Sunday, July 5, 2015

Guest Post/Giveaway: Wound up in Murder by Betty Hechtman

Title: Wound up in Murder
Author: Betty Hechtman
Series: Book 3 A Yarn Retreat Mystery



Please welcome author Betty Hechtman to the A Cozy Girl Reads blog.   Her third book and the newest  in A Yarn retreat mysteries is Wound up in Murder. Be sure to enter our giveaway at the bottom of the page.

           Casey And the History Lesson
           by: Betty Hechtman

 Casey Feldstein has a reputation of not sticking with people, places or jobs, but in WOUND UP IN MURDER, she is still in Cadbury by the Sea, located on the tip of California’s Monterey Peninsula and is getting ready to put on her third Yarn Retreat. I think she is as surprised as everybody else that she’s still in town.

 This time she is sure she is prepared for the yarn craft in her retreat. More of a problem is the other retreat going on at the same time as her retreat at Vista Del Mar, the hotel and conference center across from her house. The retreat is called My Favorite Year 1963 and basically it is as if that group is going back in time. For the weekend, they dress in clothes from that year, eat food from that year, hear music from that year, watch movies from that year and enjoy other activities connected to 1963.

 Who could blame them for picking Vista Del Mar. The buildings are mostly over 100 years old, and the guest rooms are spartan and have no phones or TVs. The whole place has gone unplugged so there is no cell reception or WiFi. The TV has been removed from the social hall which is a gathering spot and serves as a lobby. The only way to make a call is to use one of the landline phones in a vintage phone booth. There is nothing to bust the illusion that they are in 1963.

 Casey has a deal with the management that the 1963 people can join any knitting group held in a communal area. By the same token Casey’s people are welcome to join into some of the larger activities put on by the 1963 people. I had a lot of fun looking through what went on in 1963 and what was popular. I used some of the real stuff and made up some things which I hope seem of that time. I really liked looking at the fashions. Every woman wanted to look like Jackie Kennedy with her designer suits and pill box hats. Women still wore white gloves. Looking at the old fashions I was struck by how good a lot of them still look due to their classic lines.

 It was an interesting year for food. Julia Child started her TV show “The French Chef,” Coca Cola came out wit Tab and Fruit Loops cereal was introduced. Cream cheese was a big ingredient in food, so when Casey is asked to bake something for the 1963 people, she bakes cream cheese brownies.

 There is nothing dated how delicious they are and the recipe is included in the book. 1963 was before the British Invasion and the popular songs were more pop than rock. An example of songs from the top 100 for the year were “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby and the Romantics, “Telstar” by the Tornadoes and “Walk Like a Man” by the Four Seasons. Movies ran the gamut from Hitchcock’s “The Birds” to Perky Doris Day’s “Move Over Darling.” Sean Connery was James Bond in “From Russia With Love.” Gary Grant and Audrey Hepburn lit up the screen in “Charade.” TV was black and white. Teens danced afternoons on “American Bandstand.” There were no exercise videos, but Jack LaLanne had a daily exercise show.

 You had to watch a show when it was on since there were no VCRs or On Demand. If there hadn’t been a murder, it might have been a very relaxing weekend. Bio Betty Hechtman became entranced with mysteries through Nancy Drew's amateur detecting and when she began to read Agatha Christie's books, she was hooked. She wrote her first mystery story in high school. While studying fine art at Roosevelt University in Chicago, she wrote a weekly column along with news stories for the school newspaper.

 After college she wrote scripts, magazine and newspaper pieces, along with short stories. Her first book was a young adult mystery titled Stolen Treasure. The idea for the crochet mystery series grew out of her desire to mix her love of making things with mystery. The paperback edition of the 9th book in the series, KNOT GUILTY, comes out in November. She is busy writing the 10th book right now. She is thrilled to be mixing yarn and murder again in the national bestselling Yarn Retreat Series with WOUND UP IN MURDER. All the books in both series include patterns and recipes.

  Website: http://bettyhechtman.com/
  Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BettyHechtmanauthor?fref=ts
  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bettyhechtman





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 Comment with your email below to win one copy of Wound up in Murder by Betty Hechtman in the comments.

 If you don't want to leave your email here or not able to enter on this blog, please send a email to acozygirlreads@gmail.com with "Wound up in Murder Giveaway" in the Subject line.

 The Giveaway is open US residents only

 The giveaway closes at 12:00am EST July 6 . Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST July 6. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your (SPAM FOLDER)

38 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  2. Love this series. thanks for the chance to win a coy of the next book.
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  3. This looks like a great series. It's definitely in my TBR list.
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  4. Betty Hechtman is a new author for me, and Wound up in Murder sounds delightful. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  5. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  6. 1963 is the year my youngest was born. To me it was a great year. I missed book #2. Would love this one.
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  7. I read Betty Hechtman's Crochet Mystery series. This new (to me) series sounds just as good!
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  8. I read another series from Betty Hechtman, but this is a new one too me. Thanks for the chance to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  9. This series sounds like a great book which I would enjoy. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)con

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  11. I like the 1963 reunion being mixed in with the crochet retreat. It is going to make an interesting book.
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  12. I was in high school in the early sixties so it was like walking down memory lane. This will be my first book by this author and I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm having a double mastectomy for breast cancer on July 7th and may not to answer back for a day or too. Please, if I'm lucky enough to win hold the back for me and I'll get backtrack you as soon as I can. Thank you in advance for helping me. It's going to be a long summer and I would love a new bo
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  13. Sorry, I was having difficulty with my computer this morning. I would love to have a new book to get me thru the darkest days. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway. ruthmazur46@gmail.com. Ruth Lyons Mazur

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  14. I've read a few of Betty's books and enjoyed them very much. I'd love to win this book to add to my home library.

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  15. This book sounds very interesting, and a new author to me. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. Would love some cream cheese brownies. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    Carol Smith
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  17. I enjoy stories by Betty's books and would welcome tho opportunity to read this one. My memories of 1963 are not the same. Music favorites were country music. I was still working and going into Seattle took up a lot of time. Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. 1963 - I remember it well! Married, first son born. Book sounds terrific!
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  19. Jill George jgeorge4@woh.rr.com

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  20. Since I was around for 1963, I should be able to relate real well to the events in Wound up in Murder. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  21. I would love a chance to read 'Wound Up in Murder'. Thank You
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  22. I love the crochet series and this one sounds great as well. Cream cheese brownies, yummy! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  23. Always interested in new "cozy" books! kat8762@aol.com

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  24. I love her crocheting mysteries so this series sounds great.
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  25. This book sounds very interesting, and is written by a new author to me. Thank you for this opportunity.
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  26. Looking forward to a new book in this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  27. 1963 was my high school graduation year. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  28. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  29. Pennymarks@frontier.com. Thank you:)

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  30. I was a junior in high school in 1963---loved the music then and still do. This book could be a trip down memory lane for me. Thanks for the contest.
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  31. Sounds like this is going to be a great addition to this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. If you haven't read the first two you've missed some great reads. I have and I'm looking forward to this one.

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  33. Love a mystery yarn..
    Theresa N
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