Monday, November 2, 2015

KNOT GUILTY by Betty Hechtman 
A LIKELY STORY by Jenn McKinlay 

Book 9 in the Embroidery Mystery series 
by Amanda Lee 

In the latest mystery from the bestselling author of Wicked Stitch, the future of Marcy Singer’s embroidery shop is dangling by a thread…

Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags.

Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…


Author Amanda Lee has crafted another delightful installment in this wonderful series. THE STITCHING HOUR is by far my favorite book in the Embroidery Mysteries.

Ms. Lee really knows how to bring a reader into her stories and make them feel a part of it all. I know I certainly do when I’m reading. The author’s writing is fluid and unfussy, taking you from one page to the next with the ease that only a gifted story teller can.

It was great fun being back in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. I always love spending time with lead character Marcy Singer and her adorable Irish wolf-hound, Angus. Honestly, if I could dognap a pup out of a book, Angus would be mine. All the characters in this series are fun to read. And the characters, the Atwoods in this story, you’re going to enjoy reading about them. ;-)

I think fans of this series will agree that THE STITCHING HOUR is the best in this series so far. If you haven’t read this series, you will still be able to follow this story without feeling lost. And don’t need to know how to embroider. That being said, after you read this book, I bet you go back and start the series from the beginning. Yes, you’ll like it that much!


Book 9 in the Crochet Mystery series
by Betty Hechtman

Molly Pink and her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, get a crash course in murder—from the national bestselling author of For Better or Worsted

Molly and her friends can’t wait to get people hooked on crochet at the annual SoCal Knit Style Show.  This year, for the first time ever, the knitting show also features crochet, including crochet classes and a crochet competition.

The show’s organizer is K. D. Kirby, publisher of several knitting magazines and owner of an elite Beverly Hills yarn store. Concern when K.D. doesn’t show up for the opening reception turns into shock when she’s found dead in her hotel suite.

Suspicion falls on Adele, one of the Tarzana Hookers who locked horns with K.D., and whose handmade crochet hook is found at the murder scene. Certain that Adele’s been framed, Molly starts her own investigation, hoping to get their pal off the hook, and find a killer before another guest checks out…


KNOT GUILTY is a well stitched story in a series that has already hooked so many readers.

Author Betty Hecthman’s Crochet Mystery series has needled its way into the hearts of thousands of readers, and this book certainly shows why. Well written as always, with a clever plot, KNOT GUILTY had me guessing the whole way through until a reveal that totally outwitted me.

Author Hechtamn didn’t end KNOT GUILTY with a neat finishing flourish. No, she leave readers with a cliff hanger that had me gasping and begging the book fairies to add a few more chapters! Come on book ten, SEAMS LIKE MURDER. May 2016 is just too far away!

For those readers new to the series, chapter one does a lot to bring you up to speed on the happenings in the life of protagonist Molly Pink, her crochet group the Tarzana Hookers, and other key characters from the series. So no worries of feeling lost.

Check out the back of the book for crochet patterns and yummy recipes! 


Book 6 in the Library Lover's Mystery series 
by Jenn McKinlay

A new hardcover in the Library Lover's mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time. Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person's case involving two reclusive brothers.


Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.


Author Jenn McKinlay is the first cozy author I ever read. I didn’t move on to another cozy author until I had read everything available in each series she had written. Thank goodness my sister had most of them on hand to lend to me. (By the way, their all my now!) When I did finally try new cozy authors, I measured them up to Ms. McKinlay’s writing. I don’t do that anymore, because I was of course I was thrilled to find that there were so many brilliant cozy authors, and their books speak for themselves. But Jenn McKinlay will always reside in a soft spot in my heart.

Okay…Here’s my review.

Spectacular! Once again author Jenn McKinlay has penned a wonderful story!

Any time I can spend in Briar Creek with head librarian Lindsey Norris, her friends of the Crafternooner’s group, Captain Sully, and the rest of this delightful town, I’m as happy as can be. And every minute of time spent with this book was no different.

A LIKELY STORY, book six in the Library Lover’s Mystery series is another well written, funny, intriguing, entertaining story. I finished this book in record time, but wish I had paced myself to make it last a lot longer. A superb plot that kept me on the edge of my seat, led to a half surprising reveal, but definitely a satisfying one! (Half surprising to me because I managed to guess half of it right. Okay, I lucky guessed it.)

As Jenn McKinlay is known to do, even after everything is all wrapped up, she hits us with a surprise ending. This is one author who knows how to kept her readers coming back for more!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for some yummy recipes and a never before published short story, AN UNLIKELY MEETING!

My review of the short story
On no. You have to read get A LIKELY STORY and find out for yourself. But I will tell you this much, you’re going to love it! 

All 3 of these great titles are 
available for pre-order

Release date: 
November 3, 2015

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  1. Thanks, Lisa...looking forward to it...and I love Angus, too!

  2. P.S. - New release Tuesday is like Christmas every month...if only I could buy all of them!

  3. Must check out the Crochet Series. The others are already pre-ordered. My TBR pile is embarrassing. Thank you--I will be back to check out more of your reviews!

  4. Thank you, Lisa for your wonderful reviews. I'll be getting all 3 of the books. I've been following these series and you just can't beat them.

  5. So many books, so little time! I want them all! Thanks, Lisa!