Murder in Merino (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #8)

Murder in Merino (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #8)

by Sally Goldenbaum


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Readers can't help but get entangled in this USA Today bestselling series.

Prepare for more knitting, murder, and mayhem with the next in the national bestselling Seaside Knitters mystery series. Autumn brings a mysterious new guest to Sea Harbor, and when she’s implicated in a crime, it’s up to the Seaside Knitters to search out a motif for murder.

It’s a busy fall for Izzy Chambers Perry. Not only is she helping the Knitters make a throw to celebrate her aunt and uncle’s fortieth wedding anniversary, she’s finally selling the cottage she lived in before she got married. Luckily, newcomer Julia Ainsley wants to buy the home—although, strangely, she’s never been inside.

Then on the day of the open house, a body is uncovered in the cottage’s backyard. Julia’s name and phone number, found in the victim’s pocket, instantly make her a person of interest. Soon, though, the spotlight of suspicion widens to include old friends and town leaders, as a tragic happening, long buried, slowly surfaces.

Now, before the anniversary celebration can occur, the Seaside Knitters must unravel the real reason Julia has come to town—and untangle the troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451415370
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 310,636
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the USA Today bestselling 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, which includes A Finely Knit Murder, Angora AlibiA Fatal Fleece and The Wedding Shawl. 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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Praise for the Seaside Knitters Mysteries  
 “A charming and delightful read. The book has a strong sense of place—so strong one can smell the seaweed. Delicious.”—Alexander McCall Smith
“Goldenbaum’s plotting is superb...and her prose is seamless.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 “Like the best marriages—mystery, romance, and lots of charm.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Nancy Pickard
“Sally Goldenbaum describes the town so vividly, you can feel the hot sand between your toes and smell the buttery lobster rolls for lunch.”—The Mystery Reader
“The characters ring true and clear.”—Carolyn Hart, Author of Death at the Door
“Peopled with characters we come to care about. Add a cup of tea, a roaring fire, and you’ve got the perfect cozy evening.”—Rhys Bowen, National Bestselling Author of Heirs and Graces and the Agatha and Anthony Award–Winning Molly Murphy Mysteries
“Delightful...well-drawn characters and an intriguing plot.”—Publishers Weekly
“Enjoyable...lazy seaside charm.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Filled with love of friends and family and some thoughtful storytelling, this is a book that will enchant the reader.”—Fresh Fiction

