06 February 2011

HOOKED ON MURDER: A Crochet Mystery - Betty Hechtman

From the back of the book: Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It's a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event coordinator....and from the stress of being the latest murder suspect in Tarzana, California.
For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More was just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body of group leader Ellen Sheridan. Molly's complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, and after being cuffed and questioned, she could use a diversion. Never mind that she doesn't know how to crochet. Granny squares don't look that hard to make.....
But while Molly's fending off a detective with a grudge and navigating crochet-group politics, the real killer is at large. And it's up to Molly to catch the culprit---before she winds up in a tight knot....
It took me a couple of chapters to really enjoy hanging with Molly and the crochet peeps, but once I got to chapter 3, I was in there. Molly has a legitimate reason for gettng involved in the murder solving. She was found over the dead body, the victim bought out Molly's business after the death of Molly's husband, the victim's partner, and the detective in charge of the case has the hots for Molly's boyfriend, another police detective.....keeping up? Yeah, that was my problem at first. A whole bunch of backstory with a whole bunch of characters to learn. Once I got the hang of everyone and everything, it was all good and I highly enjoyed the rest of the book.
Molly learning to crochet was fun to watch and I admired her backbone sticking up for herself against her bossy oldest son and the take charge boyfriend.
Nice characters to enjoy and some well written characters with some issues that I wanted to pop upside the cranium.
I started the book not sure I wanted to finish it and by the end of the story, I had the second in the series, DEAD MEN DON'T CROCHET, on the WWBL.
Four crocheting is the next big thing beans.....


Sherri said...

Vickie, thanks for the review! I was wondering how this book was.

Aurian said...

So it is the first in a series afteral. I used to croched as a child, but have totally forgotten everything!
How old is Molly?

Vickie said...

Sherri: It was better than I expected. I don't usually lean towards the crafting cozies, but this one had such good reviews I took a chance. Glad I did.

Aurian: It is the first in the series, I tend to start at the beginning, or I try to.
I crocheted, too, when I was younger, but have forgotten everything. Would that my Grandma Violet was still here to teach me again.
The main character, Molly, is in her 60s with two grown sons and is a widow. She is trying to find her own life and I admire her a lot.