On the Hook is the twelfth Crochet Mystery featuring Molly Pink and the Tarzana Hookers. By now I've had a chance to think about
why I write these books. It isn't to become rich and famous. There are a few writers who make boat loads of cash - as for the
rest of us, well, money isn't our motive. As for fame - it is not something that has ever occurred to me.
The real reason I write has to do with an aha moment I had in third grade. The girl in front of me had made a lovely drawing using
a cigar box full of little nubs of left over crayons. I thought it was amazing that she had produced such a wonderful picture from
what looked like throwaways. And right then and there I decided that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to take what seemed like
nothing and make something out of it.
I did it with sewing. I could take a piece of fabric I picked up on sale and turn it into a dress. I can do it with crocheting or
knitting. A ball of yarn gets turned into a scarf or blanket to keep someone warm.
With writing I take words and imaginings and connect them together into a story that becomes a three dimensional book you can hold
in your hands. It feels like magic.
My wish is that when someone reads the last page of one of my books they have a smile and a satisfied feeling that they've been taken
away someplace where the bad people get their due and everybody else has a good time.
"It is the kind of story that kept me turning the pages late into the night to find out what happened next."
- Kim Davis, 'Cinnamon and Sugar' and 'A Little Bit of Murder'
The Tarzana Hookers' Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees.
A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly's house. She hasn't met her new neighbors, but when she sees
a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex,
homicide detective Barry Greenberg.
To Molly's shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows
she wasn't just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she'll have to unravel the evidence on her own - because someone in
Tarzana is tangled up in murder.
In GONE WITH THE WOOL, Casey is putting on a Yarn Retreat to coincide with probably the biggest event of the year in Cadbury
by the Sea. Every October thousands of monarch butterflies arrive to overwinter in the small town. There is a whole week of
activities in honor of their return and of course, it all gets marred by a murder. Casey's retreat features loom knitting and
crocheting a monarch butterfly with patterns included for both.
Molly and the Tarzana Hookers are busy getting ready to start Yarn University at the bookstore and they decide to hold a practice class at crocheter CeeCee's mansion.
But before the lesson begins, Molly and the gang stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee's garage.
In the series opener, Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It's a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager...and from the stress of being the latest murder suspect in Tarzana, California.