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Murder in Merino (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #8) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This is the best example of a cozy that I have read in a long time. It has everything that a good cozy should and them some. The characters are fun and as quirky as their town. I enjoyed that this book had a history of the town in it and it made me feel like I was at their visiting center. There was so much to this town. The Sea being the biggest, however there was also a knitting group, and welcoming townspeople. I loved that the author included the pattern for the anniversary quilt in the back of the book, and a bonus recipe! Jules was an interesting character and I really was not sure if she was good or bad. All I knew is that she was an outsider, and she definitely was hiding something. I was glad that she gave away some of the towns secrets. This is a series that I will be reading more of! I would love to have her incorporate crochet, as well as knitting, since I crochet but do not Knit. At least not very well! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Sally Goldenbaum continues her highly popular Seaside Knitters series with Murder in Merino. Fans of the series have come to know and love the eclectic bunch of ladies who always seem to find themselves in the middle of another mystery. From Izzy, whose married and has a new baby to Nell who is getting ready to celebrate her 40th anniversary. There is something for everyone in this series including a fantastic seaside town that provides the perfect backdrop for some serious amateur sleuthing. What I liked: Sally Goldenbaum has a way of incorporating the setting so completely into her writing that it takes on the characteristics of a character in her stories. That isn't easily done, but when an author is able to create that feeling, it's sure to be a very atmospheric novel that will have readers thinking about it long after they've turned the last page. Murder in Merino is definitely that kind of book. I enjoyed the way that Goldenbaum made Sea Harbor come to life and how the sea was such a part of the town and it's inhabitants. I don't think this book or series would have been nearly as good set anywhere else. It makes me want to move to the coast. Izzy isn't a typical cozy heroine by a long shot and to be honest when reading Goldenbaum's books I'm never completely sure which of the ladies is actually the main lead character. I think they all share the spotlight in different books, which makes this series very unique, because the view points shift and change with each new tale. Izzy is the main focus of this particular story. She has a husband and a beautiful baby and cottage she needs to get rid of and that is the catalyst for this novel. I like the fact that Goldenbaum gives Izzy a family as well as the amateur sleuth bug. It's unusual and gives the book an even homier feel than the setting and that's saying a lot. When a body turns up in the backyard of the cottage, suspicion turns to a new face in Sea Harbor, a woman with no ties to the town, who is obsessive about buying Izzy's cottage. Jules is an outsider to this very close knit town and usually that's the kiss of death in most cozies, but not this time. I liked the fact that the outsider didn't become the victim, but a suspect. She provided a lot of angst and urgency in the book and it was interesting to watch each of the knitters try to rationalize her reasons for being there. It just gave the mystery an air of secrecy.  I also enjoyed that this novel has a story within a story feel. The story is about the current murder of a local, but it ties back to the history of Sea Harbor itself and a long buried secret that has been hidden for years. It not only gave the story a historical feel, but it provided some great info for long time readers of the series about the town itself. Sea Harbor is one of my all time favorite fictional towns and that was such a wonderful added bonus. What I didn't like: Sally Goldenbaum's books are always well written, the pacing is good, the characters are so deeply layered and have become like good friends throughout the series. But I felt like Jules needed a little more background. She didn't feel as fleshed out as some of Goldbaum's characters and that took a little bit away from the novel, but not much. This one was still pretty great. Bottom Line: I can't possibly give this one less than a 5 because it was a very good read. It had atmosphere, it had exceptional characters a good plot line. You can't ask for much more with a good cozy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don’t miss this series. They will warm your heart and you wish you could visit the people in the book and become their friends..
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Sally Goldenbaum and her cozy mystery series named Seaside Knitters. Sally presents real characters with flaws, but with kindness and understanding. I love meeting a new character, and Sally provides a list of characters at the beginning of each story with a short description of that person. I wish that all authors inserted a cast of characters. In this story, a beloved bartender and restaurant owner is murdered, but no one can figure the reason. Izzy and her aunt Nell race to discover the killer before another murder happens. Again, I enjoy the mention of food, the knitting, and the friendship in Sally Goldenbaum’s mysteries.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As always, Sally Goldenbaum has woven a tight plot with many layers. I was happy to have a new character added to the already great cast. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
