Monday, October 20, 2014

Knot Guilty: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

I think it is probably a safe assumption that you all know I love to crochet. You may or may not know that I love to read a good murder mystery. The type that focuses more on characters and less on murder, of course. Now under most circumstances, the two (crochet & mysteries) never really meld. However, Betty Hechtman has written a fabulous series of crochet mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime

Once I heard about the series I knew I had to read it, and once I read the first book I knew I would read them all. Read is really not the right word, devour would be more fitting as I never spent a full week reading any of the books. When I came to end of the last book I was crushed that I had to wait for the next one, so imagine how beyond happy I was to receive a review copy early! Can we say giddy?

The new book, Knot Guilty, which is the ninth in the series, was just as fabulous as the first. I am so pleased with the way Betty Hechtman has kept the stories fresh and interesting. Molly Pink, who works at a bookstore, and is a member of the local crochet group, always seems to run right into the mystery, much to my delight. 

This time, one of my favorite characters the flashy, forward Adele, is suspected and Pink must do her best to solve the case and get Adele off the hook. I just knew Adele would get in trouble because they were at a knitting show and Adele takes the don’t call it knitting mentality to new extremes. As is usually the case, I could not put this book down, I needed to read just one more page, one more chapter, just one more minute! 

I know my crafty readers are just going to fall in love with this series. You can even start with the newest because each story is free standing and self contained… though I know after reading one you will want to read them all. Each new book is like visiting with old friends. The story is fully engaging and the characters are as real as your neighbor. You will care what happens and find yourself holding your breath when they get in a tight spot. 

As a great bonus, each book has had a delicious recipe and an easy to follow crochet pattern. This book actually had two of each and the recipes sounded so delicious my husband added the ingredients to our next shopping list. He has a sweet tooth and they were right up his alley, especially the cookie bars. 

Knot Guilty by Betty Hechtman gets my highest recommendation. You will be able to grab a copy wherever you usually buy books in November or you can preorder yours now! I am already waiting and hoping she is working on another crochet mystery. 

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm working on the next book right now. More yarn, more fun and more mystery.

    1. You are so welcome. Thank you for creating such a lovely world for me to escape to. I am so excited you are working on the next book. In the meantime I will start the Yarn Retreat Series. ♥

  2. These sound great, I love a good mystery myself. Thanks for the info.

  3. I do not do crafts very much , but I love to read, and I would like to read this book and see what the story is all about. It sounds very intersting.

  4. What a fun idea for a book series! I like the inclusion of a recipe and crochet pattern.