A Holiday Yarn: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
by Sally Goldenbaum
Cover Artist: Doug Martin
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451232878
Date: 01 November 2011 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Sally Goldenbaum's A Holiday Yarn proves that murder can take the sparkle out of the holiday season. Sea Harbor is in a holiday mood and decorated for Christmas when Mary Pisano's cousin Pamela is murdered at her newly renovated Bed & Breakfast. The Seaside Knitters decide that this case must be solved, and soon, so people can get on with what the holiday season was meant to be. [NOTE: For the holiday season we're rerunning our review of A Holiday Yarn from our December 2010 issue.]
I've really enjoyed the Seaside Knitters Mysteries, since the first one Death By Cashmere. Taking place in a resort town in Massachusetts, Izzy quit her job as a lawyer and is now running a knitting store in Sea Harbor where she can be close to her aunt and uncle, Ben and Nell.
Being a knitter, I enjoy the asides about yarn, patterns, and other knitterly references. Luckily, the mystery that is the core of the books is also well thought out, evenly paced, and twisty enough to hold my interest.
This time there are plenty of potential suspects but many with the means don't have a motive. Those with motive don't really have the means. On the other hand, maybe some of the side plots are actually part of the main plot since it does involve a campaign to close the B&B before it can open to the public.
Once of the draws for me are the people who make up the town and Izzy's friends and neighbors. Goldenbaum manages to fill us in on the lives of the town's people since the last book and while solving the mystery let us know what's happening in their lives now. It seems Izzy's relationship with Sam Perry is now in jeopardy, and that is also a thread that weaves through the entire book.
The holidays are always stressful but they are also times to be with family and friends and to share their appreciation for their friendship and support throughout the year. Goldenbaum has created a small town that many of us wish we lived -- well, except for the murders (at least one per book). On second thought maybe I don't want to live there or know these people.
If you're looking for a good Christmas Holiday mystery with heart as well as a good story, pick up A Holiday Yarn.