I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Murder in Merino on May 6, 2014
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It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder.
Fall is usually a relaxing time in Sea Harbor, but it’s turning out to be a busy season for Izzy Chambers Perry. Not only is she helping the Seaside Knitters make a magnificent throw to celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of her aunt and uncle, but she and her husband are finally selling the cottage she lived in before she got married and had a darling baby girl. To Izzy’s surprise, newcomer Julia Ainsley seems determined to buy the home—although she’s never set foot inside.
But on the day of the open house, things take a dark turn. A body is uncovered in the cottage’s backyard. When the police find Julia’s name and phone number in the victim’s pocket, this slender thread of evidence makes her a person of interest. Soon the spotlight of suspicion widens to include old friends and town leaders as a tragic happening, long buried in the sleepy seaside town, is slowly brought to the surface.
Before the joyful anniversary celebration can be realized, the Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.
Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum is the eighth addition to the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. I have not read any of the other books in the series, though I would love to have the time to read them after reading this book. I had no trouble at all feeling right at home in Sea Harbor. The characters are warm and welcoming and the town is just a delight.
I really liked that there was a Cast of Characters listed at the front of the book. It was especially handy since I am not familiar with this series, and was jumping in rather late. I love that it provided not just names and who they were in the story, but also an idea of their identity.
The murder in the story is well-written. The plot moves along at a nice pace and keeps the story flowing. I really loved Nell and Ben – they were warm, loving characters and I just want to meet them. 🙂 It was nice that the characters were a range of ages but all had commonalities. The descriptions of the town and the seafood definitely had my tummy rumbling! I really recommend Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum to anyone who loves crafty cozies. Overall, this was a nice escape. I enjoyed reading it, and hope to visit Sea Harbor again sometime!