Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: For Better or Worsted (Crochet Mystery #8) by Betty Hechtman

Molly Pink and her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, are always game for a new 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 is hanging by a thread ...

When Molly is invited to a major society wedding, she expects some wedding drama. Though she never anticipated this much trouble. The bride is the daughter of Molly’s close friend Mason—and has been planning this wedding for a long time.  But at the reception, things go amiss when the wealthy groom ends up dancing with the grim reaper.

To make matters worse, the bride’s mother is found holding the murder weapon—and, as the newest addition to a reality show, she’s happy to fuel the media frenzy. Molly agrees to open her home to Thursday, the distraught bride, who needs a little peace from the paparazzi. But when it turns out that Thursday and her groom were on shaky ground, the blushing bride takes the spotlight as the prime suspect.

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

Betty Hechtman writes two national best selling yarn related series for Berkley Prime Crime.  KNOT GUILTY and FOR BETTER OR WORSTED are her latest in the Crochet series and SILENCE OF THE LAMB'S WOOL is the latest in the Yarn Retreat series.  All books in both series feature patterns and recipes.  

In addition, she has just released Stolen Treasure, a Blue Schwartz Mystery as an e-book.  Formerly published as Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti's Necklace, it features a 13 year old babysitter who loves to cook and is accused of stealing a priceless necklace.  Three of Blue's favorite recipes are included in the book.  

She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and has taken classes in everything from improv comedy to magic.  She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, along with short stories and several scripts.  She splits her time between Southern California and Chicago and has yarn stashes in both places.  You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.  She blogs Fridays on 

***You can read Betty's guest post on 11/14/14 when we feature her newest release, Knot Guilty!***

This was a cute story.  Not exactly what I would call a compelling mystery, but it definitely fits the bill of a cozy.  The usual characters are there - including Molly Pink and her Hookers.  I always enjoy their banter, and as a few of these characters are eventually suspected of committing the crime, hilarity, obviously, runs amok.  

While I did enjoy the book, it wasn't my favorite in this series.  It moved along at a comfortable pace, and had it's moments, but something about it seemed kind of... hokey.  It was almost as if there were just one too many coincidences to make the whole mystery seem plausible.  

Don't get me wrong, it's a Betty Hechtman story, with great characters and a wonderful setting.  The mystery just didn't hook me this time around.  

Rating: 3.5 stars 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own.  

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Chèli said...

Love Needlework cozies! They motivate me to do my own.


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