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Murder in Merino
Seaside Knitter’s Mystery # 8
Sally Goldenbaum

May 2014/ ISBN 0451415361
Mystery – cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Nell Endicott is enjoying spending her fall days with the newest citizen of Sea Harbor, MA – Abby Perry. Izzy Perry is enjoying motherhood and her family and friends love spending time with baby Abby. Abby is not the only new resident in Sea Harbor. Jules Ainsley is spending a longish vacation in Sea Harbor. You can see her out running, eating at the area restaurants and talking to the locals. She also knits. Everyone seems to like her. Well...except for Cass Halloran who doesn't understand why Jules is spending so much time with her boyfriend Danny Brandley. Staying at Mary Pisano's B&B has made Jules privy to upcoming events. The Endicotts will be celebrating 40 years of marriage. Everyone wants to make this day special. Nell and Ben want to spend a quiet evening with family and friends The populace seem to think an extravaganza would be the best thing for them.

Izzy has finally decided to put her cottage up for sale. Stella Palazola is thrilled to have her first listing. The open house is very soon. So why is there an offer to buy the house sight unseen? Another Friday night dinner on the Endicott's deck has come and so have family and friends. A frantic call from Stella sends Sam and Ben to Izzy's cottage. The police are already there. They have found the body of favorite bartender Jeffrey Meara. It seems Jules was there looking around and tripped over his body. Looks like the Seaside Knitters will have to drop a few stitches so they can find this dastardly killer.

Things to ponder: How did Chicagoan Jules Ainsley happen to pick Sea Harbor, MA as a vacation destination? Why were Don Wooten and Jeffrey Meara fighting? Why was Jeffrey staring at Jules? Does Jules have a hidden agenda?

Getting to spend time in Sea Harbor, MA with the Endicotts and their friends and family is always a delight. I feel like I am on vacation with some of my favorite people. I love how the author's writing style brings me back to the town of Sea Harbor. I smell the ocean and taste the food and long to know more about the people that populate the town. I like the pace of the action in this story. It felt like a lazy fall day. This is a story of a close group of people that just happen to get involved in murder. It is well-plotted and kept me guessing until the very end. The author has included the knitting pattern for the Endicott's anniversary Afghan as well as a yummy recipe. Sally Goldenbaum has knitted up another winner of a story. So, if you like your mystery with loads of purls, then you should be reading Murder in Merino.

Reviewed 2014