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The newest installment in Prime Crime's fast-growing mystery series - knitting pattern and recipe included! Kelly's friend, Jennifer, is a top-notch knitter - and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed out of trouble, until one night when she's attacked by a stranger. As she recovers, she leans on Kelly and her close-knit group of friends for support. A ranch retreat The newest installment in Prime Crime's fast-growing mystery series - knitting pattern and recipe included! Kelly's friend, Jennifer, is a top-notch knitter - and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed out of trouble, until one night when she's attacked by a stranger. As she recovers, she leans on Kelly and her close-knit group of friends for support. A ranch retreat in the mountains, stitching and talking, is exactly what Jennifer needs. But they're all in for a shock - because the owner of the ranch turns out to be Jennifer's attacker. When the man is found dead a few days later, Jennifer is the most likely suspect. Now, Kelly has to pick up the stitches before things get out of hand.


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The newest installment in Prime Crime's fast-growing mystery series - knitting pattern and recipe included! Kelly's friend, Jennifer, is a top-notch knitter - and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed out of trouble, until one night when she's attacked by a stranger. As she recovers, she leans on Kelly and her close-knit group of friends for support. A ranch retreat The newest installment in Prime Crime's fast-growing mystery series - knitting pattern and recipe included! Kelly's friend, Jennifer, is a top-notch knitter - and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed out of trouble, until one night when she's attacked by a stranger. As she recovers, she leans on Kelly and her close-knit group of friends for support. A ranch retreat in the mountains, stitching and talking, is exactly what Jennifer needs. But they're all in for a shock - because the owner of the ranch turns out to be Jennifer's attacker. When the man is found dead a few days later, Jennifer is the most likely suspect. Now, Kelly has to pick up the stitches before things get out of hand.

30 review for Dropped Dead Stitch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sanya Weathers

    I love mysteries. Didn't love this. There were pages and pages and PAGES of the main character and her friends playing party games and drinking coffee and rec league softball and all kinds of stuff that never, but never had anything to do with the mystery. And to be honest, I've known enough spinners, weavers, and knitters to know that the main character would get slapped into next Tuesday for constantly fondling the skeins with her dirty, oily hands. You don't just wander into a yarn store from y I love mysteries. Didn't love this. There were pages and pages and PAGES of the main character and her friends playing party games and drinking coffee and rec league softball and all kinds of stuff that never, but never had anything to do with the mystery. And to be honest, I've known enough spinners, weavers, and knitters to know that the main character would get slapped into next Tuesday for constantly fondling the skeins with her dirty, oily hands. You don't just wander into a yarn store from your stupid softball practice and plunge your mitts into mohair.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Thebookmistress

    Very nice but extremely boring people do some boring things nicely for 250 pages. I keep trying this series, being bored silly, and yet trying again. I don't know why. None of the characters are interesting; the "mysteries" are usually stupid, frankly, and never constitute anything but a small interruption in the boring routines of the townfolk; and even the knitting details are subpar. Ribbon and fun fur yarns, really? Really? Argh. Here's hoping I don't attempt picking up another one of these.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Probably one of my least favorite in the series. The mystery in this one focused on the rape of one of the friends in the knitting circle. Tough subject to be sure. Without spoiling anything for anyone I will say that with this book in the series in particular - I felt that you had your good people on one side and your bad people on the other. Not much gray area to be found. I also knew "who done it" pretty early in the book - so once again I was waiting for Kelly to figure it all out. I still l Probably one of my least favorite in the series. The mystery in this one focused on the rape of one of the friends in the knitting circle. Tough subject to be sure. Without spoiling anything for anyone I will say that with this book in the series in particular - I felt that you had your good people on one side and your bad people on the other. Not much gray area to be found. I also knew "who done it" pretty early in the book - so once again I was waiting for Kelly to figure it all out. I still liked the book - and I will be reading the next one to come out - but this was my least favorite in the series for sure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Agree with many of the other reviewers. I have read the whole series and the continue to be simpler and simpler. Plot is thin and so are the goodie goodie, cutsie characters. To much narrative off the plot, house moving, food, baseball, food. I hated that the raped victim was made wrong because she liked the bar scene and to go dance. She shouldn't have to change her life - that increased her being victimized. Are we going back to a time that if women go to bars they are asking for it? Then the Agree with many of the other reviewers. I have read the whole series and the continue to be simpler and simpler. Plot is thin and so are the goodie goodie, cutsie characters. To much narrative off the plot, house moving, food, baseball, food. I hated that the raped victim was made wrong because she liked the bar scene and to go dance. She shouldn't have to change her life - that increased her being victimized. Are we going back to a time that if women go to bars they are asking for it? Then the women especially the "doctor" openly accusing the possible rapist- without evidence or charges- really - liable and pretty narrow plot.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I figured I couldn't go wrong with a knitting mystery, but it was pretty blah. The characters lacked depth and I had some nitpicky complaints, like the main character going on and on about how she shouldn't be eating pancakes and will have to run to make up for it (seriously, stereotypical diet talk in books is a pet peeve of mine) and then spends the rest of the book downing microbrews and eating pizza. I was also bugged by some proofing errors -- it's piqued my interest, not peaked. The plot i I figured I couldn't go wrong with a knitting mystery, but it was pretty blah. The characters lacked depth and I had some nitpicky complaints, like the main character going on and on about how she shouldn't be eating pancakes and will have to run to make up for it (seriously, stereotypical diet talk in books is a pet peeve of mine) and then spends the rest of the book downing microbrews and eating pizza. I was also bugged by some proofing errors -- it's piqued my interest, not peaked. The plot itself was relatively interesting, but I won't be reading the rest of the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Another adventure with Kelly. I really enjoy reading this series. Kelly is always in the right place to get information that the police cannot. She has also made herself so many friends in the mountains that everyone is comfortable to confide in her now. I can't wait to see what is in store for her next. I think I may even knit up Jennifer's blanket from the pattern in the back!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love a cozy murder mystery. One thing I wonder-the girl in this book is always drinking a ton of coffee. Her breath must smell terrible and I bet her teeth are really stained...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    Really great read. I enjoy her more and more with each new book. She also makes me get out my much neglected knitting. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Corathers

