Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hooking for Trouble: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

I am forever grateful to Betty Hechtman for being not only the first cozy mystery author I read, but also being the reason I dug into what is now my favorite genre. It's hard to believe the series I started with is already on part eleven. From my experience with this author, it is easy to believe that Hooking for Trouble: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman reads just as fresh and exciting as the first part.

From the back of the book:

Molly Pink can’t help seeing a pattern of trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Seams Like Murder.

The Tarzana Hookers’ Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly’s house. She hasn’t met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg.

To Molly’s shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn’t just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she’ll have to unravel the evidence on her own—because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder.

My thoughts:

I know I've said this before, but the characters of this series are my friends. I was so happy to see Molly again and get the chance to celebrate a special birthday with her. I loved that Barry, Molly, and Mason, still have such a wonderful tension between them. It's amazing that I have been in both the Mason and Barry corners at different times, that reflects how well the triangle is written. CeeCee and Adele were a joy as always, and Molly's mom was back too. Everyone was back.

I thought the fact that there was some doubt as to if there was actually a murder added a neat layer. The mystery was fun, and while I hadn't settled on the killer, they were on my shortlist, so I would guess some of you will get it. I thought the kid's detective set added such a fun little bit. Touches like that make this series so sweet. The only downside is I read these so fast, and then I have to wait so long for the next part. There is a fun pattern and recipes in the back as well.

Again I will say, you can't go wrong with Betty Hechtman. Jump in here on November 1st or even better take the time between now and then to start at the beginning.

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