A Seaside Knitters Mystery, No 6
May 2012/ 978-0-451-23675-3
by Laura Hinds
Trouble is brewing in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. Widower Finnegan,
who the natives call Finn, has let his seaside property go feral.
Everything is overgrown and there is junk strewn about the land.
The grass is tall and there is even a No Trespassing sign to keep
people out. The residents of the town want something done. Buyers
and developers want the land, but Finn refuses to give in to anything.
That land is Finn's and the ocean where he fished for a living are
what is left to define his life, since cancer took his wife.
Cassie, who is a lobster fisherwoman and also a member of the Seaside
Knitters Group, is the only person Finn allows on his property.
She understands him in a way most folks do not. When Cassie finds
Finn's body, suspicions are raised about whether she is the killer.
Her knitting friends know Cass is no murderer and they band together
to clear her name and smoke out the real culprit.
This series continues along the path of the previous books, with
a colorful and expanding cast of characters, and a great deal of
attention to detail on the author's part. Because there are so many
inhabitants of Sea Harbor, I am very pleased that there is a thorough
cast of characters at the front of the book. I fervently wish other
authors with a complex range of characters would follow suit.
It was nice to revisit Sea Harbor, and I found the introduction
of Birdie's (the eldest of the knitting group) newly discovered
granddaughter, Gabby, to be a breath of fresh ocean air. The young
girl has a delightful personality and carries the enthusiasm of
youth with her as she gets to know people around town. Her interactions
with long established characters bring a new life to them, and enhance
the reader's ability to see the depth of the Sea Harbor relationships.
Other Reviews in this series
Holiday Yarn, No 4
Shaw, No 5
Fleece, No 6