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Death By Cashmere (Seaside Knitters Mystery #1)

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This brand-new mystery series spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a quaint seaside village.
Not long after Isabel, Izzy, Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.
Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by NAL Hardcover (first published 2008)
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Jeanne
Nov 04, 2009 Jeanne rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, knitting
Here are my main gripes with this 1st entry in a mystery series:

1. It is called “a seaside knitters mystery.” In truth, there are more food descriptions than yarn descriptions. Why not just “a seaside mystery?”

2. When I started reading this, I thought/hoped that Izzy, the knitting store’s proprietor, would be the sleuth. Alas! Her aunt, Nell, is the sleuth, and frankly, she’s not the most appealing character.

3. There are so many characters. After a while, it was tough to keep track of who’s who.
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Barbara
I got this book as a daily deal on Kindle. I liked the setting in Cape Ann Massachusetts but would have liked a little more local color. There was some including erstaz references to "Boston accents" (don't get me started on that topic as there are numerous variations on the accent all along the Massachusetts coast). I also am a knitter but often find knitting-themed books inadequately address knitting.

This book is 50 -100 pages too long. I used to read a lot of cozies and many were under 250 pa
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Tig
May 11, 2010 Tig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was looking forward to a cozy mystery that took place in a yarn shop located in a Massachusetts coastal village. I was expecting to read descriptive passages about: the coastline, the ocean, the surrounding areas, the village, the residents of the village, the projects that were being knit, the puzzle that needed solving insofar as whodunit. The author fulfilled all of those expectations, the problem was that she did so in a way that did not draw me in to the story. The author, also, included ...more
Sandie
Nov 14, 2010 Sandie rated it it was ok
DEATH IN CASHMERE was my cozy escape choice for the month. I usually read cozies as a break from the realistic, dark and depressing volumes currently making the best seller list.

Set in the charming harbor town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts it tells of Izzy Chambers, a former Boston lawyer who has fled the dog-eat-dog intensity of the corporate world, to return home and open a knitting shop. She rents the small apartment over her shop to Angie Archer, another local girl who has returned and, it a
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Melinda
Jan 21, 2016 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting, mystery
I feel like there is a prequel to this series needed. I wanted to know more about everyone's background than I got. I liked Nell, Izzy, Birdie, & Cass a lot. I appreciated Nell's perspective and her investigative skills. I liked the blending of knitting with food get togethers. I do wish that the crime was knittery related though. The community is really the focus of this novel with some knitting references thrown in. I also liked the descriptions of the yarn shop. I totally want to go hango ...more
Grey853
Jun 21, 2009 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This book should've been right up my alley, death in a small town, knitting circles, lots of quaint settings. Problem was the pace was seriously slow, the point of view was all over the place, and I got seriously bored. There wasn't a lot of emotional investment in the story since there wasn't one point of view to consider or care about.

Sad, really, because it could've been a really good book. As it is, it's just okay.

Emily
Mar 26, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
Ugh. With a side of ugh. There were so many things about this book that turned me off. How shall I list the ways?

1) The main character we follow around is NOT Izzy. Its her Aunt Nell who is always attending "board meetings". YAWN.

2) It takes 135 pages, quite literally half the book, before the sleuthing even begins.

3) Said sleuthing is Nell haphazardly talking to the right people but usually too "confused" to put the pieces together and draw connections.

4) The conclusion was inept. The last l
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Amber
Jul 30, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
This book feels a bit like an English pantomime to me, minus the man dressed up as a lady.

The characters are a bit dense, and I feel that as the "audience" I should be yelling "He's behind you!" and then the characters will answer "No, he's not!" And I'll say "Yes, he is!" and so on. I just wish they'd catch on!

