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Angora Alibi (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #7)

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The Seaside Knitters of sunny Sea Harbor are busy crafting a baby blanket for a member of their circle. But as the due date draws near, so does a puzzling plot....
 
Yarn shop owner Izzy Chambers Perry is having a heady summer. She and her new husband, Sam, are expecting a baby. She’s trying to stay active with bike rides, runs along the shore, and spending time with the Seaside Knitters—until the day she spots an abandoned baby car seat ...

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Overview

The Seaside Knitters of sunny Sea Harbor are busy crafting a baby blanket for a member of their circle. But as the due date draws near, so does a puzzling plot....
 
Yarn shop owner Izzy Chambers Perry is having a heady summer. She and her new husband, Sam, are expecting a baby. She’s trying to stay active with bike rides, runs along the shore, and spending time with the Seaside Knitters—until the day she spots an abandoned baby car seat and a familiar blanket on the beach. Izzy immediately recognizes the blanket’s material—a soft yellow angora yarn she displayed in her shop window last fall. Maybe it’s the hormones, but Izzy has a terrible feeling....
 
After a local man dies during a scuba dive, Izzy discovers he was actually murdered and is connected to the abandoned car seat. Now it’s up to the Seaside Knitters to investigate. With their careful attention to patterns—and their fierce commitment to bringing Izzy and Sam’s baby into a peaceful town—they’re determined to knit this mystery together.

 
KNITTING PATTERN INCLUDED

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Goldenbaum’s unconvincing eighth Seaside Knitters mystery (after 2012’s A Fatal Fleece), Justin Dorsey alienates his distant cousin Janie—a nurse—and the usually generous residents of Sea Harbor, Mass., with his irresponsible behavior. Yet the often jobless Justin shows signs of drawing on large—and unexplained—sources of cash. When Justin dies in an apparent scuba-diving accident, it soon becomes clear that his death was deliberate. The subsequent death of potential witness Horace Stevenson and a secret garden plot raise further questions. Suspicion swirls around the Virgilio Clinic, where Janie works, causing the knitters to speculate about the reasons for Justin’s furtive conduct there and elsewhere. The failure to provide adequate and subtle clues early enough in the narrative, a tendency to tell instead of show, and implausible situations and actions will frustrate some readers. Agents: Christina Hogrebe and Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)
Library Journal
Pregnant Izzy Chambers Perry is dismayed when she finds an empty car seat and a knit blanket at the beach, but no baby. Then a scuba diver dies suspiciously in the seventh in this Massachusetts-set cozy craft series (after A Fatal Fleece).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451415356
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #7
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 152,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl. 

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

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    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.

    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.

    Bottom Line:

    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. 

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    This is the 7th book in the Seaside Knitters Mystery, with #8 du

    This is the 7th book in the Seaside Knitters Mystery, with #8 due out this year. In this book Izzy and Sam are married and soon to be parents. Izzy is still running her yarn shop and Sam is photographing anything that will hold still for him. The rest of the gang is back, knitting away at things for the new little one, looking forward to the birth of the baby. 
    When 19 year old Justin Dorsey dies in a diving accident, the knitters and his cousin Janie, have trouble accepting it. When the news is released that Justin was murdered no one can believe it.  Janie and Justin had had words the previous evening, but surely Janie had nothing to do with it. When it’s discovered that Justin was not what the ladies thought he was, the reasons for his murder start piling up. 
    The birth of Izzy’s baby, and the happiness and joy the baby brings helps to ease the pain of Justin’s death, Justin may not have been perfect and he may have made many mistakes in his short life, but he was after all, just a human.
    I have had the pleasure of reading all of the books in this series and find the closeness of the women and their husbands and boyfriends always make me wish to live in Sea Harbor. The characters that Ms. Goldenbaum gives us could truly be a friend or neighbor to any of us. Ms. Goldenbaum weaves stories that are believable and heartfelt and I hope there are many more to follow.  

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