A Fatal Fleece by Sally Goldenbaum is the sixth book in the “Seaside Knitters” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, May 2012

It’s summer in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while tourists flock to the beautiful cottages by the sea, trouble brews for the Seaside Knitters. While one gets tangled up with a precocious relative, another stands accused of casting a local resident off on a permanent vacation.

As Izzy Perry and the Seaside Knitters prepare Izzy’s yarn studio for the tourist season, fellow knitter Birdie Favazza has her hands full with Gabby, a granddaughter she never knew existed. Gabby soon becomes a fixture in the town—riding off on Birdie’s bike, teaching her own crochet class, even striking up an unlikely friendship with a reclusive fisherman, Finnegan, who is the source of much local turbulence.

Then lobsterwoman Cass Halloran stumbles over the old fisherman, his body covered with leaves and sea grass and wearing the yellow fleece vest she once made for him. When Cass becomes a suspect in his murder, the knitters rally to protect their dear friend.

Soon the Seaside Knitters will discover that caring for Gabby while casting their net for a killer is tricky business, indeed. They’ll have to keep their wits about them as they piece together the clues in an effort to catch a killer before one of their own winds up knitting behind bars.

Sometimes a book captures your heart and soul and A Fatal Fleece is one of them. What an amazing journey the Seaside Knitters take with the arrival of a new beginning and the sorrow of a life lost too soon. The ladies work their way through all the clues to return a sense of calmness back to the town where a young visitor’s carefree and gentleness touches everyone that crosses her path. The author does a great job at keeping me guessing throughout most of this light-hearted and character-driven mystery. With an ensemble cast of wonderful and lovable characters and a great setting, this is the best book yet in this brilliantly-crafted and charmingly delightful series and I look forward to my next visits with the Seaside Knitters.

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