Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Stitch in Crime - 4th in the Crochet Mystery series
Author: Betty Hechtman
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Betty's Website/Blog: www.bettyhechtman.com
This is the fourth installment of the Molly Pink Crochet Mysteries. Molly and her cohorts are getting ready to go on a retreat. This will be a creative weekend with friends. But, danger has a way of turning up when Molly is around.
It is nearing the end of summer and time for the annual creative retreat hosted by the Shedd and Royal Bookstore where Molly is employed. The weekend getaway called "Get Out of the Heat and Light Your Creative Fire" is about to start for the Monterey Peninsula to stay at a campground in the wilderness. This year Molly's boss, Mrs. Shedd, has decided not to attend and leaves Molly in charge, much to the chagrin of her crocheting buddy Adele. Adele has attended all of the retreats so far and can't understand why Molly has been left in charge instead of her. With the pressure of organizing this jaunt Molly is looking forward to being in Monterey, on retreat, complete with crochet classes and also classes in knitting, cooking, writing and many other interesting things to do. Sadly, for one of the instructors, the breathtaking views of the peninsula is where she will take her last breath. Molly and her friend Dinah are the unlucky ones who stumble over the body of Isabelle Landers on the beach. Now, not only will Molly be smack in the middle of a crime but will also have to find a new instructor. Happily, her pals from the "Tarzana, California Hookers" crochet group are there to help.
I was very pleased with this book. I never read very many cozy mysteries in my long reading career but, I'm beginning to like them. This story is first class and the heroine is very likeable. She has so many friends in her crochet group and a couple of suitors vying for her attention. A policeman and a lawyer. Not so bad I think. Molly is very tenacious and is sure that this woman has been murdered when the original police investigation is closed because the victim died of anaphylactic shock due to an allergy to peanut butter. But, with Molly on the job. She soon finds other evidence to prove otherwise. A very good story that I recommend to all mystery readers. Enjoy!!
I'll talk to you soon,
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