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The Wedding Shawl (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #5)

The Wedding Shawl (Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #5)

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by Sally Goldenbaum

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

Summertime’s salty breezes and the sun’s golden threads bring inspiration to the Seaside Knitters of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But when an old mystery washes ashore, they must cast their needles aside and bring some heat back into a cold case…


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

Summertime’s salty breezes and the sun’s golden threads bring inspiration to the Seaside Knitters of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But when an old mystery washes ashore, they must cast their needles aside and bring some heat back into a cold case…

Izzy Chambers is head over heels. She’s about to marry the love of her life, but much remains to be done before their big day. So the Seaside Knitters have pitched in to help and are even knitting Izzy a beautiful lace wedding shawl.

Meanwhile, Izzy’s aunt, Nell, has hired a gardener to spruce up the backyard where the wedding will be held. The gardener, Claire, is just returning to Cape Anne after a long absence, hoping to put a dark secret to rest and find peace for herself.

But the wedding plans get complicated when the wedding party’s hair stylist, Tiffany, is found dead. Rumors start to circulate about Tiffany’s past and her connection to an unsolved murder years ago. Is Claire’s return part of this pattern? Or are there more secrets simmering in the summer heat?

All the Seaside Knitters know is they must rally to find some answers, so the whispers about town can be replaced by wedding bells.

Editorial Reviews

“This might be Goldenbaum’s best so far.”
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Pickard
“Like the best marriages—mystery, romance, and lots of charm.”
From the Publisher
“Like the best marriages—mystery, romance, and lots of charm.” — New York Times bestselling author Nancy Pickard

“This might be Goldenbaum’s best so far.” — Booklist

“A very pleasant read that evokes summers by the sea.” — Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The convincing interplay among the members of the Sea Harbor, Mass., knitting group offsets the run-of-the-mill detecting in Goldenbaum's fifth Seaside Knitters mystery (after 2010's A Holiday Yarn). One night at the local bookstore, mystery author Danny Brandley joins Izzy Chambers and friends, who convene every third Tuesday to knit and discuss mystery novels, to talk about writing. Brandley, after revealing that he draws his plots from real life, provides an example that hits close to home. Fifteen years earlier, the community was rattled by the death of high school graduate Harmony Farrow, who drowned in a quarry under circumstances that suggested foul play. An accidental eavesdropper directly connected to the Farrow case overhears the conversation. After another murder—that of hair stylist Tiffany Ciccolo—the cold case heats up. Once the culprit is identified, the characters rebound from the shock improbably quickly, even for a cozy. (May)
Kirkus Reviews

The Seaside Knitters are joyously preparing for the wedding of one of their own, but first they have to solve a murder.

The family and friends of knitting shop owner Izzy Chambers are busy making ready for her marriage to Sam Perry. Izzy's beloved aunt Nell has even hired gardener Claire Russell to make her backyard perfect for the ceremony. Long divorced from her ultra-strict husband, Claire has returned to Sea Harbor, Mass., to face the past. Soon after a book-shop discussion of cold cases focusing on the death of Claire's daughter, beautiful local teen Harmony Farrow, Harmony's BFF Tiffany Ciccolo is found dead in the basement of the beauty salon where she worked. Tiffany had a crush on Andy Risso, member of a popular local band. Since Andy was formerly Harmony's high-school flame, the police have him high on the suspect list. Nell and her friends realize they have to solve both murders before they can present Izzy with her beautiful wedding shawl and provide a perfect wedding day.

