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Only Skein Deep

Book 15, A Knitting Mystery

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In the latest novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Knit to Be Tied, Kelly Flynn and The Lambspun Knitters are eagerly awaiting a bundle of joy but find themselves heaped with trouble instead…

Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldn’t be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Kelly’s got a built-in group of fiber arts specialists, the Lambspun Knitters, who are working away on blankets and booties. As they sit around the table crafting their keepsakes, the story of Giselle Callahan is a popular topic of conversation. 

Giselle is the young wife of Henry Callahan, a Fort Connor banking scion, who traded in his previous wife of forty years for a newer model. Giselle’s prowess as a skilled country club golfer and social climber puts her on someone’s hit list. When she is found dead on the greens at the golf club, Kelly and her Lambspun crew worry that a vicious killer is in their midst. They must work fast to bring an unhinged murderer to justice on the back nine before Kelly’s very special delivery…


From Publishers Weekly

May 01, 2017 – CPA, coffee addict, knitter, and sometime amateur sleuth Kelly Flynn is about to become a mother in Sefton's meandering 15th Kelly Flynn mystery (after 2016's Knit to Be Tied). She has also finally decided to tie the knot with the baby's father, long-time love Steve Townsend. Kelly's extended family of friends is delighted. She barely has to lift a finger, for her gang insists on planning every detail of her upcoming nuptials and childbirth. And by the way, a woman is murdered on the golf course behind House of Lambspun, Kelly's favorite knitting shop, in Fort Connor, Colo. However, no one saw anything, and the police have no suspects. The victim eventually has a name, but otherwise she's a cypher whom the reader has no particular reason to care about. The major reason she seems to have been killed is so that the book can qualify as a mystery. Catching up with Kelly, Steve, and rest of the Lambspun crew is the point of the story, and that may be enough for readers who enjoy this series.

Customer Reviews

15th book in A Knitting Mystery series!

Only Skein Deep by Maggie Sefton is the fifteenth book in A Knitting Mystery series. It is May in Fort Connor, Colorado and everyone is anxiously awaiting the birth of Kelly and Steve’s son. Kelly is nine months pregnant and desperately misses coffee. Kelly is waiting out the arrival of her son by working on her client’s account, spending time with friends, watching Cassie’s games, and knitting a baby hat. One day Kelly arrives at House of Lambspun to find out that a body was discovered on the golf course. The victim turns out to be Giselle Callahan, the second wife of William Callahan. William, president of a local sports equipment company, had divorced his first wife, Meredith after a forty-year marriage. Meredith was so distressed by the divorce that ended up committing suicide. The investigation uncovers that Giselle was murdered. Kelly wonders who wanted Giselle dead, but she is unable to contribute much to the investigation in her current state. Curt and Jolene feel it is time for Kelly to make an honest man of Steve and they organize a wedding. The members of the Lambspun family come together for the wedding that they have been waiting years to witness. Will baby jack wait until after the wedding to make his arrival? Who killed Giselle Callahan?

Only Skein Deep is nicely written, has a good pace and is easy to read. It has been ten years since Kelly came to Fort Connor, Colorado. Only Skein Deep summarizes why Kelly came to the town and what has happened since her arrival. Readers get to hear how baby Jack is playing soccer in Kelly’s stomach (more than once in every chapter), the various sporting events the group participates in, the status of Kelly’s knitting project, how Kelly cannot have her normal coffee (in each and every chapter), Cassie’s final exams, food descriptions, the history of Fort Connor, Carl chasing the squirrel and the gorgeous yarn in House of Lambspun. If you have not read the previous books in A Knitting Mystery series, you should not start with Only Skein Deep. I recommend beginning with Knit One, Kill Two. I give Only Skein Deep 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery is so far in the background in this book that it is practically non-existent. It is discussed, but not investigated (everyone is too focused on Kelly’s pregnancy). The killer’s identity can be discerned early in the novel. No clues are needed to solve this one. It was nice to catch up with the characters, but I wanted more. I have read every book in A Knitting Mystery series, and this is the first one to disappoint me. Only Skein Deep needed a complex whodunit and less focus on Kelly’s pregnancy (I quickly tired of the many references to the baby playing soccer in her stomach). Only Skein Deep felt like it was written by someone else (or the author phoned in this one). It was disappointing to find out that Jolene and Curt as well as Greg and Lisa were married (done secretly and kept quiet). It felt wrong and out of place with this group of characters (they share everything). Only Skein Deep felt like the author was wrapping up the series and, after reading it, it should be the last one.

Thank you for the best entertainment...

You always manage to keep me entertained, to the point that I have a hard time putting down the book. Your stories come alive in my mind, I fell like I can see and feel the change in the seasons...even when I'm sitting in 107 degrees.
Thank you and hope to read more form Kelly and The Unruly mob.

Only Skein Deep
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: Jun 06, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 15, A Knitting Mystery
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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