Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Release! DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS

Announcing:


The first two Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries are now available in trade paperback! This new edition, available in bookstores and online November 2nd, is entitled DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS and contains both KNIT ONE, KILL TWO and NEEDLED TO DEATH in one book. I'm really, really excited about this new addition to the Kelly Flynn books.


As of now, Kelly and the gang appear in hardcover every year as a new release and in mass market paperback the following year. This past August, KNIT ONE, KILL TWO became available in downloadable audio form. And, of course, each new release is also available as an e-book and in a large print version shortly after publishing. So, it will be interesting to see how this new format will fare in the marketplace.

I did get a glimpse of DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS' appeal when I appeared last week at the huge knitting expo in Hartford, CT, called STITCHES EAST. I was invited to sign at Gene Ann's Yarns vendor booth in the marketplace exhibition hall. Gene Ann had brought a variety of my recent Kelly Flynn releases from her shop in Barrington, IL, plus a large shipment of the newly-released trade paperback.

Gene Ann and I were shocked how fast the copies of DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS sold out. It appears that new readers thought the two-books-in-one edition was a great way to start the mystery series. Other readers bought them as upcoming holiday gifts.

I was delighted that DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS had a successful debut. And---I had a blast at STITCHES EAST. I met so many wonderful people as I signed and as I wandered through the aisles, indulging myself in all the luscious yarns and other tempting creations vendors had for display. I will definitely have to visit another STITCHES event!

Have you ever attended an expo filled with vendors and tempting displays? Share with us.

19 comments:

Aurian said...

I am happy for you Maggie, that things went so well at the event. But as I already have all your books, I can only look forward to the new ones you write! But of course I do hope they sell well.

Tonya Kappes said...

Congrats!!!!! Happy release!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Great news. Hope Kelly continues to find lots of new fans/friends. (Or should I say, lots of new fans find Kelly?)

Mason Canyon said...

Congrats on the release this week.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Heather Webber said...

The Stitches event sounds wonderful, Maggie! So glad you had a great time. I think Double Knit Murders is going to do really well!

Chris said...

Fabulous! I love these books :) The next in the series can't come fast enough, but this might tide me over :)

Dru said...

Congrats on your book release.

booklover said...

Congrats, Maggie!!! We have an annual Women's Show each Spring that my daughter and I go to...an arena filled with bling, makeup, crafts and don't get me started on the food!!!

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Thank you for those good thoughts. I'd been thinking that your decision might be the prevailing one among readers. Then, I saw what happened at STITCHES EAST. Most of those sales were to people who already had the earlier books and wanted the trade paperback as well. Wow! I'm amazed. . .and thankful.

Thanks, Tonya. And, Linda--new fans for Kelly! Great! Thanks, guys. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Mason. I appreciate it.

Thank you so much, Heather! That is so sweet of you to say. I hope you're right. :)

Hey, Chris---I'm SO glad you're enjoying Kelly's adventures. And you know. . .I really enjoyed reading the first two books again when I went over the galleys. It sounds funny, but it's been 6 years (2004) when I submitted those two books to my editor. The 3rd, A DEADLY YARN, was submitted early June 2005 before the very first KNIT ONE came out in mid-June. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks so much, Dru. I appreciate it.

booklover---Whoa! An entire arena filled with all that? Wow. . .you could spend days there. Maybe you'd better not tell me where it is. :)

Laineshots said...

I love the idea and the name of "Double Knit Murders," and it comes at a time when my TBR pile has dwindled dangerously low! The expo sounds like a lot of fun, Maggie. I used to go to lots of those, with my husband, who is a vendor. They were interesting--but hardware isn't all that tempting, is it?

Merry Lu said...

I am really looking forward to reading these, now that you've explained that they're about knitting, and NOT about the polyester fad of the 60s and 70s. Although it would probably be considered justifiable homicide. ;-)

Miki Willa said...

Congrats on the new release. I remember when I first found those two books and got hooked on the series. I don't knit, but I do love yarn.

Maggie Sefton said...

Laineshots---Laughing at the exciting hardware image. Don't forget---DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS is a release of the first two previously published mysteries in the series---KNIT ONE, KILL TWO & NEEDLED TO DEAATH. I didn't know if you've already read those or not.

Maggie Sefton said...

Merry lu---LOL about the 60s polyester phase. Oh, my, I remember it well. I'm glad you're going to give the Kelly Flynn mysteries a try. If you've never read them, then DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS would be a good place to start. It contains the first two published mysteries in the series--KNIT ONE, KILL TWO & NEEDLED TO DEATH. Please email & let me know how you like them--maggie@maggiesefton.com

Maggie Sefton said...

Miki Willa---Thank you so much for giving Kelly & the gang a try. Most of the readers read for the characters and the mystery, so you're not alone. Enjoy.

Linda McDonald said...

Congrats Maggie. This is awesome. I'm not shocked that Double Knit Murders has had such a successful debut. Kelly Flynn stories rock!

signlady217 said...

Years ago my mom's best friend made a Sunbonnet Sue California-king-size bed quilt out of double knit fabric. As you can imagine, that thing was monstrously heavy!! I think she probably still has it somewhere (that stuff will be around forever, I don't think it ever disintegrates!)

Recently I went to an area event called "Celebration Village". It's a huge Christmas market to support our local Sanctuary Hospice House. Beautiful, creative, weird, you name it, all kinds of items there, made from all kinds of stuff. This is the second year in a row I've been able to go to, and I'm planning to make it an annual event on my personal calendar.