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In a new Yarn Retreat Mystery from national bestselling author Betty Hechtman, Casey Feldstein is determined to tie up loose ends to solve another murder . . . “If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. The mystery will delight you, and afterward you’ll be itching to start a knitting or crochet project of your own.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews In a new Yarn Retreat Mystery from national bestselling author Betty Hechtman, Casey Feldstein is determined to tie up loose ends to solve another murder . . . “If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. The mystery will delight you, and afterward you’ll be itching to start a knitting or crochet project of your own.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews After reconnecting with some old college friends on social media, part-time dessert chef and muffin maker Casey Feldstein has gotten herself roped into hosting a knitting retreat for the group. Tangled up in worries over how they’ll judge her unconventional life and the rustic atmosphere at Vista Del Mar, she watches in dismay as the women arrive and their old personalities—and old grudges—come trickling to the surface. But Casey discovers these are the least of her problems when one of the women is found dead. With everyone a suspect—including an old crush of Casey’s who’s mysteriously been invited to join the retreat—Casey knows she’ll have to start stitching together clues to uncover the culprit. And as long-held secrets start emerging, she begins to suspect that each of the women may have had a motive for murder. Casey wants to avoid needling her old friends with accusations, but she knows she’ll have to ask some pointed questions if she’s going to unravel the clues and catch a killer . . . Includes a pattern for a fun, easy scarf and a mouthwatering recipe! More Praise for the Yarn Retreat Mysteries: “A cozy mystery that you won’t want to put down. It combines cooking, knitting and murder in one great book!” —Fresh Fiction on Yarn to Go “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 on Yarn to Go About the Author: Betty Hechtman is the national bestselling author of the Crochet Mysteries and the Yarn Retreat Mysteries. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has a degree in Fine Art. Since College, she has studied everything from improve comedy to magic, and has had an assortment of professions, including volunteer farm worker, nanny at a summer resort, waitress at a coffee house, and telephone operator. She lives with her family and stash of yarn in Southern California. You can learn more about Betty and find excerpts from all her books at BettyHechtman.com. She blogs on Fridays at Killerhobbies.blogspot.com, and you can join her on Facebook at BettyHechtmanAuthor and on Twitter at @BettyHechtman.


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In a new Yarn Retreat Mystery from national bestselling author Betty Hechtman, Casey Feldstein is determined to tie up loose ends to solve another murder . . . “If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. The mystery will delight you, and afterward you’ll be itching to start a knitting or crochet project of your own.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews In a new Yarn Retreat Mystery from national bestselling author Betty Hechtman, Casey Feldstein is determined to tie up loose ends to solve another murder . . . “If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend giving it a go. The mystery will delight you, and afterward you’ll be itching to start a knitting or crochet project of your own.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews After reconnecting with some old college friends on social media, part-time dessert chef and muffin maker Casey Feldstein has gotten herself roped into hosting a knitting retreat for the group. Tangled up in worries over how they’ll judge her unconventional life and the rustic atmosphere at Vista Del Mar, she watches in dismay as the women arrive and their old personalities—and old grudges—come trickling to the surface. But Casey discovers these are the least of her problems when one of the women is found dead. With everyone a suspect—including an old crush of Casey’s who’s mysteriously been invited to join the retreat—Casey knows she’ll have to start stitching together clues to uncover the culprit. And as long-held secrets start emerging, she begins to suspect that each of the women may have had a motive for murder. Casey wants to avoid needling her old friends with accusations, but she knows she’ll have to ask some pointed questions if she’s going to unravel the clues and catch a killer . . . Includes a pattern for a fun, easy scarf and a mouthwatering recipe! More Praise for the Yarn Retreat Mysteries: “A cozy mystery that you won’t want to put down. It combines cooking, knitting and murder in one great book!” —Fresh Fiction on Yarn to Go “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 on Yarn to Go About the Author: Betty Hechtman is the national bestselling author of the Crochet Mysteries and the Yarn Retreat Mysteries. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has a degree in Fine Art. Since College, she has studied everything from improve comedy to magic, and has had an assortment of professions, including volunteer farm worker, nanny at a summer resort, waitress at a coffee house, and telephone operator. She lives with her family and stash of yarn in Southern California. You can learn more about Betty and find excerpts from all her books at BettyHechtman.com. She blogs on Fridays at Killerhobbies.blogspot.com, and you can join her on Facebook at BettyHechtmanAuthor and on Twitter at @BettyHechtman.

