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A Knitting Mystery is the name of a series of cozy mystery novels written by Maggie Sefton. The books follow the exploits of a woman that loves her yarn as much as she loves her mysteries.
Order of Knitting Mysteries Series
|1||Knit One, Kill Two||2005||Description / Buy|
|2||Needled to Death||2005||Description / Buy|
|3||A Deadly Yarn||2006||Description / Buy|
|4||A Killer Stitch||2007||Description / Buy|
|5||Dyer Consequences||2008||Description / Buy|
|6||Fleece Navidad||2008||Description / Buy|
|7||Dropped Dead Stitch||2009||Description / Buy|
|8||Skein of the Crime||2010||Description / Buy|
|9||Unraveled||2011||Description / Buy|
|10||Cast On, Kill Off||2012||Description / Buy|
|11||Close Knit Killer||2013||Description / Buy|
|12||Yarn Over Murder||2014||Description / Buy|
|13||Who Are You People? (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|14||Halloween Scare (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|15||Purl Up and Die||2015||Description / Buy|
|16||Knit to Be Tied||2016||Description / Buy|
|17||Only Skein Deep||2017||Description / Buy|
|18||Dyeing Up Loose Ends||2018||Description / Buy|
Kelly Flynn’s aunt loved to knit. But the habit wasn’t Kelly’s cup of tea. In fact, she had little interest in living the simple life that her aunt had pursued for so long in Colorado.
The heroine worked in Washington, DC and even as the CPA of a large firm, her life was quite dull. So when her aunt died and the accountant took time off work to go settle her affairs in Colorado, she did not hate the change of pace.
Kelly and her aunt got along really well. As an army brat, she moved around a lot, and it was only when she came to her aunt’s house that Kelly felt like she was finally home. So the heroine was determined to resolve the issues with her aunt’s estate to the best of her ability.
But once she concluded the matter, Kelly was also determined to put her aunt’s hometown in the rearview mirror. She did not expect to find her plans stalled by the discovery of a discrepancy in her aunt’s fiancés.
She was even more surprised to learn that an heirloom quilt was missing. The police kept telling Kelly to sit back and let them work. But now that Kelly thought her aunt had been murdered, she couldn’t let the matter go.
It is within the confines of Knit One, Kill Two, the first novel in the Knitting Mystery series, that readers first meet Kelly.
The character is somewhat of an enigma when she first migrates to Colorado in that first book. The locals do not know what to make of her or all the questions she keeps asking.
Likewise, Kelly isn’t so sure that she fits in with the town’s rhythm. But then she walks into the Yarn Shop, a barn on the property that combines a quilting center with a coffee shop and everything changes.
First, Kelly’s love for coffee is heightened. And then, her passion for knitting is sparked. It is within the confines of the Yarn shop that Kelly meets all the people that will shape her life from that point onwards, friends who guide her on her knitting journey even while helping her find her footing in Colorado.
Each novel in the Knitting Mystery series finds Kelly taking on a new mystery. The heroine is normally drawn into the mystery either because she is connected to the victim of the crime in question or someone comes asking for her help.
Some readers think that these books spend too much time delving into the minutiae of knitting and coffee. Others have complained that the mysteries are too fluffy and predictable.
Knitting Mystery Awards
The first novel in this series was nominated for an Agatha Award in 2005.
Best Knitting Mystery Books
These novels are an acquired taste; some people love the quirky, knitting-obsessed characters while others feel like Kelly spends too much time pursuing her personal interests to give the mystery its due, with some of the best books in the series including:
Knit One, Kill Two: Kelly Flynn never understood her aunt’s knitting obsession. All that changed when the woman died and Kelly went to Colorado to settle her affairs. It was there that she ran across the yarn shop and discovered her love for all things knitting.
But life in Colorado wasn’t all fun and games. Once Kelly investigated her aunt’s finances, the evidence she found began to suggest that the woman’s death might not have been quite as accidental as everyone suggested.
Dyer Consequences: Someone is out to get Kelly Flynn, or so she assumes. Kelly was pretty excited. She had just purchased the Alpaca ranch and she was ready to begin renovations.
But then someone slashed her tires and covered the walls of her cottage with paint. If that wasn’t disturbing enough, a series of suspicious incidents began to plague the town, this including the death of a young woman.
Kelly needs to figure out what she and the other people in her town might have done to attract such severe consequences.
Other Book Series You May Like
Be sure to check out the “Perveen Mistry” Series by Sujata Massey as well. It is 1921 and Perveen Mistry has returned to India, having used her Oxford training to become one of the country’s first female lawyers. Perveen must use her legal education to maneuver the mysteries and murders that come her way.
You may also like the “Jeweler’s Gemstone Mystery” Series by Lynn Franklin. Kimberly West’s grandfather is an expert jeweler who taught her everything he knows about precious stones. Now Kimberly solves crimes, mysteries, and murders related to jewelry.
What Is The Next Book in The Knitting Mysteries Series?
There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Knitting Mysteries Series. The newest book is Dyeing Up Loose Ends and was released on July, 3rd 2018.
1 thought on “A Knitting Mystery”
I started this series and I can’t wait to read more over our winter vacation coming up in January. These books are the perfect companion on a holiday; they are easy to read yet entertaining. I really like the summary at the top of this article, “the books follow the exploits of a woman that loves her yarn as much as she loves her mysteries” because it fits perfectly! Even though Kelly sometimes spends too much time on her own personal matters, the mysteries are still exciting and fun to follow!