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A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters Mystery #9)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  522 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Merino, the sleuthing skills of Izzy Chambers Perry and the Seaside Knitters are tested as death mars the beginning of the school year…

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by NAL
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Lisa Kelley
Apr 28, 2015 Lisa Kelley rated it it was amazing
I just finished book 8 in this wonderful series and was thrilled to be able to move right into this one. After reading MURDER IN MERINO (book 8), the member of the Seaside Knitters are now one of my favorite groups of characters to read. I have no idea how to knit, but I would enjoy just sitting with them and talking. Author Sally Goldenbaum has done a magnificent job in the creation of the diverse group.

The descriptions in the story (I dare to guess, the entire series) are so fantastic, I coul
May 26, 2015 Pdamon rated it it was ok
Shelves: own

A disappointment.

As a huge fan of this series, I preordered and had been looking forward to the latest installment, but am shocked by the writing quality and poor editing.

For the first 24 chapters, gone are the endearing knitting metaphors, descriptions of yarns and current projects are absent, quiet moments knitting after coffee or at Thursday Night Knitting group have gone missing. Once they finally do arrive for the last 11 chapters, they are spotty at best, almost tucked in as an afterthough
Julie Barrett
Nov 10, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
A finely knit murder, a Seaside Knitters mystery by Sally Goldenbaum
Have read all the other books in this series and have enjoyed them. A mix of knitting and a mystery to solve.
Starts out in a town along the coast in MA. An artists' town, a teacher is being let go because he forgets to teach class and spends his time painting at home.
Birdie's granddaughter is there for a visit and she's enrolled in the all girls school where they learn how to knit and sit outside and knit hats for charity.
The l
Jun 25, 2015 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Returning to Sea Harbor is always a pleasure. The Seaside Knitters, their families and their friends have truly become fictional friends to me. I love checking in to catch up a news and what their are knitting and the local gossip too. This story focuses on the Sea Harbor Community Day School, the school Birdie’s granddaughter, Gabby attends. There is a new headmistress, Elizabeth Hartley, and she has fabulous ideas but board member Blythe Westerland prefers the old ways and s
This series is on the short-list of cozies that I actually like. I have read the whole series. This latest one was good, however, not as good as usual for this series. It took a little longer to get into and I figured out who did it way before the end. In fact, I thought it was so obvious that it was a red herring! Still, it was an enjoyable read. The setting is a charming fictional seaside town near Boston. The main characters are a group of 4 friends who gather every Thursday night at the knit ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
"A Finely Knit Murder" is a cozy mystery. This is the ninth book in the series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this story didn't spoil the previous mysteries.

The main characters are very nice, caring people, and they reacted realistically to the murder. The heroines asked reasonable questions and were good listeners. I had two strong suspects based on things the heroines observed and learned. The more they learned, the clearer it was whodunit. I correc
May 25, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
A Finely Knit Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
by Sally Goldenbaum

A nice visit with characters that feel like old friends and a town you definitely want to visit.

My only complaint is Nell's overly dramatic "Woe is me" attitude when a murder occurs. For heaven's sake, this is their 10th murder. I also sense a change in the way the characters "solve" murders. In early books, they went around and talked to people on purpose, asked questions, etc. Now they mostly seem to sit back and narrate the
May 12, 2016 Smkelly rated it it was ok
Light fluffy murder mystery set in New England. Group of JB Fletchers knitting and gossiping to determine who murdered the rich mean lady.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt, jeanie

