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Silence of the Lamb's Wool (A Yarn Retreat Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014
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Praise for Yarn to Go
“A cozy mystery that you won’t want to put down. It combines cooking, knitting, and murder in one great book!”—Fresh Fiction
“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
“A nicely knitted yarn where the setting was idyllic.”—Cozy Chicks
“What a great start to a new series. But I would expect nothing less from the very talented Betty Hechtman—author of the Crochet Mysteries. This was a real page-turner.”—MyShelf.com
Praise for Betty Hechtman’s National Bestselling Crochet Mysteries
“What fun—crochet and mystery.”—Vanna White, cohost of Wheel of Fortune
“Get hooked on this new author! . . . Who can resist a sleuth named Pink, a slew of interesting minor characters, and a fun fringe-of-Hollywood setting?”—Monica Ferris, USA Today bestselling author
“A delightful addition to the mystery genre.”—Earlene Fowler, national bestselling author
About the Author
Betty Hechtman is also the author of the Crochet Mysteries, including For Better or Worsted and If Hooks Could Kill. She has a degree in fine arts and since college has studied everything from tap dancing to magic. When she isn’t writing, reading, or crocheting, she’s probably at the gym. She lives in Southern California with her family.
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I have read all of Betty's books, and all are a pleasurable read. This book is no exception. I like novels that I can escape into, characters I can relate to and root for, humorous moments, and an entertaining story. There are many enjoyable layers in the plot, all of which were believable. I had trouble adhering to my own directives of "Just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed." Bad for my sleep, but it's the sign of a good book. I was not able to guess how things would turn out, even though I tried!
There's a great cliffhanger at the end of the book. Now I can't wait for the third book in the series!
Another reviewer remarked that there are no photos of the shawlette patterns in the book. That's true, but you can see photos at the author's website (her first and last name followed by dot com).
Back in 2008, I discovered the first book in Betty Hechtman's Crochet Mystery series (Hooked on Murder) when I was looking for content for my new Kindle--back when the Kindle was a new invention! The book inspired me to revive my rusty crocheting skills so I could make a pattern included in the book, and also to read Betty's other books. I have since come to know Betty, and she is a pleasure to converse with. If you like Silence of the Lamb's Wool, I think you'll enjoy the Crochet Mystery series as well. There's a preview of Knot Guilty (the next book in the Crochet Mystery series) at the end of Silence of the Lamb's Wool, and I'm looking forward to reading that book, too!
In addition, the main narrative drive is that Casey is running here and there, making and delivering cupcakes, baking desserts for various establishments, and having unpleasant conversations with several different people--all of which was just tiresome to read. Casey was stressed throughout the weekend, since she didn't know what she was doing, and ready about someone's stress-filled life is just not enjoyable to me!
Also, the book seemed not to know what genre is was supposed to be--is this a mystery or a romance novel? As much time was spent on Casey's complicated attractions to a couple of different guys (or lack of attraction, in some cases.) At times it felt more like a set-up for a romance novel than a mystery.
And then there were some details that were just unpleasant--an ongoing "joke" about the fact that Casey's cat like canned tuna cat food, which is referred to over and OVER again as "stink fish." I'm sorry, but those are just unpleasant words. There was also a plot detail about moldy, mildewed clothing. Again, when I read about stink fish and mildew smells, and then about eating cupcakes on the same page, it is unpleasant. Not cozy!
In the end, the pay-off was just not worth it. And the pattern for a shawl with no picture or sketch of what it will look like is not enticing either.