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ISBN : 9780425282670
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Gone with the Wool Reviews

  • Betty
    2019-07-16 14:44

    Purchase for Save Our Cozies, I have read this author's Crochet and thought it was one I haven't read. My surprised to find it is the latest book out in a different series. I have always enjoyed books by this author and this one did not disappoint.The monarch butterflies return every fall to Cadbury, California to winter over there. The town has a major festival every year to honor the butterflies. Casey Feldstein is holding a Yarn Retreat to include the town's activities in her plans. During a display, the leader is stabbed in her back. Casey discovers an extortion attempt to become a partner in the town business. Who kill dislike woman I have increased my TBR pile again. I recommend the book.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-07-17 18:11

    I've read a crocheting murder mystery by this author and liked it. I don't crochet by the way. This series follows instead a knitting and yarn class which enjoys a 'retreat', in other words a friendly workshop weekend without WiFi. The town is also hosting a festival because the black and orange Monarch butterflies come to the area each year. This aspect is interesting and enjoyable but I found it just background, as no visiting biologist or pesticide manufacturer gets involved in the murder. During the festival a few mentions are made of food poisoning from muffins so I was pleased by the nice misdirection because a stabbing occurs instead of a poisoning. The concerns are all local and as always the police ask the amateur sleuth to stay out of their business. But a yarn working class full of gossiping ladies is hard to beat for passing information. Have fun! You will find some recipes and patterns at the end. I was sent an ARC copy for an unbiased review.

  • Betty
    2019-07-12 11:55

    Purchase for Save Our Cozies, I have read this author's Crochet and thought it was one I haven't read. My surprised to find it is the latest book out in a different series. I have always enjoyed books by this author and this one did not disappoint.The monarch butterflies return every fall to Cadbury, California to winter over there. The town has a major festival every year to honor the butterflies. Casey Feldstein is holding a Yarn Retreat to include the town's activities in her plans. During a display, the leader is stabbed in her back. Casey discovers an extortion attempt to become a partner in the town business. Who kill dislike woman I have increased my TBR pile again. I recommend the book.

  • Dez Nemec
    2019-07-12 13:56

    Bought this thinking it was part of the author's other series. It was not great. Too much was going on at once, and how many thirty-somethings live in such fear of their parents?!

  • Jeanie
    2019-06-30 17:52

    Excellent! Especially enjoyed the whole experience with butterflies.

  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    2019-06-30 12:07

    Author Betty Hechtman has knitted up another delightful tale in this addition to the Yarn Retreat Mysteries! GONE WITH THE WOOL isn’t just another Yarn Retreat Mystery . . . it’s the best in the series. Ms. Hechtman really made use of her thinking cap (wonder if it was knitted?) when she penned this one! I loved the October setting for the town of Cadbury by the Sea, and the monarch butterfly imagery. I felt like I was at the center of it all. The search for who stabbed the former butterfly queen, and all the mayhem along the way, made GONE WITH THE WOOL hard to put down. With plenty suspects to sort through, and many things to throw off your guesses, you’ll be lost in the pages of this book, and not want to put it down. Returning fans, and new readers alike are going to enjoy GONE WITH THE WOOL. And, no worries . . . you don’t have to know how to knit to read this series. Make sure to check out the back of the book for fun knitting patterns and a yummy recipe!

  • Patrizia
    2019-07-17 19:11

    3 stelle e mezzaQuesta serie mi piace e stavolta non avevo proprio capito chi fosse il colpevole. Forse sono stata un po' distratta dalla vita personale della protagonista... Confesso che non amo molto il personaggio del suo ex: e meno male che è un ex! Mi sembra molto immaturo, vista l'età e la professione.

  • Renee
    2019-07-15 10:53

    Light-hearted and satisfying. I had a moment of feeling like it was an extended episode of The Love Boat. (And I mean that in the best way.)

