Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Death By Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum

Death By Cashmere
A Seaside Knitter’s Mystery
Sally Goldenbaum


When Izzy Chambers and her Aunt Nell saw the ocean view from the old bait shop, they knew they’d found a home for their new enterprise, the Seaside Knitting Studio. Located in picturesque Sea Harbor, Mass., the shop attracts locals and summer vacationers. The heart of the place is the Thursday night knitting group, formed through a set of happy accidents.

Angie Archer was known as a wild child in her youth, and that reputation clings to her when she returns to Sea Harbor as a researcher. Izzy, who left a legal career to move back to her hometown, understands that people change, and rents Angie the apartment above her shop. One evening, Angie leaves on a date with one guy, ends up in a fight with another, and the following morning, is found drowned, tangled in a lobster trap at the breakwater. Everyone assumes it was a tragic accident until new and startling facts come to light.

Readers of cozy mysteries will love the beginning of this new series. The story is told mostly from Aunt Nell’s point of view; giving it a bit of a different feel from the other yarn shop owner/amateur sleuth series. The knitting group is made up of several very different personalities, including an octogenarian and a female lobster-fisher-person, all realistically detailed by the author. The shop sounds like a dream to any knitter. There are plenty of viable suspects and not a few motives that make this mystery an involving and enjoyable read.

Rating: 7
August 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-22471-2 (hardcover)


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