A Murderous Tangle (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #14)

A Murderous Tangle (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #14)

by Sally Goldenbaum


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Birdie, Nell, Cass, and Izzy are prepping their coziest handiwork for a holiday gathering in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But as murder makes waves in their tightly knit coastal village, can the Seaside Knitters prevent a deadly trend from catching on?
While the Seaside Knitters get ready to showcase their new Danish-inspired event, locals can’t stop talking about Tess Bean, a bright-eyed environmental activist with a way of charming both animals and humans alike—especially Birdie’s granddaughter, and Izzy’s old Irish setter. Except not everyone is a fan of Tess and her strong opinions, especially after she starts questioning the “clean” practices of small-business owners . . .
When a popular bar owner whom Tess publicly calls out is found dead from a fall off his club’s deck, Tess soon tops the list of suspects. But in addition to a murderer walking their streets, the knitters are grappling with an unusual wave of local thefts. Now, as Birdie’s granddaughter struggles to protect her mentor’s reputation, the Seaside Knitters must solve a dangerous mystery that not only threatens to unravel the fabric of their community and the approaching holiday—but also the lives of those they care about the most . . .
Praise for Murder Wears Mittens
“A beautifully written mystery full of warmth and surprises.”
—Nancy Pickard, New York Times bestselling author
“I was utterly charmed by the Seaside Knitters and their cozy community.”
—Bestselling author Laurien Berenson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496711083
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #14
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 20,271
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is the author of over forty novels, most recently the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series set in the fictional town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Sally now lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with her husband, Don. In addition to writing mysteries, Sally has taught philosophy, Latin, and creative writing, edited bioethics and veterinary healthcare journals, and worked in public television at WQED Pittsburgh (then home to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood). Visit her at www.sallygoldenbaum.com.

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A Murderous Tangle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
GoatMomma 17 days ago
I have been a fan of the Seaside Knitters series since Book 1, but this book, not so much. Poor proofreading, run-on sentences that make absolutely no sense, a bit preachy on the environmental stuff, and the multiple italicized uses of the work hygge got to be annoying. Near the end, two key characters were referred to by the wrong surnames multiple times ,really? A good proofreading should have caught errors. I didn't even want to finish the book, but finally did. Not Sally G's best work in this series. Sorry.
Catalina Salas 25 days ago
recommended for writing quality also.
Delphimo 3 months ago
Sally Goldenbaum delivers another delightful story of friendship, loyalty, humor with A Murderous Tangle. Sally Goldenbaum supplies a complete roster of the characters in her novel, which I find wonderful. The Seaside Knitters of Massachusetts provide warmth, love, and friendship in this tight knit community where the town presents many events to strengthen a sense of belonging. Sometimes I feel that the murder stands behind the actual emotional ties of the town. The novel does not dip into a graphic description of the murder and at times seems like a Joanne Fluke mystery. Both writers provide a recipe at the end of the novel, but Sally Goldenbaum also gives a knitting pattern and portrays characters and setting better than Fluke.
SewWrite 4 months ago
I have been a fan of this series since the very first one. The characters feel so real and I love spending time with them. This book included one of my favorite characters, Gabby, Birdie's granddaughter. Gabby has a wonderful new teacher, Tess, that is teaching the children to use less plastic waste and to love the environment. When there is a murder of a man Tess was seen arguing with, she becomes a suspect. This is upsetting to the knitting group as they try to learn more about this unusual new teacher to keep Gabby and the other students out of harms way. As usual, many villagers that we have come to know and love are included in the story and some become suspects. I followed all of the clues and I didn't know who the killer was until the final reveal. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Christmas is coming to Sea Harbor, and Nell and her friends are looking forward to it in their cozy small town. Birdies granddaughter and her school mates have a new environmental teacher who has gotten the girls to enthusiastically promote the message of the need to care for the ocean. A shadow is thrown over it all when a bar owner, new to town and abrasive to some, is murdered. With friends old and new falling under suspicion Nell and her friends decide they need to help solve the murder to bring a sense of peace back to their town. What I enjoyed is that they do so by talking to people and observing actions, this is not a mystery where you are left wondering why a character walks into danger to confront a murderer, risking their lives. By the end of the book I was ready to pack up my bags, move to Sea Harbor and take up knitting so I could join this group of intelligent, caring women, I can only wish it really existed. I read this advanced readers copy from Netgalley, and this positive review is my own, honest review.
bookaholique 6 months ago
A local bar owner is found dead. The police investigation determines he was murdered. He was not the most loved member of the community. The ladies of the Seaside Knitters group decide to poke around and see if they can figure out who did the dastardly deed. Oh how I love this series. The Seaside Knitters are a group of local women of various ages and marital status. They spend lots of time together, not only knitting, but socializing and sleuthing. It's their natural curiosity and intelligence that gets them involved in solving murder mysteries. It's very clear that they love and support each other. There is a lot of thought put into these stories and I always get excited when I have the newest installment in my hands. This one did not disappoint me. My thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC.
