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Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1)

Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1)

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by Betty Hechtman

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Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It’s a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager . . . and from the stress of being Tarzana, California’s latest murder suspect.
For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More was just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body


Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It’s a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager . . . and from the stress of being Tarzana, California’s latest murder suspect.
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. Her complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, and after being cuffed and questioned, she could use a little 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.
Delicious recipe and crochet pattern included!
“A gentle and charming novel. . . . Its quirky and likable characters are appealing and real.”—Earlene Fowler, author of Tumbling Blocks

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"Hechtman's writing is fun and introspective, and Molly is a likable character." ---RT Book Reviews

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Crochet Mystery Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Betty Hechtman's love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew and blossomed when she began to read Agatha Christie's books. She holds a degree in fine arts and has had a variety of professions, including being a volunteer farm worker on a kibbutz, Sunday school teacher, waitress, telephone operator, and freelance writer.

Margaret Strom, a New York-trained actress, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds both BA and MA degrees in theater, as well as an MS degree in educational administration and supervision. A lover of many genres of literature, she has narrated more than 500 books for the Library of Congress.

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Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Revelluna More than 1 year ago
I purchsed this book because I'm a crochet addict and there are rarely any books or media dealing with crochet (it's all knitting these days). I really liked it, regardless of the crochet aspect. It's a nice little mystery with no foul language or behaviour, it includes a crochet pattern and a couple of recipes in the back of the book, and I'm definitely buying the rest of the series!
Laura50 More than 1 year ago
Hooked on Murder is the first novel in Betty Hechtman's crochet mystery series. I wish that I could say I loved it but, sadly, I was bored from page one. The characters were not memorable. None had any bad habits or bad luck that would make a character interesting. The pace was slooooow. I think the plot moved 3 times, every 80 pages. Most of the dialogue had to do with crochet stitches and while I am a crocheter, this was not entertaining. Maybe the author will get better with the next book.
KatZep More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read with my nook. For anyone who loves to crochet and likes a mystery, this book is a quick read with characters that are similar to the Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Maharba1 More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this sample to my new Nookcolor, because I love to get into a series. I think the story might be really great...the sample was very short, but intriguing. The very few pages I read and the premise makes me think I will like it. I get the impression it will be very light reading--not something that takes a lot of concentration. I was impressed that in the few pages I read, there was no profanity, and likely I won't have to skim my way out of sex "scenes". So I think this will be interesting, but reasonably clean. However, I was amazed that in about 4 or 5 short pages of the sample, there were so many typos--mostly words run together without spaces. I found that to be exceedingly distracting--so much so that even though this is not a "deep" read, I had to keep going back to what I'd read because I kept thinking about the typos. Possibly, since I am new to downloadable e-books, I may find they are all done in the same way? But that will probably force me into some sort of professional help for my OCD grammar issues! LOL!
KnitterStar More than 1 year ago
This book along with others by Ms. Hectman will have you wanting to read more. Her characters are interesting and the story line is good. It keeps you going that you don't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and finished it within days...reading on the subway! what I enjoy are the receipes and patterns at the end which seems to be getting more popular with authors who write about knitting, crocheting, cooking and needwork. This makes you want to take up your knitting needs or needles to do something creative. So the book not only is interesting but it stirs the juices in you to be creative - so that makes it more enjoyable in two ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, looking forward to more. A few incorrect spellings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first story that I've chosen by Betty Hechtman and, although I've only gotten into about a third of the story, "Hooked On Murder" is holding my interest. I enjoy mysteries, especially books that have continuing characters, and I'm hoping that her stories follow in that vein. Her main character seems to have a penchant for getting into tight spots, and getting her out of them is proving to be quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok book. Very easy read. No real surprises but fun. If you want light reading and a mystery with a laugh this will fit the bill. Nice easy pattern also as a bonus.
BuddiesMom More than 1 year ago
