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New! Writer For Hire Mysteries
Location has always been important to me. It's more than just mentioning the name of a place. I like to include descriptions of what it looks like and the feeling of the place. Even though I have lived in L.A. longer than I did in Chicago, since I grew up in the Midwestern city it still feels like home. Setting the Writer for Hire mysteries there made me look at the city and my old neighborhood with a fresh eye. I took a new look at places that had been like background scenery. It was interesting how different things looked when I really examined them. I'd always noticed that the El train that runs above Wabash threw a shadow over the street, but I'd never really looked at the structure. Only then did I see that the legs holding up the tracks and station suspended above the street resembled giant insect legs.

The idea of Veronica Blackstone being a writer for hire came from my own life. My father was a writer for hire. Along with writing a number of non-fiction books, he wrote entries for encyclopedias, magazine pieces and some love letters. A friend of his was courting a wealthy woman he hoped to marry. All I remember of the whole episode was that she had a limousine. The letters apparently worked and they got married. After which my father's friend forgot he'd ever known him.

Both my parents worked, so my father had to take my brother and me along on some of his writer's meetings. There was a story about my brother being under the table at a restaurant, tying my father's and the person he was meeting's shoelaces in knots. My one memory is going to the studio of an artist who was designing a book jacket. There was a white flower floating in the bowl of murky water he used to clean his brushes.

After writing a successful mystery, Veronica Blackstone has come to a standstill in writing the sequel. For now all her efforts are going into running a writers' group with some quirky characters and working as a writer for hire. She will write whatever her clients need whether it's love letters, a celebration of life for a funeral, wedding vows, publicity pieces for businesses or even just a letter terminating a lease. All of which gets her in the middle of her clients lives and their deaths.

"Plenty of plot twists and an appealing heroine with a reluctant love interest. What's not to like?"
Kirkus Reviews

"A sympathetic heroine coping with her own losses and colorful characters from a writer's group combine nicely with an intriguing plot involving class and abuse. Readers will look forward to future installments."
Publishers Weekly

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In the 14th Crochet Mystery, ONE FOR THE HOOKS, Molly gets a life changing offer while dealing with drones, short term rentals, orphan yarn and the news she's going to be a grandmother.

In a new Yarn Retreat Mystery from national bestselling author Betty Hechtman, Casey Feldstein will have to unravel an assortment of tangled clues to solve a knotty murder mystery . . .

"A cozy mystery that you won't want to put down. It combines cooking, knitting and murder in one great book!"
-Fresh Fiction on Yarn to Go

The yarn retreat group visiting scenic Vista Del Mar has already planned their own activities, so part-time dessert maker and retreat host Casey Feldstein is looking forward to a stress-free weekend. But the rustic locale is also playing host to a mindfulness retreat for Silicon Valley start-up entrepreneurs along with a flock of bird-watchers, and soon everyone at the resort is getting wound up. And when Casey discovers the dead body of one of the tech gurus on the rocky shore of the Pacific, she begins to suspect that what looks like an accident is actually a calculated murder.

With so many suspects to choose from and mysterious connections emerging between members of the groups, Casey will have to knit together a colorful array of clues as she wrangles with Vista Del Mar's prickly manager and the curmudgeonly local police lieutenant. And as she closes in on the likely culprit, she'll have to tie up the loose ends of her investigation before the killer can stitch her full of holes . . .

Includes a fun, easy knitting project and a mouthwatering muffin recipe!

More Praise for the Yarn Retreat Mysteries:

"If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. The mystery will delight you, and afterward you'll be itching to start a knitting or crochet project of your own."
-Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

"The California seaside is the backdrop to this captivating cozy that will have readers heading for the yarn store in droves."
-Debbie's Book Bag on Yarn to Go

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"A lively ensemble cast led by Molly Pink, assistant manager of Shedd & Royal Books in Tarzana, Calif. lifts Hechtman's entertaining, well-paced 13th Crochet mystery."
- Publisher's Weekly

"Hechtman's lucky 13th is a character-driven cozy whose mystery is solid enough to raise it above the average."
- Kirkus

The Tarzana Hookers crochet club is ready for its close-up! But Molly Pink may be getting too close to a case that will land her on the cutting-room floor.

Molly Pink's excitement level is off the hook: The Craftee Channel's new cable talk show &qupt;Creating with Crochet" has scheduled an upcoming taping at the bookstore. While she's there, TV host Rory Graham is to work with the Tarzana Hookers on a Make and Take bracelet project to draw bookstore customers to the yarn section. It's a win-win -- or so it "seams".

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