Murder at Lambswool Farm
Seaside Knitters Mystery, Book #11
by Sally Goldenbaum
Author website: http://www.sallygoldenbaum.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
Late summer blooms in beautiful Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while a harvest thrives, Izzy Chambers Perry and the other Seaside Knitters will need to cast on their sleuthing skills to save a local farm. Unfortunately, finding a killer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. . ..
Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep. In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters.
But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor’s family physician, is found dead on the property. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton’s friendly bedside manner was a man worth killing.
Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects—including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton’s complicated past—and restore peace to town and country alike.
If you are looking for an action packed, suspenseful, dark novel, you are in the wrong place with Murder at Lambswool Farm. On the other hand, if you want a wonderfully written, descriptive, read full of fabulous relationships, small town charm and a murder mystery mixed in, you have come to the right place. The ladies in the Seaside Knitters are a lovely group that are more than friends. Along with their spouses, partners, housekeepers and children, they are a true extended family. Their love for one another and their charming town, Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, are what bring me back again and again to this wonderful series. Author Sally Goldenbaum keeps this group interesting, relevant and charming always.
In the 11th installment of “A Seaside Knitters Mystery”, Murder at Lambswool Farm finds the ladies getting ready for the ‘practice run’ at Lambswool Farm. Eldest member of the Seaside Knitters, Birdie Favazza is getting the old family farm operational. It will not only have crops and sheep (never to be eaten though), but will also host 6 course meals made by the clamoring local chefs. Birdie has invited all of the knitters and their families as well as many other townsfolk to the practice meal. Included in the invitees is family doctor and friend, Dr. Alan Hamilton. He has seemed a bit ill and out of sorts for days. Yet no one expected him to fall over dead at the table. When the gang finds out the doctor was actually murdered, they are shocked. Who would want to kill such a wonderful man?
With so many people in the suspect pool, the ladies are really at loose ends trying to find answers to who killed the good doctor. It does not help that a seemingly friendly and perfectly nice young doctor has appeared in town just before the murder. Glenn seems to be keeping secrets and he has definitely lied. Although his secret was easy enough for me to figure out, the reasons for his visit and how things played out were still a mystery to me and quite fun to read it all play out.
I really love the pacing and writing style of author Sally Goldenbaum. Murder at Lambswool Farm is a super addition to this endearing series. The characters are like good friends and I love being able to visit with them in their sweet town. Nell will always be my favorite. I love the character table in the front of the book. This also makes it easy for anyone new to the series to delve right in without any problems. This is another seamless effort by author Goldenbaum. Her descriptive writing style truly brings Sea Harbor and its occupants to life. This is a masterfully woven tale, knitted with love and tied up with a wonderful mystery that kept me guessing.
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