A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Cover Artist: Mary Ann Lasher
Review by Gayle Surrette
NAL Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451471611
Date: 03 May 2016 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
[NOTE: This review originally appeared in our May 2015 issue and is of the hardcover editions.]
The Seaside Knitters are back on the case. Birdie's granddaughter, Gabby is now living with Birdie and going to a local private school -- Sea Harbor Community Day School. Everyone is glad to have Gabby staying in Sea Harbor and it's giving them all an opportunity to get more involved in the school.
Another event has the group a bit upset. Cass Halloran and Danny Brandley seem to be no longer a couple. In fact, Cass seems to be seeing a lot of a newcomer to Sea Harbor, Harry Winthrop. He's quite handsome, but not very talkative. It seems that they don't even have much in common. But no one wants to push because they're all hoping that Cass and Danny will get back together.
The headmistress, Elizabeth Hartley, has been making efforts to bring the school into a closer relationship with the local community. She's also been making changes to serve the needs of all the students. However Blythe Westerland disagrees strongly with Hartley's goals and want the school to become more exclusive, as it was when she was a student.
So there's a number of plot threads developing from the outset. The shock is when there is a murder at a special event held at the school. Evidence begins to point the Elizabeth Hartley as the murderer. The Seaside Knitters don't believe she could be responsible. But if she didn't do it then they must put their heads together and carefully follow the clues, stitching them together until they find the true criminal in their mist.
Once again readers get to visit with the inhabitants of Sea Harbor -- catching up on their lives and following their efforts to protect their friends, and keep their town calm. Murder tears a town apart if the if the killer is not found quickly. Too often people want the killer to be a stranger rather than believe one of their own could commit such a crime. Which is it, stranger or friend? There's enough clues to go either way and a twist or two to confuse the unwary.
While part of a series A Finely Knit Murder can be read without knowledge of the previous books. However, you may find yourself wanting to start at the beginning, if you enjoy this mystery, to learn more about the inhabitants of Sea Harbor.