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Posted May 7, 2014
Sally Goldenbaum's seventh Seaside Knitters mystery, Angora Alib
Sally Goldenbaum's seventh Seaside Knitters mystery, Angora Alibi is a great addition to the series. Readers who enjoy a mystery that is focused just as much on the characters as on the murder itself, will love Goldenbaum's writing. Each Seaside Knitters novel shows the genuine friendships that can develop among friends and neighbors and how messing with one, means you're messing with them all. Long time fans of the series will delight in the coming of Izzy's baby and new readers to the series will fall in love with the seaside town on Sea Harbor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I liked:
As usual with any Sally Goldenbaum mystery, there was plenty going on in Sea Harbor. This is such a quaint little seaside town and I always love revisiting it with each book in this series. It is loosely based on the town of Gloucester and the surrounding Cape Ann area. Goldenbaum has certainly created a town that is rich in history and mystery. I like the fact that she is able to incorporate tidbits about the area and it's foundations into all of her novels. If you can't really visit Sea Harbor you might want to consider the area it's based on for a little seaside vacation sometime.
Goldenbaum's characters are always a highlight in her novels. The Seaside Knitters are a group of ladies that have been through a lot together, including the solving of several mysteries. What I love about this cast of characters is the strong friendships that have developed throughout the series. Each women and the men in their lives contribute something different to the group. I love a series that focuses on the friendships of women, their strengths and complexities and Goldenbaum always does such a wonderful job with this aspect of her writing.
Izzy is having a baby! Izzy is one my favorite Seaside Knitters and I have enjoyed watching her character come into it's own throughout. Her relationship with Sam, her wedding and now the arrival of her first child. She has shown a lot of growth and a lot of change and she's got a very intuitive mind and in this particular book, her mind is getting the best of her. I liked the fact that this mystery hit home a little bit with Izzy since she was expecting and an abandoned car seat and blanket are so important to the story. It gave the story a sense of urgency. It had to be solved before the coming of the baby, it just had to.
What I didn't like:
Though I truly love this series, this particular mystery seemed a little off to me. As always I loved Sea Harbor and the Seaside Knitters, but the additional characters and mystery for this one fell a little flat for me. I wanted it to be more intense and less predictable. I loved the coming of Izzy's baby and all of the knitting that surrounded it, but the mystery just wasn't as mysterious as usual.
This one may not have been my favorite as far as the mystery goes, but I still loved the interactions of the characters and learning more about them and their home. A minor hiccup I'm sure, because Goldenbaum is an excellent writer.