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Death By Cashmere [Hardcover]

Sally Goldenbaum


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Aug. 5 2008 Seaside Knitters Mysteries (Book 1)
This brand-new mystery series spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a quaint seaside village.

Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.

Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie's body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.

An official investigation rules the death an accident. There are speculations of too many whiskey sours, a slippery wharf, a dark night... But Izzy and the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy. When several strange incidents occur above the shop, the women decide to take matters into their own hands. But before long, their small-town sense of security is frayed, and the threat of more violence hangs over this tightly knit community.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (TRD) (Aug. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045122471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451224712
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #898,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Izzy Chambers gives up her life as a lawyer in Boston in order to open the Seaside Knitting Studio in Sea Harbor, Mass., where she spent her childhood, in Goldenbaum's charming debut. An informal knitting group of eccentric characters forms around the shop, including Birdie Favazza, the oldest member at nearly 80, and Cass Halloran, the owner of 200 lobster traps who's devastated by a midnight theft. Cass's younger brother, Pete, pines for the gorgeous Angelina Archer, who's recently come to the Cape to research a local history project and rents the apartment above Izzy's store. When Angelina's body washes up in the cove, Izzy and her knitting group vow to discover who hated Angelina enough to want the woman dead. A knitting pattern for a scarf rounds out a cozy many will find an ideal beach read. (Aug.)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  48 reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice start to a New Series Aug. 7 2008
By M. Scheller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Overall I enjoyed Death by Cashmere. The story centers around Izzy's Aunt Nell, a bit of a disappointment as I like to see the story from the shop owner's perspective. The characters are fun and likable, with a good variety of ages, passions, and backgrounds. The author did an excellent job of fleshing out the characters, not always easy in a first book.

The reason for the 3 stars is the author's writing style, not the story. At least 80% of all conversational sentences were ended with ", first name of person being spoken to". Example blah blah, blah , Nell. There are on average 25 names per page, it really bogs down the story. I for one can follow a conversation without constantly being told who is talking. That is my opinion, but I appreciate when reviews bring up author's writing quirks. This style did detract from the story for me, hopefully the author will be more confident in her readers in the 2nd book.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but.... Sept. 8 2008
By Anita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a good start to a series but does leave room for improvement. From the Amazon reviews & the book jacket, I assumed that the book was written from Izzy's viewpoint...not so. Actually Aunt Nell is the main character which was a little disappointing since I hoped it would be the knitting shop owner. Maybe the next in the series will concentrate more on Izzy & her shop. A little slow in parts but I'm still looking forward to the next installment in this series.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Death by Boredom Sept. 8 2008
By K. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Summary

Izzy Chambers, a former big city attorney, returns to Sea Harbor to open a knitting studio. Izzy rents the apartment above the knitting studio to the flambouyantly sexy Angie Archer. After a date with Pete, a popular local lobsterman, Angie is found dead, drugged and drowned in a lobster trap. Izzy's Thursday night knitting group gathers clues to discover who killed Angie Archer--before Sea Harbor's summer season is through.

Kudos

There's no waiting around for the murder. Angie bursts onto the scene for one chapter and--BAM---she's promptly murdered. The descriptions of the various meals are mouth-watering. The descriptions of the locale make me want to travel to Sea Harbor. Izzy seems as delightful as my own knitting mentor. I'd love to stop by the Seaside Knitting Studio to browse for yarn and to take a knitting class.

Goldenbaum interweaves the primary murder mystery with a secondary mystery--who is looting the local fishermen's lobster traps?

The scarf pattern in the back of the book is easy and fast. And, it's much better than the "garter stitch" scarf pattern most knitting mysteries offer.

Criticisms

In spite of the two mysteries threading through this book, I was completely bored by page 130. Normally, I will devour a cozy mystery in one sitting. I can't sleep until I've read the final page. With "Death by Cashmere," there are too many conversations that don't move the mystery forward. I was tempted to skip to the last few chapters just so I wouldn't have to slog through any more boring conversations between the locals.

There are also too many primary and secondary characters to keep track of. Every time someone walks into a restaurant or passes a store, there's another character to meet who has a huge back story. I almost felt like I needed an outline to follow the story. It's cheap to "hide" a mystery behind meaningless characters.

If you must read this book, buy it used, check it out from a library, or wait till it's out in paperback. It's not worth the $18 I paid for it. This is the only mystery series where I will absolutely NOT read the next book in the series.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment Sept. 29 2008
By Catherine Bach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Knitting is my passion. I read cozy mysteries - a lot of them - for enjoyment. This book had promise but the pedantic writing style and heavy-handed dialogue nearly made it unreadable. The characters, though likeable, were not as interesting as they could have been had they been given real voices and fully-flesh personalities. The author seems to have a very strange obssession with tuna as that appears at many, many meals. I will not be reading anything else in this series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT GREAT, BUT OK Sept. 25 2008
By ITZME - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I HAVE READ ALOT OF KNITTING MYSTERIES AND THIS ONE DOES NOT RANK ABOVE THE BEST. TOO MANY CHARACTERS TO KEEP TRACK OF; HOWEVER, THE CONCLUSION TO THE STORY WAS WORTH THE LONG READ. TRY MAGGIE SEFTON AND DEBBIE MCCOMBER FOR GOOD KNITTING SHOP STORIES.

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