Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Murder In Merino

Murder in Merino: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: NAL Hardcover (May 6, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415363

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, she and her husband are finally selling the cottage she lived in before they 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 tragic 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 Endicotts’ 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 tragic ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.

Review: This is the first Seaside Knitters Mystery that I've read and I absolutely loved it. It is book 8 in the series, which means I have quite a bit of catching up to do.

I loved all the locals in Sea Harbor instantly.  Sally has created a wonderful town that you really wish you could visit, by the time you finish reading the book.

The murder involves a local man who is a bartender/owner of a local restaurant and the chief suspect is Julia Ainsley, a tourist/wannabee local, who you love to hate. Julia is someone that is trying to fit in, but there are things about her, that you just can't like. From the minute you know that she's part of the murder investigation, you want to know what part she played in the murder.

Then when you find out why she's in Sea Harbor..well, the story takes a whole other turn. I actually felt like the mystery in this book was more about Julia Ainsley and the reason she was there, than who killed Jeffrey.

When her mystery is solved, so is the murder, and if you don't have a hint of a tear in your eye at the end, well, you might be lacking a heart!

This is a fantastic read. Definitely a great addition to any cozy lover's mystery shelf!

Rating: 5 flowers


About The Author
Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.  [Additional bio information available on my website:www.sallygoldenbaum.com
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