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Moon Spinners: A Seaside Knitters Mystery Hardcover – April 27, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Goldenbaum's delightful third knitting mystery (after 2009's Patterns in the Sand), Izzy Chambers, proprietor of the Seaside Knitting Studio, and assorted knitting group friends gather for dinner at the Sea Harbor Yacht Club in Sea Harbor, Mass., to celebrate fund-raising efforts for the new community center and park. Special thanks are due two local construction companies, Santos and Delaney, which have been working together despite the uneasy relationship between the two families. The sudden appearance of drunken Julianne Santos, who threatens her brother, Alphonso, with a beer bottle, interrupts the dinner. Gracie, Julianne's daughter and the estranged wife of Joey Delaney, wishes she, Gracie, could disappear like Alice down the rabbit hole. Later that night, Alphonso's aloof, beautiful Argentinean wife drives her Ferrari off a cliff. Tampered brakes signal murder. Well-drawn characters and an intriguing plot lift this well above the average cozy. (May)
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From Booklist

The third installment in the Seaside Knitters series may have readers wondering why dead bodies keep turning up in the idyllic Massachusetts fishing village and art colony where the action takes place. This time the corpse belongs to patrician Sophia Santos, whose Ferrari has gone off a cliff. Although billed as a knitting mystery, there’s more detecting than purling going on here (though a hat pattern is included). The cast is overly large (and names confusingly close, e.g., Ella and Stella), but the knitters—including wise Nell, her niece and knit-shop owner Izzy, and octogenerian Birdie—make for an appealing and comfortably cozy coterie of sleuths. --Ilene Cooper

Customer Reviews

I have read all of this series and always look forward to the next book.
It would be wonderful if we all could have a fantastic group of friends like this tightly knit group in Sea Harbor.
Lori Caswell
I have read most of Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Mysteries and Queen Bee Mysteries.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The ocean breezes, sandy beaches and the moon glistening over the waves means we are back in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, for this third installment of Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Mystery Series.

The Moon Spinners are at work, "imagine the women of ancient Celtic myth pulling the silvery strands of light from the sky and winding it on distaffs until weeks later the waning moon would disappear completely, leaving the world wrapped in a blanket of total darkness, the tides quieter, creatures safe from the hunter."*

The Seaside Knitters are attending a fundraiser to build a new community center. Two building companies are working together on the project even though the families can't stand each other. The party is interrupted by the drunken ex-wife of one of the builders who also happens to be a sister of the other. This little interruption causes one lovely socialite to leave the party early.

At the same time Sam Perry is scuba diving at Devil's Cove with some friends. It is his first night dive and as he emerges from the water he sees the moon hanging so low that he could almost reach up and touch it. It looks almost eerie, Sam, never without his camera, turns it up toward the night sky, but his attention is quickly drawn to a car moving much to fast down the curvy road that outlines the edge of Devil's Cove. The other divers surfacing around him notice the car's headlights and they all watch in horror as it misses the curve and flies through the air across the moon and falls to the rocky shore below. Later we learn the brake lines on the car had been cut which means, it was no accident, but MURDER.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn Bailey on May 11, 2010
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I mean it. I want to eat the seafood. I want to shop in the arts and crafts stores. I want to visit Izzy's yarn store and fondle the yarn. I especially want to go to Ben and Nell Endicott's Friday night dinners on their deck! THE MOON SPINNERS was a worthy entry to a wonderful series. I kept going back and forth--this person did it! No, that person! No, somebody else entirely! I figured it out at just about the same time as Nell did, which is a credit to Sally Goldenbaum's clue-planting skills. Since I can't move to Sea Harbor, all I can do is wait for the next book in the series. Write faster, Sally! Write faster!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Houchard on July 12, 2010
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Nice group of knitters involved in solving this mystery. Lots of reference to knitting and good characters in the story.

Mystery itself leaves a little to be desired, but that makes it more believable that this group of women could become involved in the solving of it.

Pleasant read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2010
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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 Café 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Albeck on June 29, 2010
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Other reviewers have more than adequately summarized the plot of this book, so I'll skip that part and get down to talking about it.

Remember (or imagine, if necessary) when you were a kid and went to Great-Aunt Mimi's for Easter dinner? You were probably the only child there, and except for your parents, everyone else in the room was over sixty. Did you enjoy coloring in your coloring book and listening to the adults "visit"? Or was the entire five hours a genteel Chinese Water Torture? The former type (and for good or ill, I'm in that group) will love The Seaside Knitters series; the latter will probably fling it aside after fewer than fifty pages, finding the pace slow bordering on glacial.

I'll admit I found the first book, Murder by Cashmere, difficult to get into, and reviewers rightly complain of being led to believe that Izzy - the ex NY lawyer, who gave up her career, etc, as we've seen so many other times - would be the central character, only to discover that it would be Nell, Izzy's aunt. By this third book, though, Goldbaum and her editors have settled into a wordy but tolerable style and we've gotten to know the principal characters fairly well. ( I still think the knitting project included in each book is too difficult, but maybe that's because I'm a lousy knitter.)

The names of the characters help establish the tone: Nell, Ben, Birdie, Izabel, Grace and Esther all invoke a gentler time, and our friends spend their spare time knitting, cooking, painting and doing woodwork. There is very little "action" in the book, and what there is largely takes place off-stage.
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Sally Goldenbaum was born on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Manitowoc, WI, and now lives in landlocked Prairie Village, KS. But her longing for lakes and the sea is satisfied in part by writing the best selling Seaside Knitters Mystery series, set on Cape Ann, MA.

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