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The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart) In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy's Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart) In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy's Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary's cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B's snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friends will need all their crafty know-how to solve the crime.


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The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart) In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy's Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into The national bestselling series that "will draw readers to return time and again to Sea Harbor." (Carolyn Hart) In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy's Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary's cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B's snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friends will need all their crafty know-how to solve the crime.

30 review for A Holiday Yarn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Mary Pisano plans to make her grandfather's house a bed-and-breakfast, but when her cousin Pamela's corpse turns up dead on the property, the knitters find themselves investigating another murder. Light on mystery but full of small-town charm, this mystery works best for fans of the series who already know the characters. While this installment bore the "next in series" notation for me, I read the previous ones so long ago I had forgotten most characters. I suspect it marred my enjoyment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    A Holiday Yarn (2010) by Sally Golden Baum takes place, as one might guess, in the days leading up to Christmas. Mary Pisano has been hard at work turning her family's Massachusett's home (and her recent inheritance) into a charming Bed and Breakfast. All her friends in Sea Harbor have been encouraging and helping her--and she's so close to putting the finishing touches on it. But then she opens the house to her family--for the traditional clan gathering. Oh, not for holiday cheer exactly--but t A Holiday Yarn (2010) by Sally Golden Baum takes place, as one might guess, in the days leading up to Christmas. Mary Pisano has been hard at work turning her family's Massachusett's home (and her recent inheritance) into a charming Bed and Breakfast. All her friends in Sea Harbor have been encouraging and helping her--and she's so close to putting the finishing touches on it. But then she opens the house to her family--for the traditional clan gathering. Oh, not for holiday cheer exactly--but to go over the family finances and see how everyone has been taking care of their portion of the inheritance from the Pisano patriarch, Enzo Pisano. Mary's cousin, Pamela, is one of the few people who don't think a B&B is such a stellar idea. But then, Pamela doesn't seem to think any idea that she didn't come up with is all that. Pam stirs up trouble among her relatives and manages to ruffle feathers all over town. So, we really shouldn't be all that surprised when she's found dead of a gunshot wound--sprawled in a snowdrift outside the future B&B. Her murderer tried to make it look like suicide, but either forgot or never realized that their victim was left-handed. Planting the revolver in Pam's right hand was just their first mistake. And Nell and the Seaside Knitters are ready to pounce on other mistakes and hunt for clues to help Chief Jerry Thompson find Pam's murderer and keep the rumor mill from blaming Mary and her Bed & Breakfast for bringing a murderer to their town. This was a nice, middle-of-the-road cozy mystery. With more emphasis on cozy than on mystery--it is a comfortable little book about good friends in a small town who knit and eat and, apparently, occasionally solve murder together. [After all, this is book four of a series that currently has 13 entries...] The characters show a nice, diverse slice of small-town life without being cardboard cutouts or stereotypes. It was also refreshing to have a theme-based [knitting] cozy where the theme didn't overshadow the whole book. The knitting references were worked into the story carefully and it didn't feel like they were shoe-horned in. The mystery isn't terribly complicated, but that was all to the good for me--it's a busy time of the year and it was nice to settle down with an easy, charming little mystery. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    It's Christmas time in Sea Harbor and before the big day two murders will occur and the knitters will have their hands full trying to figure out the murderer. The book was a quick easy read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    The holiday season should be all joy and light, but things are not going well in Sea Harbor. With the death on Enzo Pisano, Mary (his granddaughter) has inherited his house and estate, she is putting her two cousins up and at the same time working to turn the house into a B & B but a local neighbour is complaining (and putting posters up complaining and other stuff to throw the work off), this is the least of Mary's problems though when one of her cousins ends up well and truly dead, supposedly The holiday season should be all joy and light, but things are not going well in Sea Harbor. With the death on Enzo Pisano, Mary (his granddaughter) has inherited his house and estate, she is putting her two cousins up and at the same time working to turn the house into a B & B but a local neighbour is complaining (and putting posters up complaining and other stuff to throw the work off), this is the least of Mary's problems though when one of her cousins ends up well and truly dead, supposedly a suicide but the seaside knitters, and the police are not so sure, and when there is another death it seems as though one person is in the frame, the thing is that no-one believes he could have done either deed, or indeed why he would!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    I actually, after several wrong guesses, managed to figure out whodunit! I don't always do that - in fact, rarely. I usually wait for it to be revealed and don't work too hard at it. I kind of skimmed over the last of it because of all the mention and description of food and I was trying to get over a stomach bug, so wasn't too thrilled with that. It's amazing how many mysteries have so many food descriptions and recipes in them. Not good when you're trying to read while nauseous........ Pretty go I actually, after several wrong guesses, managed to figure out whodunit! I don't always do that - in fact, rarely. I usually wait for it to be revealed and don't work too hard at it. I kind of skimmed over the last of it because of all the mention and description of food and I was trying to get over a stomach bug, so wasn't too thrilled with that. It's amazing how many mysteries have so many food descriptions and recipes in them. Not good when you're trying to read while nauseous........ Pretty good story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I like that this took place at Christmas. I enjoyed all of the Christmas festivities in this story. Those were my favorite parts of the story, especially the cookie exchange. The mystery was interesting, and the characters are still likeable. Also, the ending was sweet; it made me happy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Bradford

