|As the summer season heats up in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, knitting shop owner Izzy Perry is adjusting to life as the wife of photographer Sam. Fellow Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza gets a visit from her brother-in-law, bringing with him a ten-year-old granddaughter, Gabby, whose existence was unknown to Birdie. Gabby is extremely precocious and quickly becomes the darling of the town, especially of grumpy, reclusive fisherman, Finnegan, who is living on overgrown, but very valuable, waterfront property since the death of his wife.
Finnegan's daughter Beverly, an artist, has just returned to town and he is suspicious of her motives.,When he is found with his throat slashed, there are no shortage of suspects, from his daughter who hoped to inherit his estate, to land developers, to builders and even Gabby's uncle who is found on Finnegan's property without a good reason. Fellow knitter and lobster boat owner Cass also becomes a suspect when she finds out, much to everyone's surprise including her own, that she is a beneficiary of Finnegan's will.
Izzy and her friends know that unless they quickly wrap up this mystery, the lazy, hazy days of the summer they were looking forward to may be spent behind bars.
It is always a treat to visit with Izzy and the Seaside Knitters, but no more so than when summer is in full swing in the seaside town. Sally Goldenbaum describes the town so vividly you can feel the hot sand between your toes and smell the buttery lobster rolls for lunch. In spite of the age differences of the Seaside Knitters, they have formed a tight group that comes to the rescue of each other no matter how small, or how large the problem.
Gabby's arrival breathes life into everyone, especially Birdie, who now has a granddaughter on whom to dote, and Finnegan, who through Gabby, reminds the town how he was before he became a reclusive widower. There are many suspects for Izzy and her friends to chase down and the solution to the mystery is fairly obvious, but the characters and the setting will more than make up for any lack of suspense. Even in the summer heat there is plenty of knitting talk and even a sweater pattern at the end of the book.
--Jennifer Monahan Winberry