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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 caMolly 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....

Title : A Stitch in Crime
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ISBN : 9780425233108
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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A Stitch in Crime Reviews

  • Rachel
    2018-11-07 23:40

    I read the ninth novel in this series first, and now, I'm going through the series from the beginning. This fourth novel of the series was just as interesting and entertaining as the other books of the series I've read. As was also the case with the other novels in the series, I found the writing style to be good, and the plot was fun. I really enjoyed the novel and am looking forward to reading the whole series.

  • Joy Gerbode
    2018-11-13 00:46

    Although it's book 4 in the series, they are quite independent. I enjoyed this very much, and after reading it, bought more of the series. A fun crafters' camp turns into a murder solving ... lots of fun, a romantic trio (or two or three) and it was just a lot of fun! Lots of different crafts represented, and I'm looking forward to reading more from her!

  • Kate
    2018-11-06 21:41

    I was at the library looking for a different paperback mystery, and this one happened to catch my eye, so I grabbed it. Though it's not the first in this series, it was easily readable as a stand-alone book. As an introduction to the series, I enjoyed it. I did manage to find the preceding books so I will be reading those soon. As for A Stitch in Crime, a number of reviewers thought the setting and the murder plus solution were all implausible and cheesy. I actually thought it worked well. But again, that may be because this was my first read of the series. And really, aren't all these mystery paperbacks supposed to be fun and silly and not entirely realistic? Aren't they supposed to make you feel like you, as an average crocheter who attends a weekend arts & crafts getaway, could solve a murder? They're tidy and not nearly as scary as a real-life scenario would be. So, I enjoyed it and I'm going to keep following this series as long as it goes.

  • Jess
    2018-10-26 20:01

    For some reason I was under the impression that this was the first book in a new series by Hechtman. I don't know where I got this idea however, because it's incorrect. It's the fourth book in the series starring Molly and the Tarzana Hookers.It was okay, I enjoyed it but honestly I find the characters and the situations a little forgettable. I picked this book up and it took me a little while to remember all the characters and the setting. Plus, Molly can be a little annoying at times. I'll still read the next in the series, but I will probably need a little refresher by that point.

  • Grey853
    2018-10-25 18:54

    This should be a great series. It's got crochet and crafts, which I love, but it also has a main character, Molly Pink, who annoys me. She puts up with so much crap from Adele, an assistant, that I can't help but want to scream at her. She'd probably just complain to her boyfriend that I was mean to her, Poor Molly.At any rate in this one, she's been put in charge of a creative retreat weekend, Adele in tow and complaining all the way. Things quickly go wrong, with people not showing up, a white out, and murder. Oh my.Predictable and not quite as entertaining as it should be.

  • Kay
    2018-11-06 23:36

    Kind of annoyed that the reunion of the main couple wasn't explained after such a dramatic break up in the previous book.

  • Lisa Richards
    2018-11-16 21:35

    I think maybe mysteries aren't my thing, so it's probably unfair of me to review this book. The writing was okay, but formulaic. The characters were interesting and the author made me chuckle as I followed the antics of these crochet-crazy people. Good light reading.

  • EDLundy-Veo
    2018-10-27 23:38

    Another Fun ReadAnother twist of events, another murder for Molly Pink to solve, and men at odds over her. Two thumbs up.

  • Pam
    2018-11-10 00:53

    Crochet mystery.

  • Ch J Loveall
    2018-11-14 21:33


  • Vicki Gooding
    2018-11-13 23:34

    I enjoy this author. Lighthearted reading

  • Clarissa Draper
    2018-11-06 02:49

    Genre: Cozy MysteryHow I read it: Kindle for PCWhat attracted me to the book: The genre and the free crochet pattern.Who should read this book: If you look around and you're sitting in a nice cozy arm chair, listening to Mozart, a book with a fancy crocheted bookmark in it is sitting next you as you crochet - this is the book for you and your crochet bookmark!Summary (from amazon): 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.My thoughts: In all fairness, I've gotten used to more intense reads like those of Caroline Graham and Val McDermid, so in comparison, I found the book timid. I also had issues in that I haven't read the first three books in the series and I found references to situations I didn't know about.The book is written in first person and while I got close to the main character, it didn't make me feel for any of the others. When the victim died, I felt no sadness or shock, to me, she deserved what she received. The author is funny and there are some funny and crazy scenes in the book. I haven't had the time to create the purse with the pattern given but I did create the flower, you can see it on the right.Bottom Line: This book is what it is, a cozy who-dunnit. If that's what you're wanting to read, you'll find it in this book. A fast, easy read.

