A Crochet Mystery
By Betty Hechtman
Berkley Prime Crime
November 4, 2014
The competitive nature of knitters, and those who crochet, are cast on one devious stitch at a time in Betty Hechtman’s latest Crochet Mystery. At the center of the story is Molly Pink, a widow employed at Shedd & Royal Books as an event coordinator and community relations rep. She is at a crossroads in her life, trying to decide whether to remain alone or to begin a relationship.
The preparations for the store’s booth in the annual Southern California Knit Style Show have Molly and the other employees fully wrapped up in their job. The popular event is the brainchild of knitting magazine publisher and yarn store owner K.D. Kirby. FYI, the woman is a knitting snob who runs her business with a cruel hand even though she has capable family and employees to see that all turns out well. Word is that the Tarzana Hookers, who love crocheting, have a few plans of their own. They are on a mission to introduce knitters to the art of crocheting. A couple of problems arise that can cause obstacles for K.D.’s business and the show. One is a celebrity shoplifting. Another is a customer of K.D.’s yarn store using another store’s yarn during a class. This is taboo and the customer is told so in an embarrassing manner. The tension builds.
The day of the show quickly arrives and everyone takes their assigned placements. Some are not pleased. One woman is very upset that her usual booth up front has been offered to Shedd & Royal and there’s a growing rivalry between Delvin Whittingham, who believes he’s the second in command and K.D.’s daughter, who only seems to know how to promote through social media.
Then the unthinkable happens: K.D. is found dead in the hotel where the show is being held. While an investigation is set in motion by Molly’s ex, Homicide Detective Barry Greenberg, the show’s organizers allow the event to go on. No doubt that if it doesn’t it would be a huge financial loss.
Will the person responsible for K.D’s death be caught? Will crocheting be seen as an equal in the eyes of knitters? Will Molly make up her mind and choose the right man for her or will she be going to bed with a hot cup of cocoa and a good book?
What I love: the colorful, adorable cover that actually has something to do with the storyline. The size of the font, which doesn’t require a magnifying glass. That both recipes mentioned in the book and crocheting directions are provided at the end. The characters really adore crocheting and it’s at the center of their lives. They had great personalities and I was interested in their lives. The plot offered a lot of drama and enough suspense. It was never drawn out and slow moving.
I wonder, though, If the main organizer of a conference or convention was killed, would a show truly go on? But, this is fiction.
I did love reading the book and I won’t miss the characters because I have another Betty Hechtman Crochet Mystery to read. I might be reading them out of order, though, but I couldn’t pass up “Knot Guilty” first. Don’t tell Betty or Molly that I’m a knitter. Ducking.
Four crochet hooks out of five
Jan. 2, 2015