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

A Finely Knit Murder is the ninth in Sally Goldenbaum’s A Seaside Knitters Mystery series. You really do not have to read the others in order to enjoy this one or any of them. They can all stand alone, although I do suggest reading them as they are all wonderful. The amazing cast in these books feel like family. The mystery is finely woven, yet as the seaside knitters stitch the clues together, it unravels. These mysterie
When I opened up this book and saw the "Cast of Characters" I was a little intimidated and fearful. There were were a lot of characters in this story but I also found out as I read on that each of them played a important part in the story. I personally had a hard time keeping the characters straight and some times had to go back to the "Cast of Characters" to see who they were. This book is intergrated with family, friends and with a murderer in the mix it makes this close knit set of characters ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
I love the people in this town and their closeness. I love the town and the cozy shops. I can see the boats bobbing in the water down at the yacht club and can hear the gulls screeching and the waves pounding on the shore. I would love to live there .... except for the very high homicide rate. Someone seems to be murdered just about every year and I certainly wouldn't want to be murdered or be a suspect. As an outsider or newcomer everyone who lives there would just love to hang the murder on ...more
May 29, 2016 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
The Seaside Knitters are on the scene when a woman active in the Country Day School and community is found murdered at an elegant dinner event. This woman had man; y people who could be suspected of her murder; the knitters are kept on their toes trying to find the real killer and take the heat off of the primary suspect. The school's headmistress is a well-respected and liked member of the community, definitely not a murderess.
One thing I very much appreciated was a list of characters with brie
Aug 31, 2015 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This one has way too many characters, too many points of view, and too much repetition.

I found it hard to follow in places. There's hardly any knitting to be had, but there's plenty of meddling.
Nov 08, 2016 Georgette rated it it was amazing
You might say I adore anything that Sally Goldenbaum writes when it comes to one of my favorite locations Coastal MA, and one of my favorite circle of friends that started with the first book, Death by Cashmere.
Life is never quite settled when it comes to this crew despite all the wondrous things that take place in their constantly transitioning lives. But despite the occasional murder and mayhem there is the continuum of close woven relationships among this circle of friends.
The latest involve
Kim Hampton
Nov 21, 2016 Kim Hampton rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me a lot of a Debbie Macomber novel, with a murder mystery added in. Can't wait to read more of the series.
Sep 20, 2016 Terri rated it liked it
This is the ninth book that I've read in the "Seaside Knitters Mystery" series. I like to alternate reading these light, slightly mysterious books with some of the more literary books that I lose myself in very easily.

I've read enough of Sally Goldenbaum's series to look forward to catching up with the main characters; who have become "friends" of mine. They spend their days (when not solving a murder near Canary Cove) knitting and fixing wonderful food for one another to eat - while knitting.

Sep 11, 2016 Barb rated it it was amazing
Reading one of Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitters Mysteries is like visiting a group of old friends. This is the ninth book in the series, and I've read all the previous ones. The characters (most of whom are lovely people) need no introduction, I know my way around the town of Sea Harbor, and I can relax and enjoy how the events play out.
One of the things I love, and which makes this series unusual, is that the reader is given all the clues and can usually figure out "whodunnit" and why well
Susan Pola Staples
Sep 12, 2015 Susan Pola Staples rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the SEASIDE KNITTERS series and this, A FINELY KNIT MURDER, is a welcome ninth.

All the regular knitters, Izzy, Nell, Birdie, Cass, are back, as is Birdie's granddaughter, Gabriella Marietti.

Gabriella or Gaby as she's known is a joy to all with her energy and kind heart, who is semi-famous for her knitting classes for young people.. Gaby has been a summer visitor to Sea Harbor for a few years and is now living with her grandmother, Birdie, while her father, Christopher, is over
Jul 23, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series immensely because of all the characters and how the entire town is included, so when the victim is introduced it's not so obvious and generally neither is the killer. I found it curious that the new character from the last book, the one that bought Izzy's house as completely absent as I would have liked to hear a bit more about Julia. Willow was really missing from this novel also.

I saw one reviewer complain about the fact there are three Marys in the cast of town characters.
Jun 02, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, own
This book and all the books in the series are a fun read. It has characters that you wish were your friends, a coastal town with wonderful restaurants, art galleries, a yarn shop and even a tea shop. I enjoyed the story of a murder at a private girl’s school.

The main character in the books are four women and to some degree their significant others. Birdie, a woman in her 80’s, Nell is in her 60’s and Cassie and Izzy are in their late 20’s or early 30’s.Even with their age differences, they shar
May 03, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I received a copy of A Finely Knit Murder as part of thr Goodreads' Giveaways.

