By Hook or by Crook by Betty Hechtman is the third book in the “Crochet” mystery series.  Publisher: Berkely Prime Crime (Penguin), June 2009

Yarnaholic Molly Pink has become known in Tarzana, California, for her sleuthing skills, thanks for the help of her crochet group.  But the latest mystery may be too much for these stitches to unravel.

There’s nothing the Tarzana Hookers love more than doing a good deed.  They’re so preoccupied with crocheting and selling scarves, teddy bears, and blankets to raise money for the local part that they don’t even notice the brown paper bag at the end of the table – until it’s too late to find its owner.

Unable to resist a good mystery, they open the bag and find 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.  The Hookers decide to leave the detective work up to Molly, but by the time she discovers the talented crocheter’s identity, the mystery person has been murdered by a box of poisoned marzipan apples.  Now Molly needs the help of her fellow stitchers, before the killer has time to create a deadly pattern of murder.

This was a quick and easy read.  My rating: 3 stars

*new-to-me author

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