Angora Alibi: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
by Sally Goldenbaum
Cover Artist: Doug Martin / i2iart.com
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451415349
Date: 07 May 2013 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Let's get my personal prejudices out of the way. I've read all of the books in this series, so far, and have enjoyed all of them. Most of the time, I figure out who did it way before the characters in the book do, but the journey is what I enjoy and the characters who populate Sea Harbor, especially the women who make up the Seaside Knitters.
There's something about small towns, whether it is St. Mary Mead, Sea Harbor, or any of the other small communities that mystery writers build as the background for their stories. Most of us in today's world, move from place to place, depending on where the jobs are, changing communities, jobs, and schools. With each move losing touch with friends, relatives, coworkers, and acquaintances, only to have to forge new relationships with coworkers, develop friendships, and connections all over again in the new community.
So, reading mystery series where the people become familiar and remain constant, but grow over time as a result of living their lives, is comforting even amidst murder and mayhem.
In Angora Alibi, Izzy Chambers Perry is pregnant with her first child. The Seaside Knitters are determined that this will be a baby with a wealth of knitted items designed to show how much the child is loved. Even so, Izzy is having some feelings of disquiet that began when she noticed a baby car seat on the beach but with no mother or child in sight. She feels something is not right in her world and doesn't want her baby born until things are right in her world.
A series of unfortunate events occur in the town leading up to a murder setting the residents of Sea Harbor on edge. The second murder raises the unrest and the Seaside Knitters decide that they have to help find the killer so things can get back to normal -- for baby Perry.
So, if you enjoy cozy mysteries with great characters in a lovely seaside town with a true sense of community -- this series and this book is probably right for you. Give Angora Alibi by Sally Goldenbaum a chance to pull you in and keep you working to solve the mystery with Sea Harbor's intrepid knitters.