fun to read. The characters were entertaining. Eventhough I knit, someone who doesn't can enjoy the story.
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anyone_but_me More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the human characters, the town, and the mountains but then the drug of choice raised its ugly head -- coffee. On every other page, it seemed anyway, someone was talking about coffee or drinking coffee and wishing for coffee. Coffee, itself became a main character. It drove me crazy. I barely managed to get through the first book in the series. I did try the second book but it was even worse. The coffee character was even bigger. So distracting was Coffee, I gave it up as a worthless read. Sorry I just can't recommend the series unless you drink a can of the dark stuff a day.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I have read many within this enjoyable series and I finally picked up the one that started it all. A murdered aunt, a cozy knitting shop, lady knitters that enjoy their craft, and friendship. It makes you wish you were the main character within this won't want to leave this knitting shop. It was excellent!
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kcarter25 More than 1 year ago
Just a so-so read for me.