Some books in a series you can join at any point and still pick up on any ongoing story lines and major character interactions without difficulty. Other series, not so much. For me A Finely Knit Murder was the latter. I felt like the newcomer arriving late at a party of old friends - too much history to be comfortable and fit in. There are a large number of important characters in this book as well as quite of few ongo
Apr 30, 2016 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book for review purposes as part of the Goodreads first-reads program. The small town of Sea Harbor is feeling with the murder of local Blythe Westerland. She wasn't a much-loved community member; outspoken, rude and condescending at times, even cruel; but she was an integral part of the community. Unfortunately, she had hurt and harmed many so the Seaside Knitters have their work cut out for them in this, their latest, cozy mystery. Reputations are at stake. A community that ...more
Pauline Barlow
May 27, 2016 Pauline Barlow rated it really liked it
Sea Harbor Community Day School has a great location on Cape Ann, MA by the sea with its many places to eat delicious food. Student Gabby's grandmother, Birdie, along with three close friends, Izzy, Nell and Cass, belong to Seaside Knitters. They are happy to teach their craft to the students. However, all is not peaceful among the Board members of the school. Although the headmistress seems like an excellent person and administrator, Blythe, an outspoken and controlling member, wants her gone. ...more
Kathleen Chrisman
Jun 13, 2015 Kathleen Chrisman rated it really liked it
I have been enthralled by Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie and the happy lives they lead in Sea Harbor, MA. This book introduced some new characters and I hope some of them will continue into the books that follow because they added a new depth to the town, much like the reoccurring character Gabby does.
I enjoyed the story involving the Sea Harbor Community Day School. I was quickly sucked into the story and the people in it. I liked many of them and did not care for several characters, just like
Claudia Cheyne
Dec 16, 2015 Claudia Cheyne rated it really liked it
Blythe Westerland has made lots of enemies in Sea Harbor. When her murdered body is found on the rocks along the shore, there are more than enough suspects to go around. Most of the clues point to Elizabeth Hartley headmistress of the new Community Day School.
Cass is taking a break from dating Danny Brandley while she tries to work her way through feelings going back to her father's sudden death and dealing with loss. She becomes fast friends with Harry Winthrop a handsome stranger who is fixin
Jan 29, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, knitting
I hadn't realised until I was a chapter or so into it that I'd read a previous book in this series - I enjoyed this one more, even though the series is getting very crowded with characters. There are so many characters in the town and they all pop in now and then into the story so it gets a bit tiring keeping track of everyone. I guess readers of the whole series would instantly be able to identify the murderer simply by whether or not they were 'new in town'. I am also struck by how often the ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok
I think Izzy and friends need a vacation. Although "many more dead bodies than plausible in small towns" is a recurring thing in many cozy series, this one is reaching too hard. Others have already commented on the irritating things about this book, so I won't bother to repeat them here. I will just say that a series that started out being about Izzy, has turned out to be about Nell and her irritating friend Birdie - neither of whom I've ever liked very much. There are many unnecessary editorial ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Nellie rated it it was amazing
This story revolves around the day school at Sea Harbor. Gabby, Birdie's granddaughter, attends the school and loves it. The new headmistress is doing a fine job except in the eyes of Blythe, board member.

These books have wonderful descriptions. You can picture the harbor and see the different houses. Sally is able to paint a beautiful picture of the events with her words.

After reading all nine books, I am now able to figure out who the killer is. There are always several suspects. One by one ea
Vickie Backus
Aug 22, 2015 Vickie Backus rated it liked it
This series is just a fun, light read and this installment is no different. Having read the previous 8 installments I felt that this one was more of the same. There wasn't much mystery as I "guessed" who done it quite early in the book and there were a couple of chapters in the middle where the author seemed to have the narrative stalled rather than moving forward. What is really well done is the description of the friendship among the 4 main female characters. I'll read number 10 in the series ...more
May 06, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I received this book as part of Goodreads giveaways. Quaint...The story resides in the seaside town of Sea Harbor and embodies small town values. While the book was centered around a group of knitters, I didn't feel the story was overwhelmed by that subject. The characters were well developed, and while there were a lot, the 'cast of characters' at the beginning helped until the story developed to the point where you felt familiar with the names. Plot and ending were well executed. If you like ...more
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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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