  • Kristie
    2019-07-13 11:57

    It's Butterfly Week in Cadbury by the Sea. The monarchs come to visit once a year and the town celebrates in a big way with many events and the crowning of a Butterfly Queen. This time Casey puts on a week long retreat and the retreaters get to take part in the town events. There was no lack of suspects in this book's murder, the victim was quite unpleasant and many had motives. I hope in the next book that Casey puts in a little more face time with her retreaters, she seems too content to let her early bird retreaters and the workshop leaders run everything while she runs around town sleuthing. I think there should be a better balance. The storyline with the "Amazing" Dr. Sammy has run its course as well. It seems he will be a permanent resident of Cadbury while pining after Casey. Hopefully that gets toned down with the next book.

  • Kristi
    2019-06-28 15:06

    In the fourth Yarn Retreat mystery, Casey Feldstein hosts a loom knitting retreat to coincide with the town's annual Butterfly Week. The town is abuzz with the festivities. When a former Butterfly Queen is found murdered, Casey cannot help becoming involved in solving the crime.The book was a fun read. I really enjoyed the subplot of Sammy's parents visiting Cadbury. However, I missed the regular yarn retreaters. I don't feel as though the retreat was woven into the storyline well. It seemed more of an afterthought. The mystery was enjoyable, and I did not know the culprit's identity before it was revealed.

  • Melody
    2019-06-28 16:54

    In Cadbury by the Sea on the Monterey peninsula a knitting retreat is held. This year it is being held at the same time as the Monarch butterfly festival so there is something else for the attendees to do as rest from knitting. When the Monarch queen selection chairman is murdered the main protagonist feels the need to investigate. The premise of the mystery is well thought out and the characters are likeable. But, if feel Cadbury by the sea is trite and not really very concealing of Carmel. Just place the story in Carmel.

  • Val
    2019-07-02 14:53

    The yarn retreat business seems to be established even though there have been problems with each one, Casey has come through with more experience and a new awareness. This retreat is based around the monarch butterflies who flock to the California's Monterey Peninsula for the Winter. The whole town celebrates a weeklong festival including appointing a butterfly queen.When a former queen is found stabbed, Casey is on the case again.Recommend.

  • Michelle Beese
    2019-07-05 11:51

    Betty Hectman's knitting mysteries are so much fun to read! Casey Feldstein runs knitting retreats in Cadbury by the Sea, a great play on words for Carmel by the Sea. This book focus on the monarch butterflies return to the Monterey Peninsula, and of course another murder for Casey to solve. Brings back fond memories of my many visits to Carmel and Monterey.

  • Kathleen Chrisman
    2019-07-14 18:08

    I really enjoyed this book. The story revolves not only around the yarn retreat but also the monarch butterflies that travel through town every year. As readers we get to learn about using looms and many interesting things about butterflies. Way to go Ms. Hechtman, you gave readers a wonderful mystery filled with many unique twists all bundled into a fast paced story full of fu and surprises.

  • John
    2019-07-05 12:54

    Review to come.

  • Linnea
    2019-07-17 12:56

    enjoyable cozy but did not care for actions of one of the main characters. Too wimpy.

  • Dorothy A.
    2019-07-15 17:44

    This has been a very enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Carol
    2019-07-22 16:09

    OK, but I knocked it down a star due to Casey's total lack of spine in dealing with Dr. Sammy and his parents. Why would anyone put up with that nonsense?

  • Bookwoman67
    2019-07-02 14:49

    Weakest of the series so far. Needs more of the retreat, less of the wimpy relationship toward Sammy. The mystery was good with the proper amount of red herrings though.

