A Holiday Yarn
Sally Goldenbaum
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A Holiday Yarn (A Seaside Knitters Mystery #4)

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A special event in the national bestselling mystery series! Craft away the holiday season with the Seaside Knitters.
With the Seaside Knitters' help, Mary Pisano converts her charming inherited home into a B&B. Her first week is booked by her very own family, in town to discuss their grandfather's will. She's hoping the tranquility of the setting will smooth over ill...more
Paperback, Large Print, 405 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Large Print Press (first published 2010)
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I've read on some blogs where people had been reading this series (The Seaside Knitters Mysteries), and when I saw this at the bookstore and it had a holiday theme to it, I decided to use the rest of a gift card I'd been carrying around to buy it, and I'm so glad I did!

The Seaside Knitters are a group of women who live in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, not far from Cape Ann. A varied (and not stereotypical, THANK GOD) group, they are proud of their community and their families. At the beginning of t...more
Another great addition to the Seaside Knitters mystery series!

I enjoyed the mystery, this one involved Mary, one of my favorite background characters in this series, she is the person who writes the columns for the local newspaper that relate the comings and goings of her neighbors and adds a little gossip in to add a little spice to her writings.

This time however the gossip is about her, the beautiful bed and breakfast she is trying to open in her family's ancestral home and a beautiful but ev...more
I was delighted to find this on my shelf of unread cozies recently - it is, after all, the holidays! As with the others in this series, this a quick read and certainly had more to it than the average cozy. But WHY is everyone so sanctimonious and good in these books? I live in a small village - have done for 7 years - and when I have a crisis, there are not hoards of lovely people looking out for me. Yes, it is fiction, but it stretches well beyond what is believeable in terms of human kindness...more
Susan Poling
These knitting yarns are rather why do I read them? It is always fun to see what is happening at the Thursday Nite "Knit'n'Bitches" around the US. These women had wonderful relationships and spent more time talking about their friends than bitching. They also had a great setup for dining during their time together. Good food and lots of wine as they knit colorful squares to be made into blankets for children in South Africa. They all wear beautiful swaeters and don't seem to gain w...more
You love the town and you love the people who live there and you think about how you would like to stay at Ravenswood-by-the-Sea and enjoy Kevin's scones until you think about the number of homicides in this small town!! Sally Goldenbaum writes such a good mystery. There are always a handful of suspects that clues show could possibly be the murderer. The book had 260 pages and I wasn't able to put the final pieces into place until page 247. Wow! That is a great mystery. I would definately look f...more
I wanted to get more out of this book as it is set at Christmas, and features knitters in a seaside town on Cape Ann, MA. When I got to the end I realized the difficulty I had reading this book was that there was no main character, someone who was a point of reference, and none of the characters were developed in any depth except for the murder victim. There wasn't enough about knitting to make me happy either. And who ever heard of knitting baby garments in cashmere? What planet do these knitte...more
The fourth Seaside Knitters mystery is written from the point of Nell Endicott, aunt of Izzy Chambers who owns the Seaside Knitting Studio. The Knitters have been helping Mary Pisano turn the estate she inherited from her grandfater into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

