DEATH BY CASHMERE was my cozy escape choice for the month. I usually read cozies as a break from the realistic, dark and depressing volumes currently making the best seller list.
Set in the charming harbor town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts it tells of Izzy Chambers, a former Boston lawyer who has fled the dog-eat-dog intensity of the corporate world, to return home and open a knitting shop. She rents the small apartment over her shop to Angie Archer, another local girl who has returned and, it appears, has a hidden agenda. Of course, this being a mystery, Angie's body is soon discovered floating in the harbor. Who is the culprit and what is the motive? Could it be the lobster poacher, or perhaps a spurned lover, or maybe it's the creepy night watchmen George Gideon? There is definitely something fishy about Angie's death and the inquisitive knitters, lead by Izzy's Aunt Nell, are looking for answers.
There is really nothing new in this book. The town is quaint, the inhabitants are a quirky lot who love to talk, talk, talk, and everyone spends an inordinate amount of time eating and drinking. The characters can regularly be found consuming salads, tacos and frittatas as well as a lot of iced tea and wine. (Why, they are so busy eating that they barely have time to knit, let alone solve the crime).
I am not certain that this book will hold your interest as a mystery but it will certainly leave you rifling your refrigerator for something to eat. If your "fridge" is empty, perhaps you could try to satisfy your appetite with one of the many red herrings the author has served up. NOTE: If you are a knitter there is a scarf pattern at the end of the book you might want to try. Personally, I'd rather have the frittata recipe. 2 1/2 stars.