A Fatal Fleece: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
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A Fatal Fleece: A Seaside Knitters Mystery (A Seaside Knitters Mystery #6)

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As Izzy Chambers and the Seaside Knitters prepare Izzy’s yarn studio for the tourist season, fellow knitter Birdie Favazza has her hands full with a skeleton emerging from the family closet.

But it’s Cass Halloran, the lobsterwoman, whose life is most in shambles as summer begins. Not only is her business suffering financial hardships, but Finnegan, an old friend and fellow...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by New American Library
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Obviously no one reads this kind of book for the realism so I expect no one will mind the suspect successfulness of the yarn store and the uniform warm sweetness of the community. Do save it for a holiday break when you'll be eating and drinking too much anyway-- the residents of this fantasy seaside village live very well and would be torment for anyone watching their diet. Keep right away if you're weaning yourself off alcohol!

I found this to be a light read, better written than most in the cr...more
I have said this before and I'll say it again. I want to live here. And be friends with Nell and Birdie and Cass and knit at Izzy's yarn store. Even with the diminishing number of townspeople (a substantial portion are murderers and, of course, some of the remaining townspeople are murder victims), this is a town I could retire to.
I was thrilled to find two books in this series that I hadn't read. We are back in Sea Harbor with the usual cast of characters. I love the descriptions of the times that the friends are together and the food that they eat. It is enjoyable to read about the shops and eating establishments in the town. Gabby, Birdie's granddaughter becomes a main character in this book as Birdie learns that her husband, Joe had had a child out of wedlock.

As usual, a person turns up murdered in this sweet little t...more
Nancy Narma
“A Wonderful Tight-Knit Cozy”

I’ll admit it, I enjoy cozies. Ms. Goldenbaum’s latest mystery is not good…IT IS FANTASTIC!! I had not read any of her previous work, so I was unfamiliar with the close-knit “Almost Family” residing in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. It didn’t take me long to get acquainted with Nell and Ben Endicott, their Niece and her Husband, Izzy and Sam Perry, Jane and Ham Brewster, Willow Adams, Cass Halloran and her younger Brother Pete, and Cass’ “wanna-be boyfriend”; Danny Brand...more
A three page list of characters at the beginning of the book was so daunting that I chose to ignore it. I did get confused at times as to who was related to whom and in what manner, but I was able to follow the book. Perhaps IF I had started with the first book in this series the number of people involved would not have been quite so long. The book itself was difficult to get through. It was longer than others I have read in this genre. Interesting ending; neatly wrapped up. I must ask again - W...more
This is the sixth book in the A Seaside Knitting Mystery series.

This is a very delightful series and is mainly focused on the mystery and not knitting. So those that don't knit, don't pass on this series.

The town of Sea Harbor, MA is in a bit of turmoil. A piece of prominent real estate belonging to a recluse, Finnegan, is the center of controversy. The property is in need of upkeep and the residents would like to see it purchased and developed.

Birdie Favazza, a member of the Seaside Knitting g...more
Let me introduce you to the seaside knitters:
Nell Endicott: the motherly spirit of the group.
Birdie Favazza: the spirited elder who is hard to keep up with.
Cass(andra) Halloran: the lobster-woman with a gentle heart - truly a rough diamond.
Izzy Perry: Nell's niece who owns the knit shop.

The town eccentric is a curmudgeonly old geezer, Finnegan, whose prime waterfront land has vultures circling in the form of developers, city council members, and an estranged daughter. Finnegan does have some ste...more
This was the first book I've read by SG. I couldn't help thinking she was trying to re-create Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series.

The difference is that Goldenbaum's characters are ho-hum boring and not at all endearing. I didn't DISlike them, there was just never enough character development to help me get to know them. I always found myself wishing I could be friends with the people of Blossom Street; not so here. It seems all this group has to do is drink martinis on the deck, walk into...more
There's someone new in Sea Harbor!! Gabby is a granddaughter Birdie didn't know she had. Joe Marietti found out about his son shortly before he died but knew nothing about Gabby. Her great-uncle Nick has brought her to Sea Harbor for a visit. She is a very intuitive little lady and quickly makes friends with almost the entire town. She even starts a new trend.

Gabby makes friends with Finnegan, an old fisherman that has become quite a recluse since his wife passed away. Before Gabby he was only c...more
This is the latest installment in Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitters Mystery series. It is very similar to the others. The small group of knitters, led by Nell and her husband Ben and Birdie, solve a murder that has occurred in their small New England seaside town. I love the setting for these mysteries, as I have been a fan of the Rockport, MA area forever. It is also interesting to see the way the author has put it all together. However, I wonder why the town police force did not have a bigge...more
This was a very good book. The book focuses around a group of women in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, who call themselves the Seaside Knitters. Birdie Favazza finds out she has a granddaughter that she never knew about. Nell Endicott is enjoying semi-retirement with her husband, Ben. Izzy Perry, Nell's neice, is a newlywed. Cass Halloran owns and operates a lobster company. The town is after Finnegan,a cantankerous old man who lives in the town. He owns a piece of waterfront property that has become...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was a lovely comfortable cozy murder mystery. How can a murder be lovely, why by the gentleness of the friendships and relationships of the characters, not to mention, the wonderful location in MA. The premise is peace itself...until the specter of death intrudes...