Saw this series and thought I would give it a try since I like to crochet. I found the writing exceptional and I really enjoyed the characters. It was a quick read and I loved it so much I bought the rest of the series to enjoy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A year has passed since Molly Pink¿s husband died from a heart attack and she is beginning to come out of her grief as her life normalizes. Her late spouse co-owned a public relations firm with partner Ellen Sheridan, who forced the widow to sell her half of the business to her.. Even though Molly is poorer, she is happier as she enjoys working as community relations and events coordinator for Shedd & Royal Books and More. --- Ellen and her friends are crocheting an afghan at the bookstore for a charity event. One day when she departs she leaves her needles behind. Molly goes to Ellen¿s home to give her back her needles, but finds her nemesis dead. Detective Heather Gilmore leads the homicide investigation. She hates Molly because she is attracted to a peer who loves the widow. By the tone and questions Heather asks Molly and her friends, the bookstore employee knows the detective is out to get her and has circumstantial evidence to prove motive, method, and opportunity. Molly with the encouragement and help of her best friend investigates knowing the real culprit is out there. Although she finds a more likely suspect, Molly feels manipulated as if she has been sent down a false path to draw wrong conclusions she continues her inquiries not understanding the right path leads to murder. --- HOOKED ON MURDER hooks the reader from the onset with likable characters especially the lead protagonists who does not know when to quit. This charming amateur sleuth cozy contains parallel investigations with the lead cop concentrating on the heroine who focuses on the culprit. Readers will admire the feisty caring Molly, who has moved on with her life, which just like her inquiry, one stitch at a time. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 28 days ago
Nice quick read
Badkitty70 5 months ago
This first in series is a light an easy read, albeit not a special one. I fully admit that I do not knit or crochet, but for some reason within the cozy genre, these tend to be one of my favorites. I'd never heard of a crochet themed one before so I grabbed it and ran. I ended up being slightly disappointed. It's not a bad book, but it's not great either. Landing somewhere in just ok-ville, I would say it's a nice and simple read for a lazy day but don't expect anything too complicated. One of the problems I had with it is that I could not form any type of relationship with the characters. They didn't feel fully developed and left me wondering who these people were. Molly, our main character, waivered between likeable and unlikeable throughout the entire book. She is a widow who is trying to adapt to being single, all while dating a man who really wants to take the relationship to the next level. I often wondered why Detective Barry bothered considering that she constantly kept him at arms length while proclaiming to herself how she needed her independence. Only problem was, she wanted to both be single and in a relationship at the same time. There was one particular incident when Barry might have overstepped his bounds a tad, but was meaning to be romantic, and she completely overreacted. Which was baffling because the only time she tried to come off as strong and independent was with him. Everyone else she kind of let walk all over her. She was an odd character to me. One person I did like in the book was her friend Dinah. Unfortunately she wasn't given enough time to shine. As far as the mystery itself, trying to guess the killer might prove to be difficult for some as the person was barely in the book. Something I have seen other authors do but I don't particularly care for. I was also put off by the knitters vs crochet element.....is this really a thing?? Alas, I feel like I'm bashing on the book and that's a bit unfair. I did actually enjoy it which is why I gave it 3 stars. I also liked the merging of the crochet group and bookstore element. Out of all the themes within the cozy community, bookstore mysteries are my top dog. The story was pretty well written but did start out a bit garbled. Too much too soon kind of thing but it evened out and made up for it. Although I did think Detective Heather and her attitude was a tad on the ridiculous side, I could see why someone would look at Molly as a potential suspect given the history between her and the victim so there was some believability there. Molly's sleuthing abilities did leave something to be desired but luckily she tends to learn from her mistakes and admits when she does something wrong, even though that doesn't always stop her. Also, can I just mention that cozies have some of the best book covers ever!! All in all, not bad for a first in series and it definitely has room to improve. I'm willing to check out the next installment and would recommend to anyone looking for a lazy Sunday read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if you don't crochet, you'll still love this. Great characters & easy read. Great for a first in serirs, looking forward to read the rest.
Curlyqsusie More than 1 year ago
If you like simple, fun murder mysteries, you will love this whole series of books. This and all the rest of the series were great.
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I liked it! I just wish the unveiling of the murderer didn't seem so rushed. Other than that I throughly enjoyed this book : )
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shopper10 More than 1 year ago
It's sad when you read a mystery and the only part holding your interest is the plot between the main character and a "sometimes" boyfriend that wants to marry her and she's not interested. Her sons don't approve of him, but that dynamic is not explained. I found the characters to be one dimensional and somewhat unbelieveable. The dialog seems to repeat itself with very little action that builds suspense. Molly does not really take on the part of the sleuth in that she really isn't out asking questions and interviewing suspects. I won't be looking at a second book from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. I have now read the first 3 books.
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CheliD More than 1 year ago
Molly Pink is a widow trying to put her life back together after her husband's unexpected death. She's got a job as an event coordinator for a local bookstore. The bookstore is sponsoring an auction of a hand crocheted afghan when disaster strikes - the leader of the Tarzana Hookers (who are making the afghan) is found dead in her home by Molly. Before she can call for help., the [police arrive and find her with the body. Fortunately, Molly's boyfriend, (a police detective) is able to convince the officer in charge that Molly is not involved. However, Detective Heather Gilmore has the hots for Greenberg so she places Molly at the too of her suspects list. With a Ellen dead, the Hookers are runny short of crocheters so Molly and her friend Dinah volunteer to help even though they are only beginning crocheters. As they learn more and more about the members of the group, Molly and Dinah work to figure out who killed Ellen. The book lack a bit in the character development area and some of the clues were a bit vague, but overall it was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I'm hoping that the next in the series will improve.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the rest of the series!