Killer Hooks: A Crochet Mystery
by Betty Hechtman
About Killer Hooks
Killer Hooks: A Crochet Mystery
15th in Series
Setting – California
Beyond the Page (September 18, 2023)
Paperback : 230 pages
ISBN-10 : 1960511300
ISBN-13 : 978-1960511300
Digital ASIN : B0CGVQV2WL
When a baby girl is dropped off on Molly Pink’s doorstep, her life is thrown into disarray as she is putting together a troublesome author event at the bookstore where she works.
The author is a demanding former Hollywood columnist whose book is filled with upbeat stories, but who wants to promote a true crime podcast she is about to launch based on the dark side of what she left out of her columns.
At the same time, Molly’s son has asked her to investigate a potential investor in his production company. The baby, who happens to be Molly’s estranged granddaughter offers her an opening into an elite mommy group, a member of which is the wife of the person Molly is to investigate.
When the columnist dies suddenly, Molly finds herself in the crosshairs of an unfamiliar detective who considers her the prime suspect. Molly recruits the help of the Tarzana Hookers to help with all.
Recipe Post By Betty Hechtman
It seems as if food and cozy mysteries go hand-in-hand. There are series that are set in food places like bakeries and donut shops. But even series like the Crochet Mystery series that aren’t set in an actual food place, have a lot of cooking and eating. Amateur sleuth and bookstore event coordinator Molly Pink does a lot of cooking in most of the books.
I always include a recipe in the books, which is somehow part of the story. It was a lot of fun to put in some of my favorite recipes, some of which were passed down to me by my mother. Most of the recipes were attributed to Molly as she is known as a someone who makes things from scratch. Even her scrambled eggs are special. Though in KILLER HOOKS, she is happy to let her family bring in what she calls the United Nations of food since she is extra busy and they are all hanging out at her house.
This is book fifteen and I had run out of heirloom dishes and had to create something new. And because she is even more busy than usual with a dropped off baby and murders to investigate, I thought I would have someone else making the recipe.
Molly works in a bookstore that has a café. Bob, the barista is known for the bar size treats he makes to go along with the coffee drinks. They have always been sweet and recipes for some of his cookie bars are in previous books. But why not something savory. Something that could be a light meal that had a breakfast feeling. Something that Molly with her hectic life could grab with her endless cups of coffee.
It also had to be a dish that didn’t need to be served the moment it was made. I wanted something that I could make for my family that could be left in the refrigerator for a quick breakfast. I also wanted something easy to make. I mixed all those thoughts together and came up with Eggy Squares.
My family’s favorite part of my writing is being taste testers for the recipes. I have to admit, they get more excited when it’s sweet muffins for the Yarn Retreat series, but I got a thumbs up from all of them for the baked egg recipe. No guilt here either, as it has a nice mixture of eggs, cheese and spinach. The sour cream garnish makes it feel a little decadent.
Although I don’t say it in the book, there is plenty of room for a personal touch with the recipe. Hate spinach, then swap it out for another vegetable. More cheese can be added, and seasoning can be changed. They’re called Eggy Squares, but they can be cut into triangles.
I hope after all that you’re anxious to try the recipe and here it is!
Bob’s Eggy Squares
1 pound frozen spinach, defrosted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
⅓ cup half and half
seasoning salt to taste
sour cream and sliced scallions for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line 8-inch-square pan with parchment paper.
Squeeze excess liquid out of spinach using a colander. Arrange the spinach in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the spinach. Crack eggs one by one into a cup, making sure there are no shells, and then pour into a medium-sized bowl. Beat with a whisk. Add half and half and seasoning salt, mixing until blended. Pour egg mixture evenly over the spinach and cheese. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the center is not jiggly. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes, cut in squares. Add a generous dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of scallion slices.
About Betty Hechtman
Betty Hechtman is the national bestselling author of the Crochet Mysteries, the Yarn Retreat Mysteries, and the Writer for Hire Mysteries. Handicraft and writing are her passions and she is thrilled to be able to combine them in all of her series. Betty grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has a degree in Fine Art. Since College, she has studied everything from improv comedy to magic. She has had an assortment of professions, including volunteer farm worker picking fruit on a kibbutz tucked between Lebanon and Syria, nanny at a summer resort, waitress at a coffee house, telephone operator, office worker at the Writer’s Guild, public relations assistant at a firm with celebrity clients, and newsletter editor at a Waldorf school. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, short stories, screenplays, and a middle-grade mystery, Stolen Treasure. She lives with her family and stash of yarn in Southern California. See BettyHechtman.com for more information, excerpts from all her books, and photos of all the projects of the patterns included in her books. She blogs on Fridays at Killerhobbies.blogspot.com, and you can join her on Facebook at BettyHechtmanAuthor.
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