bookaholique 6 months ago
A local bar owner is found dead. The police investigation determines he was murdered. He was not the most loved member of the community. The ladies of the Seaside Knitters group decide to poke around and see if they can figure out who did the dastardly deed. Oh how I love this series. The Seaside Knitters are a group of local women of various ages and marital status. They spend lots of time together, not only knitting, but socializing and sleuthing. It's their natural curiosity and intelligence that gets them involved in solving murder mysteries. It's very clear that they love and support each other. There is a lot of thought put into these stories and I always get excited when I have the newest installment in my hands. This one did not disappoint me. My thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC.
Booksandknitting 7 months ago
Birdie is worried about the influence a new teacher has on her granddaughter. The teacher (Tess) is passionate about cleaning up the ocean and beaches, and a group of her students have joined her on her campaign. As Birdie and the rest of the Seaside Knitters get to know Tess, they begin to gather her into their supportive group. The owner of a new bar on the Harbor is killed and Tess is one of a handful of suspects. As the group becomes involved in solving the mystery, they truly discover a tangle of relationships, lies, and secrets. At the same time they are promoting the yarn shop with hygge events, realizing that their group has always been about that warm and comforting feeling. Another wonderful book in this series that has a complicated mystery and deep friendships, this can be read as a stand-alone.
Teri1957 7 months ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Goldenbaum has done it again! She has written a mystery that will tantalize you from beginning to the end. Jump on board for the book everyone will talking about. Enjoy!
Dollycas 7 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Climate change is real and environmental activist Tess Bean hopes to get the folks of Seaside Harbor to get on board with her ideas. Birdie’s granddaughter, Gabby is all-in on the efforts but Harbor Club owner Bobby Abbott is not a fan of Tess or her efforts. When Bobby is found dead on the beach below the bar’s deck Tess becomes suspect numero uno. Birdie, Nell, Cass, and Izzy learn their friend Gracie, owner of Easy Lobster and Soup Café is also on the suspect list. The Seaside Knitters are also planning a Holiday event giving them time to gather and ponder other suspects as they try to get a murderer behind bars before the Christmas Bells ring. The knitters are also concerned about some thefts the local shop owners are dealing with. They don’t think the thefts are connected to the murder, but you never know, they could be. ___ The Seaside Knitters, their spouses, children, and friends gather together regularly for food and fellowship, but sometimes their dinners are focused on the latest local murder. In this small town, where everyone knows everyone, it is hard not to get involved. Let’s face it, they do have an excellent track record. With Gabby so involved with Tess and Gracie a suspect, they have no choice but to do some investigating of their own. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning. The cast of characters is large but the author gives new readers a list at the beginning of the book to assist them in getting to know how everyone fits together. I love these characters and frankly, I would read their stories even if there wasn’t a murder mystery included. They have become old friends. I can easily picture myself pulling up a chair and knitting right along with them, discussing all the events of the day around town and in their home lives. I would also love to be invited to the Friday night dinners at Ben and Nell’s. This tight-knit group is what makes this series great. Even though I said it was unnecessary, Ms. Goldenbaum always writes an intriguing mystery and I love that she focuses on a hot topic in the world today. Tess is passionate about her cause but would she kill someone? Would Gracie? There are plenty of clues, twists, and turns to untangle. The group works together to ferret out the answers needed and it is fun to follow them each and every step of the way. I have come to believe that following complex knitting patterns gives these women the brainpower and the temperament needed to solve these mysteries. I didn’t even come close. Even in the winter Sea Harbor sounds like a wonderful place. There is always something happening. Heck, picking up garbage on the beach even sounds like fun as long as there are no dead bodies One little thing that really tugged on my heart is that Izzy is dealing with an elderly dog. I have two border collies that are 16 years young but are dealing with the aches and pains of aging too. Izzy meets Tess when she takes her dog to the vet. Tess basically takes over the visit meeting Izzy at her car, carries the dog in, sets the dog down and immediately starts massaging the dog in an amazing and soothing way. You could tell the dog enjoyed the treatment and felt better after. Most humans love their aching muscles massaged so why wouldn’t dogs. This is another spectacular book from Sally Goldenbaum. The author’s descriptive writing style draws the reader in for a story that unfolds at a comfortable pace. A Murderous Tangle is a mystery filled with cozy ch
chefdt 7 months ago
A Murderous Tangle is the third book in the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. This book introduces a new character Tess Bean. Tess in on the staff at the veterinary clinic and a part-time environmental science teacher. She has been able to get some of the students involved in cleaning up the shoreline and passing out literature to educate residents on how to save the environment. When the body of the owner of the Harbor Club bar, Bobby Abbott, is found near his bar Izzy, Nell, Cass, and Birdie set their sight on finding who wanted Bobbie out of the picture. As they begin to think through possible suspects they find that some of their friends are quickly added to the list. Even Tess becomes a suspect as she was seen having a heated argument with Bobby. Whether the Seaside Knitters are having a quiet supper at Nell’s or working on their knitting at Izzy’s store they will put all their effort into finding the killer. The book is well-written and plotted with an interesting cast of characters. Once again the author writes a heart-warming story with people I would love to have as friends. A knitting pattern and delicious recipes are also included in the book. I am most interested in reading the next book in this delightful series.
