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Book Review: “A Fatal Fleece” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters #6)

fatalfleeceTitle:  A Fatal Fleece

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters Mystery #6

Synopsis (from bn.com): 

This summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, one of the Seaside Knitters gets tangled up with a precocious granddaughter, and another stands accused of sending a local resident on a permanent vacation…

As Izzy and the Seaside Knitters prepare her yarn studio for the tourist season, fellow knitter Birdie Favazza has her hands full with her granddaughter Gabby. The little girl soon becomes a fixture in the town and even strikes up a friendship with a reclusive local fisherman, Finnegan, who is the source of much local turbulence.

Then lobsterwoman Cass Halloran stumbles over the old fisherman—his body covered with leaves and sea grass and wearing the yellow fleece vest she once made for him. When Cass becomes a suspect in his murder the Knitters must rally to protect their friend.

Soon the Seaside Knitters will discover that caring for Gabby while casting their net for a killer is a tricky business, indeed. They’ll have to keep their wits about them as they piece together the clues…or one of their own will wind up knitting behind bars.

 

My thoughts:  Hmmmm, what can I say . . . I am having mixed feelings about this series over the last couple of books.  I don’t know whether it is I need a break from cozy mysteries for awhile or if the books are just getting increasingly slow and a bit boring.

I truly do enjoy the setting and the main characters in this series . . . it just feels as if the story lines regarding the actual murder mystery have been dragging quite a bit.  Ugh!

I will keep giving it a try since of course like any good reader . . . I already own the entire series 🙂

Overall, a fun cozy mystery series with great main characters and a charming, cozy location – but increasingly slow plot lines!!

And remember,

Books are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review: “The Wedding Shawl” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters Mystery #5)

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Title:  The Wedding Shawl

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters Mystery #5

Synopsis (from bn.com): 

Summertime’s salty breezes and the sun’s golden threads bring inspiration to the Seaside Knitters of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But when an old mystery washes ashore, they must cast their needles aside and bring some heat back into a cold case…

Izzy Chambers is head over heels. She’s about to marry the love of her life, but much remains to be done before their big day. So the Seaside Knitters have pitched in to help and are even knitting Izzy a beautiful lace wedding shawl.

Meanwhile, Izzy’s aunt, Nell, has hired a gardener to spruce up the backyard where the wedding will be held. The gardener, Claire, is just returning to Cape Anne after a long absence, hoping to put a dark secret to rest and find peace for herself.

But the wedding plans get complicated when the wedding party’s hair stylist, Tiffany, is found dead. Rumors start to circulate about Tiffany’s past and her connection to an unsolved murder years ago. Is Claire’s return part of this pattern? Or are there more secrets simmering in the summer heat?

All the Seaside Knitters know is they must rally to find some answers, so the whispers about town can be replaced by wedding bells.

My thoughts:   Well the Seaside Knitters – Izzy, Birdie, Nell, and Cass – are back in action for another wonderful Seaside Knitters mystery!

I truly, truly love this series not necessarily because of the wonderful stories and plot lines, but rather simply because of the characters, the location, and the overall feeling that the book gives me.

I absolutely love the characters in this cozy series.  They are wonderfully kind, charming, empowered female characters who as a reader I want to be with.

I also love that this series truly lives up to its name as a cozy mystery.  Is there anything more cozy than the Friday night dinners these characters have on their deck, overlooking the water, friends, family, talking, relaxation .  . .

Everytime I read one of these books I come away feeling good . . . and wanting to just be in these books, live with these people, and be a part of their family!

Truly a great series .. .

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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“A Holiday Yarn” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters Mystery #4)

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Title:  A Holiday Yarn

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters Mystery #4

Synopsis (from bn.com):  In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy’s Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary’s cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B’s snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friends will need all their crafty know-how to solve the crime.

 

My thoughts:  Alas, I finally got my hands on the 4th book in the lovely Seaside Knitters Mystery series through paperbackswap.com.   I have the rest of the books in the series on my shelf waiting to be read, but I am one of those series readers who has to read all the books in order!  I know, I know  . . . 🙂

Anyway, I truly enjoy this wonderful cozy series.  It offers all of the necessary pieces of a great cozy mystery . . . an amazing cozy location on the seashore, a group of kind, loving characters, and warm fuzzies throughout!

If you are a fan of cozies, I highly suggest this series!  You won’t be disappointed.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Moon Spinners” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters #3)

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Title:  Moon Spinners

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters #3

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Stitch and sleuth in the third delightful knitting mystery from the author of Patterns in the Sand.

In the quaint fishing village of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters are always looking for a new project. Their latest is helping their friend Gracie Santos open the Lazy Lobster and Soup Café on Pelican Pier. But they get sidetracked when Gracie’s aunt Sophia goes flying off the cliff in her red Ferrari-and it was no accident. As gossip builds, and rumors circulate, the Seaside Knitters must stitch together the clues if they’re to understand a killer’s strange pattern.

