A Tangled Yarn: Yarn Retreat Mystery #5 by Betty Hechtman

A Tangled Yarn: Yarn Retreat Mystery #5 by Betty Hechtman

Betty Hechtman returns to the blog today with the fifth title in her Yarn Retreat Mystery series, narrated by Margaret Strom. Please read on for my review of

A Tangled Yarn

Oh what a fun series this is – I’ve been trying to catch up in between reviews (to no avail) but the author has included enough information about prior events to not feel lost. What lost me here was the “arm knitting’ which took several searches to understand, finger crocheting I got (thank you summer camp) but even with a needle my crochet looks like a 3 year old did it. (Apologies to 3 year olds everywhere!) In this book, Casey is again preparing for (then running) another Yarn Retreat – full of crafty, fuzzy goodness, with plenty of new techniques and trends for people to try. The resort on the Monterey Peninsula is again a wonderful and scenic setting, easy to imagine with the descriptions and evocative prose that Hechtman uses. Again, there are multiple groups holding events at the Vista del Mar, and this time a participant from the writer’s retreat is found dead in his room in a bunch of feathers. Is it a remix of The Birds? With Casey’s experience and previous successes in solving the multiple murders that have happened on the grounds, she’s asked to pitch in for a solution.

Atmospherically, Casey’s voice and presence, along with her desire to incorporate events for her retreaters that all will enjoy, and her innate curiosity and never-ending drive to make a success of her business all combine with the retreat and the characters that we encounter to make for a solidly enjoyable and often twisty tale. Never once have I ferreted out the culprit as I thoroughly enjoyed the twists, turns and journey along the way. Adding in ‘guest’ teachers and helpers, two men and the quest for answers when nothing is as it would seem – this is possibly the most difficult and complex murder that Casey has yet to solve. Fast paced, clues and red herrings dropping in every chapter, secondary characters who add to the overall story and plenty of intrigue, the story speeds along and keeps your brain jumping from one moment to the next. The combination of mystery, craft and story come together to make this a favorite.

Narration for this story is provided by Margaret Strom and from the last to this book I did notice some minor changes: her broad middle American accent managed to play well for each character, while some emotional nuance was noted in Casey’s voice and added to her portrayal. Some of the other secondary characters did have additional emotion available, a change from earlier performances, and while there weren’t a great variety of tones and pitches used to distinguish characters, I did feel as if the narrator was enjoying the story as she presented it, and that did make a better impression on me overall. December (for me) is booked with plenty of time to read titles I want to catch up on – and this series will be in that pile.

Stars: Overall 5 Narration 4 Story 5

A Tangled Yarn: Yarn Retreat Mystery #5 by Betty Hechtman

Title: A Tangled Yarn
Author: Betty Hechtman
Series: Yarn Retreat Mystery #5
Also in this series: Wound Up in Murder
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Margaret Strom
Published by: Berkley, Tantor Audio
ISBN: 0425282686
Published on: 26 September, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Pages: 304
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 18 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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Betty Hechtman knits up murder and mayhem in the latest in the national bestselling Yarn Retreat Mystery series.

Casey Feldstein has her hands full with preparations at the Vista Del Mar hotel on the scenic Monterey Peninsula as another yarn retreat begins. The retreaters will be thrown for a loop this time, learning the trendy art of arm knitting and finger crocheting.

But not everyone is enthusiastic about trying something new, and Casey is forced to come up with an alternative craft for her less adventurous pupils. Things go from worst to worsted when a travel writer from a neighboring retreat group is found dead in his room among a sea of feathers. When one of the owners of Vista Del Mar pleads for help, Casey gets hooked into the case and must unravel a delicate skein of secrets to catch a killer.


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A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Betty Hechtman

Betty Hechtman was born in Chicago, Illinois and on a particularly eventful weekend graduated college, got married and moved to Los Angeles, California. She has a degree in Fine Arts and has had a variety of professions including being a volunteer farm worker on a kibbutz, Sunday school teacher, waitress, retail sales, editor of a finance company newsletter, telephone operator, associate publicist and freelance writer.

Her love of mysteries started with Nancy Drew and blossomed when she began to read Agatha Christie's books. She has been doing handicrafts since she was a child. It is like a dream come true to be able to mix mystery and yarn craft in her books.



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