Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1)

Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1)

by Betty Hechtman

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Croteching has become Molly Pink's relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager and from the stress of being Tarzana, California’s latest murder suspect...
For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More was just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body of group leader Ellen Sheridan. Her complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, and after being cuffed and questioned, she could use a little diversion. Never mind that she doesn’t know how to crochet. Granny squares don’t look that hard to make.
But while Molly’s fending off a detective with a grudge and navigating crochet group politics, the real killer is at large. And it’s up to Molly to catch the culprit—before she winds up in a tight knot.
Delicious recipe and crochet pattern included!
“A gentle and charming novel...Its quirky and likable characters are appealing and real.”—Earlene Fowler, author of Tumbling Blocks

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425221259
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Crochet Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 113,061
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Betty Hechtman is the national bestelling author of the Crochet Mysteries and the Yarn Retreat Mysteries. When she isn’t writing, reading, or crocheting, she’s probably at the gym. She lives in Southern California.

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Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Revelluna More than 1 year ago
I purchsed this book because I'm a crochet addict and there are rarely any books or media dealing with crochet (it's all knitting these days). I really liked it, regardless of the crochet aspect. It's a nice little mystery with no foul language or behaviour, it includes a crochet pattern and a couple of recipes in the back of the book, and I'm definitely buying the rest of the series!
Laura50 More than 1 year ago
Hooked on Murder is the first novel in Betty Hechtman's crochet mystery series. I wish that I could say I loved it but, sadly, I was bored from page one. The characters were not memorable. None had any bad habits or bad luck that would make a character interesting. The pace was slooooow. I think the plot moved 3 times, every 80 pages. Most of the dialogue had to do with crochet stitches and while I am a crocheter, this was not entertaining. Maybe the author will get better with the next book.
KatZep More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read with my nook. For anyone who loves to crochet and likes a mystery, this book is a quick read with characters that are similar to the Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Maharba1 More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this sample to my new Nookcolor, because I love to get into a series. I think the story might be really great...the sample was very short, but intriguing. The very few pages I read and the premise makes me think I will like it. I get the impression it will be very light reading--not something that takes a lot of concentration. I was impressed that in the few pages I read, there was no profanity, and likely I won't have to skim my way out of sex "scenes". So I think this will be interesting, but reasonably clean. However, I was amazed that in about 4 or 5 short pages of the sample, there were so many typos--mostly words run together without spaces. I found that to be exceedingly distracting--so much so that even though this is not a "deep" read, I had to keep going back to what I'd read because I kept thinking about the typos. Possibly, since I am new to downloadable e-books, I may find they are all done in the same way? But that will probably force me into some sort of professional help for my OCD grammar issues! LOL!
KnitterStar More than 1 year ago
This book along with others by Ms. Hectman will have you wanting to read more. Her characters are interesting and the story line is good. It keeps you going that you don't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and finished it within days...reading on the subway! what I enjoy are the receipes and patterns at the end which seems to be getting more popular with authors who write about knitting, crocheting, cooking and needwork. This makes you want to take up your knitting needs or needles to do something creative. So the book not only is interesting but it stirs the juices in you to be creative - so that makes it more enjoyable in two ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, looking forward to more. A few incorrect spellings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first story that I've chosen by Betty Hechtman and, although I've only gotten into about a third of the story, "Hooked On Murder" is holding my interest. I enjoy mysteries, especially books that have continuing characters, and I'm hoping that her stories follow in that vein. Her main character seems to have a penchant for getting into tight spots, and getting her out of them is proving to be quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok book. Very easy read. No real surprises but fun. If you want light reading and a mystery with a laugh this will fit the bill. Nice easy pattern also as a bonus.
BuddiesMom More than 1 year ago
Saw this series and thought I would give it a try since I like to crochet. I found the writing exceptional and I really enjoyed the characters. It was a quick read and I loved it so much I bought the rest of the series to enjoy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A year has passed since Molly Pink¿s husband died from a heart attack and she is beginning to come out of her grief as her life normalizes. Her late spouse co-owned a public relations firm with partner Ellen Sheridan, who forced the widow to sell her half of the business to her.. Even though Molly is poorer, she is happier as she enjoys working as community relations and events coordinator for Shedd & Royal Books and More. --- Ellen and her friends are crocheting an afghan at the bookstore for a charity event. One day when she departs she leaves her needles behind. Molly goes to Ellen¿s home to give her back her needles, but finds her nemesis dead. Detective Heather Gilmore leads the homicide investigation. She hates Molly because she is attracted to a peer who loves the widow. By the tone and questions Heather asks Molly and her friends, the bookstore employee knows the detective is out to get her and has circumstantial evidence to prove motive, method, and opportunity. Molly with the encouragement and help of her best friend investigates knowing the real culprit is out there. Although she finds a more likely suspect, Molly feels manipulated as if she has been sent down a false path to draw wrong conclusions she continues her inquiries not understanding the right path leads to murder. --- HOOKED ON MURDER hooks the reader from the onset with likable characters especially the lead protagonists who does not know when to quit. This charming amateur sleuth cozy contains parallel investigations with the lead cop concentrating on the heroine who focuses on the culprit. Readers will admire the feisty caring Molly, who has moved on with her life, which just like her inquiry, one stitch at a time. --- Harriet Klausner
