Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Cover Artist: Mary Ann Lasher
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451471642
Date: 03 May 2016 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Glenn Mackenzie is at loose ends. His father has recently died. He also learned some shocking news from his godfather, and promised to take some time to think about what he'd learned before starting his post-doc. He decided to drive east to the ocean, following back roads he gets lost, but always moving east until his car breaks down by a farm on a hill in sight of the ocean. He has, to his own surprise, ended up at Lambswool Farm, just outside of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts.
Lambswool Farm is Birdie Favazza's newest project. The land has been going wild but, with the interest of her granddaughter, Gabby in animals and gardening, the farm is now being brought back to life. Lambswool Farm will grow organic vegetables and, in season, host dinners cooked by local chefs using only ingredients from the farm and the sea. Of course the farm is also home to a flock of sheep, including Gabby's favorite, Charlotte, who is very pregnant.
With the connection of the farm to Birdie, and Glenn's status as a stranded (at least until his car gets repaired) pseudo-tourist, it's obvious that he will soon be introduced to most of the residents of Sea Harbor that we've come to know from other books in this series. It's also obvious that maybe Glenn is more than he seems or rather more than he's telling the people he's met.
Many of our favorite characters like him but feel he's holding something back. So when a popular doctor, Alan Hamilton, dies shortly after speaking with Glenn it might only be coincidence -- after all the doctor has seemed ill lately. But, when the death is ruled murder, the knitters of the Seaside Knitting Studio begin to pull the threads of information together to find the killer in their midst.
As usual, the plot is filled with suspects beyond the only stranger in town associated with the knitters, their friends, relatives, and associates. This series is as much a visit with old friends to learn what is happening in their lives as it is a well-plotted and multi-threaded mystery that must be solved. Murder at Lambswool Farm is another well done entry in this series.