    2019-07-23 12:12 with the WoolA Yarn Retreat Mystery #4By Betty HechtmanISBN 9780425282670www.bettyhechtman.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer JeanieSynopsis: 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. (from Goodreads)Review:Gone with the Wool is a great cozy mystery for those of us who love to work with yarn, and even better for those who love yarn and butterflies! Oh, what a treat this visit with Casey has been – a flurry of wings, crocheted monarch butterflies, and a bit of murder to stir up this avid cozy mystery lover.On the edge of Cadbury by the Sea, Casey coordinates Yarn Retreats and bakes the best pies, pastries, cakes, and other delectable sweets that are the best in town. Casey coordinated this retreat by extending it to last a week and scheduling it to coincide with the events of Butterfly week. Her workshop leaders determine what they will teach during the upcoming week and put together the kit for their respective workshops. Some of the most competitive workshop ladies have daughters or granddaughters who are in the Princess Court, learning the duties of the Butterfly Queen and hoping to be elected. Included in the Princess Court is the younger sister of Casey’s gentleman friend Dane, but little sister Chloe dresses goth or in any other blatantly out-of-the-norm outfits – fully accessorized, of course.Casey and a close friend attended the kickoff event, which included a dinner and the Blessing of the Butterflies. Rosalie, the woman in charge of the event had been a Butterfly Queen when younger. Rosalie suggests to the attendees that the corn muffins Casey made and donated to the dinner for the local football players may have caused two of their best players to become ill, costing the biggest game of the year, possibly damaging Casey’s business. Shortly afterwards, Rosalie refuse to allow Dane’s sister Chloe from being in the Princess Court, Within a short time afterward, she was dead. Murdered, stabbed in the back, leaving Casey and Chloe as the primary suspects.To make the week of the retreat even more interesting, the parents of Sammy, Casey’s ex-boyfriend are in town to visit. Sammy never told his parents that they had broken up a long time ago. Casey’s parents, two over-achieving doctors who don’t understand her multi-faceted career path, and Sammy’s parents all want Casey and Sammy to marry. To keep the facade alive, Sammy pretends to live at Casey’s while his parents stay at a B & B.The author characterizes each person so amazingly well that one feels as part of the gang at the events. Casey is like an old friend to this reader. Those who are peripheral, yet regular, characters and those who are in this novel only are beautifully defined as fitting to their roles. Most of the characters are very likable and compliment each other well.Betty Hechtman effortlessly puts a variety of people together with an endless fount of ideas for her novel! She can just as easily bring the reader to empathize with a character as to dislike someone, or laugh out loud before being stunned by plot twists. Fourth in the Yarn Retreat Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone or as part of the series. Gone with the Wool is a compelling read that this reader found nearly impossible to put down. I love the setting; while it is still in Cadbury by the Sea, the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies was an awesome set of word pictures! The plot is multi-stranded with many things going on at the same time, but each strand was introduced memorably and fit well into the whole. I just couldn’t guess who the bad guy(s)/ gal(s) might be! The ending was completely satisfying and left no loose ends. I highly recommend Gone with the Wool to those who appreciate cozy mysteries that are well-written and include baking or yarn crafts.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-07-05 17:45

    Fellow fans of this series will like knowing that a secret from the previous book is dealt with here in Gone With the Wool, and the reaction Casey gets isn't exactly what she expected. How's the mystery? First rate, because Hechtman's red herrings led me in the opposite direction from the villain-- a bit like Julius the cat's "stink fish" would make me head away from the kitchen pronto.If there's any weakness in this book for me, it's the fact that Casey spent 97% of her time sleuthing and dodging irritating parents. You see, her friend Sammy's parents are in town, and they still think Casey is going to marry their darling boy. (Definitely not happening.) The reason that Casey had so much time to play detective is that her "early bird" friends who attend each of her yarn retreats are now so well-trained that they can do the work themselves. (You're not paying them, Casey, shame on you.) One of the reasons why I enjoy this series so much is that I love the participation in the retreats and the interaction with all the crafters. For me, yarn is as big an addiction as reading, so I need my fiber fix as much as my mystery fix. If you're in the mood for a book (and a series) with a strong cast of characters, a good setting, intriguing mysteries, and a few balls of yarn thrown in for good measure, I suggest you sign up for one of Betty Hechtman's Yarn Retreats.

