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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum

Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711021
As autumn washes over coastal Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters anticipate a relaxing off-season. But when murder shatters the peace, the craftiest bunch in town must unravel a killer’s deadly scheme . . .
After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can’t stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . .
The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victim’s hidden fortune—and her murder . . .
Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Dolores—while preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!
* Includes a knitting pattern *
About The Author
Sally Goldenbaum was born on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Manitowoc, WI, to a homemaker mother and a ship-building father. Although she now lives in landlocked Prairie Village, KS, her longing for lakes and the sea is satisfied in part by writing the USA Today bestselling Seaside Knitters Mystery series, set on Cape Ann, MA. She is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.
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Welcome back to another installment of Seaside Knitters Society. You will recognize some familiar characters . I was very intrigued when Cass discovers a young boy at the laundromat. Seeing a young boy is not really unusual, but using Cass's dryer is. It is very peculiar that this boy just throws his clothes in with hers to dry. Can you imagine if you did something like that? The person would not be happy at all. But Cass is sure that something is off with the scene she witnesses with this  young boy. Why did he grab his clothes and take off? I loved how Cass involved her fellow knitters in finding out if the boy is alright. It is not safe to see a small child out late at night.

When a woman is found dead the knitters are on the case. I liked how the author weaved a tale  which brought into suspicion the young boy's mother named Kayla. How will Kayla explain the bike her family uses found at the home of the murdered woman? With gusto and determination the knitters take Kayla under their wing. They believe she is innocent and are ready to get answers. The plot thickens when the dead woman's will is read. Why did  the will shock the town? I loved getting to know Kayla better. She is certainly hiding something and her secret won't stay hidden for long.

My favorite character has to be Dolores . Many people thought she was mean and antisocial. What they didn't know was that she was an extremely intelligent woman with a big heart. She loved doing for others without anyone knowing it was her. She is someone I would love to have sat down and talked with. The author wrote Dolores with mystery surrounding her life and a person that many respected. I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but I was very surprised when the killer was revealed. The book is very intriguing and I loved how it was a true Hitchcock type mystery. I can't wait to read the next book from this author.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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