Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review and giveaway: The Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaum



Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by NAL Hardcover
ISBN 0451233190 (ISBN13: 9780451233196)
Residing in Sea Harbor, MA, the four friends Cass, Birdie, Izzie and her Aunt Nell are preparing for Izzie's upcoming wedding. They meet regularly at Izzie's yarn shop to work on her wedding shawl and just enjoy each other's company. One night they meet at the book store to hear a local author talk about plot development. He tells them he gets a lot of ideas for mysteries from cold cases like the one that happened in town fifteen years ago. A young high school senior was found dead in the quarry and it was never proved what happened but suspicions still linger to the present time.

When Tiffany, a young woman from the salon who is helping the friends with wedding plans, is found murdered in her office, the town gossips can't help but compare it to the cold case. It's eerily coincidental that the two women were best friends in high school and both had a friendship with  the same young man then and now. It feels like the past is starting to repeat itself and suspicion about Tiffany's murder turns to a friend of the group.

The four knitters know they must find out what really happened, prove their friend's innocence and get this all behind them before the wedding. When two members of the group receive veiled threats, they know they are getting too close to the murderer but it does not deter them; it just make them more determined than ever to find out the truth not just of Tiffany's murder but for some closure on the fifteen year old mystery.

The Seaside knitting friends help solve the mystery using intelligent, well thought out deduction; no crazy- off -the-wall heroics in this series. These friends are very down to earth and believable characters. Along with the small town atmosphere and seaside location, I think this is why I like this series so much. All the characters are fully fleshed out and feel like old friends at this point.  Goldenbaum builds her case logically with enough clues and red herrings to keep any mystery fan intrigued. 4****

The Wedding Shawl is the 5th book in the Seaside Knitting series, set in New England. I've read 3 of them now and to my mind they just keep getting better and better. Recipes and a knitting pattern are included at the end of the book.  Sally Goldenbaum is also the author of the Queen Bee Quilting series set in Kansas.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Penguin Group (USA)  in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of The Wedding Shawl, Penguin Group is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. US only. Deadline to enter is May 14th at 5 PM. Be sure to include an e mail address in your comment. Good luck!

As always bonus entries are available by:

+2 for being a follower (new or old) just remind me how you follow and under what name
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36 comments:

  1. Sounds good and I Love the cover!

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  2. Sounds like a series I'd enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    - meah56 at gmail DOT com

    - long time follower

    - posted on giveaway page:
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  3. This looks so good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am an old follower.

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  4. I've read the first two books in this series and can't believe I'm already three behind. That's the way with all these series! LOL

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  5. I luv cozies.

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    I follow you.

    I will tweet @topazshell5

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  6. This looks like a good one! I am a longtime GFC follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  7. I enjoy good cozy mysery series like this one. Love the cover.

    I am a follower.

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  8. I love knitting mysteries! Make me feel like I am with the group, knitting and puzzling away!

    I am a long time Follower.

    My Twitter name is Carolee888. I tweeted:
    http://kayespenguinposts.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-and-giveaway-wedding-shawl-by.html Giveaway of 'The Wedding Shawl'


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  9. I love cozies, I love cozies set in New England, I love cozies about mystery. I like to knit but don't do as much now that the kids are gone.

    citygal65@myfairpoint.net

    I follow you as daydreamer

    I post a link to your giveaways on my google blog http://www.kt-themindtraveler.blogspot.com/

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  10. oops, I guess I'm following you as kt

    LOL

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  11. The Seaside Knitting sounds divine...I wish I lived by the seaside and that I could knit!! LOL...I also like the fact that they are down-to-earth and are more normal woman trying to solve a crime...sounds great!!!

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  12. I love a series that gets better and better. I'd love to be entered in your great giveaway.

    I subscribe in Google Reader.

    kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

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  13. It looks like a great series! Cant wait to dig in!
    Im a follower Sarah Woodson and my e-mail is elizabeth_717@live.com

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  14. Well another new to me author!! The Wedding Shawl looks really interesting. I'd love to be entered to win.

    +2 old follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I love knitting books, I don't know how I've missed this series.

    I'd love to be entered, I follow under bookmagic

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  16. I can't seem to stop myself from wanting to read "cozy" mysteries lately. Eventhough this is way into the series, I still think I would enjoy it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm an old blogfollower

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  17. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I was browsing my Google Reader and saw the words "four knitters" and was drawn in immediately. lol thank gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

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  19. A new series for me - sounds great!

    +2 - GFC follower as Karen B.

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  20. I'm not familiar with this series but I love the setting and the knitting theme. Your enthusiasm and positive review of the book convince me this is one I worth reading.

    Thank you for hosting a giveaway!
    ~ Amy
    Aimala127(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. +2 I've been a follower for a while!


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  22. I'd love this.
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  23. I follow on google reader.

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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  24. Good review and a cute book. A wedding book to almost go with a Royal Wedding :)

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  25. Sounds like a great book thanks for the review & giveaway.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 old follower

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  27. I am an old follower of your blog via GFC & Google Reader.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. I would love to read this book.
    +2 I am a old gfc follower.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  29. I love Cozies!

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    google follower

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  30. I liked knitting, so I would enjoy reading this book.
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  31. I follow with GFC.
    GloriaDeal@aol.com

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I follow you under the name of Susan.

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  34. Sounds like a fun mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  35. blog follower via GFC
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  36. I adore reading books about women who share a hobby and solve a mystery!
    +2 Old follower via Google Friend
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    +3 "Tweet" ~ http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/68524592855134209.
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity
    to win this fun sounding book...
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