  • Becca
    2018-10-18 18:39

    I'm afraid I didn't like this book much at all. I skipped to the end as well (see Cook's Night Out for another skipped book) with skimming. I think the main reason I don't like reading mysteries with the lead character as a female is that they tend to be involved with men in law enforcement and depend upon them for backup or moral support and usually ignore common sense which should tell them request equal respect from their partner. It's just rather frustrating to go from romance novels with strong female leads (I did not just admit to reading romance novels) to mysteries with rather wishy-washy female leads. Also, a good number of characters in this novel were unpleasant and I didn't enjoy reading about them in the slightest. I've tried to stay away from toxic people in real life, why should it be any different in books?

  • Laura
    2018-10-19 21:37

    I picked up the first four books of the series at the library. This is the first book where I wanted to steal the recipe and possibly try the pattern.I really like the idea of a weekend retreat of creativity which includes learning of other crafts and practicing crochet. I hate that such retreats (I've looked online) seem to be held either during the school year or far, far away. I wonder if I could organize such a thing myself.However, I didn't like the story itself. Once again, the sleuth gets in the way and interferes with the law. She's also not doing a great job with her personal life.But I like the idea of the power of the rhinestone clipboard. It's amusing and so..... female.The book left me wishing I could participate in a retreat, sans murder.

  • Martha Grace
    2018-11-08 00:46

    Molly Pink ends up in charge of the upcoming creative weekend retreat when her boss has to be away. Adele is sure she should have been left in charge instead but things seem to be off to a good start. Then to fog rolls in on the Monterey Peninsula and the participants in the classes cannot even make it to the retreat. But things really get complicated when Molly stumbles over the dead body of Isabella Landers, the crochet teacher. The police are convinced that her death is an accident, but Molly knows a few things that make her suspicious. And she needs to find a replacement crochet instructor. A fast read.

  • Natalie
    2018-10-27 19:55

    This was my first Hechtman mystery. I enjoyed the premise enough (being a knitter myself)but the plot I found was plodding and took too long to get to the meat of the story. The murder didn't occur until almost a hundred pages in- and that's much too much of a setup for me. Adele was completely annoying, Sheila was a coward, and Molly seemed to be too nosy for her own good, not to mention the fact that she kept stringing Barry and Mason along throughout the whole story. The murderer and plot twist was a complete surprise, which was nice for a change. Would I read another crochet mystery? Someday, maybe, but no time soon.

  • BooksnWool
    2018-11-09 00:55

    Another enjoyable book in this series which is turning into my go-to source of light reads. The last line even surprised a belly laugh out of this cynical old grump! Despite the outlandish premise I thought it all worked very well, partly because of the well-drawn characters, and I have a New Year's resolution to go on a craft retreat (and to one day visit the Monterey peninsula.) It says something for this writer that even a character like Adele grows on you eventually. Good action without the embarassments of any try-hard sex or overdone gore, and the story arc was just right, not too much or too little. I look forward to the next delightful instalment.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-11-10 20:02

    The Location was set in Monterey, CA or more clearly Asilomar Retreat. Could there be a better location for a mysterious murder? Or was it a murder? Death by S'mores????Ms. Hechtman did it for me. She passed into my 5-star level in this 4th of the series "A Crocket Mystery."I love how the group is always trying to make something for charity. I love the added food recipes and humor. I love the over-the-top assistant who wants to be a Diva and finally you realize perhaps why?This was a mad-cap adventure and filled with characters. I simply loved the book and am off to read the latest "You Better Knot Die."Enjoy this series.

  • Susan
    2018-11-05 19:40

    Molly Pink, widowed bookstore event planner and crocheter, ends up in charge of the store's annual creative retreat, which features workshops in crochet, memoir writing, knitting, party planning and acting. A fog locks the site down so only a few of the participants are there for opening day of the long weekend. When one of the group is found dead, the local police think it's an allergic reaction gone berserk. But Molly thinks that the death had a more immediate cause, and vows to find some answers.

