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A Crafter Hooks a Killer: A Handcrafted Mystery

(A Handcrafted Mystery #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Sure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in
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Published June 11th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back in Heartsford, Wisconsin, and it’s summertime. Sammy Kane is planning for a big event at Community Craft. A book signing with Jane Johnson, The Queen of Crafts. Jane is also writing a new book that will include one chapter about Community Craft and its original owner, Sammy’s best friend, Kate Allen.

The author surprises Sammy by arriving in town early and requesting a private meeting with her. They agree to meet on a bench by the river. Sammy arrives a short time a
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
I enjoyed the first book in this series, A CRAFTER KNITS A CLUE, so much that I couldn’t wait to get A CRAFTER HOOKS A KILLER in my hands. It was well worth the wait!

Setting aside a day to read this book was one of my better ideas. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I was immediately transported to Heartsford, Wisconsin and back with the characters I enjoyed so much from book one.

I was also drawn into another wonderfully plotted mystery. I suppose I should say two mysteries since aut
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I always love a good cozy, and this one has all the makings of a great series. A strong heroine, perfect love interest, a dog, small town vibes and a network of friends to help out. I will say that Samantha does come across TOO strongly at times; I almost couldn't read a scene where she lied her way into a house for evidence. Somehow it just made me too uncomfortable!

I really liked that this was a mystery within a mystery
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cold-cases, arc, e-books, dogs
Sammy Kane is preparing to meet Jane Johnson, a noted crochet expert who has come to Heartsford, Wisconsin to be the featured artist at the Community annual festival in the second book in this series. Upon arrival, Jane informs her that her best friend Kate accident was not an accident. They agreed to meet shortly. Upon Sammy arrival, she finds Jane murder. Sammy along with her sister and cousin agree to put S. H. E. in action to find out what happened. When Sammy learned about the tractor accid ...more
RO G'ma
A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second book in Holly Quinn’s A Handcrafted Mystery series. The likable characters are well developed in this well-crafted cozy whodunit. The author provides lots of red herrings, and twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Other than some adult language, this fast-paced mystery is a clean read.

Samantha “Sammy” Kane moved back to her hometown, Heartsford, Wisconsin, and took over her best friend, Kate Allen’s, craft store instead of allowing it to close after
A Crafter Hooks a Killer can be read as a standalone if you have not read A Crafter Knits a Clue. Samantha “Sammy” Kane is happy running Community Craft which fosters community spirit and encouraging artists. She is happy to be back in her hometown with Heidi and Ellie. Her budding romance with Detective Liam Nash, though, has stalled out since he has not contacted her since the case was closed. Jane Johnson, the Queen of Crafts, is coming to Community Craft for a book signing which is quite a c ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I honestly couldn't put this down--it kept my interest all the way through. There were a lot of good twists and red herrings. Just when I thought I knew who did it, I'd suspect someone else. Then the ultimate twist came at the end. If anyone read the first book, they might remember that Sammy's good friend Kate had started the craft shop, and at the end, her ex-boyfriend had stated that Kate's death wasn't an accident. Of course, when Sammy heard that the visiting author wanted to tell her somet ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
I liked this book a lot - there were a lot of unexpected events in this book.

Sammy is still living in Wisconsin after she returned home to run the craft store started by her best friend, Kate. Kate has been dead for a while now, but Sammy is still trying to heal. Then it turns out that her death may not have been an accident - now Sammy can't let it go until she knows the truth. Is knowing the truth always the best, or is it better to let certain secrets remain buried.

4.5 stars.

I voluntarily
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Who would want to kill the Queen of Crafts?
A Crafter Hooks a Killer by Holly Quinn is a marvelous mystery set in a small Wisconsin community filled with crafters, farmers, and a killer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story; it is fresh and welcoming.
Samantha Kane
Sam, as her friends call her is our sleuth and the owner of Community Craft.
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

A fantastic new addition to this artsy crafty cozy mystery series! We follow Sammy as she runs Community Craft with the help of some friends and family. She is settled in now and excited because she is about to be interviewed by a semi famous person. One problem: she finds her dead before the interview can even happen. With lots of questions Sammy activates S.H.E. With her friends to catch the killer. Wo
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book given to me from Net Galley for an honest review. I found the book to be a winner. I am giving it 5 Stars to start out.

The book starts out with Sammy getting her Craft Store ready for a meet and greet with a very famous Craft Book Author, Named Jane Johnson. Sammy's craft store is named Community Crafts. Jane arrives in town early to do some research for her next best selling books all about The crafters in the small town of Heartsford, Wisconsin.

Jane tells Sammy that she has some
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling back into life in her hometown of Heartsford. She is very excited that her store, Community Craft, is doing well. She is also very excited that best selling author, Jane Johnson is coming to Heartsford for a book signing and to interview Sammy for her next book. When Jane arrives it doesn’t take long for word to get out and people start coming to the store to see the author. Johnson is really comfortable with crowds and asks Sammy if they can meet somewhere quie ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it

Thanks to the author and netgalley for the advanced readers review copy.

It took me a lot longer to read this book then is norm, I was easily distracted from the story plot. Personally, I felt like it was a slow burner, the suspense of who did it was a little lack lustred and a little disjointed.

That being said, I did enjoy reading about the S.H.E investigation team and Sammy’s need to run in head first and not think about the consequences. The development of the love/hate relationship between
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Crafter Hooks a Killer by Holly Quinn. 2.5 stars

This is my first time reading a book by Holly Quinn. The description was that this series was for lovers of Maggie Sefton and Betty Hechtman. I've read books by both authors and while there is a similarity because crafts is a common thread I didn't find this book a fun read.. I had to force myself to finish this. I didn't like like Sammy or her potential love interest Detective Liam Nash. This was not my cup of tea.

