Death by Cashmere (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #1)

Death by Cashmere (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #1)

by Sally Goldenbaum


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Get entangled in the first novel in USA Today bestselling Seaside Knitters Mystery series.

Not long after Isabel “Izzy” Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.

Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie's body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.

An official investigation rules the death an accident. There are speculations of too many whiskey sours, a slippery wharf, a dark night...But Izzy and the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy. When several strange incidents occur above the shop, the women decide to take matters into their own hands. But before long, their small-town sense of security is frayed, and the threat of more violence hangs over this tightly knit community...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451225535
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 203,387
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Death by Cashmere (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
maryjean1121 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good at developing the characters. I had no trouble mentally picturing the sea side town and the characters. However, I thought things moved slowly. I was interested in what was going to happen but I didn't walk around with it clutched to my chest as I do some novels. I think it's great for older readers as the personal interaction and language are very tame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 250 page ebook is very good, if you like clean, cozy mysteries. There is no romance, sex, profanity or religion. and the murders are not extremely gory. There are married couples in this novel which is nice, although some parents are deceased. I wish an author would pen a book where the heroine or hero had both sets of parents, alive, well and not divorced. There is a lot of emphasis on the food and on knitting. A lot terms were not explained. At the end of the book there is a pattern for a scarf, but no pictures to help the knitter along. A .com address for purchasing the speciality yarn would have been nice also. The closest yarn shop here is 45 minutes away and the owners had never heard of this yarn. But over all this was a fast, enjoyable read, with a light easy to figure out mystery. For ages 16 and up. More enjoyable if you knit and love seafood. AD
babynurse77 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book. It kept my interest and had wanting for more. I also loved the size of the book. Big enough for me to read the writing easily and yet light enough to carry easily. Would love to read more books from this author and about the characters in the book.
jkkelly35 More than 1 year ago
I give this book 5 stars. It is wonderfully written and keeps you interested throughout. I couldn't put it down. I would highly reccomend this books to anyone that loves knitting mysteries and enjoys the ocean view concept.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Realizing she was not cut out to be a lawyer, Izzy Chambers quits her job to open up a knitting shop in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts where she spent summers as a child. Her Aunt Nell lives there and is one of her biggest supporters while some other ladies like retiree Birdie and lobster fisherwoman Cass are her best customers. They all bond and meet once a week as the Seaside Knitters.-------------- Angelina Archer lives in an apartment above Izzy¿s store. She is working on a project for the local museum on quarries and land deeds. One night she goes on a date with Cass¿s brother and ditches him a public argument ensues with Tony Framingham, son of the town¿s matriarch. The next day Angelina is found dead in the nearby breakwater. Most people prefer to assume a tragic accident occurred, but an autopsy revealed her blood contained a drug that paralyzed her making it impossible for Angelina to swim to safety. The Seaside Knitters sisterhood investigates finding dirty dark secrets long buried by the paragons of a Cape Cod town.------------- This is a character driven amateur sleuth starring four likable female friends who work the homicide one stitch at a time. The quartet each deals separately with a segment of the murder pattern until they seamlessly sew their respective puzzle pieces together. However though this is a refreshing outlook it also takes away from the intensity of solving the case as more than half the book is done before the knitters merge their clues. Mindful of Monica Ferris¿ Minnesota Crewel World and Maggie Sefton¿s Colorado House of Lambspun fans will enjoy DEATH BY CASHMERE.----------------- Harriet Klausner
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
As a knitter I was anxious to read this book. The book cover was inviting and the quaint town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts caught my fancy. This book is light reading with a weak mystery. I was confused at first because I thought the story would be told from Izzy's point of view. It was not. It was told from her Aunt Nell's point of view. The characters were likeable but they fell a little flat. I did enjoy the descriptions of the yarn and the yarn shop. There seemed to be a lot of dialogue..... a little annoying after a while. I liked the sub plot of the lobster poachers. All in all I did like this book. I think I was just expecting something over the top. Seaside town, knitting and murder seems like such a fantastic pairing. I will try the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the environment, wanted to know the good people in the story, but way too much reviewing of internal thoughts or concerns.