    Another great book by Ms. Goldenbaum

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Embarrassed over how much I enjoyed this

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I've read on some blogs where people had been reading this series (The Seaside Knitters Mysteries), and when I saw this at the bookstore and it had a holiday theme to it, I decided to use the rest of a gift card I'd been carrying around to buy it, and I'm so glad I did! The Seaside Knitters are a group of women who live in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, not far from Cape Ann. A varied (and not stereotypical, THANK GOD) group, they are proud of their community and their families. At the beginning of t I've read on some blogs where people had been reading this series (The Seaside Knitters Mysteries), and when I saw this at the bookstore and it had a holiday theme to it, I decided to use the rest of a gift card I'd been carrying around to buy it, and I'm so glad I did! The Seaside Knitters are a group of women who live in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, not far from Cape Ann. A varied (and not stereotypical, THANK GOD) group, they are proud of their community and their families. At the beginning of this book, a former resident of the community, home for the settling of her grandfather's estate, is murdered right in front of the family home, which her cousin, who inherited the property, hopes to turn into a B&B. The story goes from there, and the Seaside Knitters - one of whom is the person who inherited the property - try to close in on who may have committed this crime. There are plenty of suspects, including an elderly woman who has made it her mission to stop the B&B from coming into existence, a flashy former male model who had been humiliated in public by the deceased, and the young man who is to be the new cook at the B&B. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is well-done, evocative of place and time, and the characters actually have some development. In this book, the women doing the investigating happen to be knitters - but they are also quite varied in their backgrounds and other interests. The story is enjoyable without being sappy, and the suspense keeps you going. I will definitely try to find more in this series, and hope that I will have found a new group of people to visit now and then.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Title: A Holiday Yarn Author: Sally Goldenbaum Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery #4 Synopsis (from bn.com): In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy’s Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary’s cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B’s snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friend Title: A Holiday Yarn Author: Sally Goldenbaum Series: Seaside Knitters Mystery #4 Synopsis (from bn.com): In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy’s Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary’s cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B’s snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friends will need all their crafty know-how to solve the crime. My thoughts: Alas, I finally got my hands on the 4th book in the lovely Seaside Knitters Mystery series through paperbackswap.com. I have the rest of the books in the series on my shelf waiting to be read, but I am one of those series readers who has to read all the books in order! I know, I know . . . :) Anyway, I truly enjoy this wonderful cozy series. It offers all of the necessary pieces of a great cozy mystery . . . an amazing cozy location on the seashore, a group of kind, loving characters, and warm fuzzies throughout! If you are a fan of cozies, I highly suggest this series! You won’t be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Another great addition to the Seaside Knitters mystery series! I enjoyed the mystery, this one involved Mary, one of my favorite background characters in this series, she is the person who writes the columns for the local newspaper that relate the comings and goings of her neighbors and adds a little gossip in to add a little spice to her writings. This time however the gossip is about her, the beautiful bed and breakfast she is trying to open in her family's ancestral home and a beautiful but ev Another great addition to the Seaside Knitters mystery series! I enjoyed the mystery, this one involved Mary, one of my favorite background characters in this series, she is the person who writes the columns for the local newspaper that relate the comings and goings of her neighbors and adds a little gossip in to add a little spice to her writings. This time however the gossip is about her, the beautiful bed and breakfast she is trying to open in her family's ancestral home and a beautiful but evil cousin that soon ends up dead. Once again not only did I enjoy the mystery but I also loved learning more about the lives of the lovely people that live in the beautiful little sea coast town and especially the lives of the members of the Seaside Knitters group. It's Christmas time and snow, holiday cheer, delicious food, romance and of course murder make this a great story!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I was delighted to find this on my shelf of unread cozies recently - it is, after all, the holidays! As with the others in this series, this a quick read and certainly had more to it than the average cozy. But WHY is everyone so sanctimonious and good in these books? I live in a small village - have done for 7 years - and when I have a crisis, there are not hoards of lovely people looking out for me. Yes, it is fiction, but it stretches well beyond what is believeable in terms of human kindness I was delighted to find this on my shelf of unread cozies recently - it is, after all, the holidays! As with the others in this series, this a quick read and certainly had more to it than the average cozy. But WHY is everyone so sanctimonious and good in these books? I live in a small village - have done for 7 years - and when I have a crisis, there are not hoards of lovely people looking out for me. Yes, it is fiction, but it stretches well beyond what is believeable in terms of human kindness and village togetherness. Everyone is constantly munching on lobster rolls and exchanging cozy gazes. After a short while, reading this kind of thing makes my teeth hurt. Certainly something worth tucking away for a stormy day, but not really all that sustaining.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    You love the town and you love the people who live there and you think about how you would like to stay at Ravenswood-by-the-Sea and enjoy Kevin's scones until you think about the number of homicides in this small town!! Sally Goldenbaum writes such a good mystery. There are always a handful of suspects that clues show could possibly be the murderer. The book had 260 pages and I wasn't able to put the final pieces into place until page 247. Wow! That is a great mystery. I would definately look f You love the town and you love the people who live there and you think about how you would like to stay at Ravenswood-by-the-Sea and enjoy Kevin's scones until you think about the number of homicides in this small town!! Sally Goldenbaum writes such a good mystery. There are always a handful of suspects that clues show could possibly be the murderer. The book had 260 pages and I wasn't able to put the final pieces into place until page 247. Wow! That is a great mystery. I would definately look forward to visiting the town again - don't think I will check the price of real estate, however - an outsider might be the next person on the list.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Poling