  • Kristina
    2019-06-24 14:52

    Gone with the Wool by Betty Hechtman is the fourth book in A Yarn Retreat Mystery series. Casey Feldstein is getting ready for her latest retreat. The group will be learning how to use knitting looms (which are wonderful and easy to use) and for the first time retreaters will also be participating in activities going on in town. Cadbury by the Sea is getting ready for Butterfly Week! Monarch butterflies spend their winter on Monterey Peninsula in California (thousands of them are flying into the town). The town capitalizes on it by having a week of activities including a Butterfly Queen. Rosalie Hardcastle is in charge of the Butterfly Queen committee (she is pushy and took it over). The retreat group is attending the Blessing of the Butterflies. It is where the Princess Court is introduced and there is a play. At the end of the play, Rosalie is dead with a knife in her back. Casey ends up on the suspect list because of a small disagreement with Rosalie. Every year before the homecoming game the football players are treated to a chili dinner made by Rosalie Hardcastle. Two key players ended up sick and Rosalie blamed it on the corn muffins Casey baked (Casey bakes muffins and cakes for several places in town in addition to hosting retreats). Because of this insinuation, Casey’s baking business declines severely. To get herself off the suspect list (and stop the destruction of her baking business), Casey explores other suspects (the list is quite long). To top it off Sammy Glickner (former boyfriend) needs Casey’s help. His parents have come into town unexpectedly. Sammy told his parents that his was living with Casey (they broke up a while ago). Sammy is asking Casey to play along while the parents are in town and not mention his new job as a magician (Sammy is a urologist). It is going to be a busy week for Casey with the festival, retreat, Sammy and his busybody parents, that worrisome manila envelope, and, of course, Rosalie’s murder. Will Casey be able to wrap up the investigation in time to enjoy the festivities and her retreat? Gone with the Wool has a lot going on (there is more than what I mentioned above). It is a charming story with a knotty mystery. I give Gone with the Wool 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Gone with the Wool can be read if you have not enjoyed the previous books in the series (the author brings the reader up to date). You might just be a little confused by all the characters. I loved that the author used looms in the book (there is a pattern at the end of the novel). Gone with the Wool is easy to read with a decent pace and an attractive setting. I would like to see more growth in Casey in the next book. I would like to see her better prepared for her retreats. Her lack of planning was extremely evident in this book (tote bags not big enough for looms, lack of class planning, she did not even know how to use the looms). I would also like to see her grow as a person and start getting over her insecurities/issues. I will definitely be reading the next book in A Yarn Retreat Mystery series.I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

  • Lura Levin
    2019-06-30 13:52

    This was a good book to read. This book was a good escape. I look forward to reading more.

  • K.A. Davis
    2019-07-19 14:57

    GONE WITH THE WOOL, by Betty Hechtman, is the fourth book in her Yarn Retreat Mystery series but the first one I’ve had the pleasure of reading. GONE WITH THE WOOL has an underlying subplot involving the town’s founding family that has me intrigued and wanting to read from the beginning of the series. The fourth book is still easily read as a standalone and I had no problems getting to know the characters and how they related. The mystery flowed with plenty of suspects that kept me guessing (wrongly!) until the end. I enjoyed the bits and pieces about the Monarch butterflies wintering in Cadbury by the Sea, which never detracted from the pace. And even though I am not a knitter, the knitting scenes held charm and didn’t overwhelm the story. It was fun to know that Casey isn’t a knitter either…but she’s trying to learn. Fortunately, Casey has a good support system around her to help with both her knitting and her yarn retreats when she’s busy chasing down killers. The scenes with Casey’s ex-boyfriend and his overbearing parents provided humor and had me laughing out loud, which added to the enjoyment of the book. GONE WITH THE WOOL is a wonderful read and I look forward to catching up on the series and reading the next installment!If you are a knitter and/or a crocheter, you’ll enjoy the projects included with the book. While Casey is a beginner at knitting she is an accomplished baker. The author includes a Monarch Muffin recipe that Casey created to celebrate the Monarch Butterfly Festival and it is absolutely delicious! I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Billie
    2019-06-29 19:10

    This book takes place at Vista Del Mar/Asilomar in Cadbury by the Sea/Pacific Grove(Carmel by the Sea), California. Having spent a yearly visit to Asilomar for Reading Conferences during my years of teaching, I knew all of the areas Casey talked about on the Asilomar grounds. Having said all of that, this book and the series has picked the Best place for a retreat. The author describes the beautiful scenery, wonderful character development, yummy baked goods, fun knitting, and murder. This is an enjoyable series!

