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.
About the Author
Betty Hechtman is the nationally bestelling author of the Crochet Mysteries and the Yarn Retreat Mysteries. When she isn't writing, reading, or crocheting, she's probably at the gym. She lives in Southern California.
Margaret Strom, a New York-trained actress, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds both BA and MA degrees in theater, as well as an MS degree in educational administration and supervision. A lover of many genres of literature, she has narrated more than 500 books for the Library of Congress.
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AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 4 Story 5 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. I received an AudioBook copy from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
Murder, and mayhem, and yarn? Oh my! Not being a person who can do any kind of needle work (I checked . . . making knots doesn’t count), it may be surprising to some just how much I enjoy the Yarn Retreat Mysteries. Well, it might surprise those of you who haven’t read it, but for regular readers of this series, oh yeah, they understand. Luckily for us readers, A TANGLED YARN is another misadventure for protagonist, Casey Feldstein. What should have been a peaceful retreat for folks of like yarn interests, turns into a murder investigation. And this isn’t an easy on for Casey, (not that others have been), because nothing is as seems. I didn’t have a lot of time when I sat down to read a couple chapters of this story. Big mistake. When I finally managed to pull myself away, I was already way off schedule for the day. Just like all the books in this series so far by author Betty Hechtman, A TANGLED YARN, had pulled me in and held on tight. Fast moving scenes, something exciting happening in every chapter, and an action filled reveal, serve to make A TANGLED YARN the best installment of this series so far! Please make sure to check out the back of the book. For those of you with the talent to knit, Ms. Hechtman has included a pattern. Can’t do anything but make knots like me? The author also included a recipe that I’m looking forward to trying.
A Tangled Yarn is the fifth book in the A Yarn Retreat Mystery series. Usually, Cassie Feldstein is on top of her preparation for her yarn retreats, but she has been thrown for a loop with Wanda and Crystal, her friends and helpers with the retreats, having selected arm knitting and finger crocheting as two projects for this retreat. At the same time as Cassie’s retreat, there is also a writer’s conference going on headed by Cassie’s nemesis and Vista Del Mar’s manager, Kevin St. John. On the second day of meetings, the body of Don Porter, a travel writer and one of the speakers at writer’s conference is found dead in his room. Cassie gets hooked into the investigating his death by Madeleine Delacorte, part owner of Vista Del Mar. Madeleine had just returned from a trip to Peru and didn’t want her sister to know that she had talked to a stranger and then to have that person killed. She asks Cassie not to tell anyone and to please hurry and find out who the killer is. Cassie soon finds that is there is a long list of possible suspects. A writer who had his work severely criticized by Porter, a couple other writers who willing to share all they know about what went on in some of the meetings, a couple, the man is part of writer’s group and the woman a member of the knitting retreat. They claim to be married, but Cassie senses that they may be married, just not to each other and Mona the mystery lady of the knitting group. She claims to have a sun allergy and keeps herself. Another interesting and informative book with a wonder cast of entertaining characters. I think non-knitters, like myself, will find this an interesting series. I am looking forward to next adventure in store for Cassie.