In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that Sally is a friend and, as much as I have enjoyed her earlier books I have not read this one yet. That’s because I gave it to my wife as a birthday present.
Every time I move in to snatch it from her hands, she emits what I can only describe as a low growl. The hair stands up on the back of my neck and I back away carefully. I’m sure when she finishes the book I will be able to read and enjoy it.
The Fatal Fleece is the sixth book in National Bestselling author Sally Goldenbaum’s Seaside Knitters mystery series and her 34th published book. The week of its release the book was on a number of bestselling mystery lists.
I attended Sally’s signing at I Love a Mystery Bookstore and at least I can tell you about that. Sally said that, acting on the advice of readers, she decided to in this novel to delve more into the lives of some of her main characters. She said she had to learn now to wind in and out of Birdie’s life and explore Cass’s problem while still pursuing the mystery.
Sally said she likes writing a series but it is hard to kill off characters she likes. Some readers have suggested she bring dead characters back to life but that would change the mysteries into ghost stories. She mentioned that she wants each book to work as a stand-alone so she has to introduce the town and the characters each time without boring readers who already know them. Sally also has to deal with the “Cabot Cove” syndrome, i.e., writing about a small town where people keep getting murdered.