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A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery #6)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  801 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
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
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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
May 10, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Nancy Narma
Jun 18, 2012 Nancy Narma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Dec 16, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, bingo
Another fun visit with the Seaside Knitters. I liked having Gabby there and hope she shows up in future books. Surprisingly enough one of my top suspects was actually guilty. As much as I don't knit (and have no desire to) I enjoy hearing about the knitters projects.
Cathy Austin
Oct 18, 2016 Cathy Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different story line and the introduction of new characters made this book a very good read. Greed over a plot of land where an old man still lives, but not for long. Bodies in coffins in backyards. A newcomer to town whose attitude is suspect and an extended family turns up for Birdie. Summer in Canary Cove Road is never dull! Best fun on page 314, a garden gets yarn bombed, very current!! No spoilers for those interested in this seaside knitting mystery, but there is really big news for a ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery is always good but the characters and their lives are just too perfect.
Sep 02, 2012 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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
May 09, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 27, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"A Fatal Fleece" by Sally Goldenbaum is the sixth book in the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. Old time fisherman Francis "Finn" Finnegan is found dead on his unkept property. The whole town of Sea Harbor is upset that Finn has let his property become an eyesore in the town. Various people in the town were after Finn to sell his property to them for various ventures. His daughter Beverly Walden has come back to Sea Harbor and is believed to be looking for money from her father. Beverly it seems ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Upchurch
Jun 22, 2015 Sharon Upchurch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at one of those "pop-up" library/book exchange. The visitors are supposed pick up a book and leave a book. I did that but I read so much on my Kindle and so little in a physical book, that I set this one aside, for almost a year. I picked it up because I am a knitter. I'm not sure why I finally read it, but I did. I am rather glad I did. It was a pleasant read. The locale became real and lovely. The characters are interesting, lovely ladies of the sort I had met in knitting ...more
Sally Knotwell
Aug 27, 2012 Sally Knotwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Aug 24, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with writing a series of murder mysteries set in a small seaside location, is that they tend to all become the same. This was not a bad book, but so much of it had already been used in all of Ms. Goldenbaum's previous books. They are cookie cutter books. Change the name of the victim(s) and the killer and you have a new book. The emotions of the main characters are the same book after book. And it does get a bit boring to read about the Endicott's Friday night parties or the Thursday ...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
Apr 21, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Barrett
Apr 30, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fatal Fleece a seaside knitters mystery
Like this knitting mystery series and glad there are a few more I've yet to read.
The town wants the old man's property, the man has lost his license to drive, his daughter died of cancer and the townsfolk just want the prime lot of land.
Birdie's granddaughter comes to town and she's a terror, young teen but set in her ways and she takes a liking to Finn who has started to clean up his place...
Finn is killed and there's a body buried on his land also. The
Jun 30, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2013 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6
What can I say I LOVE the Seaside Knitters the characters are some of my favorite people in fiction I so wish I could live in this lovely little seaside town and be knitting buddies with Nell, Izzy, Birdie, and Cass. I immediately fell in love with a new character introduced in this book - Gabby, Birdie's granddaughter she never knew she had, she is just like Birdie full of life and love. The mystery is of course good as always but what I always love is just reading about these ladie
Barbara Bocan
Jul 17, 2012 Barbara Bocan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pat Trezza
Oct 05, 2014 Pat Trezza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this whole series by Sally Goldenbaum....this last one I just finished A Fatal Fleece had me in tears I just love this series and the Characters Izsy, Nell, Birdie and Cass and all the men they have become family to me and I am getting very sad that I only have two books left. Thank you Sally for writing how a town like Cape Ann is so quaint and all the people who live there. Everybody should have friends like this in real life.
Apr 27, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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).
Lisa Wilson
Jul 10, 2015 Lisa Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not enjoying this series quite as much as I initially did since it's become obvious who the murderer is at the start of the book (at least it's obvious to me.)
That said, I still enjoy the town, the characters, the food, the knitting and would also love to live here - especially if I never gained a pound and was not a murder victim!
I will happily continue on with this series after a short break while Nook gets their website launch corrected!
Andriana Koukari
I would hate to live in this place. Everyone lives in each other's pockets. They are always together. Usually eating. Or occasionally jogging, or toiling in the new community garden. And neverendingly whipping out the knitting.

It was all too nice and smarmy and warm and wonderful. And went on and on and on and on and on.

Having said that, I didn't guess who did it until everyone else did at the end. And there is a great knitting pattern for a top down sweater for a child.
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.
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Sally Goldenbaum is a philosophy teacher, knitter, editor, and the author of more than two-dozen novels.

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