30 review for Inherit the Wool (A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #6)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A cute cozy mystery but not my favorite in this series. Casey is not herself in this book. Personally, I thought the retreat was going on forever. I was beginning to think it would never end. There are a number of characters and the majority of them are unlikeable. The mystery can easily be solved before the murder. The book is easy to read thanks to the author's conversational writing style. A cute cozy mystery but not my favorite in this series. Casey is not herself in this book. Personally, I thought the retreat was going on forever. I was beginning to think it would never end. There are a number of characters and the majority of them are unlikeable. The mystery can easily be solved before the murder. The book is easy to read thanks to the author's conversational writing style.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    This series just keeps getting better and better! Casey is put in the position of putting on a retreat for some old college friends that has her scrambling to cover up what a hodgepodge her life is compared to how "together" her old mates seem to be, but things go completely off the rails when one of the old pals is found dead! Once again Casey is on the case! I absolutely can't wait to see what happens in the next book as things are heating up on several personal fronts for Casey and several of This series just keeps getting better and better! Casey is put in the position of putting on a retreat for some old college friends that has her scrambling to cover up what a hodgepodge her life is compared to how "together" her old mates seem to be, but things go completely off the rails when one of the old pals is found dead! Once again Casey is on the case! I absolutely can't wait to see what happens in the next book as things are heating up on several personal fronts for Casey and several of the other characters. FYI: So far the entire series has been available via audiobook!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Casey runs into a few difficulties when she plans a yarn retreat for some of her college classmates. Old grudges emerge as the group interacts, and everything goes downhill when one of them dies. Secrets abound and slowly come to light as Casey persues the person responsible. Astute readers will likely zero in on the killer before Casey does, but the mystery is still a good one. The continuing characters and the furthering of secondary plot lines add to enjoyment of the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Inherit the Wool A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #6 by Betty Hechtman Excited to be reading a new author to me and the subject contains knitting. She calls her friend Frank and he fears there's another murder as many have occurred since she moved to Cadbury by the Sea in CA. Feldstein is putting on a yarn retreat reunion. The sorority from college will be coming, all people she knows, The Ballerinas. She had tried a lot of different jobs and really liked it but there was no money to run the company. Her aun Inherit the Wool A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #6 by Betty Hechtman Excited to be reading a new author to me and the subject contains knitting. She calls her friend Frank and he fears there's another murder as many have occurred since she moved to Cadbury by the Sea in CA. Feldstein is putting on a yarn retreat reunion. The sorority from college will be coming, all people she knows, The Ballerinas. She had tried a lot of different jobs and really liked it but there was no money to run the company. Her aunt Joan had died and left everything with her.... Love how each get to introduce themselves to one another again and especially love the routine with the balls they do. A murder attempt happens and Carrie is the one who collects the clues and tries to solve the mystery. After the attempts and the women know they want to leave the area but Carrie has some ideas on how to keep them there-because one of them could be the culprit. When pigs fly, LOL. I have seen them in TN. love how it fits into this book. Like how the local cop is also investigating from his angle, not his normal at all! Love that she's a baker! Wow I missed so many clues in the story, had no clue who the culprit was. Like hearing of the magic tricks, so cool! Love knit patterns for the scarf attached at the end. And recipe for muffins! Other works and about the author are included at the end. Really enjoyed this book can't wait to read more. Received this review copy from Beyond the Page Publishing via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mrsk Stephen

    Inherit the Wool, by Betty Hechtmann, has all the ingredients of a cozy murder mystery. The main character is a single woman who is a wanna-be detective, the setting is a lovely rustic inn near the Pacific coast but isolated enough not to have cell phone service, a love interest or two, a plethora minor characters to love or hate, a plot following the tried and true outline yet there is still something missing in the story arc. Hechtmannn is to be commended for developing a series that permits on Inherit the Wool, by Betty Hechtmann, has all the ingredients of a cozy murder mystery. The main character is a single woman who is a wanna-be detective, the setting is a lovely rustic inn near the Pacific coast but isolated enough not to have cell phone service, a love interest or two, a plethora minor characters to love or hate, a plot following the tried and true outline yet there is still something missing in the story arc. Hechtmannn is to be commended for developing a series that permits one not to have to read the books in the series. Inherit the Wool makes a fine stand alone story, and quickly captures the reader up with major plot devices that may have occurred in previous books. Although Hechtmann has her main character running around like a chicken with her head cut off it appears that she has misjudged the intelligence of her audience. The main clue is just too obvious, as are the red herrings. Likewise her sense of time is poor, we all know exactly how long it takes to do things and know there are only 24 hours in a day! She has cleverly left her main character with enough unresolved personal issues that a sequel may be inevitable. An light, but easily forgettable, book; and sometimes that is just what you need. I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Bradford

