Monday, March 8, 2010

Moon Spinners-Sally Goldenbaum

Moon Spinners
Sally Goldenbaum
Obsidian, Apr 27 2010,
ISBN: 9780451229885

The Seaside Knitters (Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie) are taking time off from helping Gracie Santos open her new restaurant the Lazy Lobster and Soup CafĂ© on Pelican Pier in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. They are attending a charity event at the Country Club where Gracie’s Uncle Alphonso and his wife Sophia are joining with the Delaney’s Construction Company to donate at cost materials to build an addition to the community center at Pelican Bay.

Gracie’s mother Julianne shows up at the gala and makes a scene because her brother, in charge of her trust, refuses to give her any more spending money at the urgency of Sophia.. When Sophia leaves her party she loses control of her car and dies in the crash. The police find evidence that the brake line was cut so they arrest Julianne when they find material in her vehicle on how to fix a car’s brake line. The Seaside Knitters refuse to accept Julianne murdered her sister-in-law so they start their own investigation.

Readers will thoroughly enjoy the third Seaside Knitters amateur sleuth (see Death by Cashmere and Patterns in the Sand) because of the diverse yet likable lead protagonists whose interests vary, but remain close friends. They come across as detectives as they make inquiries the same way they knit, one stitch at a time. The key that brings plausibility to the fine story line is they do their investigation without facing life threatening danger. This is a delightful entry in a fun regional mystery series.

Harriet Klausner

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