  • Vicki Cline
    2018-11-07 20:36

    Molly is in Asilomar near Monterey leading a weekend get-together of people participating in various creative workshops - drama, crochet, knitting, entertaining, etc. The leader of the crochet workshop dies after ingesting a peanut-laden s'more. Is it murder or an accident? (Do we have to ask?) It might be a function of my reading the books in the series too close together, but I'm getting a bit tired of the back-and-forth with Molly's cop boyfriend Barry and her possibly-too-close friendship with lawyer Mason. But I like the crocheting characters and the situations they get into.

  • Corky
    2018-10-30 00:33

    Molly Pink has been given the rhinestone clipboard! In other words, she has been put in charge of this year's creative retreat being held at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula. Unfortunately for the crochet teacher, the retreat will be more than she bargained for. Now, while trying to run the retreat, Molly, with the help of her friends, the Tarzana Hookers, has a crime to solve.What made this most interesting s that I have been to Asilomar and I enjoyed refreshing my memory of the beauty of the retreat center.

  • Susan
    2018-10-28 21:42

    I'm rounding up from 2.5 stars. Molly Pink (is there a more ridiculous name for a main character?) is handed the rhinestone clipboard at the last minute which means she's in charge of a retreat for crocheters and knitters. A lot of time is spent on another character's desire to be in charge as well as on Molly's relationship with Barry, who did not accompany her on the weekend. The book seemed a little disjointed, and is not my favorite in this series, but it was a good light read.

  • Betty Silvia
    2018-10-24 20:01

    Molly Pink takes on the responsibility of the Retreat leader with a rhinestone clipboard with gusto. I'm continuing with this series because of the crochet. This tale dragged a lot. Being part of a crochet group myself, I related to the therapeutic & calming properties of crochet as well as some of the human drama of weekly group meetings. I just didn't enjoy the "mystery" in this story - little too much back-stabbing.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-13 21:34

    The story was pretty entertaining but a bit slow to get started. A few characters I thought were a bit flat: Molly's best friend Dinah and Molly's boyfriend Barry. Adele was quite a colorful character and added some crazy-lady spice to the story. Though the book advertises "recipes included", I really thought it was a stretch to include a recipe for S'mores.

  • Dorothy A.
    2018-10-17 23:38

    Well, this book is just a continuation of the series (Crochet Mystery). It was more fun for me because this time the crime happened in Asilomar. I have fond memories of taking my kids on a tour around Northern California and on our way home we spent the night at Asilomar. If you enjoy murder mysteries and grew up in the San Fernando Valley you just might like this book.

  • Belinda
    2018-10-23 01:38

    This is not a bad craft mystery book. Although it is a bit light on the craft, it's easy to read and relatively entertaining. It is *very* Christian, though, with bits of bible verse scattered throughout and lots of characters praying at and for each other. If that is an issue for you, then I would avoid this title.Thank you to the publisher who supplied a preview copy to me via Netgalley.

  • Snap
    2018-10-28 20:50

    I tried very hard to give this one (#4) three stars, but it just wasn't as good as the others in the series. I do enjoy the characters and while this was a fun read -- a creative weekend away at Asilomar - there was just something about the flow of the story that just wasn't quite right.

  • Carol
    2018-10-19 21:40

    This, the fourth book in the series, takes us to a rustic craft/hobby retreat. Sheila, another somewhat flat regular character is getting more human and I don't think Molly broke the law in this book. The subplot of dueling "boyfriends" is amusing.

  • Merry
    2018-10-30 20:50

    I enjoyed this book a lot and will read her other cozy mysteries. The characters are amusing and I especially like her co-worker Adele who is hilarious. For anyone who is looking for a light read and funny characters, I would recommend this book.

  • Christine
    2018-11-16 02:56

    This was the best entry in the series so far...maybe because it was a retreat setting so it took the characters out of some of their comfort zone. Adele was easier to take, even though she was kind of a mess, and Molly was less neurotic than usual too.