A Crafter Hooks a Killer A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn Crooked Lane Books Mystery & Thrillers
Sure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.
Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?
Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death—her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.
Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend—she has to know.
Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?
A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second book in the A Handcrafted Mystery series by Holly Quinn. Definitely a cozy mystery with all of the connections that make this a fun easy read.
Amateur sleuth Sammy and her team finds themselves trying to solve Jane’s murder. I love the way each character is provided in detail and even like the broody detective Nash. They each have their own unique personality and all mesh together very well.
The story line keeps you guessing until the very end when you slap yourself in the head and think of course. Thinking back you realize that there were hints all along, but that’s alright as the ending was still a surprise.
I whole-hearted recommend A Crafter Hooks Killer for any cozy-mystery lover. I'll definitely be watching out for future installments.
I especially liked the instructions for the “Urban Ripple Lap Blanket”, and, the “Kane Family Lasagna” - I have never read a cozy mystery that included a food recipe and a crochet instruction - - LOVE IT!
I GIVE IT A 5 STAR: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️