Hooks Can Be Deceiving (Crochet Mystery Series #13)

Hooks Can Be Deceiving (Crochet Mystery Series #13)

by Betty Hechtman

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National bestselling author Betty Hechtman brings the Tarzana Hookers to a winning thirteenth installment in the Crochet mysteries. It's going to get knotty.

The Tarzana Hookers crochet club is ready for its close-up! But Molly Pink may be getting too close to a case that will land her on the cutting-room floor.

Molly Pink’s excitement level is off the hook: The Craftee Channel’s new cable talk show “Creating with Crochet” has scheduled an upcoming taping at the bookstore. While she’s there, TV host Rory Graham is to work with the Tarzana Hookers on a Make and Take bracelet project to draw bookstore customers to the yarn section. It’s a win-win...or so it “seams.”

The situation gets a bit knotted when channel producer Michael Kostner confides to Molly his concern that Rory may have oversold her ability as a crocheter. When the producer’s worst fears are realized, it’s up to Molly to make sure Rory comes through.

Guiding Rory through crocheting-for-beginners will have to wait, though, as Molly suddenly has to untangle the mysterious death of a new Tarzana Hookers member. Marianne Freeman and her live-in companion, Connie Richards, haven’t exactly been gabby since they joined the Hookers, but Connie’s voice is silenced permanently when she is electrocuted while walking on a wet lawn—electrified by an old radio plugged into a faulty extension cord. The fingers point at Marianne, but Molly is fast on the case to protect one of her own. Was Marianne the killer...or the intended target? Why does her younger brother want to keep her from talking to the cops? And why is this whole case starting to remind Molly Pink of an old TV movie?

Crochet patterns and sweet recipes included!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683318859
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Series: Crochet Mystery Series , #13
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 72,390
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Betty Hechtman was born in Chicago, Illinois and on a particularly eventful weekend graduated college, got married, moved to Los Angeles, California and now lives in Tarzana. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has had a variety of professions. Her love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew and blossomed when she began to read Agatha Christie’s books. She has been doing handicrafts since she was a child. It is like a dream come true to be able to mix mystery and yarn craft in her books.

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Hooks Can Be Deceiving (Crochet Mystery Series #13) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Hooks Can Be Deceiving is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery. I thought the book was well-written with steady pacing. Hooks Can Be Deceiving can be read as a standalone. I like that Molly is a mature main character with an active life. She has her son, her fur babies, her job, friends and she has started dating Mason again. The story has humor courtesy of Adele with her outlandish ideas and fashions choices. She is the perfect choice to host the children’s hour, but I am baffled why the children must register (Adele has an elaborate system in place). I wish my local bookstore had a yarn department like Shedd & Royal Books & More (it sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon—books, tea, snacks and yarn). The mystery is clever with a unique method of murder. The mystery can be solved by the reveal, but I have a feeling some people will be surprised by the killer’s identity. The ending did feel a bit rushed as the author hurried to wrap up the storylines. While Adele was not as prominent in this story, the animals were (too much). I would have liked the author to include descriptions of the yarns carried at the store. I am not sure how I feel about the relationship between Mason and Molly. His lifestyle and Molly’s do not seem compatible (she is more down to earth while he has fancy cars and dines in high end restaurants). We will have to wait and see how it plays out. I Hooks Can Be Deceiving is an engaging and spirited cozy mystery. I am giving Hooks Can Be Deceiving 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I am curious to see what trouble Molly will get herself into next time in the fourteenth A Crochet Mystery.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
This is a great mystery for those who enjoy crafts, books, coffee and pets. Molly Pink is the event person for Shedd & Royal Books and More where she works in Tarzana, a community in the San Fernando Valley of California. In addition to books, the shop has a cafe and yarn room. They have book signings from time to time and a group of crocheters, the Tarzana Hookers, meet each day of the week except Tuesday to crochet. Molly is loosely the leader of the group but CeeCee Collins, an Academy Award nominee actress, is in actually the leader. The hookers get some exciting news when they learn that the Craftee Channel wants to film a segment of a new series, Creating with Crochet, there at the store and use the group as part of the filming of the premiere. They have to come up with a project to make during the filming and include guests participating in the project. Things should go smoothly but there are some bumps in the road. The celebrity host, Rory Graham, sold herself as a crochet expert but she is actually clueless when it comes to crochet. If the group can't get Rory to become a proficient crocheter, the show might not happen. A couple of newcomers to the meetings trigger the interest of all, especially when one of the two ends up dead. Marianne lives in a large home and estate where she has a companion, hired by her overbearing brother. Her companion, Connie, lives in a guest house on the estate until she is electrocuted walking across the wet lawn. Molly is drawn to Marianne and to solving the mystery of her need for a companion and what happened to Connie. Her former boyfriend, Barry, is a detective assigned to the case who decides to use Molly's connection to find out what information she can gather from Marianne. But it is all under the cloak of night when no one can see that the two are working together. As the mystery unravels, there are lots of connections between people that we meet in the story through the store and show that could be involved in the death as well as Marianne, her brother and his wife. But the answer to whodunit was a surprise that I did not see coming. This is a great mystery and I plan to check out other books in the series. I received a complimentary ARC of the book from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. The thoughts expressed are mine only.