The obvious choice for the main character is Izzy, a young, bright woman who has opened her own knitting store in the quaint village of Sea Harbor, which you guessed it, is on the seaside
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Allison Campbell
Nov 05, 2008 Allison Campbell rated it really liked it
Death by Cashmere is the first in Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitters series (she is also the author of the Queen Bees Quilt mystery series), and it's a lovely introduction to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts and the knitting group that meets in Izzy's shop. This charming story begins after Izzy has moved back to Sea Harbor, abandoning her law career to open a knitting shop. Her aunt Nell, Nell's elderly friend Birdie (a hoot!), and lobsterwoman Cass get together one evening a week to share food, gossi ...more
Julie Barrett
Mar 20, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Death by Cashmere Seaside Knitter's Mystery by Sally Goldenbaugh
Knitting attracted me to this series.
Izzy opens a seaside knitting shop and there's a group that meets weekly til one goes missing and the group investigate to find out who did it.
Cass a lobster woman has found Angie, the female that lived above the knitting shop, dead, tangled up in her lobster pots. Others had seen Angie drinking and walking onto the breakwater...poachers stealing others lobsters in the pots...
lots of unanswered
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Myrna
Jun 12, 2014 Myrna rated it it was ok
I enjoy knitting and there have been several series of books about knitting shops and the friends who knit there. So when I discovered there's a set of mysteries with knitting as a theme, I found the first book, Death by Cashmere, and started reading. I was a bit disappointed since this book didn't measure up to the others I've read. One of the problems is that there are a lot of characters and there isn't a lot of time spent introducing the reader to each person. So for most of the book, I coul ...more
Diane
Apr 23, 2016 Diane rated it liked it
I liked this mystery and since reading it, I have gone on to read others in the series. The author does a good job with character development and the books are a quick, easy read.
Kaitlyn Dunnett
There's nothing wrong with this book except that it didn't hold my interest. I'm not going to finish it.
Maureen Mullis
Apr 09, 2011 Maureen Mullis rated it it was amazing
A great cozy mystery! A fun group of characters swirling around Nell (the main character) who solve a murder in their small, seaside village. All the talk of yarn and knitting almost made me wish I was a knitter too. (There's a pattern in the back of the book for those who are!) This group of women also eat their way through the whole book so at times I had to stop and get a snack it made me hungry reading it. But one thing for sure, I wall well fed with this terrific mystery and well written bo ...more
Ellen
Apr 18, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
Easy to read murder mystery set on the east coast of Massachusetts in a small town. Our detective turns out to be a group of women who knit (Izzy, niece of Nell and whose new knitting store on Thursday evenings is the perfect place for a group of locals to gossip, speculate and plan some sleuthing; with the added bonus of a lot of exquisitive dinners; Nell who brings some delicious sounding dinners and becomes the lead 'detective'; Birdie, a sassy 80 year old who isn't quite dead yet, and Cass, ...more
Heather
May 25, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Title: Death by Cashmere

Author: Sally Goldenbaum

Series: Seaside Knitters #1

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Not long after Isabel “Izzy” Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.

Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any o
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Melissa
May 27, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts, mystery
Disclaimer/Spoiler Alert: Ok, so I'm not really giving away the story, but my thoughts on some of the characters could give some clues away. You have been warned.

Ok, so in a way this book was almost wildly predictable, but then the author throws a curve that really didn't have any clues leading up to it, probably just to make sure noone could solve the mystery. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Death by Cashmere is the first book in the Seaside Knitters series, which means that even after this bo
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Lisa
Jan 15, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
This was a good "fluff" read, the first in a series of murder mysteries solved by a group of hungry, knitting women. The writing was actually decent, but it felt a bit too long (could have just been the mood I was in) and a bit too focused on the meals that they ate. I will continue to read other books in the series as "filler" books (books to read between my two book club picks), as I found some of the characters to be endearing. Overall, I'd give it 3.5 stars.
Babs
Feb 06, 2015 Babs rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First book I have read by Sally Goldenbaum at first it was slow going but by the 3rd chapter it started to pick up and I could not put it down. I love Izzy and her Aunt Neil. Izzy runs a yarn craft store and her regulars help he solve a murder. Aunt Neil is the ring leader and they are all funny. I just started the 2nd book in this series and looking forward to seeing what the knitters will solve next.
Pam
Apr 12, 2012 Pam rated it liked it
Cute beginning to a series, and nice shawl pattern included! I wish there was a photo of the shawl - now I'm going to have to actually try the pattern to see how it looks. The descriptions of meals make it easy to imaging the gatherings, and the town sounds like a wonderful place. Looking forward to the next titles.
Tina
Jun 06, 2015 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book but I highly doubt I will bother reading the series any further. I can usually overlook a fair bit of poor writing when I pick up crafty crime series. It is a genre I generally enjoy despite notoriously bad writing and easily solved crimes/murders.

