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Yarn to Go

(Yarn Retreat Mystery #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Dessert chef Casey Feldstein doesn’t know a knitting needle from a crochet hook. But after her aunt dies unexpectedly, leaving Casey to run her yarn retreat business, the sweets baker finds herself rising to the occasion—and trying to unravel a murder mystery…
When Casey finds out that her late aunt’s business, Yarn2Go, has one more yarn retreat scheduled, she decides to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Ms. Hechtman is a "new to me" author and I am glad to have found this series. Although I am not a knitter, I enjoy her descriptive writing and the characters that she is developing in this series. Thank goodness my library has several in this series. ...more
Micky Cox
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you have tried everything and always quit when the going gets tough in your latest adventure and everyone wants you to quit? You stick of course! Great new series, or at least new to me, with an excellent group of characters wrapped into a great plot of murder and knitting! I really need to learn to knit since my favorite characters all seem to know how! I really can't wait to see where the next book takes us! ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Casey Feldstein bakes muffins and desserts for a local restaurant. When she inherits her aunt's estate after her death due to a hit-and-run incident, she discovers a few hanging commitments, such as a knitting retreat scheduled for the hotel across the street. Since she can't refund the money, she decides to hold it. Her aunt scheduled a master knitter to teach sessions, a yarn-tasting at a local yarn shop, and more. Casey plans to hold the retreat and be done with that aspect of her aunt's busi ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd been wanting to start this series for a long time, and it definitely wasn't a disappointment. I loved the idea of a yarn retreat even though I don't knit. It was pretty cool how Casey wanted nothing to do with her aunt's retreat business, but it soon took on a new meaning for her. She may not have been a knitter and just learning at the retreat, but she discovered that she could help those people with other things. When one of the retreat members was killed, Casey started thinking about two ...more
Christine Williams
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I wasn’t too enamored with this first start. Casey, the main character, inherits her aunt’s yarn retreat business and she has to put on the last planned retreat because it’s too late to cancel. I think my main problem with this book was I didn’t really like any of the characters. As a matter of fact, I downright hated them. Casey is weak. I hated the manager of the lodge who kept pestering her to hand over her aunt’s files so he could continue the retreats. Casey should have told him to shove it ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Casey has history of not completing what she starts but decides to complete something her aunt started even though she hasn’t a clue on how to run a yarn retreat. With the help of her friend, Lucinda, and master teacher, Kris, she just may be able to pull it off and close her aunt’s business with no strings left hanging.

But then one of the retreat regulars is found dead in her hotel room. Casey has an inkling the police are missing something. Let’s face it they still have not caught the person w
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3.5 Stars

I have to admit that I had high hopes for this book. A cozy mystery about reading that has a black cat on the cover? Sign me up! Unfortunately the story wasn't as great as I was hoping, but I believe a lot of that had to do with the narration. It wasn't that great and I do plan to continue with the series, but I may end up reading them on my e reader.

This is the story of Casey who has unknowingly inherited her Aunt's yarn retreat business, after her aunt died in a hit and run accident.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought the story was enjoyable but a couple of things bugged me. First, how does someone who is underemployed afford a Mini Cooper? Second, the use of the words "throw up" continually used as a noun. I felt like I was reading a conversation between preschoolers. And I REALLY disliked Casey's mother. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been looking for a good series to read for some & I think I've found a winner! Cute, quick and humorous, Betty Hechtman writes Casey in a relatable manner. The story pulled you in from the outset and gave the gift of a recipe and pattern at the end. I can't wait to find out what other mysteries are solved during future Yarn Retreats, before jumping into “A Crochet Mystery” series. If you enjoy reading, knitting and/or crocheting and baked goods, pick up this series and and grow your colle ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The story was a nice light read that I sped through. I'd like to see more of Casey. I will say that the entire Dane/Dr. Sammy thing felt rather forced and I got tired of Casey telling us how she didn't feel about Dr. Sammy. We will see how it plays out in future books, I guess.

