Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery, #1)
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Hooked on Murder (Crochet Mystery #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,036 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Craft lovers and mystery readers alike will flock to this great new craft-based cozya FIRST IN THE CROCHET MYSTERY SERIES
Delicious Recipe and Crochet Pattern Included!
When bookstore event coordinator Molly Pink stumbles across the dead body of a crochet groupas leader, her complicated past with the woman makes her a prime suspect.
But while Mollyas fending off a detecti...more
Paperback, Large Print, 427 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Wheeler Publishing (first published May 6th 2008)
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Grey853
If I didn't really love crochet and know a lot about it, I probably would've given the book 1 star instead of 2. I enjoyed the parts that dealt with learning the craft. I didn't much care for the stupid antics of the main character and how she actually broke the law a few times to snoop. There's one thing to be curious, it's another to be foolhardy and have no regard for one's own safety.

That's one of my biggest problems with a lot of these craft genre mysteries. The protagonists tend to pull re...more
CD
If you want a perfectly lovely, cozy murder mystery on the level of a MacMillan and Wife TV episode, then Hooked on Murder is your cup of tea. Molly is a 40-something widow who is working in a bookstore running the events schedule. She is also the one who set up the Tarzana Hookers crochet club to begin meeting in the bookstore. So when the fouding Tarzana Hooker ends up dead, found by Molly, and Molly becomes the main suspect, of course she is going to learn how to crochet and become an amateur...more
Jess
It was a cute little mystery that flew by pretty fast. I liked the added crochet talk, but I think if people aren't interested in the craft they may find this book to be a little boring in parts. Not that the author went into great detail about crocheting, but it was definitely a theme in the book.

The main character Molly Pink (yeah that's really her name) is a 48 year old widow. She works in a bookstore as the PR person. A local crocheting group uses the bookstore as their meeting place, and th...more
Michael
It was kind of boring, to tell the truth. (I know that you non-crocheters are shocked. What?! A "crochet mystery" is boring?! Alert the media!) However, I happen to find crochet very interesting-- and some mysteries, also-- so I was disappointed that this combination of the two fell so far short of the mark. It wasn't unreadable, but I'm not making urgent plans to follow up with the next in the series.

Unless you count Agatha Christie as "cozy mysteries", this may have been my first exposure to t...more
Kimberly
Book 1 in A Crochet Mystery series. The main character is Molly Pink. She's a widow who is trying her best to move on with her life and focus on herself for once. She works at a quaint bookstore as an event coordinator. One of the groups that meets regularly at the bookstore is the Tarzana Hooker's, a crotchet group. While Molly is picking up after one meeting, she finds the leader's crotchet hooks and decides to drop them off at her house. Of course, she walks in on a supposed burglary and find...more
Sandy
Crochet tips and patterns along with a fun easy read, what's not to love? The characters make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud.
Susan
Hooked on Murder was an enjoyable read that introduces the reader to Molly Pink and her crochet group. Molly finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of the crochet group's leader thanks to a lead detective that holds a grudge. Hechtman does a great job with her development of the Molly character who really grows as the book progresses and she becomes not just involved with the group but gets the opportunity to prove herself at work. Hooked on Murder is full of many twists and turns, a...more
Nancy H
First in a promising new series, this is a good cozy mystery. It is the story of Molly Pink, who goes to visit her deceased husband's ex-business partner, only to find the woman lying on the floor murdered, and herself the prime suspect. The story includes lots of information about crocheting, as the crochet group that meets at Molly's bookstore tries to figure out the murder, while at the same time creating a charity project that requires the help of Molly and her friend Dinah, barely beginners...more
Shannon
If you love to crochet and love a good mystery these are the greatest book
Snap
This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. "Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It's a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event coodinator and from the stress of being the latest murder suspect in Tarzana, California. For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More ws just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body of group leader Ellen Sheridan. Molly's complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, a...more
bella
The Crochet Mystery series has been in my TBR for quite a few months now. I love to crochet and the idea about a murder mystery series set around a group of crocheters tickles my crafty heart.

The first book in the series is HOOKED ON MURDER, and it sees bookstore event co-ordinator, Molly Pink, in the hot seat after she is suspected of murdering Ellen Sheridan, the leader of the crochet group. Now it's up to Molly, with her trusty sidekick in the form of best friend Dinah, to try to solve the cr...more
Vanessa
I'm not done reading this just yet, but, so far this is a pretty good book! I really love a good cozy mystery, and for one that combines my two favourite things, baking (there's a recipe in the back!) and crocheting, it is not as cheesy as i thought it would be.

Synopsis:
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 grudg
...more
Nicola
Molly Pink co-ordinates events at Shedd and Royal books, but ends up stumbling upon the body of Ellen Sheridan, leader of the crochet group and her late husband’s old business partner. Soon she is being targeted by the policewoman in charge of the investigation whose judgement is clouded by jealousy over Molly’s relationship with Detective Barry and feels like the only way she can get herself out of the sticky situation is to do some investigating herself.

What I liked about this book was that sh...more
Laura
I'm a crocheter, not a knitter, so I was excited to see this book on the library shelves... and to see it was part of a series, too. I'm not a fan of mysteries but I enjoyed Joanne Fluke's mysteries so maybe I'd just never run into a "good" mystery series before.