    These knitting yarns are rather mindless...so why do I read them? It is always fun to see what is happening at the Thursday Nite "Knit'n'Bitches" around the US. These women had wonderful relationships and spent more time talking about their friends than bitching. They also had a great setup for dining during their time together. Good food and lots of wine as they knit colorful squares to be made into blankets for children in South Africa. They all wear beautiful swaeters and don't seem to gain w These knitting yarns are rather mindless...so why do I read them? It is always fun to see what is happening at the Thursday Nite "Knit'n'Bitches" around the US. These women had wonderful relationships and spent more time talking about their friends than bitching. They also had a great setup for dining during their time together. Good food and lots of wine as they knit colorful squares to be made into blankets for children in South Africa. They all wear beautiful swaeters and don't seem to gain weight as they eat their way through numerous scones in the mornings and restaurant dinners. The mystery? Well, it was rather transparent and not terribly engaging.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A generous 3 stars! I worked out whodunnit quite early on. There was also a bit too much soul searching on behalf of the amateur detectives. However, I did enjoy the setting of the books because I have visited Cape Ann and thought it was a really lovely place. I became hooked on Clam Chowder there, I think that the town of Sea Harbor is based on Rockport, so this took me back to a very happy holiday. I think that I will read more of Sally Goldenbaum's books for this very reason!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    I love the character of Nell and of Izzy. Aunt and niece and they have a true friendship and are pretty good at solving murders while enjoying their knitting group and the small town they live in. Nurturing friendships and proving the innocents of others as well as finding out the truth is what they do best.

  17. 4 out of 5

    quinnster

    There wasn't much excitement here and I thought the clues leading to the killer were a little too obvious, which then annoyed me that it took the knitters so long to figure it out!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    It's that time of year where I read primarily cozy mysteries and/or books set during the winter holidays. Murder and mayhem, sometimes paranormal. That's what I like to do. This fits the cozy/amateur sleuth holiday mystery and murder and a bit of mayhem set. I liked this book a lot. It doesn't really seem to have one main character, but several, so that there are many points of view and many brains working on the mystery at hand. Different ages and ideas make the mystery even more intriguing. Ho It's that time of year where I read primarily cozy mysteries and/or books set during the winter holidays. Murder and mayhem, sometimes paranormal. That's what I like to do. This fits the cozy/amateur sleuth holiday mystery and murder and a bit of mayhem set. I liked this book a lot. It doesn't really seem to have one main character, but several, so that there are many points of view and many brains working on the mystery at hand. Different ages and ideas make the mystery even more intriguing. Holiday setting in a seaside town with traditions set the mood even more so. A group of characters I would love to know, a town I'd like to visit [let alone live in], I had a real feel for everything going on. I look forward to reading more in this series, likely go back to the beginning and meet everyone slowly. I can definitely recommend this book and this author and more than likely this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan - xstitchfan

    Rating 3.5 stars I picked this book as my Christmas mystery read for 2018. I probably shouldn’t have started with book #4 in the series. So, I found the characters a bit confusing in the beginning of the book. It was enjoyable, but not spectacular. I noticed that the book didn’t focus on knitting as much as other knitting mystery books that I’ve read in the past. Would I try more books in this series? Yes! My favorite part of the book was the charity knitting projects which are great for any ski Rating 3.5 stars I picked this book as my Christmas mystery read for 2018. I probably shouldn’t have started with book #4 in the series. So, I found the characters a bit confusing in the beginning of the book. It was enjoyable, but not spectacular. I noticed that the book didn’t focus on knitting as much as other knitting mystery books that I’ve read in the past. Would I try more books in this series? Yes! My favorite part of the book was the charity knitting projects which are great for any skill level at the back of the book. The organization website has more information and crochet project patterns. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Gooding

