Saturday, September 5, 2009
Crochet Mysteries make "hooking" a lot of fun!
Day Three of Cozy Mystery Week!!
I love to crochet! My grandmother taught me how when I was 8 years old, and I've been a "hooker" ever since! So I was delighted to finally find a cozy mystery series that featured crocheting!
"Hooked on Murder"
Recently widowed, Molly Pink is desperate for something to occupy her time. Forced out of her husband's public relations business by his partner, Molly has taken a job at the Royal and Shedd Bookstore as an event coordinator. Her job is to arrange book signings, and other special events for the store, including the crocheting group that meets there.
Taking an interest in learning how to crochet, Molly joins the group, which is headed up by Ellen Sheridan - who just happens to be the person who forced Molly out of her husband's company. An uneasy truce is formed between the two, until one day as Molly is delivering a forgotten bag of crochet materials to Ellen and finds her dead in her living room.
A prime suspect in the murder, Molly is determined to clear her name and find the real culprit. As she searches for clues, she gets a little help from Barry Greenbert, the police detective who is interested in Molly, plus advice from her new friends in her crocheting group. But will she be able to find out who murdered Ellen - there were so many people who didn't like the pushy broad! And will Molly ever master the simple granny square?
In this first book in the series, author Betty Hechtman establishes her main characters, their personalities and quirks. There is CeCe, the older actress still trying to keep her career going; loudmouthed fellow employee Adele, a master crocheter and all around pain; Molly's sons who disapprove of their mother's new relationship and independence; and Molly's best friend Dinah, who is there for Molly through thick and thin. All in all, a fine cast who keep the story lively and moving along.
This book also includes a delicious recipe for Pound Cake and a crochet pattern for Granny Square Washcloths.
"Dead Men Don't Crochet"
The Tarzana Hookers are in full swing as Molly Pink and her band of friends continue on their quest to become proficient crocheters.
Shy and anxiety-filled Shelia has a gift for creating the most beautiful scarves. Her work has caught the interest of Drew Brooks, a local antique and consignment shop owner, who wants a few of the gorgeous pieces for his shop. But after Brooks stiffs Shelia on his pay, her friends rally around her, determined to help her get her money from the tight-wad. But when he is found dead in his soup, Shelia becomes one of the main suspects in his murder. It's up to Molly and the gang to clear their friend's name and find the real criminal.
Another lively edition of the "Crochet Mysteries," this story contains the funny side story of the "war" between the crocheters and knitters. Poor Adele is just incesed that knitters would try to infiltrate the "Hookers" meetings, and does what she can to run the "needle heads" off!
This edition contains a crochet pattern for the "Hugs of Comfort" shawl and Molly's recipe for Cheesecake Cupcakes. Yum!
By Hook or By Crook
Molly and her gang of "Hookers" are still crocheting up a storm, doing good works for charities, when a mysterious piece of crocheted filet work shows up at one of the community fairs they are set up at. Stuffed in a bag with a strange note and another odd clue, the piece of fine thread work is puzzling to the girls. As Molly tries to figure out the meaning of the clues, she is lead to the mysterious person who left it, only to find the woman dead from ingesting some poisoned marizipan apples.
As usual, it's up to Molly to get herself out of being a suspect, much to her boyfriend police detective Barry Greenberg's chagrin. But with a little help from her friends, she manages to "untangle" yet another crime.
Hechtman's devlopment of her characters and their storyline keep getting better with each book in her series. And the crochet patterns and recipes keep coming. This edition includes a cute pattern for a filet bookmark, a cuddly baby blanket, and a recipe for California Noodle Pudding.
These Crochet Mysteries are light, easy reading that are a lot of fun. And they make me want to grab my yarn and my hooks and get to work! Can't wait for the next installment!
About The Author:
Betty Hechtman has a degree in Fine Arts, and since college has studied everything from tap dancing to magic. When she isn't writing, reading or crocheting, she's probably at the gym. She lives in Tarzana, California with her family and terrier-mix Goldy.
Her series of Crochet Mysteries are published by Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries. For more information on Betty's books, go to her website at www.bettyhechtman.com