Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Inherit the Wool by Betty Hechtman

First Line: I looked out the window at the sunless morning with a knot in my stomach, hoping this call would help.

After connecting with some old college friends on social media, Casey Feldstein finds herself strong-armed into hosting a knitting retreat for the group. She's a nervous wreck, mostly because she thinks the others are going to judge her harshly for her unconventional lifestyle and her choice of a rustic, electronics-free venue for the gathering.

The women have barely stepped foot on the Vista del Mar property when the complaints begin, followed shortly thereafter by old grudges that have simmered over the years. But those are the least of Casey's problems when one of the women is found dead.

Everyone's a suspect, and as long-held secrets begin to rise to the surface, Casey's got to work fast before the retreat ends and everyone goes home.

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?

Inherit the Wool by Betty Hectman
eISBN: 9781946069849
Beyond the Page Publishing © 2018
eBook, 191 pages

Cozy Mystery, #6 Yarn Retreat mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Net Galley



  1. I feel exactly the way you do about reunions, Cathy! Still, it does sound like a solid story. And as for the knitting? I've done a little bit of crochet (years ago!), but I don't know knitting, and I really admire people who do it well.

    1. It *is* a solid story that many readers (with fond memories of their school days) will undoubtedly enjoy even more than I did.

  2. I like this kind of who dun its so this is my cup of tea.

    1. I'm glad, Mystica. I hope you get a chance to read this series.


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