MYSTERYFAN01 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Sally Goldenbaum's seaside knitters mysteries.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Knitted Brows & Purls of Wisdom With a Measure of Murder” As we travel back to Sandswept Lane, we find there’s a lot going on in the cozy community of Sea Harbor, Mass. Nell and Ben Endicott’s 40th wedding anniversary is fast approaching, and, what they had hoped would be a quiet celebration with family and friends could get out of hand rather quickly with Mary Pisano at the helm. The upcoming election for mayor is heating up, with incumbent, well-respected Stan Hanson going up against political hopeful (at least in her own mind) Beatrice Scaglia, who will explore every avenue in her bid for the mayoral seat. But, it’s not Beatrice who’s causing such a stir in this sleepy, seaside town—but a beautiful newcomer named Julia (“Jules”) Ainsley. She inserts herself into the Seaside Knitters’ lives, charming all of their men, much to Nell’s, Izzy’s and Cass’s dismay. She is not only beautiful, but smart, clever, plus she knits and sails—but she is toting a boatload of emotional baggage with her. Jules meets Author (and Cass’s Boyfriend), Danny Brandley at the Ocean’s Edge Bar and is scrutinized by usually friendly bartender/co-owner Jeffrey Meara, who keeps staring at her like he’s met her before. Jules is confused by his actions and is further puzzled when he asks if she would meet him at 27 Ridge Road, the cottage-style house that Izzy used to live in before she married Sam Perry. Jules is unexplainably drawn to the house and is interested in purchasing same, so she decides to meet him before the realtor’s open house. Jules travels to Ridge Road early, hoping to get the mysterious meeting out of the way and beat any other possible buyers to the purchase. When she arrives, she discovers Jeffrey’s car is already parked out front. Why would he be here so early? A short time later, the usual Friday night dinner with friends on the Endicott’s deck is interrupted by a frantic call from Realtor Stella Palazola, asking Ben and Sam to come to the house immediately…they arrive, only to find Jeffrey Meara’s lifeless body sprawled in the backyard. Who would want to hurt, never mind kill, this amiable fellow, who called most of the residents of Sea Harbor, his friends? Sadly, but not surprisingly, Jules is on the top of the list of suspects. How can she explain her visit to the area when she has no family or friends living here and has never been to Sea Harbor before? And the strange way she’s drawn to the cozy cottage? If she’s not the killer, then who is? Perhaps Jeffrey’s partner in Ocean’s Edge, Don Wooten, who was not always happy with Jeffrey’s decisions? Maybe another disgruntled employee—or ex-employee? Or bird watcher/Ocean’s Edge employee, creepy Garrett Barros who lives next door to the crime scene? Will the killer be identified so that the residents can relax their fears and have the Anniversary Party go on without a hitch? Will Jules find the answers to the mysteries of the past? And in doing so, who may be hurt in the process? Ms. Goldenbaum has held us in suspense once again as she leads us down the zig-zagged paths of mysterious crime and everlasting friendship. As is true with her other volumes, she has kindly included a list of characters for our referral and has graciously enclosed the knitting pattern (designed specifically for “Murder in Merino” by the talented Cindy Craig) for the Endicott’s ruby red anniversary afghan and a copy of the Seafood Salad that the “Seaside Knitters” often order at “Ocean’s Edge”. There are “oceans” to enjoy with this book and the whole Seaside Knitters series. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, I highly suggest that you do--although you do not have to start from the first volume to quickly become acquainted with this loving and caring group. As for me, I can’t wait to see what adventures they’ll be up to their knitting needles in next –I’m making room on my bookshelf—how about you? Nancy Narma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the Seaside Knitters Mystery series from the very beginning and have always enjoyed them. "Murder in Merino" was no exception. The thing I love about the series is that even though there is always a mystery to solve, it is the relationships between the constant characters that makes me look forward to the next one. The reminder that what matters in life is taking time for each other and sharing their joys and sorrows.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder. Julia Ainsley has come to Sea Harbor and she is not your typical tourist. She quickly knits herself into the fiber of this seaside town, even wanting to purchase a house, Izzy’s house, even though she has never set foot inside. The realtor has already set up an Open House and Julie receives a mysterious call from a man asking her to meet him before the Open House starts. But when she arrives he is nowhere in sight. Deciding to take a quick look around the property Julia finds more the a beautiful view. She finds a dead body in the backyard. Her name and phone number are found on the body and she becomes the police’s prime suspect. Things take a drastic turn as secrets kept for years are revealed and old friends are linked to both Julia and the dead man. The Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together. Dollycas’s Thoughts The characters in this story continue to amaze me. They are so welcoming even when they have a few doubts about a newcomer. They all support each other through life’s daily drama and celebrate together the milestones. This time it was Nell and Ben’s 40th wedding anniversary and young woman who seems just work her way into their lives. They also pull together to find a killer even when they can’t believe where the clues are leading. Sally Goldenbaum makes every trip to Sea Harbor pure pleasure with the great characters, the beautiful setting and a top-notch whodunit. I started to see where this story was headed and thought I had to be wrong and with that final twist thankfully I was and I was still knocked for a loop when it all came together. In addition to being a cozy mystery these stories are also about the powerful friendship this group of people have. They meet each week at Ben and Nell’s for a wonderful dinner. Ben is the chef and everyone brings something to add from a bottle of wine to a pie for dessert. They share their lives and dreams and dilemmas and if there is a murder to solve they talk it out together. If a member is missing everyone worries. If there is a joy to share everyone celebrates. Friendship like this today seems to be rare with everyone having so much to do and no time to relax. Our heads are staring at our phones or computers. We text and email and don’t take time to just stop and enjoy our friends. We could all learn a little something from the wonderful people of Sea Harbor.
avid-mystery-reader More than 1 year ago
I have loved these books from the beginning. Each new one is like going home for visit with friends and family in a place you love. Wish I could live there with the compassionate characters in their wonderful scenic community. The story always has many layers and keep you enthralled as the pieces to the puzzle come together with intelligence and maturity of the characters actions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But...all the story lines are so predictable. The chief of police is a total incompetent , these poor ladies trip over clues, and the culprit is obvious by page 75. Darn it, I am addicted to the Thurs. knitting, the Fri. get togethers, and the Sun. brunches. So I'm sure I'll read the next offering. Crazy, huh!