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A Holiday Yarn (Seaside Knitters Society Mystery #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart)

In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy's Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-brea
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by New American Library (first published 2010)
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Linda Smatzny
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Christmas time in Sea Harbor and before the big day two murders will occur and the knitters will have their hands full trying to figure out the murderer. The book was a quick easy read.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A Holiday Yarn

Author: Sally Goldenbaum

Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery #4

Synopsis (from In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy’s Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary’s cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B’s snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friend
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
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A generous 3 stars! I worked out whodunnit quite early on. There was also a bit too much soul searching on behalf of the amateur detectives. However, I did enjoy the setting of the books because I have visited Cape Ann and thought it was a really lovely place. I became hooked on Clam Chowder there, I think that the town of Sea Harbor is based on Rockport, so this took me back to a very happy holiday. I think that I will read more of Sally Goldenbaum's books for this very reason!!
Susan Webb
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the character of Nell and of Izzy. Aunt and niece and they have a true friendship and are pretty good at solving murders while enjoying their knitting group and the small town they live in. Nurturing friendships and proving the innocents of others as well as finding out the truth is what they do best.
There wasn't much excitement here and I thought the clues leading to the killer were a little too obvious, which then annoyed me that it took the knitters so long to figure it out!
Emily Cullen
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At Christmastime the Pisano family comes home to Sea Harbor for their family meeting and one of the cousins is found dead. The woman is found in the yard of one of the Seaside Knitters' friend's house so it's up to to Nell and the rest of the Seaside Knitters to find out who the killer is. I am really enjoying the Seaside Knitters cozy mystery series. The mysteries are interesting and I feel like the characters are my friends. Plus this one put me in a holiday mood!
Lee Cannon
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seaside Christmas mystery

Another wonderful Seaside Knitters mystery. These are the most wonderful characters, like friends of your own. The ambience of the town and the friendship and camaraderie of the characters is a story in itself, but the mystery is a great one as well. This is the fourth one in the series, and I'm beginning the next one. This is a great series. Start with the first one, and soon you'll savor the delights of each book. Happy reading.
Rebecca Brewer
A seaside knitters that is a pretty specific genre. haha. I did enjoy this book, even though it is super sweet/sappy and I figured out "who done it" about half way through the book. Save it for a time when you want to be diverted by an easy read that reminds you what friends and small-town living are ideally like.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book had me turning page over page. The story was riveting and not just all mystery talk. Great side stories carried alongside the mystery. Had me wondering who the murderer was until the last few pages! I really enjoyed this storyline!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine mystery from the seaside knitters. As usual, the police are nowhere to be found, except strolling around town with their dates, so the knitters group must come to the rescue!

Even so, I enjoy the characters and their comraderie, as they work together to solve the case!
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A good cozy mystery.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book ---it's a perfect book to read cuddled up in a blanket by the fire
I will be picking up more from this author.
Lana Sorenson alleman
Can a book be too picturesque? And so many descriptions of eating and food. But I did enjoy the plot.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't see THAT coming.

The fourth installment of the Seaside Knitters Club mysteries by Sally Goldenbaum has me wishing Christmas was closer than 11 months and 13 days away. I had every intention of reading this during the holiday season but somehow time escaped me.

So, the first full week of the New Year (the one without any national holidays), I picked up the book from the local library and was unable to put it down until I knew who did it.

“A Holiday Yarn” FINALLY takes places in the
Cathy Austin
Sometimes knitting mysteries get very predictable. This one not as sharp as Moon Spinners, the book before this one. A Holiday Yarn has more wool, more food, more projects, more drama, in fact, too much drama than really necessary to move the plot along. A few snagged stitches, if you will, on some pages where some proofreading got missed and names got mixed up and cousins became sisters making the endless search for a killer a bit distracting. A murder in first few pages, then the quest for who ...more
Julie Barrett
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Holiday Yarn
This seaside harbor book again follows th knitters that meet once a week. It is the fall and the summer visitors have left the area
and snow is in the air. An old man has passed away, he run the magazine and his whole family is into the publishing field, millionaires. Pam is one that should be in charge but not on the same level as others.
She wants to run a B&B with the old house. Love talk of the charity work the knitters do for local places. The knitters find something amiss a
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"A Holiday Yarn" is another installment of the Seaside Knitters Mystery series by Sally Goldenbaum. Mary Pisano is turning the large estate, Ravenswood By The Sea, she inherited from her grandfather Enzo Pisano into a bed and breakfast. Henrietta O'Neal is posting flyers all over town trying to prevent the opening of the new B&B but no can figure out why. Birdie and Nell go out to the estate to meet Mary. No one is there. They find Mary's cousin, Pamela Pisano, editor of fashion monthly, dea ...more
Patricia Post
Over the holidays I indulge in some nice, light ,cozy mysteries, and this year I read 'A Holiday Yarn,' by Sally Goldenbaum, who I believe is one of the better writers of this genre. It's the kind of mystery where the reader figures out who the killer is long before the characters in the story do, and even though I got a little impatient with that, I couldn't help but hurry to the end to see how she brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. I liked her setting descriptions and her character ...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
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my last holiday book of the season, though I still have some more to get through this winter. I found this book both entertaining and a wonderful diversion from the day's activities. It also kept me very engaged trying to figure how "who did it." I wasn't really sure until the very end, and I wanted to keep reading more. Also, loved the addendum with the knitting patterns and information for making squares to send to So. Africa. Also loved it was in Massachusetts, not far from where I l ...more
Micky Cox
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great visit with the Seaside Knitters and the plot is wrought with conflict and of course murder! Something is amiss with Izzy & Sam, while Cass & Danny are smoothly moving along, the knitters are busy preparing for Christmas while knitting up a storm for charity and of course the new B&B has a murder disrupting it's construction while in the final leg of prepping to open! If you like the Fool's Gold, Cedar Cove and other books in that genre, then this book is for you. It has ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-series
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
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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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