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Molly Pink has been recently hired as the event coordinator for a bookstore in the Valley area near Los Angeles. There's a crochet group meeting in the store working on a charity project. When the group's leader turns up dead and Molly is found over the dead body, she becomes suspect number 1 for the officer in charge of the investigation. Molly and her friend take up crochet to help relieve some of the stress. Can Molly clear her own name before she lands in jail?One thing I liked is that Molly's boyfriend removed himself from the investigation when she was found at the scene of the crime. That seems to be more in keeping with expected police procedure than some cozy mysteries where a husband or boyfriend continues the investigation when the main character is involved. As with any new series, there were a lot of new characters to get to know, and I'm not sure that I really liked most of these characters. This series, because of its setting, featured a lot of "celebrities." I really think I would have preferred a less urban setting for this series and definitely one away from Hollywood. Some of the characters began to grow on me toward the end of the book. I liked the series well enough to give the next installment a try.Update: One thing I failed to mention which drove me crazy was that the editing of this book was terrible from a formatting perspective. Many (dare I say, most) of the chapters had been centered vertically so that the final page of the chapter was centered (including the headers) instead of top-aligned. I can't believe that Berkley allowed this book to go to the printer with such obvious formatting errors.
tsisler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely a light and easy read. I enjoyed the main character and the novelty of having crochet mixed with caffeine, books, and murder. The digital version had many errors which were slightly annoying but always understandable.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Molly Pink is a widow trying to put her life back together after her husband's unexpected death. She's got a job as an event coordinator for a local bookstore. The bookstore is sponsoring an auction of a hand crocheted afghan when disaster strikes - the leader of the Tarzana Hookers (who are making the afghan) is found dead in her home by Molly. Before she can call for help., the [police arrive and find her with the body. Fortunately, Molly's boyfriend, (a police detective) is able to convince the officer in charge that Molly is not involved. However, Detective Heather Gilmore has the hots for Greenberg so she places Molly at the too of her suspects list.With a Ellen dead, the Hookers are runny short of crocheters so Molly and her friend Dinah volunteer to help even though they are only beginning crocheters. As they learn more and more about the members of the group, Molly and Dinah work to figure out who killed Ellen. The book lack a bit in the character development area and some of the clues were a bit vague, but overall it was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I'm hoping that the next in the series will improve.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable cozy mystery for me. I liked the main character in spite of her unlikely name of Molly Pink. I just didn't really know that book stores hired "Event Coordinators." I am originally from Southern California, so the Valley locale was fairly familiar to me. Also, I do crochet and there was a lot of crochet in the book, more than I had expected, and I loved it. I can see, though, that this might be a drawback to someone who is not involved or interested in getting involved in the craft. In this book, the first in the series, Molly is a crochet novice, but she is confidently crocheting granny squares by the end of the novel. I thought the mystery itself was average, but I look forward to reading more in the series.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a couple of chapters to really enjoy hanging with Molly and the crochet peeps, but once I got to chapter 3, I was in there. Molly has a legitimate reason for gettng involved in the murder solving. She was found over the dead body, the victim bought out Molly's business after the death of Molly's husband, the victim's partner, and the detective in charge of the case has the hots for Molly's boyfriend, another police detective.....keeping up? Yeah, that was my problem at first. A whole bunch of backstory with a whole bunch of characters to learn. Once I got the hang of everyone and everything, it was all good and I highly enjoyed the rest of the book. Molly learning to crochet was fun to watch and I admired her backbone sticking up for herself against her bossy oldest son and the take charge boyfriend. Nice characters to enjoy and some well written characters with some issues that I wanted to pop upside the cranium. I started the book not sure I wanted to finish it and by the end of the story, I had the second in the series, DEAD MEN DON'T CROCHET, on the WWBL.Four crocheting is the next big thing beans.....
CookieDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Crochet Mystery series- a typical American `cosy' mystery series with fun characters who you can really get to know and a plot that makes for light-hearted reading. This book introduces Molly Pink, a widowed bookstore worker who stumbles across a woman's body when she returns to her a crochet bag that has been left behind in the store. Police immediately suspect Molly of doing the nasty deed- and she has a motive- but Molly decides to do a little investigating of her own...The plots of these cosy mystery books are pretty formulaic when you get down to it, but it's nice that some of them introduce a `crafty' angle or contain recipes. To be honest, you don't have to be a fan of crochet to like this book (I can't do it myself) but it might encourage you to give it a try! This book also introduces the crochet group `The Tarzana Hookers' which Molly decides to join for her first foray into crocheting. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of them better when I pick up book 2 of this fun little series- that's another good thing about these books: you really get to know the characters as each series progresses.This book has great character development and a nice quick plot, which would make it ideal to curl up with if you have half an hour to spare, or want something to read whilst commuting- you can dip in and out of it at whim and still keep up with what's going on. I personally enjoy reading these in one sitting, especially at the moment. They're the ultimate in comfort reading (and real light relief after some heavier novels)!**My personal recommendations for other cosy crafty mystery series if you like this one are `The Knitting Mysteries' by Maggie Sefton and the `Needlecraft Mystery Series' by Monica Ferris.** *This review also appears on Amazon.co.uk*
cozy-reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Crochet Mystery series has been in my TBR for quite a few months now. I love to crochet and the idea about a murder mystery series set around a group of crocheters tickles my crafty heart. The first book in the series is HOOKED ON MURDER, and it sees bookstore event co-ordinator, Molly Pink, in the hot seat after she is suspected of murdering Ellen Sheridan, the leader of the crochet group. Now it's up to Molly, with her trusty sidekick in the form of best friend Dinah, to try to solve the crime before she gets sent away to jail for good! HOOKED ON MURDER is everything that I love about series debuts. It sets up a great cast of characters (not too many so that I'm constantly losing track of all the characters, and not too few that I feel like something is missing, just the right amount!), with a murder practically on the first page, and lots of crafty goodness. I really enjoyed Molly as the amateur sleuth. She's feisty and independent and is trying to get her life back on track after her husband passed away. She's determined to solve the crime and clear her name, and even uses a self-help how-to-be-a-investigator type of book to help her along the way! I've been crocheting for about 15+ years, and I liked the way Betty Hechtman included the crocheting stitches as part of the book. It was fun watching Molly and Dinah learn how to crochet, and also to see the rivalry between crocheters and knitters. I found HOOKED ON MURDER to be a fantastic read. It is well and truly worthy of 5 stars rating, and a definitely must-add to any cozy mystery readers library.
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This feels a little formulaic in the way that themed mysteries often do, but it's still a fun read! I got a kick out of the rant about crochet vs knitting, and it kind of made me wish I had a crochet club to hang out with for the friendship and the gossip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good light read! I am looking forward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it much
IEBean More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. I love to crochet & I am from Southern California, so super fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the friendships and friends and family involvedment suspenseful and crocheting and cooking hobbies just like I like made it an interesting read and new recipe and pattern to try out later makes it a series I want to keep reading and hope more authors keep in mind it adds to characters being normal believable people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read murder mystery. Looking forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
This first in series is a light an easy read, albeit not a special one. I fully admit that I do not knit or crochet, but for some reason within the cozy genre, these tend to be one of my favorites. I'd never heard of a crochet themed one before so I grabbed it and ran. I ended up being slightly disappointed. It's not a bad book, but it's not great either. Landing somewhere in just ok-ville, I would say it's a nice and simple read for a lazy day but don't expect anything too complicated. One of the problems I had with it is that I could not form any type of relationship with the characters. They didn't feel fully developed and left me wondering who these people were. Molly, our main character, waivered between likeable and unlikeable throughout the entire book. She is a widow who is trying to adapt to being single, all while dating a man who really wants to take the relationship to the next level. I often wondered why Detective Barry bothered considering that she constantly kept him at arms length while proclaiming to herself how she needed her independence. Only problem was, she wanted to both be single and in a relationship at the same time. There was one particular incident when Barry might have overstepped his bounds a tad, but was meaning to be romantic, and she completely overreacted. Which was baffling because the only time she tried to come off as strong and independent was with him. Everyone else she kind of let walk all over her. She was an odd character to me. One person I did like in the book was her friend Dinah. Unfortunately she wasn't given enough time to shine. As far as the mystery itself, trying to guess the killer might prove to be difficult for some as the person was barely in the book. Something I have seen other authors do but I don't particularly care for. I was also put off by the knitters vs crochet element.....is this really a thing?? Alas, I feel like I'm bashing on the book and that's a bit unfair. I did actually enjoy it which is why I gave it 3 stars. I also liked the merging of the crochet group and bookstore element. Out of all the themes within the cozy community, bookstore mysteries are my top dog. The story was pretty well written but did start out a bit garbled. Too much too soon kind of thing but it evened out and made up for it. Although I did think Detective Heather and her attitude was a tad on the ridiculous side, I could see why someone would look at Molly as a potential suspect given the history between her and the victim so there was some believability there. Molly's sleuthing abilities did leave something to be desired but luckily she tends to learn from her mistakes and admits when she does something wrong, even though that doesn't always stop her. Also, can I just mention that cozies have some of the best book covers ever!! All in all, not bad for a first in series and it definitely has room to improve. I'm willing to check out the next installment and would recommend to anyone looking for a lazy Sunday read.