    A fun (if you can call rape and murder "fun") and quick read. I like cozy murder mysteries and this one was fairly good. Kelly Flynn lives in the small town of Fort Connor, Colorado, and works as a self-employed accountant after leaving Corporate America back east. Since moving to Colorado, she also becomes a knitter and an inadvertent amateur detective. One of Kelly Flynn's close friends, Jennifer, is raped after being followed home from a bar she frequents. Jennifer doesn't tell the police, as A fun (if you can call rape and murder "fun") and quick read. I like cozy murder mysteries and this one was fairly good. Kelly Flynn lives in the small town of Fort Connor, Colorado, and works as a self-employed accountant after leaving Corporate America back east. Since moving to Colorado, she also becomes a knitter and an inadvertent amateur detective. One of Kelly Flynn's close friends, Jennifer, is raped after being followed home from a bar she frequents. Jennifer doesn't tell the police, as she is afraid they won't believe her because she often dates men she meets in bars (she is, after all, known as a party girl). But Jennifer confides to Kelly and their close-knit (pun intended!) friends. Kelly and another friend are enlisted to teach knitting to women who are victims of rape at a retreat in the mountains. Jennifer comes along. And lo and behold, who owns the ranch where the retreat is being held? The cur who raped Jennifer. And after he is found murdered at his ranch during the retreat, Jennifer becomes the top suspect once the police find out her ordeal with him. I'm not a knitter, but reading this book made me want to pick cross stitching again. And be forewarned, if you love coffee, wine, and good food, this book will make you crave all three!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Jennifer is raped and beaten by a man she met at a bar and followed her home (without her knowledge). She stops going to the bars and starts hanging out with her friends more. Steve is having trouble because his homes that he built are not selling, but friends agree to rent one towards ownership. Jennifer, Lisa and Kelly go up to a retreat for women who were sexually abused. They are teaching the women how to knit or crochet. When they arrive the owner of the ranch comes out and is the man that Jennifer is raped and beaten by a man she met at a bar and followed her home (without her knowledge). She stops going to the bars and starts hanging out with her friends more. Steve is having trouble because his homes that he built are not selling, but friends agree to rent one towards ownership. Jennifer, Lisa and Kelly go up to a retreat for women who were sexually abused. They are teaching the women how to knit or crochet. When they arrive the owner of the ranch comes out and is the man that attacked Jennifer. She refused to file charges against him when the attack occured because she felt that no one would believe her. On the last day of the retreat, the owner of the ranch is found dead. Many people are looked at...Jennifer because of what he did to her, Rancher Bill because the man owed him money and refused to pay, Kelly because she threatened the man and two others who threatened him over his bad behavior.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marion Hogervorst

