May 17, 2019

A Crafter Hooks a Killer (A Handcrafted Mystery #2) by Holly Quinn

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "A Crafter Hooks a Killer" by Holly Quinn the second book in the A Handcrafted Mystery series.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have purchased the first one so I am properly caught up.
Length: 274 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (June 11 2019)
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death―her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.

Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend―she has to know.

Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?

Being a crafter I love a mystery that has a crafty theme, "A Crafter Hooks a Killer" is the second book in the A Handcrafted Mystery series by Holly Quinn.  I haven't read the first book in this series, but that didn't cause a problem as this can be read as a stand-alone. 

I like the Protagonist Samantha “Sammy” Kane  and her besties Heidi and Ellie who complete the S.H.E. (Sammy-Heidi-Ellie) “detective agency” from their childhood.  The characters are well developed and very likeable, and who doesn't love a golden retriever "Bara".

There are plenty of red herrings, twists, turns to keep me wanting to find out what will happen next. 
I cant wait for the third installment in this series, I highly recommend this to cozy lovers.

I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley.  All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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