I am so excited to welcome Betty Hechtman back
to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her new Yarn Retreat Mystery, Gone with the Wool,
will be released on Tuesday!
How to Write a Mystery
(Post provided by publicist.)
I bet you didn’t know this. But when I write mysteries, I have to come up with two stories. One of them is what actually happened in the order that it happened. How does the killer do the deed. Why did they do it and how did they expect to get away with it. In other words, how did they bury their tracks. What other suspects are there. And what mistake does the killer make that leads up to my sleuth catching them.
That story the readers never see.
The other story is the one the readers get. It starts off with all the continuing characters going about their lives. In GONE WITH THE WOOL, Casey is about to put on another Yarn Retreat to coincide with the week long festivities in Cadbury by the Sea to mark the return of the Monarch Butterflies. Every October, thousands of Monarchs arrive in Cadbury and take up residence in a grove of trees to stay until February. The culmination of the celebration is marked by a parade and the crowning of the Butterfly Queen.
And wouldn’t you just know that a murder occurs to mar everything.
Casey needs a reason to get involved with the investigation. I sprinkle her sleuthing in with all the other things going on in her life like putting on the retreat, dealing with the two men in her life, spending time with her friends, trying not to be thwarted by the manager of Vista Del Mar, the hotel and conference center where she puts on her retreats and learning the ins and outs of having a cat companion.
While Casey’s group of retreaters are learning how to knit with a loom and crochet a butterfly, I’m busy mixing in the details of the first story into what is going on. I throw in clues, but all the while try to hid them. They might be out of order. There are false leads. I present suspects, all of whom have a motive to want to kill the victim.
If it all works out, the first story should have been chopped up into little pieces and woven into the story the reader sees so that in the end it all makes sense and surprises the readers at the same time. And hopefully leaves the reader with a satisfied smile.
You be the judge if I managed it in GONE WITH THE WOOL.
Gone with the Wool (A Yarn Retreat Mystery)
4th in Series
Release Date – July 5, 2016
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTFGO
The national bestselling author of Wound Up in Murder spins a deadly yarn of knitting bees, butterflies, and beauty queens.
Every October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California’s Monterey Peninsula to spend the winter there. To welcome their colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a weeklong festival complete with a butterfly queen and her court.
Eager to show some town spirit, Casey Feldstein finds herself fluttering back and forth between setting up a yarn retreat, baking and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle.
Includes knitting patterns and a recipe!
About The Author
Betty Hechtman writes two national best selling series for Berkley. GONE WITH THE WOOL is the fourth Yarn Retreat mystery. SEAMS LIKE MURDER is the tenth Crochet mystery. In addition, she is the author of STOLEN TREASURE, A Blue Schwartz Mystery. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts has written newspaper, magazine pieces, short stories and several scripts. She splits her time between Tarzana and Chicago with yarn stashes in both places.
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