    another great book in this series

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    This was a nice little escape. Casey has several jobs, one is running craft retreats; the second is baking for the coffee shops and a restaurant, in town; and the third job is acting as an aide to her ex-boyfriend and his magic show. She's been contacted by some old college friends who want to get together for a little reunion and want her to host a retreat. She's worried what they will think of her life as she thinks they are all successful and accomplished women. Surprise! Little cracks in the This was a nice little escape. Casey has several jobs, one is running craft retreats; the second is baking for the coffee shops and a restaurant, in town; and the third job is acting as an aide to her ex-boyfriend and his magic show. She's been contacted by some old college friends who want to get together for a little reunion and want her to host a retreat. She's worried what they will think of her life as she thinks they are all successful and accomplished women. Surprise! Little cracks in their facades are beginning to show. And then it happens, one of them is murdered. Casey decides she must figure out what happened. This is a fun story and was a nice little escape. Casey is a nice character and several of her friends around town are likable. However, the story didn't keep me glued to the page. The writing style is easy-to-read, but there are lots of characters. I also , that might be figured out who the murderer was before the big reveal. I like cozies and this fit the bill. Maybe part of my problem was that I hadn't read any of the previous books and that might be my problem. I might try another one in the series and see if it grabs me. Thanks to NetGalley who supplied the book in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Huhn-Bowles

    Grammar and spelling editor needed here. A pretty blah story and lifeless characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    I always want to take up my knitting needles after reading one of Betty Hechtman's Yarn Retreat mysteries and Inherit the Wool is no exception. The author has created a strong plot with plenty of misdirection, and although I deduced part of the solution, part of it did elude me. I do have to admit that I found this book a bit harder to get into than previous installments because of the reunion setting. This has nothing to do with the author's writing and everything to do with my personal experien I always want to take up my knitting needles after reading one of Betty Hechtman's Yarn Retreat mysteries and Inherit the Wool is no exception. The author has created a strong plot with plenty of misdirection, and although I deduced part of the solution, part of it did elude me. I do have to admit that I found this book a bit harder to get into than previous installments because of the reunion setting. This has nothing to do with the author's writing and everything to do with my personal experiences with old classmates and reunions. If I were the main character, there would be no Inherit the Wool because I wouldn't have agreed to host the retreat for those women in the first place. (Yes, in this instance I am a killjoy.) Personal feelings aside, the reunion plot line is well written and shows readers a part of Casey's past that they hadn't seen before, and the resolution is satisfying. Whether or not you like to knit, Inherit the Wool is a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you haven't given this series a try, I do recommend it. Now... where's that knitting project of mine?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This can be read as a standalone story. I am a fan of this series. I like the not so secure Casey, her friend Lucinda and the Detective Theo Borgine. I’m not a fan of the inn manager, Kevin. The California seaside is the backdrop to this captivating cozy. Near Monterey CA. I am familiar with this area and enjoy the Backdrop descriptions, especially 17 mile drive. I liked that we learned more about Casey and Lucinda. Casey’s school mates come to a retreat. One dies and the search is on for the kille This can be read as a standalone story. I am a fan of this series. I like the not so secure Casey, her friend Lucinda and the Detective Theo Borgine. I’m not a fan of the inn manager, Kevin. The California seaside is the backdrop to this captivating cozy. Near Monterey CA. I am familiar with this area and enjoy the Backdrop descriptions, especially 17 mile drive. I liked that we learned more about Casey and Lucinda. Casey’s school mates come to a retreat. One dies and the search is on for the killer. I didn’t care for Elizabeth, she seems like another lost soul that can’t enjoy the life she has. She needs to relax and enjoy life. Things will fall into place if she lets it. I’m not against ambition but live a little instead of envious of what others appear to have. I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from Beyond The Page publishing via Netgalley and these are my own opinions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.