    Delightful Holiday read. There are some books that seem to relish in making someone (or many) of the circle of friends absolute witches. In my groups people like that never seem to want to be a part of us without reciprocating stinging backbiting, and this author seems to accurately portray how real friends talk and support each other. Some places were a tad boring yet the majority of the book is delicious. Something that has amazed me is how people can knit and eat at the same time? ha ha. I gu Delightful Holiday read. There are some books that seem to relish in making someone (or many) of the circle of friends absolute witches. In my groups people like that never seem to want to be a part of us without reciprocating stinging backbiting, and this author seems to accurately portray how real friends talk and support each other. Some places were a tad boring yet the majority of the book is delicious. Something that has amazed me is how people can knit and eat at the same time? ha ha. I guess I drop too much food to risk it. You'll enjoy this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Best one so far because the mystery was more complex and the ultimate culprit wasn't just some peripheral stranger. Sometimes they betray the lack of a good edit. For example, Pamela was Mary's cousin but on one page she was referred to as her sister. Then the priest's name was printed wrong once - that one, someone even corrected with a pen. I am reading out of order, I hope nothing in this one spoils #3 which hasn't come in at the library yet. They're a relaxing change from everything else going Best one so far because the mystery was more complex and the ultimate culprit wasn't just some peripheral stranger. Sometimes they betray the lack of a good edit. For example, Pamela was Mary's cousin but on one page she was referred to as her sister. Then the priest's name was printed wrong once - that one, someone even corrected with a pen. I am reading out of order, I hope nothing in this one spoils #3 which hasn't come in at the library yet. They're a relaxing change from everything else going on.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cullen

    At Christmastime the Pisano family comes home to Sea Harbor for their family meeting and one of the cousins is found dead. The woman is found in the yard of one of the Seaside Knitters' friend's house so it's up to to Nell and the rest of the Seaside Knitters to find out who the killer is. I am really enjoying the Seaside Knitters cozy mystery series. The mysteries are interesting and I feel like the characters are my friends. Plus this one put me in a holiday mood!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lee Cannon

    Seaside Christmas mystery Another wonderful Seaside Knitters mystery. These are the most wonderful characters, like friends of your own. The ambience of the town and the friendship and camaraderie of the characters is a story in itself, but the mystery is a great one as well. This is the fourth one in the series, and I'm beginning the next one. This is a great series. Start with the first one, and soon you'll savor the delights of each book. Happy reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Although I liked the mystery aspect of "A Holiday Yarn", what I really loved was the ambiance. This story took place during the winter in Sea Harbor. Massachusetts. As with the other books in the series, one of my favorite themes is Friday nights at the Endicott home with all that great camaraderie and food. I always find myself wanting one of Ben's famous martinis - and I don't even LIKE martinis. I felt the continuing development of Sam and Izzy's relationship was very moving.

  25. 4 out of 5

    chrisa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was the first book I read in the series and I intend to go back and read the rest. I liked the way the author sprinkled clues to the murderer's identity throughout the book, and I liked the secondary plot mysteries. I also enjoyed the relationship between Nell and Ben. If you like murder and the festive season, I think this would be a great book to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Brewer

    A seaside knitters mystery...now that is a pretty specific genre. haha. I did enjoy this book, even though it is super sweet/sappy and I figured out "who done it" about half way through the book. Save it for a time when you want to be diverted by an easy read that reminds you what friends and small-town living are ideally like.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I enjoyed this book and liked the characters but I think I would have liked it more if I had started with Book #1. It took me awhile to get up to speed with who was who and how they interrelated to one another. But the writing was very good and once I got into the story line, it was a very enjoyable read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    An enjoyable mystery, set in a seaside tourist village in Maine. Somehow Goldenbaum produces an idealized little community where the fishermen socialize with the wealthy retirees, and injects mayhem and murder without completely breaking the spell. This time, though, I could identify the killer way too soon.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Recommended by a friend because of the knitting + murder mystery aspect. I enjoyed it to a point but feel I would have enjoyed it a lot more if Id read the others in the series first because there were just too many characters, with limited introduction, to get my head around! Took me until the end of the book to really work out who was who!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele Hayes

    Three weeks before Christmas one of Cape Ann's wealthiest citizens is murdered behind Mary's house. The gals from the Seaside Knitting Studio band together to find the murderer. When their prime suspect ends up dead, again behind Mary's home, they are at loose ends. Can they unravel these murders before Christmas comes, or will their holiday be ruined?

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