Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BOOK REVIEW:Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum


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.


More than almost any other book I have read, I felt a part of the town of Sea Harbor.  I was not an observer of Ben and Nell Endicott's weekly "friends and family supper", I was a guest.  And as such, I almost felt like I had a stake in the town's happenings, and by extension, the wonderful story woven (or would that be knitted) by Sally Goldenbaum in "Murder in Merino".

Like most small communities, it can be difficult for an outsider to break into the community, as Julia Ainsley finds out.  Her meetings with the gentleman friend of one of the Seaside Knitters strains that woman's relationship, and the woman's friends try to set things right.

But then the owner/bartender of a popular local restaurant winds up dead in the backyard of Julia's new home and the game is on.

The story of "Murder in Merino" is knit together and embellished as wonderfully as the Endicott's anniversary afghan on which the knitters work throughout the course of the book (and for which detailed instructions are presented at book's end).


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.


  1. Sounds like a most interesting read; perfect for the pool or beach!


  2. I love this series and feel part of the life at Sea Harbor.

  3. This is my kind of mystery story! I liked the plot and looks like there were a lot of skeletons in the closet! Would be keen to know Julia's involvement in the murder!

    1. I could send you my copy of you like, Shilpa. It doesn't have the pretty cover (it was an ARC), though.