Publication Order of Crochet Mysteries Books
|Hooked on Murder||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dead Men Don't Crochet||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|By Hook or By Crook||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Stitch in Crime||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|You Better Knot Die||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Behind the Seams||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|If Hooks Could Kill||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|For Better or Worsted||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Knot Guilty||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Seams Like Murder||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hooking for Trouble||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
The crochet mystery is a series of cozy novels by an America best-selling author Betty Henchman. The series is about Molly Pink, a 50ish widow who works as a community relation and as an event coordinator. She has two sons and a beau who has a lot of interest in her, but at her age, she seems not to be ready for commitments. She has a simple, real life, nothing you would expect to lead to a huge murder mystery. Throughout the series, Molly is portrayed as an attractive and interesting character, with different dimensions and a back story that makes her a fun protagonist.
Betty Hechtman includes a lot of creativity in all her books in this series, by using crochet recipe and patterns.
Hooked on the murder
Betty Hetchman began working on her first book in the Crochet mystery series in 2008. She named it Hooked on the Murder since all the scenes relate to how Molly is caught up or hooked in murder despite her innocent life.
Although Molly Pink was forced to sell part of her late husband’s business to Ellen Sheridan, she seems happy and enjoys working on her current job as an event coordinator. As it always happens, there is a group of women who meet at the bookstore to do crocheting together. The leader of the group, namely Ellen, leaves her crocheting hooks at the store and Molly out of good heart decides to take them to her. That’s when the mystery begins; she finds her dead. The detective, who happens to be in the homicide case, happens to be peer to a man intimately interested in Molly. Under those circumstances, Molly becomes the top suspect. During the interviews with Molly, the detective tries all she can to attach murder motive, methods and the opportunity to murder to Molly. But with the help from her best friends, Molly tries as much as she can to deal with the detectives and investigates what might have happened. She also finds herself under the nose of the politics in the crochet group. She finds herself manipulated in all angles, but she continues her inquiries without knowing that the right path will lead to murder. Will she find the murderer before evidence ties her to the death of her neighbor?
Betty Hechtman writes Hooked on the Murder in a fast paced style, which apparently is able to hook the reader to all the characters, but more specifically to the lead protagonists, who knows nothing than moving on with life, and as she says “one stitch at a time.” There are twist and twins in the story that when Molly tries to find out who was indeed behind the murder.
Dead men don’t crochet.
Dead men don’t crochet the second book on the Crochet Mystery series. In the opening of this book in this series, Molly admits that she is a ‘yarn-aholic’ to her crochet group. She knows calling herself as a yarn addict is a bit of a stretch, but she feels so guilty the yarn she just bought. She forever loses stitches, and her skills with crochet seem to be “crochetically inept”. But within time she is able to discover the joy that comes from crocheting.
This book is a quite improvement on the first one; there are more interesting stories such as romance, and in-depth qualities of all the characters. Here, Molly is almost in her 50ish, but she acts as if she is in her twenties. Adele, one of Molly’s crochet groups, is an ‘evil’ woman to everyone, Ceecee character as a celebrity is dug out. The central scene lies on Sheila’s, a sweet, timid, anxiety –ridden character and in desperate need of money. The book begins with Sheila being in a state of anxiety but this time round more than she normarly is. When questioned by other women, they realize that she had been crocheting scarves for a local antique, and a consignment shop, and when the owner of the antique died, the new owner who is Sheila’s nephew stiff her on needed money. It just happened so fast, after sometimes her nephew is found; face down in a tomato bisque soup bowl, dead. It’s concluded that he died after being hit on the head, and Sheila becomes a prime suspect.
By then, the Molly group has developed a reputation as “Crime Scene Groupie’ and Molly is found in the middle of another murder investigation. She and her group friends are now forced to shift their focus to clear Sheila’s name and find the real killer. She and her group get a lot of warning from her beau, Detective Barry, but she is determined to clear Sheila’s name, but a lot of other things get along her way. The question is, with the group crocheting skills; will they manage to clear Sheila’s name and find the real murderer?
Betty Hetchman on this book portrays all characters in a warm and believable manner. She has created all the suspicious characters in a manner that serves as a red herring, creating suspense on who might be the actual murderer. She also does a creative job in splashing some sense of humor, as well as on and off romance on Molly and Police Detective Barry.
The book is just but a beginning engrossing plot, the details of the plot are interesting, and it’s just very hard to put the book down.
Betty Hetchman, currently living in LA and with strong ties to the south of Chicago, seems to be a passionate crochet because the way she describes the patterns and relate them to the scenes. Her love and the knowledge on crochets motivate many readers who are interested in crochet shines, something you will find throughout all the books in her series. It’s such an honor to have such a celebrated author, who is ready to dedicate her writing talents, and does so in a friendly manner touching knitting along the way. That’s why we are so proud to see on Crochet Guild of America. Along great stories on her books, she has been able to include family recipes or two of them at the conclusion of her books.Book Series In Order » Characters » Crochet Mysteries