Author: Betty Hechtman

Betty Hechtman was born in Chicago, Illinois and on a particularly eventful weekend graduated college, got married and moved to Los Angeles, California. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has had a variety of professions including being a volunteer farm worker on a kibbutz, Sunday school teacher, waitress, retail sales, editor of a finance company newsletter, telephone operator, associate publicist and freelance writer.

Her love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew and blossomed when she began to read Agatha Christie's books. She has been doing handicrafts since she was a child. It is like a dream come true to be able to mix mystery and yarn craft in her books.

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A Tangled Yarn - A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #5

A Tangled Yarn
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B01N8SMO4M
  • Release: 2017-08-01
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Betty Hechtman knits up murder and mayhem in the latest in the national bestselling Yarn Retreat Mystery series.

Casey Feldstein has her hands full with preparations at the Vista Del Mar hotel on the scenic Monterey Peninsula as another yarn retreat begins. The retreaters will be thrown for a loop this time, learning the trendy art of arm knitting and finger crocheting.  

But not everyone is enthusiastic about trying something new, and Casey is forced to come up with an alternative craft for her less adventurous pupils. Things go from worst to worsted when a travel writer from a neighboring retreat group is found dead in his room among a sea of feathers. When one of the owners of Vista Del Mar pleads for help, Casey gets hooked into the case and must unravel a delicate skein of secrets to catch a killer.

INCLUDES KNITTING PATTERNS AND A RECIPE!


Hooking for Trouble - A Crochet Mystery, #11

Hooking for Trouble
  • Number: 9780425279458
  • Release: 2016-11-01
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Molly Pink can’t help seeing a pattern of trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Seams Like Murder.

The Tarzana Hookers’ Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly’s house. She hasn’t met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg.

To Molly’s shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn’t just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she’ll have to unravel the evidence on her own—because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder...

DELICIOUS RECIPES & CROCHET PATTERNS INCLUDED!


Gone with the Wool - A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #4

Gone with the Wool
  • Number: 9780425282670
  • Release: 2016-07-05
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling author of Wound Up in Murder spins a deadly yarn of knitting bees, butterflies, and beauty queens.

Every October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California’s Monterey Peninsula to spend the winter there. To welcome their colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a weeklong festival complete with a butterfly queen and her court.

Eager to show some town spirit, Casey Feldstein finds herself fluttering back and forth between setting up a yarn retreat, baking and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle.

Includes knitting patterns and a recipe!


Seams Like Murder - A Crochet Mystery, #10

Seams Like Murder
  • Number: 9780425279441
  • Release: 2016-05-03
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling author of Knot Guilty is back, as Molly Pink and the Tarzana Hookers get a dangerous lesson on crafty criminals...

Knitting and crocheting books are selling like crazy at the bookstore where Molly works, so to keep the customers coming, she sets up a series of classes where the Tarzana Hookers can pass on their skills to others: a Yarn University. The only problem is the teacher of the most popular seminar—Sheila—is getting a massive case of stage fright about being in front of a crowd.

To ease Sheila’s nerves, the Hookers plan a practice class at crocheter CeeCee’s mansion. But before the lesson begins, Molly and the gang stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee’s garage. Now, Molly must unravel the clues to find a killer quickly—or school might be out forever...

Delicious recipes & crochet patterns included!


Wound Up in Murder - A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #3

Wound Up in Murder
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252659
  • Release: 2015-07-07
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In the newest Yarn Retreat Mystery from the national bestselling author of Silence of the Lamb’s Wool, dessert chef Casey Feldstein continues to develop her hidden talents for knitting…and solving murders.

With two yarn retreats in the bag, Casey is looking forward to running her third one at Cadbury by the Sea’s Vista Del Mar hotel on the Monterey Peninsula. This time, each knitter will get a Mystery Bag of knitting materials to turn into a personal project.

But Casey gets tangled up in another retreat at the same hotel, when the organizer and his wife have a very public spat. As Casey is delivering her baked goods later that night, she finds the woman dead in the bushes with a magician’s silk scarf nearby—just like the scarf Casey’s ex-boyfriend, Sammy, used during his magic act at the retreat. As Sammy takes center stage as the prime suspect, Casey and her friends will have to stitch together the clues before the real killer pulls a disappearing act...

Includes knitting patterns and a recipe


Knot Guilty - A Crochet Mystery, #9

Knot Guilty
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252673
  • Release: 2014-11-04
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Molly Pink and her pals, the Tarzana Hookers, are ready to bring the craft of crochet to the masses. But when one of their members finds herself the prime suspect in a murder, the Hookers are going to have to switch their focus to fighting her bad rap?

Molly and her friends can’t wait to get more people hooked on crochet at the annual SoCal Knit Style Show, where Shedd & Royal has been granted a vendor booth. In the past, the show has always been about knitting, and this is the first year there’ll be crochet classes and a crochet competition.

The show’s organizer is K. D. Kirby, publisher of several knitting magazines and owner of a yarn store that caters to an elite Beverly Hills crowd. Everyone is shocked when K.D. doesn’t show up for the opening reception, but that’s nothing compared to how they feel when she’s finally found?dead in her hotel suite.

Suspicion immediately falls on Adele, one of the Tarzana Hookers, who locked horns with K.D., and whose handmade crochet hook is found at the murder scene. Certain that Adele’s been framed, Molly starts her own investigation, hoping to get their pal off the hook and find a killer before another guest checks out?

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For Better or Worsted - A Crochet Mystery

For Better or Worsted
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252611
  • Release: 2014-11-04
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The latest novel in the national bestselling Crochet Mystery series.

