Hooks Can Be Deceiving (Hardcover)

A Crochet Mystery

By Betty Hechtman

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683318842, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Large Print (5/8/2019)

List Price: 26.99*
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Description

National bestselling author Betty Hechtman brings the Tarzana Hookers to a winning thirteenth installment in the Crochet mysteries. It's going to get knotty.

The Tarzana Hookers crochet club is ready for its close-up! But Molly Pink may be getting too close to a case that will land her on the cutting-room floor.


Molly Pink’s excitement level is off the hook: The Craftee Channel’s new cable talk show “Creating with Crochet” has scheduled an upcoming taping at the bookstore. While she’s there, TV host Rory Graham is to work with the Tarzana Hookers on a Make and Take bracelet project to draw bookstore customers to the yarn section. It’s a win-win...or so it “seams.”

The situation gets a bit knotted when channel producer Michael Kostner confides to Molly his concern that Rory may have oversold her ability as a crocheter. When the producer’s worst fears are realized, it’s up to Molly to make sure Rory comes through.

Guiding Rory through crocheting-for-beginners will have to wait, though, as Molly suddenly has to untangle the mysterious death of a new Tarzana Hookers member. Marianne Freeman and her live-in companion, Connie Richards, haven’t exactly been gabby since they joined the Hookers, but Connie’s voice is silenced permanently when she is electrocuted while walking on a wet lawn—electrified by an old radio plugged into a faulty extension cord. The fingers point at Marianne, but Molly is fast on the case to protect one of her own. Was Marianne the killer...or the intended target? Why does her younger brother want to keep her from talking to the cops? And why is this whole case starting to remind Molly Pink of an old TV movie?

Crochet patterns and sweet recipes included!


About the Author

Betty Hechtman was born in Chicago, Illinois and on a particularly eventful weekend graduated college, got married, moved to Los Angeles, California and now lives in Tarzana. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has had a variety of professions. Her love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew and blossomed when she began to read Agatha Christie’s books. She has been doing handicrafts since she was a child. It is like a dream come true to be able to mix mystery and yarn craft in her books.


Praise For Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery

Praise for Hooks Can Be Deceiving:
“A character-driven cozy whose mystery is solid enough to raise it above the average.”
Kirkus

"Another delightful treat."
Tulsa Book Review

“A lively ensemble cast led by Molly Pink, assistant manager of Shedd & Royal Books in Tarzana, Calif., lifts Hechtman’s entertaining, well-paced 13th Crochet mystery...Cozy fans will have fun.”
Publishers Weekly

“A comfortable and well-paced mystery...There is more than a little humor to be found and romance is alive and well.”
MyShelf

Praise for the Crochet mysteries:
“Crochet fans will love the patterns in the back, and others will enjoy unraveling the knots leading to the killer.”
Publishers Weekly on Knot Guilty

“A perfect group of crafters to have an armchair adventure with.”
Open Book Society on Knot Guilty

"Betty Hechtman has written a charming mystery. Who can resist a sleuth named Pink, a slew of interesting minor characters and a fun fringe-of-Hollywood setting? Get hooked on this great new author!"
—Monica Ferris, author of the Needlecraft mysteries on Hooked on Murder

“A gentle and charming novel that will warm the reader like a favorite afghan. Its quirky and likable characters are appealing and real. A delightful addition to the mystery genre.”
—Earlene Fowler, author of the Benni Harper mysteries on Hooked on Murder