cover image Murder in Merino: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Murder in Merino: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Sally Goldenbaum. NAL/Obsidian, $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-451-41536-3

The satisfying ninth Seaside Knitters cozy (after 2013’s Angora Alibi) from Goldenbaum has the knitters of Sea Harbor, Mass., planning a gala and gift for the 40th wedding anniversary of member Nell Endicott and her husband, Don. In the meantime, the Endicotts’ niece, Isabel “Izzy” Chambers Perry, and her husband, Sam, are putting Izzy’s old cottage home on the market. Newcomer Julia “Jules” Ainsley puzzles the community when she reveals her determination to buy the cottage, sight unseen, despite having no previous connection to Sea Harbor. When a murder victim is found in the cottage’s backyard, Jules becomes a suspect. Gradually, the knitters realize the killing has its roots in a long-buried town secret. Fans of previous entries will enjoy spending a few more hours with the Seaside Knitters, and the most dedicated might be inspired to reproduce the group’s special anniversary afghan, or their Friday-evening martini parties. [em]Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May) [/em]