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Sally Goldenbaum Books In Order

Publication Order of Queen Bees Quilt Mysteries Books

Murders on Elderberry Road (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Murder of Taste (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on a Starry Night (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Seaside Knitters Mysteries Books

Death by Cashmere (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patterns in the Sand (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Spinners (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Holiday Yarn (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wedding Shawl (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fatal Fleece (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angora Alibi (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Merino (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Finely Knit Murder (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trimmed with Murder (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at Lambswool Farm (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Banjo Man (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crescendo (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kevin's Story (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dream to Cling To (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Baron (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honeymoon Hotel (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chantilly Lace (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once in Love with Jessie (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Passionate Accountant (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fresh Start (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mornings at Seven (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonlight on Monterey Bay (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For Men Only (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Sally Goldenbaum is a philosophy teacher, knitter, editor, and the author of more than two dozen novels. Her genres include mystery and thrillers, romance and contemporary writing. She was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a town on the shores of Lake Michigan in the United States. The book writing bug bit her when she met Adrienne Staff, who was also a newcomer in her hometown. It is this budding relationship with Adrienne that would propel Sally to start and finish writing her first book, and they have remained best friends. They combined forces and wrote their first book together, and by putting each other to task, they soon overcame the curse of the unfinished novel.

Sally Goldenbaum is best known as the author of the seaside knitters mysteries. The seaside knitters are four armature sleuths, Nell, Izzy, Cass, and Birdie, and they share a passion for knitting. If you are a fan of cozy mystery novels and you enjoy following detectives as they try to solve mysteries, then you will enjoy reading these books. Apart from the seaside knitters mysteries, Sally Goldenbaum has also written the queen bees quilt mystery series, which consist of four books, the first one being called Murders on Elderberry Road.

The first novel that Sally Goldenbaum wrote in the seaside knitters mystery series is called “Death by Cashmere” and it was published in 2008. This is the book that introduced readers to the four armature sleuths, Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie. In Death by Cashmere, Izzy Chambers gives up her life as a lawyer in Boston in order to open the Seaside Knitting Studio in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, where she spent her childhood. Soon after the shop was opened, an informal group forms around it, including Birdie, who was their oldest member aged nearly 80.

This mystery series spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a quaint seaside village. Izzy raises eyebrows after renting an apartment above the knitting studio to a woman named Angie Archer, who had a bad reputation for her quick temper and loose morals. Many locals were therefore not amused by Angie Archer. But could anyone desire to kill her? When her body is found drowned in a harbor, an official investigation concludes that the death was accidental. However, Izzy and her group of knitters suspect that the death was anything but accidental and they decide to conduct their own investigations.

One thing that might be disappointing in the seaside knitters mystery series is the fact we soon discover that the main character that we follow isn’t Izzy but her aunt Nell, whose character isn’t too appealing. As the proprietor of the Seaside Knitting Studio, one would hope that Izzy would be the lead character. So why are we told that she leaves her plum job as a lawyer in a big city to retire to a sleepy village? Maybe the author should have considered making her the lead character since she is the one who brings together the other armature sleuths.

The pace of the novel is also rather slow, but one should expect that because the story is set in a sleepy seaside village. It takes almost half the novel for the investigations to begin in earnest, which might put the reader off. When the sleuthing begins, we find Nell haphazardly speaking with the right persons but she’s usually too confused to piece together the puzzle pieces and draw the right conclusions. The author also throws in too many characters, all with a possible motive for killing Angie Archer.

The second book of the seaside knitters mystery series is called “Patterns in the Sand”. Sally Goldenbaum introduces us to a young fiber artist called Willow Adams who visits the knitting studio, and she’s immediately embraced by the seaside knitters. There is a monthly arts event that takes place at Canary Cove, and the seaside knitters advice Willow Adams to take her art there for it to be showcased. However, the peaceful summer is suddenly interrupted after the dead body of Nick Peabody is discovered in someone’s garden. Nick owned a well-known gallery in the community, and residents soon realize that they didn’t know him that well. The plot thickens when Nick Peabody’s will is read and we discover he left all his possessions with Willow, his estranged daughter we soon learn. Very soon, the readers will also learn of Willow’s dark secrets.

For starters, Izzy is called to come back to her shops as there’s a “dead” girl inside. However, when she reaches her shop, everyone who is waiting is relieved because the girl is still alive. But the mystery is how she managed to gain entry into the shop since she was still a stranger in these parts. There are many summer tourists in the town, and there is a special art event that has been planned.

When a gallery owner is found dead, people start to wonder who might have killed him. Could it have been this mysterious woman who was discovered inside the Seaside Knitting Studio? Could it have been a fellow artist seen having a heated argument with him? An artist is also killed and people are now worried that the killer might strike again. The community is tight-knit and so it’s easier to lay the blame on a stranger in their midst than one of their members.

The good thing about Patterns in the Sand is the fact that the author keeps you guessing about the real identity of the killer. It’s not until the end of the book that the killer is unmasked. The characters in the book are likeable and we discover that the police are having a hard time solving the mystery. The author also does a good job of describing the setting of the entire story, and you wish that you were there.

There are other books in the series and after you finish reading these first two books in the seaside knitters mystery, you will look forward reading the others. The storyline in each book is quite believable and you can actually visualize your self living in the sleepy community. Sally Goldenbaum has done a good job in writing the seaside mysteries and readers are glad to know that the series continues with more murder mysteries.

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