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delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended the Seaside Knitters series by Sally Goldenbaum, and I encountered problems finding the novels of this series in the Charlotte Public Library, which carries none of Goldenbaum's works. The series is not for everyone, as the novel does not contain explicit sex or violence. The series is set in a seaside town in Massachusetts where art, fishing, and crafts mingle with the scenery and the people. The main emphasis rests on the sturdy shoulders of the Seaside Knitters: Izzy Chambers-a retired Boston lawyer and now owner of the knitting shop, Nell Endicott-a 60 something wife and aunt to Izzy, Birdie Fauazza-a feisty 80 something who loves her wine and dancing, and Cass Halloran-a fierce lobster fisherwoman. The story is delightful and impels the reader to run to the nearest yarn shop and start a new project. The story also involves fabulous food and warm friendship. I anxiously await the next book in the series.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Angie who lives over Izzy's knitting shop turns up dead and the police decide the murderer was someone just passing through, the knitters disagree and begin looking among the persons in their own community of Sea Harbor on Cape Ann for the culprit. I love the community of Sea Harbor and its residents. The author did a great job developing most of the characters. I really felt that I wasn't sure which of the knitters was to be the "sleuth" until later in the book, and I really felt that character had been developed less than some of the others. There were several times when the meetings were called by various other persons in the knitting group. I really felt that there needed to be a stronger identification of the main sleuth character earlier in the book. I really hate that Angie was the one who died. She was a librarian working for the historical society and was researching deeds and other old records. As a genealogist and librarian, I found myself really identifying with the deceased as we learned more about her. I also would have liked to see the sleuth digging into some of those records. I found myself wishing that Torie O'Shea of Rett McPherson's series had been the sleuth on this case! I'd really solved the mysteries (not just the murder but also the lobster trap thievery) earlier in the book. There was one main character upon which most of the red herrings throwed suspicion. It was almost too obvious that person was not the one responsible. All of that said, I still found this to be a pleasant and enjoyable read. I like the community of Sea Harbor, and I look forward to returning there for another visit with the next installment in the series. Perhaps many of the flaws of the first in the series will be ironed out in the second installment as the other knitters would have discovered Nell's ability to sleuth by that time.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Izzy Chambers has a knitting shop in Sea Harbor MA and rented the room above to an old friend, Angie Archer, while Angie was working on a special project for the Historical Society. One morning Angie is retrieved from the water along with the lobster traps and the residents of this quiet little village are traumatized because they can't believe that one of them would kill. Izzy, her Aunt Nell and other residents can't believe when the police conclude it was a stranger.This little cozy mystery set by the sea feels like a breath of spring air. The characters are warm and friendly and I wanted to join the Thursday night knitters from the very beginning. I could almost smell the aromas from the Friday cookouts and was ready to start searching for this little village on a map.I was somewhat surprised that the detection efforts were spread out among the characters, but I actually thought that it was an interesting concept. As for the mystery the clues were subtle but available for the reader and the writing was delightfully refreshing to the spirit. Another series I'm definitely going to be following.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The setting of this book was good, and the characters OK. However, two-thirds of the book felt somewhat like treading water as the plot stalled out and it began to rehash the same thing over and over again. It was a bit of a challenge to get through the middle of the book because of this. I think that I am willing to try the next book in this series, as many authors in this genre seem to have trouble with the first book and setting up the characters for future books.
heyjude on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read all three of the author's previous mysteries (The Queen Bee Quilting Mysteries) as well as, unfortunately, one of her romances (not good) I was happy to note the quality of her descriptive writing was not diminished in this first volume of a new series. Unfortunately I was disappointed to be able to nail the killer almost as soon as the individual was introduced simply because the plot was almost a re-hash of the first volume of her other series. Different people, different locale but pretty much the same plot.Writing 4 stars; re-using the plot 3 stars.
shaneyknits on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and loved it. I loved all her characters. I hope she will continue other books in this series of Knitting Mysteries!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nell, Izzy, Birdy and Cass make an odd but congenial core of the local knitting group at the yarn shop that Izzy owns. When the woman who rents Izzy's upstairs apartment is murdered, the group morphs into a team determined to solve the crime and return their seaside home to it's former tranquil self.This is a really good book. I am a knitter and this is the first "knitting mystery" I have ever been able to finish. The characters are well drawn and likable. The mystery is good but does not intrude on what I think is the core of a cozy, the personalities of the investigators. The descriptions of the town and the surroundings are wonderful. I could almost smell the sea air.
yonitdm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit wordy at times and she piles on the knitting and sea cliches, but still a satisfying mystery and resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a knitter and a mystery lover this book had it all. The plot was great, the imagery was wonderful!! You almost felt like you where there sitting at the studio or in Nell’s kitchen! Can’t wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, loved the chraecters. Can't wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet read! It was suspenseful and had me guessing! I am getting the next book right away!
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Honney1944 More than 1 year ago
The story and characters keep moving plot along at a steady pace.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was easy to read and a very entertaining mystery.
FanAR More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book to read. Fun characters. Loved it.