The latest outing for these dexterous amateur sleuths (A Holiday Yarn, 2010, etc.) is a very pleasant read that evokes summers by the sea and features a mystery that will keep you guessing and instructions for making a wedding shawl and a lobster dinner.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Seaside Knitters Mystery Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometimes philosophy teacher, knitter, and editor, and the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen 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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The Wedding Shawl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A Seaside Knitters Mystery 5th in the series Izzy is getting married and all her friends are getting together to knit her a beautiful wedding shawl. Everyone contributing their knitting talents to one wonderful project. What a treasured gift!!! Oh yes, there is mystery too, as the hair stylist for the wedding participants disappears and later is found dead. This lands the Seaside Knitters in the middle of another murder investigation. But these ladies can handle it, they will finish the shawl and solve the crime to get the towns focus back on wedding bells instead of jail cells. You know I loved this book because I truly love this series. The friendship these women have, their personalities, their wisdom, added to the perfect setting, all brilliantly written, makes every trip to Sea Harbor a well deserved vacation with the friends we have come to love. Yes, the sensory factors are amazing, you can almost smell the sea air, feel the yarn fibers and taste the seafood and fine wine.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters (Nell, Birdie and Cass) are knitting a wedding shawl for Izzy Chambers who is getting married to her beloved Sam in June. Izzy's Aunt Nell oversees the wedding preparations since her sister can not do it. They take a break to hear an author talk about a cold case. Harmony Farrow died on her graduation night fifteen years ago off of nearby quarry water. There was a lack of evidence to charge anyone with the crime including her boyfriend Andy who was not there to witness her deadly tumble. The wedding's hair stylist is murdered in her basement office in the salon where she worked. The Seaside Knitters learn Tiffany Ciccolo was Harmony's best friend and was dating Andy before the murder. The police consider Tiffany's death as a separate matter from the homicide of Harmony. The Knitters believe differently as they investigate the cases as if they are linked. While they make inquiries planning to uncover the culprit's identity before the nuptials, the killer reacts by slicing their tires and painting a warning message on Izzy's door. The assault only compels the four females to work harder on catching the killer. The colorful New England coastal atmosphere enhances the entertaining charming cozy. Like the Knitters readers believe Andy is innocent of both homicides, but is the link between the murders of the two females. However, besides dating both, the Knitters struggle to find why someone besides Andy would kill the two young ladies. The wedding Shawl is a fun regional Seaside Knitters amateur sleuth who done it(see A Holiday Yarn). Harriet Klausner
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another visit with the Seaside Knitters as they prepare for Izzy's wedding, but things become less festive when a young woman in the village is killed and it is clear that someone they know is the murderer. If you like a great cozy mystery then this one will have you delighted. The character development is fantastic and varied. The group of women who are close friends range from late 20's to 80's so you have personality types and friendships that cross the decades. If you like good food and knitting or then you will be in your element, but you don't have to be in either to enjoy the friendships and mystery!
ljs0 More than 1 year ago
almost done cannot wait for 6
JanMarieIN More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book - believable characters and story line that moves right along - keeps one guessing til the end. Similar to Debbie Macomber with more murder mystery.
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A great read. Start with the 1st book in this series, they are a delight.
martigirl More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this series. The sleuths in this knit group are vigil3ent in protecting their friends along with solving the murder(s). I have recommended this series to my own knitting group.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
Once again, I have had the pleasure to “Travel” to Sea Harbor and join Nell, Birdie, Cass Izzy and friends, as the long-awaited wedding of Izzy and Sam draws near. Taking a break from the preparations, the group joins the Knitting Book Club for a special event at Art Brandley’s Bookstore. His talented author/knitter/Son (also Cass’s boyfriend); Danny is speaking about the process of writing a mystery. In doing so, he dredges up a “Cold Case File”—that of young high school graduate; Harmony Farrow, who drowned at the Markham Quarry fifteen years ago. As suspicious as the death seemed, there was no proof of foul play and no arrest was ever made. At the time, many fingers pointed to her boyfriend, Andy Risso, who had an alibi, and has had to live with sad memories and loss all of these years. Reviewing the details of the case made the assembled gathering uneasy and Nell, Birdie and Cass decided to re-focus on their special wedding project they had been knitting—a delicate wedding shawl for Izzy. This, combined with a long to-do list (as Izzy’s Mother is not able to help with the preparations) falls on Nell’s shoulders and she wants everything to be perfect for her Niece’s outdoor ceremony. She hires dynamic but mysterious gardener; Claire Russell to turn the backyard into a “Fantasyland of Love” with her artful plantings and landscaping. As the backdrop for the nuptials has been handled, Izzy, Nell, Birdie and Cass head to their appt. at “M.J.’s Salon” to arrange hair styling and bridal pampering on the big day with M, J.’s shy wedding coordinator, Tiffany Ciccolo. They soon discover that Tiffany has forgotten all about the meeting but is spotted two hours later, at the local hotspot; “The Artist’s Palate”, mooning over her crush; Andy Risso (who is the drummer in the band “Fractured Fish”). Embarrassed, apologies are made and re-scheduling is promised—this time with Tiffany going to Nell’s home, where she is glared at by Claire. But why?? Between this meeting and the wedding, Birdie and Nell keep their regular hair appts., only to have a solution mix-up for Birdie and her white locks turn pink! Mortified, M.J. and Nell trudge down into the dark basement for a remedy, and stumble over Tiffany’s life-less body sprawled on the floor! It is disclosed that her death is not accidental and many questions arise. Who would want Tiffany dead? It is discovered that Tiffany and Harmony were best friends in high school but are their deaths related? Fingers point once again at Andy Risso. Had he gotten away with Harmony’s death and now will be found guilty of Tiffany’s demise? What about the jealous, gossipy receptionist; Tanya Gordon? Did she desire a promotion to Tiffany’s position at the salon that much that she would do anything to get it? Will Izzy and Sam’s wedding be marred by the unsettled crime, complete with subtle warnings for the sleuthing knitters? Ms. Goldenbaum has not only included a recipe for Nell and Ben’s grilled lobster tails with orange butter sauce (yum!) ,but the directions for knitting Izzy’s exquisite wedding shawl. She has also snuck in a snippet of her latest work, “A Fatal Fleece”, which you don’t want to miss. Armed with tissues and something to nibble, I’ll be anxious to visit Sea Harbor/Cape Ann again and I bet you will be too! Nancy Narma
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LAL3961 More than 1 year ago
Oh Sally! You're books are outstanding in making me feel like I live there. It's always a surprise as to who the killer is!
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Gracie-7 More than 1 year ago
Read all 5 books. Enjoyed every one. Will be reading more of this authors books.
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