A Holiday Yarn (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #4)

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The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart)

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 ...

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Overview

The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart)

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Death puts a damper on the Christmas festivities in Goldenbaum's engrossing fourth cozy featuring Izzy Chambers and the other members of her Sea Harbor, Mass., knitting circle (after April 2010's Moon Spinners). When "controversial fashion editor" Pamela Pisano turns up dead with a pistol in her hand on the snow-covered back porch of the Pisano family estate, Ravenswood-by-the-Sea, it appears a clear case of suicide. Particularly distraught is Mary Pisano, Pamela's cousin, who recently inherited Ravenswood and is in the process of converting the house into a bed-and-breakfast. When a painter Mary hired falls to his death off a ladder onto some granite rocks, this accident is more than a little suspicious. Of course, a killer is at work, and the knitters must tap old memories and old police records before they can bring the mystery to its unexpected conclusion. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews

The citizens of the picture-perfect New England town of Sea Harbor are busily preparing for the holiday season. What they get instead is murder.

Former lawyer Izzy Chambers, proprietor of the Seaside Knitting Studio, may be Sea Harbor's resident sleuth, but this time it's her Aunt Nell who plunges the knitting group into a murder investigation. A chance meeting with Pamela Pisano, sleek editor of her family's fashion magazine, reveals that Pamela is enraged by her cousin Mary's efforts to turn the family mansion into a superior B&B. When Pamela is found dead on the mansion's porch, suspects abound. She was no favorite of her family, and her track record with men has left some angry ex-lovers in her wake. Her latest lover is a model she had deemed too old for a spread in her magazine. His recent work at the mansion makes him a prime suspect until his murder leaves the police even more confused. For her part, Izzy is distracted by a bump in her relationship that's especially worrisome for her Aunt Nell, who pictures her with a happy family. Despite all the red herrings, the knitting sleuths are determined to solve the crimes before the holidays are totally ruined.

Goldenbaum's latest Seaside Knitters Mystery (Moon Spinners, 2010, etc.) invites you once more to imagine yourself in a charming if homicidal town where knitting and sleuthing go hand-in-hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232878
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #4
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 121,022
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is the author of more than two dozen novels. She became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters mystery series.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Loved this mystery :)

    I'm a knitter & a mystery lover. It's light reading with that warm feeling of being a part of the knitting bunch at the seaside as they solve yet another murder in their community. It's a great way to unwind after a day of work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    a terrific whodunit

    The villagers of the small New England town of Sea Harbor are gearing up for the holidays, but this is one Yuletide season in which a pall hangs over the village. Mary Pisano inherits her uncle's home, which she converts into a B&B. Her entire family occupies the B&B for the annual meeting.

    One of the attendees is Pamela Pisano, editor of a national fashion magazine, who is breaking hearts of the men who idolize her. On their way home at night, two Seaside Knitters find her body that a gun in her hand. The police initially believe Pam, a native of the town, committed suicide as she was under immense pressure. Days later, a model and sometimes lover of Pam is found murdered. The Seaside Knitters believe notes in the snow next to both bodies connect the deaths, but need to find out how if they are to solve the homicides.

    Instead of Patterns in the Sand, this time is patterns in the snow as Sally Goldenbaum creates Christmas time in coastal Massachusetts. The Seaside Knitters are a close knit group who go out of their way for one another including investigating murders (see Moon Spinners). Their friendship is what makes this amateur sleuth series a strong saga and A Holiday Yarn a terrific whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    I have been reading these in order and this one is better than t

    I have been reading these in order and this one is better than the last! Of course I've said that before with the other books. You come to care about the characters and wonder how they'll figure this one out. I've enjoyed all of them so far, but again, this was the best yet. I plan to keep reading her, she's great!

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Love Goldenbaum

    Words cannot say how much I love Sally Goldenbaum. She's a great author who does wonders to make you feel like you live in the seaside knitting community. I truly feel on vacation when I'm reading these murder/mysteries.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    I loved this holiday mystery

    This is a good book for a cold winter night. Loved the characters, the knitting patterns and the receipes.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    i haven't read this

    uh was this written in seaside oregon ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    not so good

    I have read all the books in this series and the mystery element is good but the book is kind of misleading. Frankly these books should be in the culinary/social listings. The books make little reference to knitting as a group with little to no reference to knitting. Most knitters/readers of these mysteries are reading to find more references to the actual knitting and the rapport of the knitters as a group. This is not the case with these books. They are centered around the social status of a few women in a community and most of the material deals with the culinary tastes of the author., most average knitters are not even familiar with these dishes. Once in a while ok, but she goes on and on with the exotic food and the country club scene. Please put knitting in the body of material or re-name these books to the approiate catagory.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    horrible

    err!

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    A HOLIDAY YARN

    An Obsidian Mystery
    A Division of Penguin Publishing
    4th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series
    Release Date: November 2, 2010

    We return to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts just in time for the holidays. The Seaside Knitters are helping Mary Pisano turn her family home into a wonderful Bed & Breakfast. Her first guests are her family, in town to discuss her grandfather's will and tie up any loose strings. Mary hopes the relaxed setting will sooth anyone's feelings who may have been hurt by her inheriting the family home. When they see her renovations how can they not be happy with what she has done with her family legacy.

    Mary not only has to make her family happy but also her neighbors. One in particular, Henrietta O'Neal, who is doing everything she can to halt the opening of the B&B.

    But Henrietta is just one small distraction hindering the opening of Ravenswood-By-The-Sea. The bigger distraction is the dead body of Mary's cousin Pam found on its snow covered grounds. The family reunion has now become anything but relaxing and until the murderer is found all of Mary's planS for her B&B begin to unravel. The Seaside Knitters are knitting the clues together as fast as they can so that the tragedy will not ruin everyone's holiday.

    I am always happy to visit Sea Harbor, even in the icy cold winter. By this 4th sojourn to the seaside village all the characters are now old friends, the shops are decked out for the holidays and the recent snowfall really gets us in the holiday spirit, except for murders it is a truly magical place.

    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    Sally Goldenbaum has created a place you will want to visit again and again with words as only she can. This is the perfect story to "Escape" into. Curl up in a nice comfy chair, a fire in the fireplace, a cup of hot apple cider, sit back and enjoy as she takes you back to this seaside town full of the nicest people, but whose reputation for murder, mystery and mayhem will keep you on hooks and needles. And don't forget the power of mistletoe.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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