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Yarn to Go

(Yarn Retreat Mystery #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  154 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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Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, audio, cozy-mystery
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
First in a new series introducing Casey Feldstein, a dessert chef who inherits a yarn retreat business when her Aunt dies suddenly in a tragic car accident. Casey, however, doesn't think it's an accident and after another murder at the retreat her friend Lucinda, co-owner of the restaurant Casey bakes for, convinces a reluctant Casey to continue hosting, Casey decides to investigate further. Enlisting the long-distance help of her former employer Frank from her brief stint as a PI, Casey delves ...more
Carly McEathron
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!
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
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.
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
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
Amy Burt bibliophile
Very good mystery that sucks you in and leaves you wondering who did it to the end.
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!
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: funny-mysteries
Yarn made me yawn.
treadmill equivalent of a beach read. Not bad, for what it is.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Casey is a dessert chef and she likes what she does, she doesn’t often stick with any one career and is always catching static from her mother. Then her grandmother dies and leaves her with her knitting retreat with one more retreat scheduled. Casey knows nothing about knitting but has decided to go ahead with it. How hard could it be to host a retreat for knitters?

Harder than Casey thought it would be especially when one of the retreat participants ends up dead. Casey starts to wonder if the in
Casey Feldstein inherits her aunt’s business, Yarn 2 Go, after her death. Casey knows nothing about knitting or yarn but decides to still host the knitting retreat her aunt had planned months ago. After a murder happens at the retreat Casey throws herself into the mystery to help the police, find some inner peace for herself and get the spotlight off the fellow retreat attendees.

The mystery was good as I was never really sure who the murderer was. The major clues aren’t revealed till the end ri
In Betty Hechtman's Yarn to Go, the first installment in the Yarn Retreat Crafty Cozy Series, this caper is twisted and leave you up in tangled knots in the end. For Casey Feldstein, she's a dessert chef for a local restaurant. But when she learns about her aunt's hit-and-run, she became puzzled on why it happened. In her late aunt's place, she decided to continue the Yarn to Go Retreat in Cadbury by the Sea, when she met the Master Knitter named Kris Garland and other fellow knitters who came t ...more
A Moderately Well-Knitted Mystery

Having read other novels by Betty Hechtman, I thought I would give this series a try. The mystery itself is okay, and I did not honestly know who the killer was until the end, especially since there is a large red herring in the story. That said, the last clue leading our main character, Casey Feldstein, to the killer is tenuous at best.

Casey herself is likable enough, but I'm not a fan of hers, yet. Maybe in the next novel. That said, her attachment to her late
Hannah L.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yarn to go is about a dessert baker taking over her aunt's yarn retreat. After living with her aunt for so long and with her death being too sudden, Casey finds herself taking over her aunt's retreat. With the confusion of taking the leadership position, an annoying manager continues to nag Casey about taking over at any point in time in case she wants to back out. And she's got her own yarn project to do as well for the retreat! But after an unexpected death from one of the members in the retre ...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
Pat Timpanaro
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read, in a new-to-me knitting mystery series. The premise is that a non-knitter inherits her late aunt's life, which includes sponsoring knitting retreats. While I have never run any kind of knitting event, I have run many needlework classes and seminars and I thought that part of the book was well done. In fact, the whole premise of a non-knitter in the knitting world was realistically portrayed. The only thing that rang false was the (low) skill level of the other knitte ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-adult, cats, mystery
Ok, my main problems were two fold, one problem hinging upon the other as it were. 1. The main character acted as if she knew nothing about how any type of conference/retreat should go. There are many things that she should have known as to how to run/what to do as an event leader. 2. Barring that, if she had never been to any type of conference...she should have spent way more time trying to figure out what to do...example, show up to the conference area sooner than the minute everyone arrives ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
As a knitter, I enjoyed this light cozy mystery. I enjoyed imagining what it would be like to go on a knitting retreat in a small picturesque town. The characters were somewhat one-dimensional, but I honestly wasn't expecting literature. Each character's problem were broadly drawn, and it was a little cheesy the way in which their curated knitting kits/projects helped them overcome their life problems. I know from personal experience, though, that knitting sometimes acts as a soothing balm for s ...more
Maureen Finn
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Yarn Retreat Series. You don’t have to be a knitter to enjoy it. There are many levels on which to connect to the characters.

Betty Hechtman is an author that writes what I call ‘easy reading’. She doesn’t fill the text with over descriptive narratives. I love her writing; she reminds me of Lillian Jackson Braun. The characters are believable and you feel like they are folks you could actually know. I have read all of her books to date and anxiously await a new one
Selah Pike
I've not been having a lot of luck finding new Cozy series on audiobook. All the new to me series I've loved recently aren't available as audiobooks from my library. 😢

This one was so-so. None of the characters stood out as particularly interesting (with the possible exception of Casey's detective friend). The author tries to combine the Culinary and Craft styles of Cozies, and the result is unfocused. Also, there's a fledgling love triangle. 🙄 2.5 stars
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