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A Fatal Fleece
A Seaside Knitters Mystery, No 6
Sally Goldenbaum

May 2012/ 978-0-451-23675-3

Reviewed 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

A Holiday Yarn, No 4
Wedding Shaw, No 5
A Fatal Fleece, No 6


Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?
Reviewed 2012