Molly Pink and her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, love an adventure. But when their newest member is accused of turning her wedding into happily-never-after for the groom, Molly’s chance to find the truth hangs by a thread...

When Molly is invited to a major society wedding, she expects some drama but not this much. The bride, the daughter of Molly’s friend Mason, has been planning the nuptials for ages, but at the reception, things go amiss when the groom ends up dancing with the Grim Reaper.

To make matters worse, the bride’s mother is found holding the murder weapon?and, as a reality show star, she’s happy to fuel the media frenzy. Molly agrees to open her home so Thursday, the distraught bride, can have some peace from the paparazzi. But when it’s revealed that she and her groom were on shaky ground, Thursday takes the spotlight as the prime suspect.

Now Molly and the Hookers must quickly stitch together unrelated clues and high-profile suspects?before a killer strikes again?

Delicious recipes & crochet patterns included!


If Hooks Could Kill - A Crochet Mystery

If Hooks Could Kill
  • Number: 9780425252338
  • Release: 2013-11-05
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When a television crew descends on Tarzana, Molly Pink and the rest of her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, put up with the inconvenience as best they can?until the residence of one of their own becomes a real-life crime scene?

The television crime show L.A. 911 has taken over Tarzana, making cinematic backdrops out of the town’s most mundane locations, including the yard of Kelly Donahue, the newest member of the Tarzana Hookers.

And at the end of the day, the TV shoot isn’t all that’s wrapped. It seems someone silenced Kelly?permanently?and no one heard a thing. Without any leads, Molly and her pals must stitch together the clues to catch the killer?before someone else dials 911.

Delicious recipes and crochet patterns included!


Yarn to Go - A Yarn Retreat Mystery

Yarn to Go
  • 3 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252215
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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 go ahead and host the event, despite her complete lack of experience as a knitter. At least the retreat is on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

But the idyllic setting is soured when a retreat regular is found murdered in her hotel room. Feeling a sense of responsibility, Casey begins to weave the clues together and detects a pattern which may shed light on her aunt’s suspicious death. Despite the danger, the last thing Casey plans to do is retreat. She’ll catch this killer?or dye trying.

Includes a knitting pattern and a recipe!


Behind the Seams - Berkley Prime Crime

Behind the Seams
  • Number: 9780425255278
  • Release: 2012-11-06
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Molly Pink and her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, are thrilled when one of their own gets a shot at the spotlight—but Molly soon learns that life in the entertainment biz can be deadly…

The crochet group’s informal leader, actress CeeCee Collins, has a movie out, and she’s scheduled to appear on a famous talk show. Molly and the girls are excited to tag along, but when one of the Hookers is ejected from the audience for her excited behavior, she manages to drag Molly along with her.

It’s no fun being stuck in the waiting room, but things really unravel when a producer drinks a cup of coffee with poisoned sweetener. To make matters worse, CeeCee’s niece Nell—a production assistant on the show, is the one who served up the spiked drink. Molly and the Hookers must set aside their crochet projects to clear Nell’s name and find the killer—before someone else becomes the next Hollywood headline…


You Better Knot Die - A Crochet Mystery

You Better Knot Die
  • Number: 9780425244586
  • Release: 2011-11-01
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The bookstore where Molly Pink works is planning a huge party where the identity of a popular author will be revealed. But before the author appears, another person disappears: the husband of Molly's neighbor. When a suicide note arrives it seems the husband has jumped off the Catalina ferry, Molly smells something fishy-and she's soon hooked on unraveling another mystery.


A Stitch in Crime - A Crochet Mystery

A Stitch in Crime
  • Number: 9780425233108
  • Release: 2010-02-02
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Molly and her Tarzana Hookers must untangle a twisted yarn...

Molly's been handed the reins for this year's creative retreat-an exhilarating weekend out on the Monterey Peninsula, complete with crochet classes. Unfortunately for one teacher, though, the breathtaking scenery is where she'll take her last breath. Now Molly will have to find a new instructor, and, if she can squeeze it in, solve this murder-with the help of her pals from the Tarzana Hookers.


By Hook or by Crook - A Crochet Mystery

By Hook or by Crook
  • Number: 9780425228388
  • Release: 2009-06-02
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Meet the happy crafter who believes every mystery should be unraveled. Meet the happy crafter who believes every mystery should be unraveled.

Molly Pink's crochet group has a new mystery on their hands when they find a paper bag that contains a note that speaks of remorse, a diary entry of the sorrow of parting, and a complicated piece of filet crochet that offers an obscure clue in pictures. Things get even more complicated when they find the talented crocheter-murdered by a box of poisoned marzipan apples.


Dead Men Don't Crochet - A Crochet Mystery

Dead Men Don't Crochet
  • Number: 9780425225004
  • Release: 2008-12-02
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When a member of Molly Pink’s crochet group is suspected of murder, it’s up to Molly and her pals to pick up the dropped stitches and catch a killer.


Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti's Necklace - A Mystery with Recipes

Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti's Necklace
  • Number: 9780976812630
  • Release: 2006-09-01
  • Author: Betty Hechtman
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Brown Barn Books
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Thirteen-year-old Blue Schwartz and her best friend Yvonne know she's innocent.

There's just no way she would've taken a necklace from the man whose kids she babysits for-let alone Nefertiti's necklace!

To make things even worse, her teacher is giving her a hard time about her project about soybeans (even though Blue usually loves to cook), when all she can concentrate on is finding out who stole the necklace.

Time is running out...her school project is due and the man is about to call the police!

A suspenseful, entertaining mystery for middle readers from 10 up.


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