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A Holiday Yarn by Sally Goldenbaum


Cover art: A Holiday Yarn Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Holiday Yarn - 4th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery series
Author: Sally Goldenbaum
Publisher: Obsidian
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-23158-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Sea Harbor, a small town on the coast of New England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sally's Website/Blog: www.sallygoldenbaum.com

Dear Readers,

It was a real treat to pick up this book and read about the Seaside Knitters again. I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing Moon Spinners which, I believe, was the third in this series. The knitters, who are the women in this little town, are such good friends, as well as pretty good investigators, too. They, along with their husbands and significant others, band together against the world. I would be honored to have such friends.

The Christmas holidays make for wonderful times in Sea Harbor when the Seaside Knitters get together to make gifts for each other and also for charities across the world, to make sure that all the little children and, of course, their moms have nice warm blankets to nestle in. Unfortunately, murder comes to town with a vengeance and the ladies have to set aside their knitting needles to help one of their own get justice.

Mary Pisano has recently inherited her late grandfather's home and has decided to make it into a Bed-and-Breakfast. Her friends, the Seaside Knitters, are busily making blankets for each bedroom of different colors to match the decor of the rooms. Just before Christmas the Pisano family comes together for their annual family meeting and Mary wants to put them all up at the redecorated family home. Unfortunately, Mary's cousin Pamela is not happy about Mary inheriting said home and makes it known that she is very upset. Also, really unfortunately, Pamela is found dead on the B & B's back porch. During the investigation the opening of the B & B has to be held up, and the Seaside Knitters go to work detecting and going through a lot of secrets and lies that have been told over the years about this family ...just like unraveling yarn to find it's beginning. The four friends will have to use all their intelligence to figure out this puzzle and, in the meantime, someone else is killed. So they have to work much harder to solve these crimes and bring holiday peace back to Sea Harbor.

I really loved this book. When I received it, down went all my good intentions of house cleaning and I had to know what the Seaside Knitters were getting into this time. I grew up, of course many years ago, in New England and have visited towns like Sea Harbor. The friends in this book are so close and loving to each other and one of the main characters, Nell Endicott and her husband Ben, remind me of my own relationship with my husband. Full of love and affection but, also friendship which is needed in any relationship to keep it going. I am eagerly looking forward to the next Seaside Knitters book. So pick this book up and settle down for a great read. Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.


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