This is the first book in the Crochet Mystery series- a typical American `cosy' mystery series with fun characters who you can really get to know and a plot that makes for light-hearted reading. This book introduces Molly Pink, a widowed bookstore worker who stumbles across a woman's body when she returns to her a crochet bag that has been left behind in the store. Police immediately suspect Molly of doing the nasty deed- and she has a motive- but Molly decides to do a little investigating of her own...
The plots of these cosy mystery books are pretty formulaic when you get down to it, but it's nice that some of them introduce a `crafty' angle or contain recipes. To be honest, you don't have to be a fan of crochet to like this book (I can't do it myself) but it might encourage you to give it a try! This book also introduces the crochet group `The Tarzana Hookers' which Molly decides to join for her first foray into crocheting. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of them better when I pick up book 2 of this fun little series- that's another good thing about these books: you really get to know the characters as each series progresses.
This book has great character development and a nice quick plot, which would make it ideal to curl up with if you have half an hour to spare, or want something to read whilst commuting- you can dip in and out of it at whim and still keep up with what's going on. I personally enjoy reading these in one sitting, especially at the moment. They're the ultimate in comfort reading (and real light relief after some heavier novels)!
**My personal recommendations for other cosy crafty mystery series if you like this one are `The Knitting Mysteries' by Maggie Sefton and the `Needlecraft Mystery Series' by Monica Ferris.**