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Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
1st in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Hardcover: 272 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01MSVCTH9
As autumn washes over coastal Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters anticipate a relaxing off-season. But when murder shatters the peace, the craftiest bunch in town must unravel a killer’s deadly scheme . . .
After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can’t stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . .
The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victim’s hidden fortune—and her murder . . .
Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Dolores—while preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!
* Includes a knitting pattern *
Interview With The Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always loved writing and discovered in my preteens that I could invent a life for myself that was far more interesting and exciting than my life ‘off paper.’ I used to fictionalize my diary and sent copious letters to relatives and friends, describing great adventures.
What genres do you write in?
Currently I write in the mystery genre, but I keep a general fiction book tucked in a corner of my mind and my computer—‘my Sunday project,’ my agent calls it.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I have always loved reading mysteries, but somehow never thought about writing them. I wanted to write a family story, a saga of sorts (and still do). But when a mystery-writing friend, Nancy Pickard, encouraged me to help her on a mystery that she was under contract to write, I jumped in head first, and I loved the process. I learned from a master and am forever grateful.
How did you break into the field?
I broke into the mystery field by helping the aforementioned friend start. But that was followed by an invitation from a small local publisher to write a mystery series based on a group of women who quilt. (The publisher also published quilting books and thought a mystery series companion was a good idea.) The series was The Queen Bees Quilting mysteries, set in a small Kansas town.
When an agent suggested I move to a larger publisher (with a larger distribution), I left the quilting series and began my current series. The twelfth adventure in the lives of the seaside knitters comes out in August: Murder Wears Mittens.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
My stories revolve around several things, and I hope thoughts and impressions about these are the takeaways:
• the friendship of women
- life in a small seaside town
- a strong sense of place
- the importance of finding the goodness in each person, perhaps (in some cases) residing alongside evil. In Murder Wears Mittens, for example, the murder of a reclusive older woman challenges the four women protagonists to figure out possible motivation for killing a woman who seems to have done only good in her life.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
As someone once said, I love “having written.” But in addition, writing allows me to examine on paper thoughts that otherwise might be fleeting. Building characters and establishing a sense of place through words is very fulfilling to me. And I love the interaction I have with my readers.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I find writing—on those days when I don’t have a single thought in my head and the computer screen is black (or blue or green)—wildly painful. The incentive and discipline to stick with it can be difficult and challenging. Because I don’t write from an outline but rather a short (very short) synopsis, discovering the murderer and the circuitous route that takes me there, is sometimes difficult and challenging (and requires having plenty of faith in my protagonists).
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Read every single day. And in between, write, no matter how little. Developing that habit will serve you well. Also, give yourself permission to write poorly. Throw out that editing urchin sitting on your shoulder. You can always fix messes and awkward writing later.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I read all kinds. Mysteries, women’s fiction, books that defy categories (I am reading a Gentleman in Moscow right now, rereading The Great Gatsby, and enjoying Inside Out and Back Again, a children’s book I’m reading for my daughter and granddaughter’s new mother/daughter book club).
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Hmmm. Some people find it interesting that in another life, a long, long time ago, I was a nun for a short period. And shortly after that chapter in my life ended, I married a very nice Jewish man. My mother always said, after meeting him, that she knew there was a reason she had named me Sarah.
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About The Author
Sally Goldenbaum was born on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Manitowoc, WI, to a homemaker mother and a ship-building father. Although she now lives in landlocked Prairie Village, KS, her longing for lakes and the sea is satisfied in part by writing the USA Today bestselling Seaside Knitters Mystery series, set on Cape Ann, MA. She is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.
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