 

My thoughts:  Another great offering in the wonderful Seaside Knitters cozy series.  As I continue to read this series, I just love this setting and these characters more and more.  I so want to be friends with these great characters.  They are fun, witty, charming, warm, thoughtful, kind, caring, giving . . . shall I continue!

This series would make an absolutely wonderful relaxing, vacation, beach read!  Sit back, grab a glass of cool lemonade and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the Seaside Knitters in Sea Harbor, MA!

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

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Book Review: “Patterns in the Sand” by Sally Goldenbaun (Seaside Knitters #2)

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Title:  Patterns in the Sand

Author:  Sally Godenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters #2

Next book in series:  Moon Spinners

Synopsis (from bn.com):  When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers’s knitting studio, she’s immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow’s work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody-owner of a popular gallery-is found in a community garden. Soon all Nick’s secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn’t know him at all. And when Nick’s will reveals that his entire estate has been left to Willow, the knitters find that Willow has some dark secrets of her own…

 

My thoughts:  Anyone that regularly reads my blog and my recent reviews, knows that I thoroughly enjoy this Seaside Knitter’s cozy mystery series!  What is not to love really.

Since I have already discussed general characters, etc in the past reviews, I started to think about why it is that I enjoy cozy mysteries so much and how does this book help answer that questions

Wby do I love the cozy mystery genre?  Well the answer is right there. . . because they are meant to be cozy, whether through the general geographical location of the book, the particular season of the year, or a specific shop or café.  Cozy mysteries are meant to draw you in and make you want to be in that place through characters and location.  I read a lot of cozies and this Seaside Knitter’s series certainly fits the bill on so many levels.

This series draws you in not only by its glorious location on the shores of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and the remarkably cute restaurants and places on the island that are described  . . . the Artist’s colony, the coffeeshop, the café where everyone gathers on Sundays, . .. but the reader is also uniquely drawn into this series by the remarkable characters who are warm, welcoming, genuinely kind, and caring!

Whether you are a lover of cozy mysteries already or a newbie to this genre, do yourself a favor and pick up this Seaside Knitter’s series and be drawn in to Sea Harbor and its people.

This series would make a wonderful beach read, so if you are heading out on vacation and looking for some books to travel, you found them!

Happy Summer Reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

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Book Review: “Death by Cashmere” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters Mystery #1)

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Title:  Death by Cashmere

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters #1

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Not long after Isabel “Izzy” Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.

Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie’s body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.

An official investigation rules the death an accident. There are speculations of too many whiskey sours, a slippery wharf, a dark night…But Izzy and the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy. When several strange incidents occur above the shop, the women decide to take matters into their own hands. But before long, their small-town sense of security is frayed, and the threat of more violence hangs over this tightly knit community…

 

My thoughts:  I was recently introduced to this series when I took part in a blog tour for Sally Goldenbaum’s latest book, “Murder in Merino”.   Well, there are no words to say how much I want to move into and live in these books.  I read a lot of cozy mysteries and some are certainly cozier than others . . . . this one is most definitely cozy, cozier, and coziest.

I absolutely love these characters – charming, fun, authentic, just wonderful.

The sense of friendship and camaraderie in these books is astounding, and so heart-warming. . . I want to be friends with these people, when can I move there.

I highly recommend this charming and heart-warming cozy series . . . these would be a fantastic beach read or plane read for your upcoming summer travels.

Moving quickly on to #2,

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

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Book Review and Blog Tour: “Murder in Merino” by Sally Goldenbaum

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MURDER_IN_MERINO  Title:  Murder in Merino

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters

Synopsis (from bn.com):  It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder.

Fall is usually a relaxing time in Sea Harbor, but it’s turning out to be a busy season for Izzy Chambers Perry. Not only is she helping the Seaside Knitters make a magnificent throw to celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of her aunt and uncle, but she and her husband are finally selling the cottage she lived in before she got married and had a darling baby girl. To Izzy’s surprise, newcomer Julia Ainsley seems determined to buy the home—although she’s never set foot inside.

But on the day of the open house, things take a dark turn. A body is uncovered in the cottage’s backyard. When the police find Julia’s name and phone number in the victim’s pocket, this slender thread of evidence makes her a person of interest. Soon the spotlight of suspicion widens to include old friends and town leaders as a tragic happening, long buried in the sleepy seaside town, is slowly brought to the surface.

Before the joyful anniversary celebration can be realized, the Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.
My thoughts:  You know you love a book when you find yourself asking, “Why in the world when I absolutely love cozy mysteries, have I not read this series?”  I normally like to read all my series books from the very beginning, but I’m so glad, sooooo glad that I had the opportunity to read and review this book.

The characters are fabulous, loving, with a touch of quirky!  Perfect!

And what can I say about the setting. . . amazing and my only question is how do I get invited to these Friday night gatherings and dinners?  The setting is so quaint and the relationships between the characters is so fun and authentic . . .  I can’t say enough about this series . . . and I very much look forward to starting the series from the very beginning . . . Death by Cashmere here I come.

A charming, wonderful cozy mystery series, that I highly recommend for any cozy lover.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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