In this book however, I felt like the author couldn't decide whether she was writing from the entire knitting groups point of view or one character's. It also grated on me that a cashmere sweater was more often than not described
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Warren Bull
May 24, 2011 Warren Bull rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Warren by: my wife
I thought the author created a warm and supportive group of friends in a believable setting. I'd like to go there for dinner on Friday night. Warning: don't read this on an empty stomach since the aromas of the food seem to lift off the page. Great fun reading
Marybeth
Jul 08, 2015 Marybeth rated it it was amazing
1st. No spoilers.

I enjoyed reading this mystery on my Nook.

It takes place in a small coastal town where a small group of women are brought together in a knitting group in a small shop in town. When a murder occurs, many think it was by an outsider, or was it someone closer to home? There are few people that are questionable and could be possible candidates.

I admit, I was able to figure it out before the end of the book, but I liked the characters and their individual and connected stories. I w
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Micky Cox
Aug 09, 2015 Micky Cox rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I'm happy to report that I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Izzy has tossed over her law career and followed her heart and opened a yarn store. She has a mismatched group of friends from her Aunt and another elderly lady to a female lobster boat captain. Izzy's tenant and friend who resides above the yarn shop is found dead and the police as well as town are quick to want to close the book. However, Izzy and crew know that the s ...more
Stephanie PHillips
Apr 13, 2016 Stephanie PHillips rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I am reading this series - some of the books for the second time - tandem with many other reads and these cozy knitting mysteries are perfect for that. You can set them down for weeks and pick the story right back up when you open it again. I like the atmosphere of Sally's books - a cozy seaside town, cute knitting studio, locals with personalities and vivid descriptions of food!

I don't ready too many "cozy" mysteries, but this series works for me. I recommend it to anyone looking for a light r
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Sharon Peacock
Feb 21, 2015 Sharon Peacock rated it it was amazing
I have read all the seaside mysteries by Sally Goldenbaum. I have throughly enjoyed every one. When I began these books I was overwhelmed by how many characters Ms Goldenbaum put in my first read. But as the series went on from book to book I loved the way each book stood on it's own but also how I had grown to know these folks of Sea Harbor and to anticipate meeting them in each episode. I read for entertainment and relaxation so these mysteries are perfect for me. I am always surprised who the ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Snap
Jan 05, 2011 Snap rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I am sure there is a cozy mystery published for every interest imaginable. DEATH BY CASHMERE is the first in the Seaside Knitters mystery series. Set in the small town of Sea Harbor, Mass -- it has small town charm and the characters to go with it, besides just enough knitting to make it interesting for *needle* lovers. Izzy Chambers has given up her career as a lawyer to start the Seaside Knitting Studio. Izzy renews her relationship with her aunt, Nell Endicott and Uncle Ben. Nell and Ben hold ...more
Gina
Oct 06, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
A nice light entertaining "cozy" mystery by Salley Goldenbaum. 'Death by Cashmere' is the first in this series and has the usual cast of characters: The knitshop owner, beloved friends and fellow knitters, a love interest and a nice setting in a seaside town in Massachusetts. The descriptions of the seaside town involve the 'townies' that live there year-round and the 'summer people' that visit plus painting a picture of people that depend on fishing for their livelihood.

Actually I'm quite envi
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Ashley
Jun 30, 2010 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, knitting
I guess I liked this book. It was better than "okay", or I would have put it down, but it wasn't as good as most other KnitLit books I've read. Maybe because I'm not much of a mystery reader? Also, there was very little knitting, and some of what was included was wrong (THERE ARE NO PURL STITCHES IN A GARTER SCARF). A Seaside Foodies Mystery would be an appropriate re-sub-titling. Lots of scrumptious food was described! One thing that really bugged me (and perhaps this a convention of mystery no ...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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