The wealthy Pisanos have been having a family meeting in Sea Harbor, and Mary's cousin Pamela is quite vocal about considering the inn a bad idea. Shortly after declaring this opinion all over Sea Harbor, Pamela is found dead, holding a p...more
Debbie Maskus
The Christmas season has unraveled in Sea Harbor and then a murder casts a damper on the town’s yuletide festivities. The editor for a fashion magazine is found murdered in the snow at a bread and breakfast inn belonging to her grandfather. Pamela Pisano is beautiful and talented, but a lousy person. Still, Pamela does not deserve her violent death. The Seaside Knitters must act fast to solve the murder and to salvage the town's holiday cheer. Goldenbaum delights in showing the different ages of...more
This was a nice little mystery about two murders in a seaside town right before the holidays. A group of knitters join forces to solve the murder. This was definitely a cozy mystery...very idyllic setting, everyone is happy, they eat marvellous meals, etc. I also liked the two mini mysteries within the book. The downside was that they spend just a little too much time describing how perfect everything is...I think I like things to be a bit more realistic/down to earth, ala Kinsey Milhone or Step...more
There are several mysteries in this book: why is Sam avoiding his beloved Izzy, owner of the local yarn shop? Why is a normally sweet and helpful neighbor campaigning vitriolically against Mary's plans to open a bed and breakfast in the house she inherited from her grandfather? And, most importantly, who is responsible for the dead body on Mary's porch? Unfortunately, the reader may solve the puzzles long before the ladies of the Seaside knitting group do, and even longer before the lovable loca...more
Ruth Turner
Even though it took me several days to read, it was a very good read. I enjoyed it very much.
This book was a decent read. It was not the best book that I have ever read. It actually reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels, perhaps that is due to the mysterious element that flows throughout. The story did not end the way I expected it to, which was good. There are a few mysteries intertwined which makes it a bit more complex. One thing that you will notice while reading this book is that the characters are always eating food or drinking wine!! Great imagery throughout. It's not a must...more
Very cute! Kept me guessing till the end.
This was by no means an awful book, but my main complaint was packaging. If you are going to write a cozy mystery set in a knitting shop in Cape Cod, the reader will expect a good amount of knitting and some Cape Cod atmosphere. There was not enough of either to appease this reader, nor was the mystery anything special. All that remains to hang the story on was the characters, and while I could discern them from each other (not always possible in a cozy) they were not compelling enough to make m...more
A fun cozy set in a coastal town in Massachusetts, makes you feel like you are on vacation.
Nancy Hollmaier
Another "yarn" of the good friends of this cute little town by the bay. Knowing the background of the characters allows ease in following the story however, if this was the first book to read it would have been less enjoyable not knowing the nuances of the characters personalities.
 Pam Browning
This mystery was fun mainly because I read it to my Grandma over the phone as a Christmas gift... a chapter each night. The story was pretty good, but I thought it jumped around a lot from Izzy's worry over Sam, Henerrita's campaign, and the mystery topic. There wasn't as much transition between the ideas as it needed. But my Grandma liked the story.. so it worked out fine.
As a knitter I love reading about the projects being worked by the main characters as well as learning about the community service project to which they are contributing. This is a cozy easy mystery. I have enjoyed other books in the series as well. Looking forward to the next book in the series in 2012.
Patricia Solla
This was an interesting murder mystery story. The women involved in solving the crime are all knitters. I liked the characters and the author's style of writing. I'll probably go back to the first book of the series and catch up with what I missed by reading book 4 first.
I loved this series. It was well-written and I was able to identify with the characters quite well. My girlfriend from high school had a yarn shop for a while, and I know how to knit and crochet, so it was fun to have the patterns included at the end of each book.
Amy Bradley
The book was slow to get going. The plot could not hold my interest even though my expectations were a little lower because it was a holiday book. I will keep in my collection to read again during the holidays if I am ever stranded by mountains of ice and snow.
With my sinus headaches lately, I couldn't track the Mayor of Casterbridge. So I picked up a simple read. This fit the bill perfectly. It is fun with a likable cast of series characters. IT is pretty predictable but I didn't want to think so it worked well.
I really did like this story... but it just seemed to me that the characters way of solving things were to over analyze it death and do a lot of hand wringing. I'm sure others will be giving this a higher rating, but this is my personal thought on it.
Jo Ellen
MacD would call this a "cozy" and he would be right -- of course, you could guess that just by looking at the title. Taking place in a mythical town on Cape Ann, the characters are manageable and the solution to the mystery was not obvious at all.
A good holiday read with a decent mystery, planning to check out some of the other books in the series. It also made me want to take up knitting. There is a place around the corner that offers lessons sometimes, I might have to give it a try.
It's nearly Christmas and people are busy with holiday plans. Like most of the books in this series, it's more about atmosphere and the characters rather than a real mystery. If you like that, then this is the kind of book you'd probably enjoy.
I enjoy the camraderie of these characters. And since this was a Christmas time story it was nice it ended with a sweet touch. The plotting was strong although i guessed the ending a chapter or two before the big reveal.
Much better than the last volume in the series. A suicide or murder is the question Nell and company try to answer while pondering the romantic problems of niece Izzy and boyfriend Sam during the holiday season.
I enjoy this book series with the seaside knitters. The author makes you feel you are really at seaside harbor with these strong characters living there. This was an enjoyable easy read with a great holiday theme.
A really good mystery surrounded by a gorgeous seaside town, scrumptious food, and great friends! Every time I read one of Sally Goldenbaum's stories, I find myself wishing it was a real world that I was included in.
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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
* A Queen Bees Quilt Mystery
More about Sally Goldenbaum...
Death By Cashmere (Seaside Knitters, #1) Patterns in the Sand (Seaside Knitters, #2) Moon Spinners (Seaside Knitters, #3) The Wedding Shawl (Seaside Knitters, #5) A Fatal Fleece (A Seaside Knitters Mystery, #6)

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