This mystery series has several strong points: it has a lovely seaside setting, a group of friends of different ages all of whom have an interest in knitting, and a cast of both male and female characters who help each other and enjoy lots of time in pleasant company. Since I've read the other books in the series, I found it easy to come back to the familiar characters, but if you're starting off on the series with this one, or with any of the others, be prepared for a large cast. There is a list at the beginning of the book of over 30 characters, not counting some of the spouses, which is quite daunting.
I thought the best book in this series was Patterns in the Sand. The others, including this one, I thought were quite OK, but the plot moves slowly. This one dragged throughout the last third of the book.
Read this one when you're on vacation--perhaps at the seashore, at the cottage, or otherwise taking it easy. The characters in the book seem to do nothing but meet each other at restaurants, have potluck dinners, and drink. Of course this is a good way to gossip and exchange clues, but still...this aspect seems a little overdone. As for knitting and needlework mysteries, those by Maggie Sefton and Anne Canadeo probably have tighter plots, but this one does have the lovely seaside setting.