Death by Cashmere (Seaside Knitters Mystery #1) by Sally Goldenbaum
Thoughts Before Reading:
This was recommended by Goodreads as I enjoyed The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series.
At the time this post was being written, Anne Canadeo has yet to write any more mysteries, so I figured, hey what the heck! Let’s try it out.
As this book features the 4th of July, I’m posting it the Tuesday before and will post again on next Wednesday, the real 4th of July.
Isabel “Izzy” Chambers has returned to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts the town she used to visit every summer.
Izzy had tried being a lawyer, but after a case went bad she left and decided to open her own knitting shop. She, her Aunt Nell, their young friend and lobster fisher woman, Cassie; and older woman rolling in dough, Birdie, finish the group.
The shop does extremely well but both Izzy and her aunt Nell have come in agreement that they would like someone to rent the above apartment and keep an eye out. Enter Angie Archer, an old friend who has just moved back as well.
Angie ran a bit wild after her father died in a quarry accident, but her life at school achieving her B.A. and Masters has calmed her down. Currently she is assisting the Historical Society in putting together an exhibit on the quarry.
One night Angie prepares to go out with Peter, Cassie’s brother; but the night takes unexpected turns as Nell and Izzy spot her fighting with the town matriarch Margarethe’s son Tony.
Nobody is sure what happened next, but the next day Cassie goes out to check her lobster traps and finds Angie’s dead body.
While the cops originally rule it as an accident, it turns out that it is murder.
The knitters start investigating and discover that Angie had a major chip against the town’s bigwigs, was researching into the town’s deeds for more than just the quarry exhibit, and may have had more than a few upset at her.
While they hunt for the truth, someone wants their secret buried and is willing to kill again and again to protect themselves.
Which person in their “no crime” town is secretly a killer?
Thoughts After Reading:
In a lot of ways this is like The Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries. You have a person who used to vacation there moving back to live their full time: Lucy Binger/Izzy Chambers. In the knitting group there is an older woman who looks out for everybody and mothers them: Maggie Messina/Aunt Nell. There is young girl to round the group out: Phoebe Meyer/Cassie. They both take place in a little town near Boston.
However, this book was a bit lacking, to me at least. It took a looong time to get the characters backstories, I’m not sure if the author just wanted to build suspense or what.
The other thing I disliked was the author took a loong time to get to the mystery, I’m not sure if she was floundering, just trying to build tension, or wanted to round out her story?
And the mystery was extremely solvable. It took barely any pages for me to have it figured out yet these “detectives” never even thought to look at the most obvious clue or what else Angie was interested in; instead going after red herrings.
But besides that the book wasn’t bad, but promising that it could be better in later novels. I’ll keep reading to see if the book excel or if they flop.
For more 4th of July mysteries, go to The Hyde Park Murder
For more knitting mysteries, go to The Postman Always Purls Twice
For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Divorce