The third installment in the Crochet Mystery series, By Hook or by Crook, is just as good as the first two! Yes, it's still a somewhat predictable cozy mystery, but that's ok. I'm liking the main character, Molly Pink, more and more with each book. She's just such a good person! And relatable. And real. She's not perfect, but she does love her family and friends with an unequaled ferocity.
This book features filet crochet, which is a more obscure technique. I happen to know the technique, but I don't hear a lot of people talking about it ever, so I don't think it's widely practiced. I like doing it for bookmarks or table runners. The mystery focuses on a woman who leaves a piece of filet crochet and a note filled with remorse/guilt at a table that the Tarzana Hookers are manning at a local craft fair. Along the way, Molly will uncover a secret affecting multiple generations and the murderer of a famous crocheter.
This particular book was slightly more serious than your average cozy mystery. There's a small subplot involving anorexia, and one of Molly's friends is going through some really trying relationship issues. Everything is still kept just light enough to not be a "downer."
I listened to this as an audiobook. Still not really connecting with the narrator, and I can't say why, so it's 100% just me. You'll probably think it's just fine.
One thing with this series: the hard copies include crochet patterns and recipes, and the audiobooks omit them. Bummer.
*I checked out my copy of By Hook or by Crook from my local library.