Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Unraveled by Maggie Sefton


Hardcover, 292 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley Hardcover (first published May 14th 2011)
ISBN
0425241149 (ISBN13: 9780425241141)
primary language
English

In the midst of the recession, Jennifer Stroud is having a tough time selling real estate in Fort Connor, Colorado. She is thrilled to find a new client; unfortunately, it's Fred Turner whose reputation as difficult is well known in the community. After Turner agrees to sell some river front property to one of Kelly Flynn's clients, another possible buyer tries to get in on the deal.  Jenn and her friend Kelly, who runs her own CPA firm, travel up to see Turner to find out what's going on.

What they find is a dead body. Fred Turner's dead body!  For a man with few friends and many enemies including a bitter soon-to-be-ex wife, the list of possible suspects could be extensive. Turner had a reputation for being a cheat so it's no surprise he is dead.

After having gone through a murder investigation the year before, Jenn wants no part in this mess but Kelly, being curious and having a history of being a bit of a "sleuth" wants to find out the truth about who murdered Fred. She is convinced it isn't her client, Arthur Housemann, even though he desperately wanted that piece of property. Between work, hanging out with her knitting friends at the Lambspun shop and getting over her heartbreak at the breakup with boyfriend Steve, will Kelly be able to unravel this mystery and find the true killer or is the murderer just too clever?

Unraveled is the 9th book in the Knitting Mystery Series. It's not necessary to have any knowledge of knitting nor to have read any previous books in the series. Each book stands well on it's own but you might want to start from the beginning just to see how the characters' relationships have developed. Sefton is very adept at making her characters come alive and making their real life relationships feel so real. Sefton has left a little bit of a romantic cliffhanger at the end of this story so  it will be fun to find out what happens to Kelly and Steve in the next book.

The cast of characters at the beginning is most helpful. At the end of the book is a pattern for a knitted summer tee and a recipe for a chocolate cake. 4****

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Unraveled, Berkley is allowing me to give away 1 copy of the book. Open to US only. Deadline to enter is July 9th at 5 PM. Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+2 for being a follower old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

Good luck!

40 comments:

  1. This book sounds good. I follow your blog via GFC/Pamela Keener
    Pam
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  2. I am a follower of your blog Melanie Ski
    I am glad this stands alone as I have never read and of Maggie Sefton's books. Sounds fun! I love arts and crafts.
    Melanie
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

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  3. I'd love to read this one. It sounds great.

    +2 old follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  4. This series sounds so good but this is number 9? Don't enter me in the giveaway. I'll try to start with #1 and work my way to this one :)

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  5. Looks like so much fun!! Please count me in.
    ericandsarita(at)gmail(dot)com

    +2 I'm a follower

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  6. Another cozy series I have always intended to try!

    GFC follower - Dixie

    readerofthepack AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Sounds like a fun cozy. I'd love to read it.

    +2 old GFC follower - DarcyO
    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/darcy1956/status/86251827535949825

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  8. I look forward to reading this installment of Kelly's life! Thanks!

    +2 I am an old GFC follwer.
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  9. Sounds like a fun book. THanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  10. blog follower via GFC
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  11. This is one of my favorite cozy series!
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  12. GFC follower as Karen B.
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  13. Love Maggie Sefton and would love to win this book.
    terry03903 at gmail dot com

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  14. See it's books like this that make me want to learn how to knit!!!!

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  15. I like Maggie Sefton's books but I have only read the first two. I'd love to read this one.
    I follow under bookmagic

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  16. I have never read a knitting mystery, and have been a little curious as to what they are all about. I also think it's neat that the characters and their realationships have grown over the past books, and I just love that there is a recipe for a chocolate cake at the end of the book. So for all these reasons, I would love the chance to win a copy of this one, and I thank you for offering this great giveaway!

    I am a new follower just this morning from google reader (Zibilee a.k.a. Heather from the bookclub)

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  17. This series sounds great Kaye! I'd love a chance to read it, even if it is #9.

    I'm a longtime follower!

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  18. would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
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  19. i'm a follower :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  20. I've read the first book in this series and really liked it. I have recently decided to throw away the urge to read the books in order. I like the sound of this one. Please enter me in your giveaway. (I'm also one of your followers.)

    margot [dot] peck [at] gmail [dot] com

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  21. I'm a knitter and a mystery reader--this is right up my alley!

    Shana
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  22. I follow you on GFC!

    Shana
    shanaelyse@gmail.com

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  23. I would love to win this book, it sounds great!

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  24. I follow via GFC (1 of 2)

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  25. I follow via GFC (2 of 2)

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  26. I tweeted about this giveaway! (1 of 3)
    Here is the URL - http://twitter.com/#!/Celtic_Girl/status/87866077039702017

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  27. I tweeted about this giveaway! (2 of 3)
    Here is the URL - http://twitter.com/#!/Celtic_Girl/status/87866077039702017

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  28. I tweeted about this giveaway! (3 of 3)
    Here is the URL - http://twitter.com/#!/Celtic_Girl/status/87866077039702017

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  29. I'd love to win a copy. This book is on my TBR list. I'm so excited to find a contest for it!

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  30. Oh and I'm a follower of GFC (Sharn3960).

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  31. I would love to read this book by Maggie Sefton. I have read a few in the series.

    karen_locke@hotmail.com

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  32. thank you for the giveaway!!!!

    i'm a new follower: cyn209

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  33. So excited for the next book in this series! Keeping my fingers crossed to win a copy!

    coleman.louisa@gmail.com

    P.S. Will become a follower!

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  34. I love this series :)
    violettwilight at gmail dot com

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  35. Love Maggie Sefton books. Enter me in the contest.

    Carole
    mykoop1@cox.net

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  36. I really enjoy this series. Can't wait to read it. Afarage@earthlink.net

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  37. I'm a new follower via GFC. I love Maggie Sefton's books. They are always a good read.

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Bookworm307/status/88436951367155712

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  38. Love Maggie Sefton books!

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  39. love her books have the first 8 now I need the 9th

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