You Better Knot Die
Her crochet group, The Tarzana Hookers, is working overtime for the holidays-but Molly Pink is having trouble finding time to crochet so much as a snowflake. The bookstore where she works is adding a yarn department, and planning a huge launch party where the mysterious author of a popular series will reveal his or her true identity.
But before the author appears, another person disappears. The husband of Molly's neighbor is missing. When a suicide note arrives, it appears the husband has jumped off the Catalina Ferry- but Molly smells something fishy. Despite the protestations of her detective boyfriend, Molly's soon hooked on unraveling another mystery. She better watch out-or her sleuthing may get her on someone's naughty list...
In Hechtman's diverting fifth cozy featuring Molly Pink and the members of her crochet group, the Tarzana (Calif.) Hookers (after February 2010's A Stitch in Crime), Molly, an event coordinator at Shedd Royal Books and More, is preparing for the upcoming midnight launch of Caught Under the Mistletoe (about a crocheting vampire) and first public appearance of its pseudonymous author, A.J. Kowalski. No one knows whether Kowalski is a man or a woman. Molly is distracted, however, when she returns from a buying trip to discover crime scene tape at her house and her boyfriend, homicide detective Barry Greenberg, investigating a nasty smell. No human body turns up, but her neighbor, financial adviser Bradley Perkins, is missing and a suspected suicide. Some readers may find the amusing business about Kowalski's Blood and Yarn book series of more interest than what happened to Bradley.