Today I'm reviewing Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum.
Summary from GoodReads: This brand-new mystery series spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a quaint seaside village.
Not long after Isabel Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.
Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie's body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.
An official investigation rules the death an accident. There are speculations of too many whiskey sours, a slippery wharf, a dark night? But Izzy and the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy. When several strange incidents occur above the shop, the women decide to take matters into their own hands. But before long, their small-town sense of security is frayed, and the threat of more violence hangs over this tightly knit community.
Review after the jump!
Review: I tried. I promise. WHY am I having such a hard time finding a good cozy mystery? I know there are good ones out there. If you have recommendations, please send them to me in the comments. This book felt like a lot of recent cozies have. The author thought of a nice premise and then spent all of their time writing about the beautiful setting and characters who in this instance were still kind of lame. Then they remembered that it was supposed to have a mystery, so they created a flimsy excuse for a murder and inserted it into the manuscript. Presto, cozy mystery! Verdict: Not for me.