The Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaum is the fifth book in the “Seaside Knitting” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), May 2011

Izzy Chamber’s heart is full but her stomach is in knots. She’s about to marry Sam Perry, the love of her life, but much remains to be done before the big day arrives. The Seaside Knitters have pitched in to help, and, as a surprise, they’re knitting Izzy a beautiful wedding shawl—an exquisite lace memento born of friendship.

As Izzy makes lists, her aunt Nell focuses on her backyard, where the wedding will be held. She has hired a gardener, Claire, and soon the sloping yard is bursting with blooms. It’s a necessary distraction for Claire, who has just returned to Cape Ann after a long absence. Fifteen years ago her teenage daughter drowned in a Cape Ann quarry, and though the death was suspicious, the crime was never solved.

The wedding plans get complicated when Tiffany, the hairstylist for the wedding party, starts missing appointments. But when she disappears—and is later found dead—things begin to unravel. Rumors start to circulate about Tiffany’s past and her connection to the unsolved murder. Did Claire return to exact revenge? Or are there more secrets simmering in the summer heat?

All the Seaside Knitters really know is that they must rally to find some answers so Izzy can don her lovely shawl and the whispers about town can be replaced by wedding bells.

I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this author’s work before, but boy am I glad I did. Izzy and Sam are getting married. When their wedding planner is found dead, her death puts a damper on the upcoming festivities and the Seaside Knitters are determined to cast-off those dark clouds and the only way to do that is to find the killer. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I was drawn to the way the mystery flowed and the author did a good job at keeping me guessing until the end. With a wonderful cast, warm-filled dialogue and a great setting, this charming story touched my heart and I look forward to the next book in the delightful and engaging series.

*new-to-me author

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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