• Patterns in the Sand

  • Seaside Knitters, Book 2
  • By: Sally Goldenbaum
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Patterns in the Sand

By: Sally Goldenbaum
Narrated by: Julie McKay
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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to Death by Cashmere: next in the "appealing" (Carolyn Hart, author of Death Walked In) new mystery series set in a tight-knit seaside community.

When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers' knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody - owner of a popular gallery - is found in a garden. Soon Nick's secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn't know him at all. And when Nick's will reveals that his entire estate has been left to Willow, the knitters find that Willow has some dark secrets of her own....

©2009 Sally Goldenbaum (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Needs more research in fiber related arts & crafts

The mystery portions of the authors books are interesting enough but the yarn/knitting/fiber aspects are shallow. I'm still wondering what "fine handwoven yarn" is. You use yarn for hand weaving, you don't hand weave yarn. Most fine yarn is machine spun as hand spinning fiber into a super fine yarn would be too time consuming to allow time to knit it.

I suspect the author has no clue what fiber art is as there was never anything but the vaguest description of the "fiber artist's" creations. There is more specific detail about restaurants and food than anything to do with fiber, yarn or knitting. If you pick a backdrop for a mystery series such as a yarn store and knitting specialty you should know more about it. It's distracting to the reader when the lack of knowledge is so obvious.

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Too petty gossippy

I enjoyed - I think it was the first book in this series, enjoyed the sisterhood and extended family warmth amongst the characters. Also in the first one, there was a hint of depth to the characters, not developed yet but there like a promise. But the characters have only become confirmed stereotypes with stereotypical responses and behaviors, relieved somewhat by the incidental characters, like the ones who get killed. I like lots of series where women bond over yarn or cooking and such but to me, the yarn-knitting bond of the women in this group is seated in a base of pseudo-gentility (superiority) and shallow hen party concerns and values. It's like Goldenbaum is writing with a stick -- afraid to really get IN to her characters.

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Willow is irritating

The story would be just as wonderful as the test of her books, only if Willow wasn't the kind of irritating, obnoxious, entitled yound one she is. The way Nel dotes on this stranger--who broke into Izzy's shop--makes one dislike Nel! Anyways, don't bother, read books 1 and 5 instead.

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Another murder in sea harbor

Double mixer for Nell ,Cass,Bertie, and Izzy to solve. Brilliant artist dead. Daughter no one knew he had new in town inherits. Is she the culprit. But hi- another dead body. Local Art dealer and good guy with a a much younger wife. Hmmmm. Let’s let the Thursday night knitting club do what they do best and solve this while eating some delicious sounding food!

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Great to knit by.

Love the story. I knit as I listened. I will listen to the entire series.

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Wonderful!

Wonderfully read. A very delightful story, charming and quite addictive—again I was surprised at the end. On to Book 3!

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Much better character development!

Note to Audible: the summary says the man who dies is named Nick Peabody. However, the mans name is Aiden Peabody.

Review: this second book is MUCH better than book 1. The character development really took off & it was enjoyable to be back with the investigative gang. Of all the characters, I would say it centers most around Nelle, who is an older woman. My only qualm is the end.. the mystery of the killer could have been solved without outing a certain character for being a fraud.. I wish she didn't do that. But otherwise she's likable. The narration is great, each character is very identifiable by their voice which is important when you have a lot of characters such as in this book. I look forward to book 3!

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Best yet

Love this series. Great plots and wonderfully quirky characters that just seem to keep growing. All tied up in the bow of a terrific narrator that you could listen to all day with ease

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Fantastic!!

What a great book! Once again the author kept me guessing until the end! The narrator did a fantastic job as well. Highly recommend this one for all the mystery readers out there.

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  • 11-21-14

Pretty good, but too much food described!

Would you listen to Patterns in the Sand again? Why?

No. OK light story, but probably not for a second listen. Still, passed the time for me.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, but that's ok.

Have you listened to any of Julie McKay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any others.

Any additional comments?

They describe eating and drinking way too much for my taste.