The Seaside Knitters is comprised of four women of differing ages, Izzy (the owner of the knitting store,) Nell, Issy's Aunt, then Birdie who carries the wisdom of the town and life, and finally, Cass, a lobster fisher-woman. The...more
Becky Rippel
Apr 13, 2014 Becky Rippel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Book Club Selection
This was an utterly delightful book with the introduction of Birdie's granddaughter, Gabby, who is a bundle of energy and keeps the entire knitting group on their toes. Gabby, a precocious 10 year old, knows how to knit and crochet, so is right at home with the Seaside Knitters. She also befriends Finnigan, an old fisherman, who owns a valuable piece of property and is found buried in a corner of it. Suspicions point to Cass and the Seaside Knitters are on the hunt for a murderer.
Sally Knotwell
What more could I ask for in a good book? Centered in a New England seaside town, with knitters and murder wrapped all together, this is another Sally Goldenbaum home run hit! Particularly striking about her novels is the weaving of each tale while keeping the murderer as a surprise till the end. I have never been able to spot the killer till the reveal. Another thing I find interesting about her novels is the food - both at the Friday Nites on the Deck gatherings of the friends, and at all the...more
Never try to rush through Goldenbaum's books. The characters are so lovely, you would miss a lot of the idyllic charm of the setting if you rushed. And don't peek in the back of the books to see whodunit because you will ruin the slow process of detecting. The knitting ladies don't jump to conclusions. They build their cases slowly, take a wrong turn occasionally but finally find the culprit who you probably didn't suspect (although all the signs were there). Ms. Goldenbaum deftly handles a whol...more
Debbie Maskus
I always enjoy the sense of friendship in this Seaside Knitters Mystery series. I also like the coastal region with the different seasons, and the knitting that corresponds to the seasons. In this book, an old fisherman is killed, and many suspects have a valid reason to see Finnegan dead. I adore how Goldenbaum gives a list of characters at the beginning of the story, and a knitting pattern at the end of the story. Goldenbaum also shows that romance and love does not diminish with age, and life...more
Read in a day - great mystery and fun read.

There are others. I've read them mostly.
This was a fine, average read of a book in the Seaside Knitters mystery. The group of women knitting are eclectic, courageous, recovering from pain, with some looking for love and some in permanent relationships. Written for an older reader, the main plot involves the mysterious brother-in-law of a member who brings an unknown step-grandaughter to town. Said granddaughter brings a breath of fresh air to everyone's lives and makes friends with an old ornery coot sitting on some gorgeous beachfro...more
Gail Nebl
Her books are always entertaining. Enjoyed it.
A fun, quick read.
I love Sally Goldenbaum's book! Her characters are believable and her plots are wonderful. She always leaves me guessing until the end. Once I start one of her books I can't put it down until I finish it.
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Nancy Hollmaier
The best of her books to date. Clear story with a surprise ending. I only wish the beanie pattern was also included at the end of the book.
Barbara Bocan
I just love Sally Goldenbaum's mystery series set in Cape Ann.They take me to a place where I can relax & have a great time & feel like I'm visiting friends.
Because I am an avid knitter, I like the fact that they center around a knitting group, who just happens to solve mysteries. I like their Thursday night dinners & knit, but would have liked a little more knitting! If you want a fun read & a great place to visit, this is a book for you.
Another easily readable, quite enjoyable installment in the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. Love the characters and the setting in this series. The main characters of Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie, as well as their men, Ben, Sam and Danny and the various other characters in this small coastal town are well written and believable. The mysteries are generally only a small part of the story in these books. Love them!
Sally Goldenbaum has the ability to make me want to pick up and move to Sea Harbor every time I read a Seaside Knitters book. I stayed up way too late to finish this latest visit with Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie. I love Sally's description of the town and the residents as well as the food (oh the food). Most of all I love how real these charcters are and how much I want to know them personally (even if I can't knit).
Love this ongoing series -- am attached to the characters and their continuing story. Would love to be able to stop into the yarn store then have lunch at the attached cafe. But people keep getting murdered nearby, so it may be a dangerous place. :) Purchase these "cozy mysteries" for my Kindle as paying paperback prices for a one-day read seems excessive. But great for the low-priced kindle edition.
Intriguing mystery plot, likable familiar characters. Kept me guessing "who done it?". Really enjoyed the book but it did have a couple of drawbacks. Too much filler and repetition. Also, a bit disconcerting to be reading about the character "Beverly Walden" through the book and then changing (a typo or lack of proofreading?) the name toward the end to "Beverly Warden".
Julia Wilson
Took me a while to read. It didn't flow as quickly as some of the ones I have read as of late. It was obvious who the two "real" suspects were. I thought it was one of them who did the killing, but it ended up being the other. I did enjoy the introduction of a new young characters and a potential love interest for the oldest of the knitting group.
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Sally Goldenbaum is a philosophy teacher, knitter, editor, and the author of more than two-dozen novels.

* A Seaside Knitters Mystery
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