Thank you Netgalley and Crooked
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 stars

Cozy lovers and crafters of all kinds will love this new offering from Holly Quinn. The second book in the Handcrafted Mystery series. It was a well done mix of crafting and mystery. Sammy Kane steps once again into a mystery as she has discovered the dead body of of a famous crochet book author, Jane Johnson, who was coming to her shop to do a book signing of her new crafty title. Sammy owns her best friend, Kate’s, business Community Craft. She has been keeping it going since the death
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Crafter Hooks Killer is the second installment in the A Handcrafted Mystery series set in Heartsford, Wisconsin and featuring craft store owner Samantha "Sammy" Kane. Having settled into running Community Craft, the shop she took over when her best friend Kate Allen was killed, Sammy is looking forward to hosting a book signing for well known craft book author Jane Johnson. With crafters from all over the county expected to attend, Sammy and her employee Deborah are hurrying to get the shop in ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Readers, Anyone
I was so pleased I was given the opportunity to read this cracking cozy mystery. Initially, I was lured by the wonderful premise as it had a little bit of everything on offer - a quaint setting in a quiet(?!) village, a cute craft shop, a B & B and a bakery selling delicious cakes. Perfect.

I loved the storyline. The plot was so engaging and the pacing was perfect. I was totally engrossed from the first few pages. Although this was book two in the ‘Handcrafted Mystery’ series, it wasn’t a problem
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Samantha, “Sammy” Kane tries to figure out the murder of a well-loved author within the craft world, she is also caught up with the death of her best friend, Kate. Was Kate’s death a tragic accident? Or, was her death murder? The author, was in town for a book signing, and alluded to Sammy, she had information on Kate’s death. Before the author could share, she was murdered!

Sammy, her sister Ellie, and cousin Heide, are part of a threesome known as the SHEs. The group began during their child
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Sammy Kane is settling into her new life in her hometown of Heartsford, Wisconsin. She returned to run her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft, and has scheduled a book signing with bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson. Sammy’s excitement for the event is quickly extinguished when she finds Jane strangled to death on the riverwalk.

The author had news to share with Sammy which she claimed would “change everything.” Sammy is left to piece together clues as she tries to uncover
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Wow Holly Quinn has written another humdinger of a story with a cold case and a new case colliding and leaving you breathless!

Sammy and the Community Craft shop are looking forward to welcoming Jane Johnson aka The Queen of Crafts to a book signing, she arrives a few days early and wishes to speak with Sammy in private, by the time Sammy has got some coffee and arrived at the meeting place she finds the Queen is dead! The only thing Sammy knows is that Jane Johnson said there was something wrong
Spunky (one has to use the word) Sammy Kane runs the crafts cooperative her best friend started before her untimely death. She's expecting a noted crafter to come there for a book signing, but instead finds the crafter's dead body. Sammy can't leave the investigation to the new police detective in town, much as she's attracted to him, because the crafter hinted that she knew something about Sammy's friend's death before she went to her own. Sammy is assisted by her homemaker-sister Ellie and the ...more
Jammin Jenny
I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery featuring Sammie, Ellie and Heidi, the S.H.E. investigating team. I also loved Liam Nash, the handsome detective who seems to have a thing for Sammie. I kind of knew who the killer probably was, but was happy when it came as a shock to Sammie and Liam. Fun cozy mystery.
Carolyn Munroe
It was ok.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the plot twist at the end. Great story and I didn't see the ending coming. ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Samantha Kane owns the craft shop, Community Craft. She bought it after the previous owner, her friend Kate, died in an accident. She's doing well and helping the community by displaying their items for sale. She's also excited to be having a famous author of craft books come to her shop to sign copies of her newest book. Jane Johnson is devoting a chapter in her book to Sammy's store, and she's pleased that the author is going to interview her. But she's surprised, not unpleasantly so, when Jan ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
Cozy mysteries like A Crafter Hooks a Killer have been a staple of my reading diet for a number of years. Both my mother and grandmother enjoyed the genre and before ebooks were a big thing, my mother would tuck used books into every package she sent me. Those paperbacks often ended up read multiple times because my reading options were limited when I didn't want to read in translation.

For me I read and enjoy the puzzle aspect of the genre: trying to piece together the clues and figure out who d
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I greatly enjoyed this novel and visiting Sammy and her family and friends at Community Craft, a central part of life in Heartsford, WI. It was started originally by Sammy’s best friend, Kate Allen. After Kate’s untimely death, Sammy took it over in her honor and to continue the goodwill Kate had instilled in it. The shop sells handcrafted merchandise made by local artisans, from furniture to painted stemware and lapghans. The artisans are also happy to sponsor fundraisers and work together for ...more
I enjoyed this second visit to Heartsford, Wisconsin and the craft store, Community Crafts, owned by Sammantha "Sammy" Kane. She returned to town in the previous book, A Crafter Knits a Clue and has taken over Community Crafts, once owned by her childhood friend, Kate. When Kate dies in what is declared an accident, Sammy honors her memory, keeping her mission going - everybody helping everybody in the community. When craft author, Jane Johnson, contacts Sammy about doing a chapter on Kate and t ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sammy Kane owns a small craft shop in Heartsford, Wisconsin; she took over the business for her best friend, Kate, who died suddenly. She is excited about a famous crafter, Jane Johnson, visiting the shop. When she meets Jane, the famous author suggests that she has news about Kate's death. Then Sammy discovers Jane's body, and she works with her sister and cousin - and her almost-boyfriend, police detective Liam Nash - to solve the mystery.

This is the second book in the Handcrafted Mystery seri
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