    I now have a new series to catch up on! Inherit the Wool is the 6th title in the Yarn Retreat Mystery series. Casey lives in picturesque Cadbury on the California coast and cobbles together a living by hosting knitting retreats, baking muffins and desserts for local coffee shops and restaurants, and even being a magician’s assistant. She also is a successful amateur sleuth. Casey agrees to host a group of her old college friends for a retreat, but things don’t go smoothly. She’s nervous because I now have a new series to catch up on! Inherit the Wool is the 6th title in the Yarn Retreat Mystery series. Casey lives in picturesque Cadbury on the California coast and cobbles together a living by hosting knitting retreats, baking muffins and desserts for local coffee shops and restaurants, and even being a magician’s assistant. She also is a successful amateur sleuth. Casey agrees to host a group of her old college friends for a retreat, but things don’t go smoothly. She’s nervous because everyone else seems so accomplished and settled, but cracks appear in her friends supposedly successful lives. When one old friend dies during the retreat, Casey starts snooping and finds out the victim used friends for her own ends. I loved the fact that all the visitors are horrified to find the hotel has no WiFi or cell phone service on its grounds. The knitting scenes made me want to get back to my current work in progress!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 6 in the Yarn Retreat Mystery series. This is a popular theme in cozy books today where crafters go on vacation to learn to reinforce their skills. This story has Casey hosting a knitting retreat for her college friends most of whom she hasn't seen in years. There is one mystery guest that turns out to be Casey's college crush. Casey is nervous because she worries all the others will be rich and big shots in their careers. Turns out she is the one who is envied by the group. A good This is book 6 in the Yarn Retreat Mystery series. This is a popular theme in cozy books today where crafters go on vacation to learn to reinforce their skills. This story has Casey hosting a knitting retreat for her college friends most of whom she hasn't seen in years. There is one mystery guest that turns out to be Casey's college crush. Casey is nervous because she worries all the others will be rich and big shots in their careers. Turns out she is the one who is envied by the group. A good murder mystery to solve along with Casey and her buddies including Detective Borgnine who is getting to be a more regular character. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Trapp

    Another yarn retreat. This time with old college "friends" of Casey. The 4 women were in a PE class together and members of the Ballerinas - a game played with rubber balls just smaller than a basketball and more appropriate for middle schoolers. When one of them women is found dead after a false bomb scare, trying to keep things together was difficult. Of course, Casey gets involved and does some snooping on her own. I am a former knitter so knew what the lingo was about. I find Dr. Sammy annoy Another yarn retreat. This time with old college "friends" of Casey. The 4 women were in a PE class together and members of the Ballerinas - a game played with rubber balls just smaller than a basketball and more appropriate for middle schoolers. When one of them women is found dead after a false bomb scare, trying to keep things together was difficult. Of course, Casey gets involved and does some snooping on her own. I am a former knitter so knew what the lingo was about. I find Dr. Sammy annoying, Kevin a pompous a**, and wonder just when they will let Cora and Madeline know about their brother's love child. The stink fish is getting really old.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Fox

    When Casey decides to have a "retreat" with her old "ball girl" friends. She's hoping that knitting will bring them all back together. However, you never can go back in time. When a body is found Casey must hurry to find out what happened. Good story... kind of depressing tho. I only say that cause the reminder that you grow apart from friends you definitely can't go back to the good old days. It almost seemed that other then the ball girls thing they really weren't all that close way back when.. When Casey decides to have a "retreat" with her old "ball girl" friends. She's hoping that knitting will bring them all back together. However, you never can go back in time. When a body is found Casey must hurry to find out what happened. Good story... kind of depressing tho. I only say that cause the reminder that you grow apart from friends you definitely can't go back to the good old days. It almost seemed that other then the ball girls thing they really weren't all that close way back when... Always interesting to see a bit more into the past of the main character. Can't wait to see what comes next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Arredondo

    Enjoyable read. Our main character runs a yarn retreat to help people relax, but when her old classmates decide to get together in one of her own organized retreats, all comes unhinged. The characters are well crafted and suitable in their difference. A spinster, a lawyer, a social worker, a rich heiress, a reporter, and a no-show for the event. When one of them dies unexpectedly, the police think about foul-play and start the most unconventional investigation. Note: I received an ARC for review a Enjoyable read. Our main character runs a yarn retreat to help people relax, but when her old classmates decide to get together in one of her own organized retreats, all comes unhinged. The characters are well crafted and suitable in their difference. A spinster, a lawyer, a social worker, a rich heiress, a reporter, and a no-show for the event. When one of them dies unexpectedly, the police think about foul-play and start the most unconventional investigation. Note: I received an ARC for review and an honest and unbiased opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    A logical murder mystery populated by quirky illogical characters, most of whom are trying a bit too hard to show how successful they have become in the fourteen years since they were at college together. Take these folks, subtract the murder victim, add in some local characters and cops, finish up with a magic act,and you have a mystery as complex as a knitting pattern. A good read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page via NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Inherit the Wool by Betty Hechtman is this first I've read in the series. I'm a fan of the author, so this book peaked my interest. The story was well written and I immediately connected with the characters. I'm planning on reading the other books in the series so I can catch up on these wonderful characters. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley. Inherit the Wool by Betty Hechtman is this first I've read in the series. I'm a fan of the author, so this book peaked my interest. The story was well written and I immediately connected with the characters. I'm planning on reading the other books in the series so I can catch up on these wonderful characters. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barb Martin

