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Death Come Quickly








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Murder at Westminster Abbey








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Mrs. Jeffries Pleads the Fifth


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Death on Eat Street








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Sugar and Iced


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A Roux of Revenge








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The Whole Cat and Caboodle


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A Second Helping of Murder








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Bloom and Doom


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Ghost of a Gamble








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Dead Ever After


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Widow's Tears






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Betty Hechtman
http://www.bettyhechtman.com


Betty Hechtman

I grew up on the south side of Chicago and in a very busy weekend, got married, graduated college and moved to Los Angeles.

Although my degree is in Fine Arts, all I ever wanted to be was a writer and I've been doing it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. My shining moments in elementary and high school always involved stories or poetry I'd written. I wrote news stories and a weekly column in my college newspaper. My first job out of college was working on the newsletter of a finance company. I worked for a public relations firm and wrote press releases and biographies. Later I wrote proposals for video projects and television shows that went through various stages of development.

I tried writing screenplays and wrote three. I sold one and another was a winner in a Writers' Digest contest.

I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and did all kinds of volunteering at my son's schools including editing and writing several newsletters.

I wrote essays and small pieces that ran in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and Woman's Day among others. My short romantic and mystery fiction appeared in Woman's World, and Futures magazine.

My affair with crochet began in Las Vegas. I had always had a fascination with crochet, particularly granny squares, but thought there was some magic involved with making them that was beyond me. And then everything changed that day in Vegas when I saw the kids' kit in FAO Schwartz. If the instructions were easy enough for kids, I thought they might work for me.

My first granny square was missing a corner, but when I tried again, all four corners were there. I was in awe of my own accomplishment. I had found the magic. I went granny square crazy until pretty soon I didn't need directions anymore. Then I learned there were more squares than just basic grannies and I made squares with sunflowers in the middle and other patterns. I moved beyond squares and made flowers, hearts, bookmarks and more.

I was in love with crochet and began to make scarves, purses, afghans, and shawls. I started carrying my hooks everywhere. A plane trip became a pile of granny square wash cloths, or part of a shawl. A vacation in Hawaii turned into a tote bag.

And now I get to write about it...

Books:
If Hooks Could Kill, November 2013
For Better or Worsted, November 2013
Yarn to Go, July 2013
If Hooks Could Kill, November 2012
Behind the Seams, November 2012
Behind the Seams, November 2011
You Better Knot Die, November 2011
You Better Knot Die, November 2010
A Stitch in Crime, February 2010
By Hook or by Crook, June 2009
Dead Men Don't Crochet, December 2008
Hooked on Murder, May 2008






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