What I didn't like was that my copy had many typos, spelling and grammatical errors that I found distracting. Whoever the copy editor was fell down on the job! I expect to find error
Christine (KizzieReads)
This was such a cute story. I loved the fellowship of knitters when they get together. Even strangers become friends over a love of something, and seeing how most of the characters grew, was a really special thing. Some people were annoying, but overall, I really liked the characters by the end. I had totally did not see the ending coming. I thought it was someone else, and was completely taken aback when all was revealed. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the Yarn retreat series. Casey Feldstein takes the task of running her aunt's yarn retreat after she dies. Casey knows next to nothing about knitting. She has a couple of people helping her run the retreat so she can close up her aunts business. One of the retreaters gets killed early on in the retreat. Casey doesn't trust the police to find the killer since they still hadn't found the hit and run driver that killed her aunt. She tries to put the pieces together of who ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having really enjoyed all of Betty Hechtman's crochet series, I was prepared to like YARN TO GO, the first in her Knitting Retreat series. This book totally exceeded my expectations. The setting is amazing: an old, rustic resort near the tip of the fog-bound Monterey Peninsula. The characters are well fleshed-out and quirky. The plot is really thoughtful and devious. I never saw it coming. And the pacing is just fast enough that you can't quite catch your breath. For knitters, the enclosed patte ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
As far as "cozy myseries" go, most I find obnoxious and completely unlikely (seriously, how many Cookbook Nooks can the economy support? I'm thinking zero.). I am so refreshed to find Yarn To Go does not fall victim to those pitfalls. The characters, and the crime, are completely believable, and the character development was just detailed enough to make me sympathetic but left enough hanging that I want to read the second in the series. Great job Betty Hetchman! ...more
Karen B.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have recently discovered Betty Hechtman and have begun to love her work. My first experience was with the crochet books and now I am reading her knitting (yarn retreat) mysteries. Of course one of the reasons I like her early crochet mysteries and now the yarn retreat mystery is that they are available in audible so that I can crochet while listening. I don't knit but still this book was entertaining. What I like about her books is that the murderer is always someone you meet in the book but d ...more
Mary Ann
Yarn To Go Casey works as a baker in a restaurant and selling muffins around town. It is something she is good at and enjoys. She had just lost her aunt recently to a hit and run accident and had just learned from her boss, Tag, that her aunt had collected monies and started getting things together for her Yarn Retreat business. It is too late to return the monies and cancel, so she goes forward with the plans. It is to be the end of the business since her aunt is gone. They all gather at the ho ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Casey Feldstein is completely out of her depth when she inherits her late aunt’s business, Yarn2Go. How is a non-knitter going to run a yarn retreat? When one of the participants is found dead, Casey finds herself compelled to discover what happened. Can Casey solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again?

I am an avid knitter, and I really enjoyed how it was incorporated into the book. I rated the book three stars instead four because I figured out the murderer's identity approximately hal
Colleen Earle
I am such trash for this genre
Loved the knitting aspects, unlike the last cozy I read that talked about knitting the mc didn’t know how to knit and it was a lot of fun watching her learn her art.
The cast of characters was really well balanced.
I didn’t guess who the murder was until the reveal which was nice
I’m glad I bought the whole series already
Not bad for a first book, but I was a little uncomfortable about where the main character is at the end. I mean, I understand that she decided Paris wasn't for her. But I also didn't like that so many people kind of sort of pressured her into staying. But I also liked Dr. Sammy, and I would love to see more of him. I also liked Casey herself. ...more
Sheila Burke
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This was my first book by this author, and I found the story original, creative, well-written, well-paced, and entertaining. Hoping to find more books from this author at my library. Well worth the time to read.
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A little slow in places but this is the first book of a series so it needs to "set up" the premise. Still it was good and I will read at least one more before I decide whether to pursue this series. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very good! I wasn't sure as I knew she wrote good crochet mysteries but I didn't realize she could write good knitting mysteries too! Good story line! ...more
Stephanie Reece
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it. Nice and fun but a mystery all the same. Would definitely read the series.
Cathy Cole
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Casey Feldstein is a likable young woman with a talent for making mouth-watering desserts. The unfortunate thing is, she doesn't seem to have a talent for sticking with anything for very long. Of course that may have something to do with her overbearing, oh-so-superior, meddler of a mother, bless her heart. (You Southerners know what I mean.)

Casey also happens to be surrounded by an interesting group of secondary characters. Her best friend Lucinda runs a popular local restaurant along with her
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-misc
A yarn retreat begins with a murder and the retreat leader takes it upon herself to solve the crime. It was enjoyable. I liked that it comes with a recipe and a knitting pattern (even though I can't knit). There were a few points where she was repeating herself nearly word for word, particularly in describing the mother/daughter relationship of two of the yarn retreat attendees, and I never really understood fully why she took it entirely upon herself to solve the murder without sharing any info ...more
Barb Martin
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book so much that I want to get my sisters together for a yarn retreat of our own. I read the book in one day while simultaneously wishing I could have been working on my knitting loom. I'm a novice with yarn. I can't knit or crochet, but my son introduced me to the knitting loom, and that's something I can do and enjoy.

Enough about me.

Casey's aunt has died in an unsolved hit-and-run, leaving Casey her house and leaving her responsible for handling the final event of her yarn retr
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice cozy mystery. I'm a knitter so I enjoyed the subject matter. ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this author and I loved her new series. I was afraid the set up would be too much like her other one - but it isn't. Pure enjoyment!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was sad to be disappointed in this first book of this yarn retreat series. I so enjoy her other series. I will continue to read her other series. I won't be reading any others in this series :( ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good mystery that sucks you in and leaves you wondering who did it to the end.
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