  • Once Upon a Romance Reviews
    2019-06-27 11:59

    3.25 StarsSexual Content: NoneLanguage (Profanity/Slang) Content: MildViolent Content: MinimalCasey Felstein juggles a Yarn Retreat business, baking and a weeklong butterfly festival in the fourth book of the Yarn Retreat Mystery Series, Gone with the Wool. During the annual “Blessing of the Butterflies” service, a local woman is found stabbed to death. Rosalie Hardcastle, former butterfly queen has managed to antagonize many locals including Casey and Casey’s boyfriend, Dane’s sister Chloe. This makes the two women immediate suspects in Rosalie’s murder. In order to clear herself and Chloe, Casey will have to unearth the real killer and save the two women, and her business.Casey is a well defined amateur sleuth. She explores other possibilities as to who the murderer is, and there are many people to choose from. The many suspects along with the multiple storylines help to keep the murderer under wraps until the end. Gone with the Wool has plenty of interesting secondary characters including Casey’s ex Sammy and her current boyfriend Dane. The mystery moves along quickly, the plot keeping the readers interest. Secondary stories are weaved almost seamlessly into the mystery and add nicely to the plot. This book is a solid mystery sure to please cozy lovers.-- WENDY

  • Karen
    2019-07-17 12:54

    Set in Cadbury by the Sea, CA, Casey is a baker who has inherited her aunt's home & business of putting on yarn retreats at a local hotel/conference center. This retreat is also centered around the arrival of thousands of monarch butterflies to winter there on the Monterey Peninsula. The weekend starts out with a chili feed with a former Butterfly Queen making the crowning chili herself and Casey offering up her corn muffins to go with it. When the local football team loses their homecoming game after eating the dinner, the former Queen downplays the part of her chili and emphasizes Casey's muffins as being the culprit that made the 2 star players quite ill. When the Butterfly Queen is found dead during the town program the next night, even Casey becomes a suspect. It's up to her to find out who would want this woman dead and clear her own name ~ although given the nature of the former Butterfly Queen, there are many who could qualify as her killer.

  • Ruth Turner
    2019-07-14 16:07

    A very good read

  • Venessa
    2019-07-10 11:44

    A lot going on in this retreat mystery. Casey struggles with whether or not to reveal the identity of Edwin Delacorte's love child and decides to wait until the excitement of Butterfly Week passes. She agrees to try and clear Dane's sister Chloe as a suspect in the murder of little liked town busybody and three time former Butterfly Queen who was attempting to extort money from her husband's tenants without him knowing. Meanwhile, she agrees to pretend to be Doctor Sammy's girlfriend when his pushy parents come to Cadbury for a visit. All while trying to fix her muffins reputation after two star football players are poisoned, causing the team to lose the big game. No wonder she was barely at the retreat, which focused on loom knitting.

  • Hilary S
    2019-06-29 15:59

    Betty Hechtman has done us proud again with this, the fourth in the Yarn Retreat series. This time around we have the Monarch Butterfly festival about to happen but the night of it commencing one of the organisers is stabbed in the back. The problem is the main suspect seems to be Dane (the policeman)'s sister!Add in to the mix Dr Sammy's parents turning up to persuade him to go back to his previous medical practice and thinking that he and Casey are co-habiting (meaning he ends up in her guest house!), Lucinda and Tag seeming to have marriage problems and payment to Casey in the form of a cheque not happening and we have a roller coaster of a story happening!Roll on number 5 in the series :)