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The summer art scene of idyllic Sea Harbor, Mass., provides the backdrop for Goldenbaum's engaging second knitting cozy (after 2008's Death by Cashmere). When Izzy Chambers finds fiber artist Willow Adams lying in the display window of Izzy's Seaside Knitting Studio, she at first thinks Willow is dead, but Willow, whom she invited to do a demonstration at her shop after meeting the waiflike young woman a year earlier in Boston, is merely asleep. When someone fatally poisons Aidan Peabody, a popular Canary Cove artist, Willow becomes a suspect after the authorities learn she's Aidan's sole beneficiary. Other suspects include a frustrated art teacher, a greedy developer and a gallery owner who was jealous of Aidan's influence with Canary Cove's arts council. Goldenbaum weaves a tight plot as Izzy and her knitting friends attempt to untangle another puzzler without dropping a stitch. (May)
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About the Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometimes philosophy teacher, knitter, editor, and the author of more than two dozen novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: SEASIDE KNITTERS MYSTERY (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227034
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Visit her website at sallygoldenbaum.com
or her Facebook author page--https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sally-Goldenbaum/27082346139?ref=hl

Customer Reviews

I am currently reading book number three, and have numbers four and five waiting.
G. Girouard
From there you find a mystery all through the book using terms of knitting to explain how a puzzle is pieced together to learn all the details to find the pattern.
squiresj
I would recommend these books for light reading...a beach or hammock type of book.
A_nony_mouse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By squiresj on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I started this book, I was surprised it started with a cat in the window of a knit shop telling what it saw outside. Then a stranger in town climbs in a window and curls up with the cat. From there you find a mystery all through the book using terms of knitting to explain how a puzzle is pieced together to learn all the details to find the pattern. You find yourself with one murder and then another in a town who has not endured this before. Now I know very little about knitting but enough to enjoy the connection. First you think it is one person and then another but never the one the town wants to accuse. When you get to the end of the book you find where the book got it's title and what patterns in the sand stands for. I found the book intriguing and believe me it kept my attention as it was hard to put down. I found myself pulling for Willow and the person I thought who done it didn't. Also living in a rural area I could relate to a place where people never locked their doors. But now even here that no longer holds true. Highly recommend this book even to those who don't understand knitting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Misty609 on September 25, 2009
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I do judge books by their cover and the cover on "Patterns in the Sand" held my attention, telling me that this would be my kind of book.

It is a page turner, for sure. I loved all of the characters, food descriptons, the sea, the Friday night dinners, the knitting group, and, of course, the mystery. Books like this always make me want to take a knitting class.

I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was, only to continually revise my opinions again and again.

As in most mysteries, the ending was a total surprise.

I am looking forward to reading Sally Goldenbaum's other book, and hope there are a lot more in the future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sea Harbor, Massachusetts is a place where people from all fields of art live and work. The village has its own artists' colony and the serenity has enabled many residents to get their creative juices flowing. Late at night fiber artist Willow Adams comes to town with no place to sleep. She breaks into the Seaside Knitters Studio falling asleep at the window facing the street.

The police arrive, but the store's owner Izzy Chambers refuses to file any charges. Willow tells her and Seaside Knitters Nell, Cass and Birdie that she came to see them to discuss her fiber art. She also wants to meet her biological father Aiden Peabody who allegedly deserted her mother before she was born. However before father and daughter meet, Aiden is found dead, a poison victim. As the main benefactor of Aiden's will as well as desertion issues, she is the prime suspect of the police. However, the Seaside Knitters club members think otherwise and encouraging one another they plan to prove she is innocent by finding the real killer one stitch at a time.

The second Seaside Knitters amateur sleuth tale (see DEATH BY CASHMERE) is an exciting tight knit whodunit that emphasizes life in a small Massachusetts town in which art is the focus of the community. Told by Nell, the ambience of the art colonies and the tension of the investigation make for a fine one sitting read. Similar in tone and location to Anne Canadeo's WHILE MY PRETTY ONE KNITS, Sally Goldenbaum entertains with this strong thriller the knitting mystery crowd; who have a high quality bar set by Monica Ferris' Minnesota Crewel World and Maggie Sefton's Colorado House of Lambspun.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Knitting professor on December 19, 2010
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I love knitting mysteries, but I was very disappointed in this one. The basic story line is a good one and I liked the characters. However, the book is repetitive. The same concerns for a character appear numerous times - often with the same or similar words. The writing isn't good and there are typographical errors. I feel my time was wasted on this one - and too much money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronna on May 27, 2014
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Sea Harbor, Maine, is the home for numerous artists and their stores in the Canary Cove Art Colony, where an art festival is held the first Sunday of every month. Izzy's Seaside Knitting Studio is the gathering place for the ladies in this story. Then Willow Adams makes an appearance by breaking into the shop and falling asleep in the front window with the shop's cat, Purl. She's come to town to show her fiber art, or so she says.

When one of the town's local shop owners dies in a mysterious way, Willow becomes a suspect when it's found that he is actually her estranged father. The ladies in town find it difficult to believe that this waif of a girl could be a murderer, and decide to investigate for themselves. In the process, there are lots of gatherings and gossip.

I love mysteries and cozies. I'm a big fan of knitting and food. I really wanted to love this book but it just didn't ever really excited me. It was a decent story if there were not so many more great cozies to read. My problems revolved around the numerous gatherings that really weren't that interesting. The one time focused on knitting caps for cancer patients really caught my interest, but that was about it from the knitting front. There are so many books in this series, I'm going to assume that this series gets better with future books. Knitting pattern and information about caps for cancer patients in the back of this book, saved this one for me. Will give this series another try.
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