Sunday, September 26, 2021

One for the Hooks by Betty Hechtman

This novel is an entertaining cozy mystery for readers who enjoy all things with yarn, especially crochet. The narrative is a good combination of character relationship development and an amateur sleuth murder investigation.

There were several aspects of the novel I found interesting. There is the issue of yarn, buying a collection of small skeins of various colors and then coming up with a reasonable way to market them. I like the idea of creating kits, providing samples and some instruction. And the plus is the directions for the project at the end of the book.

Another aspect of the plot I liked was the whole real estate issue. It was interesting to read about readying a house for sale or for another use, such as short term rentals. Professionals in that area can create quite a presentation.

The plot also contains interesting relationship issues. I was rooting for Molly, our amateur sleuth to go with a particular one of the two men in her life. I was a little shocked by her decision at the end of the novel and it left lots of questions unanswered for me.

This is a good cozy mystery and of particular interest to those involved in yarn arts. It is a continuation of a long series featuring Molly Pink but I felt it read well on its own.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Betty Hechtman has a degree in fine arts and has had a number of professions. She has been doing handcrafts and reading mysteries since childhood. She has always wanted to be a writer and has been doing it in various forms as long as she can remember.

Crooked Lane Books, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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