I just finished reading the 9th book in Betty Hechtman's crochet mystery series. I read it in two days. I always read her books quickly as they are so well written and interesting. If you enjoy crochet (and you must if you're here!) and you enjoy mysteries, you will certainly enjoy these books.
Here is a list of the books in the Crochet Mystery series:
Book 1: Hooked on Murder
Book 2: Dead Men Don't Crochet
Book 3: By Hook or by Crook
Book 4: A Stitch in Crime
Book 5: You Better Knot Die
Book 6: Behind the Seams
Book 7: If Hooks Could Kill
Book 8: For Better or Worsted
Book 9: Knot Guilty
Be forewarned. Although the books can be read out of order, you will find it much more enjoyable to read them in order as the personal journey of our heroine sometimes ends in a cliffhanger. I can't wait for Book #10.
(I was not asked to write a review of this book. I just chose to include it as I enjoy these so much.)
Each book also contains at least one, and usually more than one, pattern.You can see a sample and find out which book they are in here. In Knot Guilty, which is fresh in my mind since I finished it moments ago, the group has a crochet booth at a primarily knitting fair. Of course there's a murder too. I found it a little out there that the ladies could teach folks who had never done any crocheting before to crochet a small granny square pin, with beads, using a size 3 crochet hook, in the space of a few minutes. The Stash Buster Wrap made more sense for a crochet class as it uses only alternating rows of single crochet and double crochet. A good first project. That did not deter from my enjoyment of the story, however, and what do I know. Maybe they are just a lot better at teaching than I am. LOL
The books generally have recipes also. I really can't remember much about that as I'm not a cook but the bookstore where Molly Pink works offers treats as well as books and yarn products. :-)
Betty Hechtman has other books besides these but the Molly Pink stories are my favorites. You can find her books at Amazon.
As to my own crochet, I'm still working on the Doctor Who scarves. When I am finished with the body, I'll have tons of tails to sew in. Then I will add fringe which some call tassels but really they are fringe. heh Tassels are different.