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When bookstore event coordinator Molly Pink stumbles across the dead body of a crochet group's leader, her complicated past with the woman makes her a prime suspect.

But while Molly's fending off a detective with a personal grudge and navigating the pitfalls of crochet group politics, the real killer remains at large. And it's up to her to catch the culprit - before she winds up in a tight knot....

©2008 Betty Hechtman (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Hechtman's writing is fun and introspective, and Molly is a likable character." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Good Book, Clean content for the most part.

Would you consider the audio edition of Hooked on Murder to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Its crochet theme, Not too many cuss words, not too much sexual content. One thing that grates at me in books is when authors use the name of God in vain, this one didn't, or didn't very often, so I was able to listen to the whole thing. I listened to the first of a different series and could not even listen the whole way through because of that. It just grates on my ears and makes me flinch. I know that is not everyone's opinion, but this is mine, and I would choose or not choose a book if this kind of thing was mentioned in a review.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator did different voices, Not as seemlessly done as some other readings I've heard, but it did not put me off either. I will definitlely listen to another book by this narrator if the story interests me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This wasn't a particularly amusing book, so I didn't laugh or cry. I listened to it because it is a quick, cosy mystery. It is perfect for what I wanted, something with no stress attached. It didn't scare me, but still made me think, "Who done it"?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love it!

Love this series. I just wish the rest of the books in the series were available on audible instead of just the first three...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Light and Fluffy

What made the experience of listening to Hooked on Murder the most enjoyable?

For a change crocheting got to be the star in fiber arts. Crocheting has come a long way since the day of simple afghans, doilies, and scarves although this book hasn't taken it any further than the past. This reader loves to knit, crochet, and tat so happy to see the step child come to it's own.

What did you like best about this story?

The topic

Which character – as performed by Margaret Strom – was your favorite?

I enjoyed all the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The first 3 chapters were not that interesting although introducing all the characters.

Any additional comments?

If you love to crochet, you will enjoy the book. It's a good story with old fashion morals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A crochet mystery

In <strong>Hooked on Murder</strong> by Betty Hechtman, Molly Pink, event coordinator for Shedd & Royal Books and More, has stopped by Ellen Sheridan's house to drop off the crochet hooks Ellen left at the bookstore. But instead of being able to drop off the hooks, Molly finds the strangled body of Ellen, with a crochet hook in her hand. Soon a police officer shows up at the scene and handcuffs Molly, afraid that she might be the killer. Then up pulls an unmarked police car, and a handsome detective steps out; it is Barry, Molly's boyfriend. But she is alarmed to learn that he has to step aside because he is personally involved. That means that Detective Heather, who has a strong crush on Barry and thus a vendetta against Molly, will take charge.

Molly finally gets released and goes to her job at the bookstore, where the "Tarzana Hookers" are working frantically to make squares to create an afghan for the Hearts and Barks charity to auction off in a rescue animal fundraiser. Catching the crochet bug from the group, Molly grabs her best friend, Dinah, and the pair teach themselves basic crocheting in order to volunteer. They learn about yarns and methods of crocheting, while Molly feels that she needs to work on the case herself, realizing that Detective Heather is out to clear the way with Barry by proving that Molly is guilty of the murder.

<strong>Hooked on Murder</strong> had a nice change of setting for a cozy mystery, that of a crochet club. Actually, the discussion of crocheting made me want to learn this craft. It made the whole experience of crocheting seem fascinating. The conclusion came as a surprise, though I felt the route to this solution had less mystery and more crochet drama.

The characters in this book come to life and do a lot to keep it enjoyable. The character of Molly seems very realistic and identifiable for us readers. The straight-laced Adele, an employee at the bookstore and one of the two fighting to take over after Ellen dies, proves that she has more depth than we initially imagine. Though angry and strict at first, Adele gradually opens up with her human side as the book progresses. Other characters possess similar depth as well.

Margaret Strom performs the audio edition of this book. She plays the role of Molly effectively, as she shows the woman's strength of character yet also her snooping. I did notice that the major Los Angeles street La Cienega was mispronounced. Streets in this city are complicated in their pronunciation because they have taken on a Spanglish pronunciation and do not have a Spanish way of saying many of the Spanish names found in streets and local cities.

I enjoyed <strong>Hooked on Murder</strong>, though I would have liked more to the mystery plot itself. I enjoyed seeing a cozy mystery set in Los Angeles. The general descriptions of cozies state that they take place in small towns, but it works well to set the book in the metropolis because the city is made up of many smaller regions that can be narrowed down. In this book, the main action takes place in part of "The Valley" portion of the city. I appreciated the touch of crochet work, which I found of interest. I give this book four stars.

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  • 04-27-16

Tangled in Murder

A fun story, I really enjoyed the simplicity and creative path of the story.

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Disappointing

I love cozy mysteries about people who are crafty. However, I can't say that about this one. The characters were a cliche. A bunch of women getting together to moan and grown about their failed relationships. Of course, the lead character, Molly, had a faithful and loving husband. Now that he is dead, she has a wonderful boyfriend, Barry, who wants commitment. She however wants freedom. The lead detective on the case has feelings for Barry , so, she is doing her best to pin the crime on Molly. It's all a boring cliche. When they are not talking about men or dabbling in the murder mystery, they are creating a rivalry between knitters and crocheters, which is an unnecessary diversion. I couldn't finish this book because it wasn't very interesting. I skipped forward to get past clunky dialogue and got lost. After that happened a couple of times I gave up on the book. I can't recommend it.

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Disappointing

Weak, one dimensional and abrasive characters. Totally unlikeable. Narrators voice choices were mostly grating and strident.