The Crochet Mystery series is a set of novels by American novelist Betty Hechtman best classified as cozy mysteries. The main character in the novel is Molly Pink that was first introduced in the first novel of the series, Hooked on Murder published in 1998.
Order of Crochet Mystery Series
|1||Hooked on Murder||2008|
|2||Dead Men Don't Crochet||2008|
|3||By Hook or by Crook||2009|
|4||A Stitch in Crime||2009|
|5||You Better Knot Die||2010|
|6||Behind the Seams||2011|
|7||If Hooks Could Kill||2012|
|8||For Better or Worsted||2013|
|10||Seams Like Murder||2016|
Molly Pink leads an idyllic life as the events coordinator and community relations officer for Shedd & Royal Books, a local bookstore. Seeking some form of escape from her boring lifestyle, she attends a weekly crotchet group, where she has just discovered the joys of crocheting.
When we are introduced to the protagonist in the first novel, Hooked on Murder, she has just begun to learn the basics of crocheting with her new friends. The novel begins with an explosive introduction as Molly Pink stumbles upon the leader of the group, dead on the floor of the bookstore – their usual meeting place. Given that she had a less than cordial history with the dead woman, she finds herself the prime suspect. She is now in a race with time to find the killer, while navigating high temperature crocheting group politics.
Coming with delicious recipes and crocheting patterns, this is one amazing cozy mystery series, which introduced Betty Hetchman as one of the best writers in the genre.
BEST CROTCHET MYSTERY BOOKS
Hooking for Murder: This is one of Betty Hatchman’s most highly regarded novels and one of the most popular in the crotchet mystery series. Hatchman’s chief protagonist, Molly Pink still has the same sharp mind that cannot help but notice patterns of trouble in her environment. What started as more of a hobby, the Tarzania Hookers School of crocheting has become very popular with the classes drawing in a never-ending stream of crocheting adherents. Meanwhile Molly sees her new neighbors struggling with an ugly box monstrosity in their backyard. Since she has yet to meet them, she does not think anything of it until she espies two people fighting on the balcony, and what looks like a human form prostate on the floor. She immediately calls in Barry Greenberg, a homicide detective who is also her ex. To her amazement, Greenberg declares that there is nothing wrong at the neighbors, tells her to quit her amateur sleuthing, and not to waste his time. Molly knows that it simply was not a case of her eyes playing tricks on her, but since she has no proof, she has to continue with her detective work without professional help. She firmly believes someone in her quaint Tarzana neighborhood is guilty of murder.
With crocheting and knitting books flying off the shelves, Molly is so pumped up that she starts a series of classes where expert crocheters that call themselves Tarzana Hookers can teach their skills to interested novices. But the biggest problem is that Sheila, who is the resident expert on the most popular seminar class, suddenly goes down with a bizarre case of stage fright. To get her back to her usual self, the Tarzana Hookers club prepares a practice session at a fellow crocheter’s house. However, everything goes haywire when they stumble on a dead body in their new practice space – CeeCee’s garage. It is now up to Molly to find answers to the grisly murder, and bring the killer to book, or her school might close before it is even open.
Knot Guilty: Another popular novel in the crotchet mystery series is the ninth book in the series, Knot Guilty. Molly Pink and her crew of crocheters are gearing up to get more people interested in crocheting. They hire a vendor booth where they will be teaching interested people the craft of crocheting for a week. However, K.D. Kirby, one of the organizers of the event goes missing on the material day, only to be discovered dead in her hotel suite. Adele, one of the Tarzana Hookers that had publicly clashed with Kirby is the prime suspect. It does not help that her handmade crochet was found in the hotel room. Molly does not believe that her friend Adele is guilty, and immediately begins her investigation, hoping to find the killer before he clears out, leaving her friend on the hook for a murder she did not commit.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE
Fans of the Crochet Mystery series of novels also like the “A Southern Sewing Circle” series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. These novels feature Tori Sinclair, a New York librarian who moves to Sweet Briar, South Carolina only to find herself entangled in weird murder mysteries that she must unravel, if she is to stay out of prison.
If you liked the Crotchet Mystery series, you will also like the “Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries” by Anne Canadeo. These mysteries are about a group of five women, The Black Sheep Knitters, led by the vivacious Maggie Messina. These women find themselves solving murder mysteries that range from friends turning up dead with no explanation, to members of the group being framed for murder.