Killer Hooks by Betty Hechtman – Meet Adele Abrams Humphries

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Killer Hooks: A Crochet Mystery
by Betty Hechtman

About Killer Hooks

Killer Hooks: A Crochet Mystery
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Setting – California
Beyond the Page (September 18, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1960511300
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1960511300
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CGVQV2WL

When a baby girl is dropped off on Molly Pink’s doorstep, her life is thrown into disarray as she is putting together a troublesome author event at the bookstore where she works.

The author is a demanding former Hollywood columnist whose book is filled with upbeat stories, but who wants to promote a true crime podcast she is about to launch based on the dark side of what she left out of her columns.

At the same time, Molly’s son has asked her to investigate a potential investor in his production company. The baby, who happens to be Molly’s estranged granddaughter offers her an opening into an elite mommy group, a member of which is the wife of the person Molly is to investigate.

When the columnist dies suddenly, Molly finds herself in the crosshairs of an unfamiliar detective who considers her the prime suspect. Molly recruits the help of the Tarzana Hookers to help with all.

Meet Adele Abrams Humphries

(Character Guest Post)
Betty Hechtman

Finally, someone has recognized that I, Adele Abrams Humphries is the true star of the Crochet Mysteries and has asked to hear what I have to say. Molly Pink may be the one who gets involved with the mysteries and dead bodies, but I am far more interesting. People use words like flamboyant and charismatic when they talk about me, or if they don’t, they should.

I’m still a little aggravated that Molly got the job as event coordinator at Shedd & Royal Books and More instead of me. I was already working at the bookstore and she was a new hire. So what that she claimed to be more experienced since she had worked with her late husband in his PR firm. I would have been great putting at author events. Just look what I did with the children’s department. We have a waiting list for story-time. The kids adore Queen Adele as I call myself. They love my costumes and the drama. They all curtsey or bow when they arrive.

They’re called Crochet Mysteries and if there is anybody who is the queen of crochet it’s me. I am the leader of the Tarzana Hookers—no matter what CeeCee Collins or the others say. Crochet is in my blood. It’s too bad you can’t see what I’m wearing or you would understand what I mean. I made the long vest out of granny squares filled with colorful yarn. I see it as my job to splash some excitement and color in a blah black and white world. I love to add embellishments to everything I make like the red rose on my white cloche hat.

And don’t you dare mix crochet up with knitting. Ha! The nerve of some people to think that knitting is a superior yarn craft, when crochet is so much more versatile. I could go on forever about its virtue, but I’m in kind a hurry. To give you an example, I made a crocheted cactus in a crocheted terra cotta pot. Try that you needle heads.

But sadly, my life is not entirely a bed of crocheted roses. I recently married Eric Humphries. He’s a Los Angeles Police Department motor officer. Eric is wonderful, but we have his mother living with us. Mother Humphries doesn’t seem to appreciate how special I am and gives me dirty looks all the time. I’m sure it’s not because I call her Mother Humphries as some of my Hooker friends have said. I am just too special, too colorful, and too exciting for her drab ways.

We need to get out own place and in KILLER HOOKS, I tell the world that I have decided to take my experience of running the children’s department and use it to put on children’s parties to make the money we need to set us free from sharing a townhouse with Mother Humphries.

I have no doubt the parties will be a big success with me at the helm. Though I do need a little help in getting business, and taking care of the details like birthday cakes, activities, party favors, decorations, and themes. I see my job as just being Queen Adele. Of course, I’ll come in costume. I have a fabulous crown I crocheted with silver thread and then stiffened it with starch. It’s tall and looks very regal. I have a velvet cloak adorned with crochet trim done with eyelash yarn to look like fur. I am thinking of crocheting a pair of ruby slippers with some red glittery yarn.

Molly Pink is my dear friend, probably my best friend, so I know she will be glad to help put everything together. And then when Eric and I get our own place, I’ll let her arrange the housewarming party.

With all her experience putting on events at the bookstore, it should all be easy peasy—if she doesn’t get involved in another murder.

About Betty Hechtman

Betty Hechtman is the national bestselling author of the Crochet Mysteries, the Yarn Retreat Mysteries, and the Writer for Hire Mysteries. Handicraft and writing are her passions and she is thrilled to be able to combine them in all of her series. Betty grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has a degree in Fine Art. Since College, she has studied everything from improv comedy to magic. She has had an assortment of professions, including volunteer farm worker picking fruit on a kibbutz tucked between Lebanon and Syria, nanny at a summer resort, waitress at a coffee house, telephone operator, office worker at the Writer’s Guild, public relations assistant at a firm with celebrity clients, and newsletter editor at a Waldorf school. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, short stories, screenplays, and a middle-grade mystery, Stolen Treasure. She lives with her family and stash of yarn in Southern California. See for more information, excerpts from all her books, and photos of all the projects of the patterns included in her books. She blogs on Fridays at, and you can join her on Facebook at BettyHechtmanAuthor.


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