And I still haven't. In a way, the book reminded me too much of Joanne Fluke's mysteries. The sleuth in both books dates a cop and happens upon a body. The sleuth hides evidence and gets in the way of the law and, thus, solves the myster...more
Vickie
It took me a couple of chapters to really enjoy hanging with Molly and the crochet peeps, but once I got to chapter 3, I was in there. Molly has a legitimate reason for gettng involved in the murder solving. She was found over the dead body, the victim bought out Molly's business after the death of Molly's husband, the victim's partner, and the detective in charge of the case has the hots for Molly's boyfriend, another police detective.....keeping up? Yeah, that was my problem at first. A whole...more
Connie N.
This is the first in the Crochet Mystery series, and I liked it very much. At first I was disappointed because the main character works in a bookstore and doesn't know anything at all about crocheting. She is the bookstore event planner and sets up for the crochet group that meets there. But she becomes involved in their group when their leader is murdered (within the first couple of pages of the book!) just before an afghan needs to be finished for a charity auction. Molly, of course, finds the...more
Susan
Hooked On Murder is a A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hectman, it is number one in a series. The word series just makes me want to giggle with joy.

In this fast paced, well written and often humorous novel, there are some laugh out loud scenes when the crocheters face off again the knitters, forty-eight year old Molly, Mom of 2 grown sons, widowed less than a year is building a new life for herslef as the events coordinator at he local bookstore.

Unexpectedly she finds herself chief suspect in the murd...more
Marie
Sep 01, 2010 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marie by: Carolyn
Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It's a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event coordinator... and from the stress of being the latest murder suspect in Tarzana, California.

For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More was just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body of group leader Ellen Sheridan. Molly's complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, and after being cuffed and questioned, she could us...more
Cara
I really enjoy these kinds of stories with women who have great friends, get-togethers, and believable life issues. I'm a major crocheter, so these are right up my alley. Only con? An editor should have read the book and pulled out some of the zillions of times the term "rolled her eyes..." was used. Someone is ALWAYS rolling their eyes, according to the story, and it's so overused that I suspect there was no editor. It's happening in the second book of the series, too...what the heck? Check for...more
Meg
I was embarrassed to read this book on the train...but I did. I needed something mindless...and without love. This book? Was that....the mystery was pretty boring. No exciting cliff hangers, not even a curious search ahead to guess what was happening....it was all blah. blah. blah.

A recently widowed woman finds herself at a murder scene...of course the evil detective (who happens to have a crush on the woman's boyfriend) believes she did it...(even though the proof is lame)...and then she decid...more
Betty Silvia
I'm glad that I finally got to read this book as my crochet friends have been telling me about Betty Hechtman for years. It was an easy read and made very enjoyable by the frequent references to crochet. As a crochet teacher for beginners myself, I appreciate the Molly's difficulty in getting things just right - even the simple granny square.

As I was reading this book, I was also finishing a group afghan for Warm Up America. I felt like this book was telling my very story (except for the murder...more
Erin
I enjoyed the story in this book and I've started the next one in the series, but part of me just can't get over stupidity. I get needing conflict in the book, but build up to it, don't have two people argue over nothing and have someone storm out because you need conflict. And having your heroine overreact about something ridiculous that even her friends in the book say is ridiculous is probably not a good thing.

Also, is there some rule about cozy mystery series that requires a love triangle? B...more
Mrspam4ever
I love the characters in these books. They are easy to follow & could be your own group of friends. The recipes & crochet patterns are a good addition.
Gill
Overall it was an easy read. I find these sort of mystery books way too far fetched and in some places rather daft! I won't be searching out the next one in the series but if it landed in my lap then may put it on the pile to read.
Christa
This series follows most of the other mystery books that I read: female lead has some other profession, but solves crimes part time with the help of a law enforcement boyfriend. I received books 2 and 3 for Christmas, but have to read books in series in order. Not a very strong mystery; with one clue I knew who the killer was and had to get through the rest to make sure I was right. I appreciate the extras in the book; crochet pattern and recipes. However, I have tried to learn how to crochet an...more
Christine
If you like cozy mysteries, this is a good read. Even if you don't crochet there's ample storyline to hold your interest.
Molly Powles
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and kept you interested all the way through, no drags as some books can do. I am looking forward to reading more of the series. I really enjoy light mysteries.
Susan
Widowed Molly is just returning some crochet hooks that Ellen Sheridan left in the bookstore where Molly works. She doesn't expect to find Ellen, Molly's husband's partner, dead, and still less does she expect to find herself the prime suspect. Molly's boyfriend, detective Barry, hands the investigation over to another detective, but unfortunately the person in charge is now a woman who doesn't care for Molly at all. Molly joins the crochet club Ellen founded, and aided by her best friend Dinah,...more
Evelyn
The best part about this was the MC's background and her relationship. I liked the way the two grown sons were worked in, and the conflict that Molly has with her boyfriend is entirely believable and well-thought-out. Also the murderer's MO was clever. The rest of it was a slog. Very few likable characters, and MC herself seems to have a problem with most of the people she encounters. She has a sidekick-best friend, but she's faintly drawn. Also, it felt like there was a lot more worrying about...more
Amy
Now I want to take up crocheting(sp)
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I grew up on the south side of Chicago and in a very busy weekend, got married, graduated college and moved to Los Angeles.

Although my degree is in Fine Arts, all I ever wanted to be was a writer and I've been doing it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. My shining moments in elementary and high school always involved stories or poetry I'd written. I wrote news stories and a week...more
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