Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

A Day in the Life of Elizabeth Hartley by Sally Goldenbaum

A Finely Knit MurderIt was a wonderful day. Until it wasn’t.

But as head mistress of an amazing girls’ school in Sea Harbor—an old stone mansion that overlooked the sea—one had to expect some bumps, right? But all bumps aren’t created equal, I discovered one day.

My office overlooks the ocean, and it almost always brings peace and comfort to my life. Almost always.

But this day I had just fired a teacher—a good teacher, but one who had offended a powerful board member. The art teacher took losing his job badly.

After Josh left, slamming my office door so hard the framed photo of the captain who used to live in the mansion that now housed my school, almost fell on his stern, bearded face, I walked to my window, seeking the view that usually brought peace to my soul.

But today, this is what I saw instead:

My fired artist strolling across the rolling green lawn, spraying the grass with canary yellow paint—the color of crime scene tape—in wild flying circles. And in the center of one of the fuzzy circles he added a unique and frightening touch—it reminded me of a road sign—a stick figure of a woman with a line slashed through her.

I should have seen the omen that day for what it was: a harbinger of the days that would follow. Some of the most difficult of my life. Days that were a roller coaster ride that dipped down to its lowest the evening of a magnificent party on the lawns and terraces of my school, an evening that ended with a body being found near our old boathouse—the body of a person who hated me.

Walking away would have been an option, but I had been gifted with my dream job, working every day in a magnificent mansion straight out of Jane Eyre. One filled with the high chatter and spinning laughter of young girls with bright inquisitive minds.

Somehow that omen would lift me up again, I knew it had to.

And with the help of four amazing women who taught my students the gifts that knitting brings to one’s soul, and, on the side, taught a headmistress how to live and fall in love with a tiny seaside town—it did.

You can read more about Elizabeth in A Finely Knit Murder, the 10th book in the “Seaside Knitters” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Death by Cashmere.

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About the author
Sally Goldenbaum is the author of three dozen novels, most recently the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series, set in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. A Finely Knit Murder, the newest in the series, is now available in hardcover, and the 9th book, Murder in Merino is now available for the first time in paperback. Sally lives in Prairie Village, Kansas, but spends as much time as possible on Cape Ann, MA, cavorting with the seaside knitters (and her family). Visit Sally at www.sallygoldenbaum.com.

My Musing ~ Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson

Dying BrandDying Brand by Wendy Tyson is the third book in the “Allison Campbell” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, May 2015

When image consultant Allison Campbell attends an award ceremony to honor a designer friend, she’s thrust into a murder investigation. Only this time, it’s personal.

A former boyfriend is dead, slain on the streets of Philadelphia. His widow claims he was meeting with Allison, yet Allison hadn’t spoken to him in years. Nothing about his death—or life—makes sense. When compromising photos from their past arrive at Allison’s office, they raise more questions than they answer.

Driven to find justice, Allison deconstructs the image her ex had created for himself, looking for clues about the man he’d become. As her hunt for the truth unveils secrets, Allison’s past and present collide—with deadly results.

This fast-paced, adrenaline-fuel and action-packed drama immediately pulled me in never letting go until the last sentence was read. The past comes back to haunt Allison and it’s her determination to solve this puzzle that brings her life full-circle in this suspense-filled and intriguing tale that I could not put down. The intensity of each scene controlled my emotions and I was there running with Allison as this case seemed to open up a can of worms that she was not prepared to witness. I like that the author took the time to draw me into the storyline with the visual display of her words and the dialogue that warned me that there was more to come that heighten the level in the dynamic telling of this mystery. Allison is strong-willed, always seeking the truth and is surrounded by a great cast of characters that includes Vaughn, Jason and Mia. I especially love the addition of Grace who I hope we get to see more of. This was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this terrific series.