    Casey's holding a yarn retreat for a group of her college friends when . . . you guessed it . . . one of them gets murdered at Vista Del Mar. Her relationship with all of the suspects gets in the way of solving the crime. It doesn't help that she convinces the police lieutenant to keep his investigation of the murder on the down low. Eventually, it works out, though. Light and frothy, this is one of those quick little reads that entertains without being too cerebral. Casey's holding a yarn retreat for a group of her college friends when . . . you guessed it . . . one of them gets murdered at Vista Del Mar. Her relationship with all of the suspects gets in the way of solving the crime. It doesn't help that she convinces the police lieutenant to keep his investigation of the murder on the down low. Eventually, it works out, though. Light and frothy, this is one of those quick little reads that entertains without being too cerebral.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Casey agrees to run a knitting retreat for her college friends but she is not sure it is such a great idea. They all seem to put together and accomplished, while she is still trying to decide what she wants to do with her life. But maybe they are not as well established as they pretend. When one of them dies they all learn that maybe life is not perfect and they need to admit that they have made mistakes. But why did the young, seemingly healthy, woman die? Heart attack? Or something else.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victorian Vickie

    Casey is back to holding yarn retreats. This retreat is different because it is all her college friends that she hasn't spoken to in years. She is very nervous about this one because she doesn't feel like she has her life together. She is the part time pastry chef for a local business, runs yarn retreats, sells muffins to the local businesses and now a sidekick in magic show! When one of her friends is killed, Casey does everything she can to solve the murder. Casey is back to holding yarn retreats. This retreat is different because it is all her college friends that she hasn't spoken to in years. She is very nervous about this one because she doesn't feel like she has her life together. She is the part time pastry chef for a local business, runs yarn retreats, sells muffins to the local businesses and now a sidekick in magic show! When one of her friends is killed, Casey does everything she can to solve the murder.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Yarn retreat organizer and part-time magician’s assistant Casey Feldstein makes a big mistake - she invites her long-lost college friends to a retreat in an unplugged rustic resort. What could go wrong. Plenty and it is up to sleuthing Casey to solve the murder. Terrific book. I might take up knitting again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Elizabeth

    I liked how the author shook things up a bit with this book. It gave us some really nice backstory for Casey and created a different dynamic with the retreat. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Loved it! A reunion retreat of non-knitters ends up as a murder and tell-all of past indiscretions. A smidgeon of romance, a running tale which I hope will be resolved in the next book, and growing relationships. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    mary ann mostafavi

    Good mystery, interesting characters. This a very entertaining read. I hate these reviews because they require a certain number of words. That is just lame. If I can say what I want to say in a brief note why force me to write more?....?????

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I kept switching....did she do it or did she do it. I was surprised when we found out who did it (smile) This was fun.....but the ending.......it has me wondering what will happen......so now I have to wait for #7 to find out! Oh! MY!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Stratmann

    Love these series What can be better? Reading, baking crochet or knitting? These books have it all. The characters are fun, the settings are very well described. You feel yourself in the plot. The patterns are easy to make. Well done, keep them coming!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Athina

    some parts are 3-stars, some are less than 1-star. (view spoiler)[ Also, what person in their right mind suspects a drink has been contaminated, and their way of testing is drinking from that glass???? (hide spoiler)] some parts are 3-stars, some are less than 1-star. (view spoiler)[ Also, what person in their right mind suspects a drink has been contaminated, and their way of testing is drinking from that glass???? (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    I enjoyed the murder mystery part of the book but some of the characters were off. Dane was hardly in the story and Casey's response to most of their interactions was lukewarm at best. I hope there are more books in the series and I also hope Casey and Dane move forward in their relationship or Dane moves on. I enjoyed the murder mystery part of the book but some of the characters were off. Dane was hardly in the story and Casey's response to most of their interactions was lukewarm at best. I hope there are more books in the series and I also hope Casey and Dane move forward in their relationship or Dane moves on.

  29. 5 out of 5

    L Kate

    4.5 - almost everything needed I so enjoy this series, the fun between the characters, the funny moments when everything doesn’t go quite right, and always a Very Good Mystery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy A.

    I have missed this series and was so happy to be able to get right back into it. It makes me take out my needles and knit. A very enjoyable read.

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