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Book Review: If Hooks Could Kill by Betty Hechtman

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

If Hooks Could Kill by Betty Hechtman


If Hooks Could Kill
I'll admit that I've only read one other crochet mystery book, and I’m not used to crochet having such a prominent position in the spotlight in books I read. For twenty long years that have gone by swiftly, I have been promoting crochet and convincing anyone who would listen that crochet does, indeed, deserve a place in the spotlight. It is a huge honor to now have an entire series of books based on crochet themes. Many thanks and kudos to Betty Hechtman who wrote If Hooks Could Kill, the latest in her Crochet Mystery Series.

Molly Pink and her pals from the Tarzana Hookers must stitch together the clues after one of their own group is murdered! The story is set in the delightful and cozy bookstore where Molly works, Shedd and Royal Books & More. The “& More” in the store's name alludes to the fact that the crochet group meets there weekly and would probably sleep there if allowed, according to the owner.

It’s a familiar scene for all of us crocheters: a comfy bookstore where we can crochet together and have access to the latest crochet materials. If Hooks Could Kill is a fun read with many, many scenes familiar to crocheters’ everyday life. Author, Betty Hechtman, is a passionate crocheter who is in love with granny squares. Her love and knowledge of crochet shines throughout the book: Molly makes a wedding hankie for her boyfriend’s daughter; two members of the group bring their crochet to Kelly’s funeral; the crocheters  make sure that that the yarn bins in the bookstore include both crochet and knit swatches. Can you relate?
Read my profile of Betty here on the blog.

A second backdrop with a television crew filming nearby furthers the plot along.  Their activities only add to the chaos brought on by a murder in this once peaceful neighborhood.

Published by The Berkley Publishing Group (A Penguin/Random House Company) in2012, If Hooks Could Kill is a charming read that can be found Barnes and Noble and is available for Nook. Read about all of the books in Betty’s Crochet Mystery Series.

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