By Hook or by Crook (Crochet Mystery Series #3)

By Hook or by Crook (Crochet Mystery Series #3)

by Betty Hechtman

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Meet the happy crafter who believes every mystery should be unraveled. 

Molly Pink's crochet group has a new mystery on their hands when they find a paper bag that contains a note that speaks of remorse, a diary entry of the sorrow of parting, and a complicated piece of filet crochet that offers an obscure clue in pictures. Things get even more complicated when they find the talented crocheter-murdered by a box of poisoned marzipan apples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425228388
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: Crochet Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 146,571
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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By Hook or by Crook (Crochet Mystery Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not wait to start the next one. The patterns and recipe at the end are an extra bonus for me. I crochet every day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable plot, but better than the author's first two books. Good for light reading.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, this 3rd installment of the Crochet Mystery series by Betty Hechtman was the best so far. The mystery was intriguing and the clues in the filet crochet piece were a unique twist. I also liked the connection and foray into Catalina Island which I remember from my own childhood. There was quite a bit less of the bookstore crochet group and talk about learning how to crochet, but crochet was still central to the plot of the story. I did get tired of her mother and the She La Las, however, and the boyfriend soap opera is getting a little worn around the edges as well. All in all, a good read for those who like cozy mysteries, Southern California, and crochet.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can not get past chapter 6. I was looking forward to a new author and a new series, but this is NOT it. The characters are unbelievable and strange all at the same time and the story does not make sense. I might pick it back up later on if I am that bored.
CookieDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in this cute little cosy mystery series finds amateur sleuth Molly Pink and her group of friends, fellow crocheters `The Tarzana Hookers' embroiled in a mystery involving a riddle on a piece of abandoned filet crochet, of all things. When Molly eventually tracks down the owner of the crochet piece she is horrified to find her not exactly looking her best- infact she's dead! Now Molly and her friends must try and uncover what the strange symbols on the filet parchment really meant and why it may have lead to someone's murder...My personal opinion of this book is that whilst it was good, it wasn't quite as strong a read as the earlier two books in the series which I whizzed through and really enjoyed. I think this is mainly down to a weaker plot and some of the secondary characters not being developed as strongly here as what they have been in the past. The `mystery' as well when it was unravelled (no pun intended) seemed a bit meagre and not as easy to follow as past plots. It just wasn't as interesting, sadly.I'm not a crocheter by any means (I don't have the patience) but you don't have to be to enjoy these crafty mysteries, so don't let that put you off giving these a try at least. By now I also feel I know the characters and their traits and these are nice easy reads to pick up between heavier books and dip in and out of. There is also an ongoing back story for Molly between her and her sort-of-boyfriend Barry and potential suitor Mason, which is fun to read. If I was Molly then I know who I'd choose!I am hoping that the fourth book is a bit better than this one though, despite the nice little side stories of friendship and romance. My recommendation would be that if you like cosy mysteries and a bit of light reading then to try this series by all means- but to make sure you read them in their intended order- just to establish who is who. *This review also appears on*
IEBean More than 1 year ago
Delightful series. If you are a crochet fan, then this is perfect for you. Just a little story about a crocheter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Who did it was a guess till the end not predictable like some books
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This cute cozy is one of a series. It is enjoyable , light, fluff!!!
shadowlady More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. When I started reading it was hard to put down, I carried it with me everywhere until I finished. I was not disappointed with the free chrochet pattern.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
A widow in her forties following the sudden unexpected death of her husband, Molly Pink has made a new life for herself. She is the events coordinator and community relations specialist for Shedd & Royal Books. Molly is also one of the Tarzana Hookers, a group of crochet advocates who give their work to the less fortunate. Finally Molly has been an amateur sleuth who has solved homicide cases (see DEAD MEN DON'T CROCHET). ------------------- Molly is unaware that when she finds a paper bag on the table used by the Tarzana Hookers to sell their products in order to raise money for charity, that she will be involved in solving another murder. Inside the bag is a letter of regret and guilt, and a ctochet panel with pictures that Molly assumes is a message from the crochet creator. The note implies the author made a terrible mistake years ago and desperately needs to set things right. After some inquiries, Molly concludes that socialite Mary Beth Wilson made the crochet panel piece. When she goes to see the woman, she finds her corpse instead lying in her bed with a box of apple maripan on the night stand. Molly believes Mary Beth was poisoned; the autopsy confirms her theory. She continues her investigation seeking to set right what Mary Beth tried to do before she was murdered. Someone is warning her to quit her investigation; that person sends her warnings and "gifts" which mean back off or she will be next.-------------------- Molly is a feisty obstinate person who when shemakes up her mind to do something, no one, not even a killer, can get her to stop until she achieves her objective. There is plenty of action in this entertaining amateur sleuth due to the fully developed cast, especially the heroine and her Tarzana Hookers. Readers will understand what it is like to suffer from grief and not know what to do in terms of male relationships . Fans will admire Molly as she affirms that though you mourn your loss and miss your mate, there remains a fulfilling life if you go for it.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series!
floristic More than 1 year ago
The book in the beginning is a little slow, but pick up in the middle to the end.
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
Yawn, definitely. Too many of this genre: sewing, cooking, tearoom, bookstore, garden, antiques, etc, quasi-mysteries. Weak characters, implausible situations, even for fiction. Could be offset by humor, but it isn't. Take a nap instead.