A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #6)

A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #6)

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by Sally Goldenbaum
     
 

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It’s summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while tourists flock to the beautiful cottages by the sea, trouble brews for the Seaside Knitters.  One of them gets tangled up with a precocious granddaughter and another stands accused of casting a local resident off on a permanent vacation.

As Izzy Chambers and the Seaside Knitters prepare

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Overview

It’s summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while tourists flock to the beautiful cottages by the sea, trouble brews for the Seaside Knitters.  One of them gets tangled up with a precocious granddaughter and another stands accused of casting a local resident off on a permanent vacation.

As Izzy Chambers and the Seaside Knitters prepare Izzy’s yarn studio for the tourist season, fellow knitter Birdie Favazza has her hands full with a visiting granddaughter she never knew existed. Gabby soon becomes a fixture in the town—riding off on Birdie’s bike, teaching her own crochet class, even striking up an unlikely friendship with a reclusive local fisherman named Finnegan, himself the source of much local turbulence.

But it’s Cass Halloran, the lobsterwoman, who stumbles over the body of the old fisherman, covered with leaves and sea grass, and wearing the yellow fleece vest she once made him. When Cass unwittingly becomes a suspect in his murder, the knitters rally to protect their dear friend.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Near the start of Goldenbaum’s beguiling sixth knitting cozy set in Sea Harbor, Mass. (after 2011’s The Wedding Shawl), Birdie Favazza, grand dame of the Seaside Knitters, receives a surprise visit from her deceased husband’s brother, who’s accompanied by a granddaughter of Birdie’s she didn’t know existed, precocious 10-year-old Gabby Marietti. Gabby charms the whole town, but especially Finnegan, a reclusive, obstinate old fisherman living on valuable waterfront land that he has let go wild since his beloved wife’s death. When someone slashes Finnegan’s throat with a fishing knife, the people of the town hope that the killer was an argumentative vagrant, but the many locals who might have had an interest in Finn’s land become suspects. Goldenbaum offers credible characters, a mystery that’s uncomplicated without being too obvious, and the knitting content her fans demand in a very readable package. Agents: Christina Hogrebe and Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Yet another homicide disturbs the peace of lovely Sea Harbor, Mass. Semi-retired Nell Endicott; her niece Izzy Perry, newly married owner of a knitting shop; lobster fisherwoman Cass Halloran; and wealthy, generous older lady Birdie Favazza are the Seaside Knitters. Despite their age differences and disparate lifestyles, these ladies are close friends with an impressive track record for solving murders (The Wedding Shawl, 2011, etc.). This time they get involved in the death of Finnegan, an old friend who owns a great piece of seaside property he's let go to seed since the death of his beloved wife, Moira. Many are fed up with the waist-high weeds and decrepit buildings, but Finnegan refuses to sell. Lately he's taken Gabby Marietti, Birdie's newly discovered granddaughter, under his wing while ignoring his own daughter Beverly, an artist who's recently returned to town. So many people are after Finnegan's property that when he's found murdered, there's a long list of suspects: Beverly, who expected to inherit; Gabby's uncle, who's seen sneaking onto the property; a builder who's been outspoken in his efforts to get the land; and even Cass, the surprise beneficiary of Finnegan's will. The knitters must use all their skills and local knowledge to solve a case that cuts too close to home. Another enjoyable visit with the ladies. The mystery may not be very challenging, but there's lazy seaside charm, food tips and the obligatory knitting project for those so inclined.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451236753
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Seaside Knitters Mystery Series, #6
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the Seaside Knitters Mysteries


“A charming and delightful read. This book has a strong sense of place—so strong one can smell the seaweed. Delicious.”—New York Times bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith on Death by Cashmere


“Mystery, romance, and lots of charm.”—New York Times bestselling author Nancy Pickard on The Wedding Shawl
Praise for A Fatal Fleece

“Goldenbaum’s plotting is superb, her characters are richly drawn…and her prose is seamless.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Goldenbaum offers credible characters...in a very readable package.”—Publishers Weekly

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