Trimmed with Murder (Seaside Knitters)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Cover Artist: Mary Ann Lasher
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451471628
Date: 03 November 2015 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It's the holiday season in Sea Harbor and the town is abuzz with the newest charity drive. Cummings Northshore Nurseries has donated fir trees and the town square area is now lined with trees that various civic groups will decorate and people will vote for the best decorated tree with their donations to charity.
Meanwhile, Charlie Chambers, Izzy's younger brother, is coming to Sea Harbor to work at the free clinic. On his way into town he picks up a hitchhiker, Amber Harper. Amber is returning to town to sign some papers for an inheritance from the recently deceased head of the Cummings family.
Before too long it seems that Amber may be digging into things she should let lie. Charlie seems attracted to her and vice versa. They have a bit of a stormy relationship but then Amber seems to have a talent for getting people riled up. That wouldn't be a problem except Amber ends up dead and Charlie is the number one suspect.
The Seaside Knitters, Izzy and her family and closest friends, put their heads together to try to understand how the various threads of this case come together to clear Charlie and find the real killers.
Trimmed with Murder brings the lives of the characters in this series one step further along in their lives. Goldenbaum has a feel for small communities -- and while Sea Harbor is not that small, New England towns and smaller cities are more like small towns than they at first appear.
I enjoy this series as much for the setting and characters as for the twisted and complex plot that is the basis for the story because it is always about the people -- their loves, hates, fears, and dreams. This is a great addition to the series.