Cozy Cat Reviews 7 months ago
This is the 14th in this beloved series and I have loved the entire series. I love returning to vibrant picturesque Sea Harbor home of the Seaside Knitters club and all the wonderful charcters. The author has created a charming series that offers a well crafted sleuth and endearing charcters that we cozy readers adore. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. In the 14th in series Christmas is fast approaching and the Seaside Knitters are preparing their crafts for Xmas. Little do they know that they are soon going to be investigating another murder ! Birdie’s granddaughter, Gabby, witnesses a argument between her science teacher Tess Bean and Harbor Club owner Bobby Abbott. When Bobby is found murdered a few days later Birdie is concerned and with the help of her favorite knitters she begins to ask questions around the village among the many unique charcters that make up the seaside village community.. She soon finds out the victim had been trying to shut a favorite local business of hers down and had contentious relationships with several people in town he was pressuring to sell. Their beloved cafe owner friend Tess was seen pushing the victim in the ocean in a dispute over his polluting the ocean and she is soon suspected by the police. Birdie is sure she is innocent and dives into this investigation much to the chagrin of the local police. With the help of her friends and neighbors Birdie is soon to piece together the right clues for the local police and solve the case. A savvy smart protagonist she is likable to readers, realistic and friendly . As the mystery deepens many clues abound and Birdie knows she is so close to figuring out who committed murder and why. This was such a fun read and a excellent well crafted mystery to a pleasing conclusion. I love the setting, the beloved long time charcters and the introduction of a few new characters that are likable and fit right into the mystery. I love the theme here of ocean pollution and the author did a outstanding job of highlighting the need to recycle and not pollute our beaches. This is a winning cozy mystery series and this 14th in series is a winner ! The perfect mystery, great charcters and a wonderful seaside setting that every cozy reader will love. I look forward to the next in series.
4GranJan 7 months ago
Coastal New England Cozy Mystery This is a very good cozy mystery. Set in a small coastal New England town, the story centers around a group of knitters. The plot is excellent. The reader becomes fully invested in the characters. There are many suspects and the reader wants none of them to be guilty. I always enjoy this author's books. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Tangen 7 months ago
family-dynamics, friendship, murder, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, cozy-mystery A cohesive group of friends, a capable new activist teacher, missing oddments from various local businesses, a tweenager with her elderly grandmother, too many secrets and lies, and a murder. Although this is part of a series, there's no sense of missing something other than whodunit. Much misdirection and red herrings add to the suspense, and the characters are so engaging that you feel that you know them. Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
A new business has opened in Sea Harbor and the owner wants to close Gracie down and expand. When the man is found murdered, not only is Gracie a suspect, but so are many others, including Tess Bean, a newer resident and part time teacher at the school. But the ladies don’t believe Gracie or Tess are guilty and begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together. As they go along they realize some members of their community aren’t who they thought they were, and others are struggling with issues of their own. But the community takes care of its own and there is a whole lot of love and care that the townsfolk have as they try to help in anyway they can. But will all the pieces come together for Izzy and the gang and will they uncover the evidence they need to take it to the police before the murderer strikes again. A charming and quaint setting with a group of women that have come to feel like friends. Well developed characters and a solid story line with enough red herrings to keep you guessing who the murderer really is until the very end.
MKF 7 months ago
The knitters are sure that Gracie didn't kill Bobby the bar owner, even though he has been pressuring her to sell her own restaurant so that he can expand. They're also pretty sure Tess, the new teacher and environmentalist in town didn't do it either. Birdie has been a little way of Tess, who has fully engaged the imagination and admiration of her grand daughter Gabby but that doesn't mean anything once the team swings into action to find the real killer. Sea Harbor, like so many small towns, has a lot of secrets and they come out as the knitters investigate. I don't know how I've missed this series (it's right up my alley what with the knitting and the setting) but I was fine with it as a standalone. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a classic cozy and a good read.