    A quicky: only 185 pages on my e-reader and I finished it within 2 hours. It was a nice read. I always feel like coming home when I pick up one of Maggie Sefton's knitting cozy's. It makes me want to pick up my long time neglected knitting. This one however was different. I think Miss Sefton tried to make a statement or needed to write about sexual abuse and made one of Kelly's friend a victim. Too bad it did not work out very well. It was too flat, no real depths or emotions that came up. Like A quicky: only 185 pages on my e-reader and I finished it within 2 hours. It was a nice read. I always feel like coming home when I pick up one of Maggie Sefton's knitting cozy's. It makes me want to pick up my long time neglected knitting. This one however was different. I think Miss Sefton tried to make a statement or needed to write about sexual abuse and made one of Kelly's friend a victim. Too bad it did not work out very well. It was too flat, no real depths or emotions that came up. Like even such a horrible event needed to be covered up in cozy warm knitting. It all stayed on the surface, it just wasn't right. Kelly's sleuthing however was still the same. Even after 2 years she jumps to all the wrong conclusions. But maybe it was this time because she was way on the sideline, like hardly sleuthing herself. All in all it was not a real great read like the earlier books, but I still like to read about my favourite yarn-shop-in-a-book: House of Lambspun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was slightly conflicting for me. The writing was fine and consistent with the previous books in the series, but I had issues with the story itself. The fact that the women would stay at the retreat with a known rapist and the doctor supporting it and the person he attacked as well and being "fine" seemed unbelievable and unethical. Everybody was just okay with hanging out around a known rapist? Not to mention in the beginning Mimi had no idea Jen was raped. They went to great lengths to This book was slightly conflicting for me. The writing was fine and consistent with the previous books in the series, but I had issues with the story itself. The fact that the women would stay at the retreat with a known rapist and the doctor supporting it and the person he attacked as well and being "fine" seemed unbelievable and unethical. Everybody was just okay with hanging out around a known rapist? Not to mention in the beginning Mimi had no idea Jen was raped. They went to great lengths to hide it from her, but then someone (I forget who? Lisa?) Calls and just lets Mimi know about it and it's as if Mimi knew all along and deals with it well.. A matter a fact, she is more concerned with "Pacing Pete" (who btw became such a big deal through 3/4 of the book then just disappeared that last quarter). Not the best out of the story lines I have read in this series.. but I'll keep on. Moving onto book 8

  13. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really wanted to like this book. It is set in Colorado and there is a knitting shop but I struggled to get through the poor writing. There are too many main characters, the jumps from clue to clue and deductions are WAY too slow and not very logical. I had it figured out mid book and waited for Kelly, the main character who was supposed to have this "intuition" to catch on. Borring.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    These books are light and fluffy and silly, which I can usually swallow, and in fact is the reason I enjoy them. However, this book dealt with the sexual assault of one of the characters, and it was difficult to see it treated so ridiculously poorly. Ugh.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was the seventh book of a fun cozy mystery series. I found it to be well written for its genre with well developed characters. I love the "family" that the protagonist has found because of the Lambspun fiber shop with classes and needed items for spinning, knitting, crocheting, felting, and weaving. And I love the protagonist Kelly and her CPA brain that loves to puzzle out numbers and murders. I am such a huge fan of this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pat Timpanaro

    While I enjoyed reading this book, I think it is time for me to find another cozy series to read between the more serious books for my book group. There were a few non-series characters in the book. As soon as one of the appeared, I knew they (keeping this gender-neutral) would be the murder victim. I did pick the wrong other non-series character as the killer, but as soon as the final clue was introduced, I figured it all out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I hate to say that the interest I had in this series has greatly waned after the book preceding this and this one. I honestly think I might have bought this one half in hopes of an interesting knitting pattern being included and half in hopes that it would be better. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be for me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (E-Lib) I started reading the 8th book in the series and realized that I must have skipped one since some of the developments were new to me. I went back and started this one so I can read them in the right order. I'm about 15% into this book and am in utter disbelief. They happen to run into the person who raped Jennifer, and their response is to just warn the guy to stay away from everyone at the retreat? Why wouldn't they immediately call the police? I guess I'm like the retreat attendees who (E-Lib) I started reading the 8th book in the series and realized that I must have skipped one since some of the developments were new to me. I went back and started this one so I can read them in the right order. I'm about 15% into this book and am in utter disbelief. They happen to run into the person who raped Jennifer, and their response is to just warn the guy to stay away from everyone at the retreat? Why wouldn't they immediately call the police? I guess I'm like the retreat attendees who want confrontation of attackers instead those who choose not to prosecute.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Another light series that would be fun to pick up every now and then. This was book seven in the series. I guess I could go back and start with one and run into most of the characters in this book. It was a nice community of friends taking care of each other.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jane Love

    Kelly, Jen and Lisa help out at a retreat for abused woman while there the owner of the ranch is the one who assaulted Jen, when he turns up dead its up to Kelly to try to prove Jen had nothing to do with it, Burt and Mimi the owner of lambspun and a spinner get married.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kandace Swinson

    Love this series! I love this series. I drink a cup of coffee, read a chapter every morning. It has now become an awesome part of my routine. It never fails to make me want to knit or crochet. I love the build up and the post climax to the stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I give this book a lot of credit for how it handled an extremely sensitive topic... however I didn’t feel as connected to the characters since I jumped right into this book and hadn’t read the previous ones.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Nice easy read. In the evening when it's till and quite I enjoy a nice sweet easy read such as Maggie Septon's Knitting Mystery series. I pour a glass of wine, get my pjs on, wrap in my favorite afghan and grab my book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    easy to read. nearly gave 4 stars but i didn't like the way all the characters gossiped... even police officers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters and story. I will read more of this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This really wasn't very good, but I did finish it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Another well done cozy mystery in Fort Connor, Colorado. Some interesting possibilities for the criminal.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Love this series!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Another enjoyable book in the series!!!!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    MillisDolly

    Egen though I guessed early on how the killer was, I just love to read these books. The knitting is everything! And they get better and better according to me. The best one yet!

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