Friday, June 21, 2019



Sure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death―her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.

Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein,” more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend―she has to know.

Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?

Book Details:

Title: A Crafter Hooks a Killer 

Author: Holly Quinn

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: Handcrafted Mystery series, book 2

Publisher: Crooked Lane (June 11, 2019)

Print length: 274 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



Things you need in order to write: quiet, solitary space.
Things that hamper your writing: life, or interruptions in my writing schedule

Things you love about writing: creative outlet, surprises that show up in the text.
Things you hate about writing: working on multiple books at one time during series work.

Things you love about where you live: I live in a log cabin . . . it’s a dream.
Things that make you want to move: I’d love to be closer to the sea.

Things you never want to run out of: toilet paper.
Things you wish you’d never bought: clothes online that don’t fit and are a pain to return

Favorite foods: things I miss…REAL bread. I have celiac so I miss the old days when I could eat anything I wanted.
Things that make you want to throw up: Jell-O, or anything that moves funny in my mouth.

Favorite music: Pink. She is transparent and gets me on the treadmill.
Music that make your ears bleed: thrash music (is that a thing?).

Favorite smell: my husband wearing cologne.
Something that makes you hold your nose: vomit.

Something you’re really good at: I’m a jack of trades, master of none
Something you’re really bad at: mechanical issues

Something you wish you could do: travel more.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: clean toilets haha!

Things you’d walk a mile for: my husband or my children.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: politics or people arguing.

Things you always put in your books: flowers and nature
Things you never put in your books: atheists.

Things to say to an author: I loved your book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I think I can write a book, but I don’t need to edit it. I’m that good. (someone actually said this to me!!) #clueless

Favorite books: mystery or intrigue
Books you would ban: graphic novels for kids.

Things that make you happy: writing, reading, gardening, painting, anything creative . . . 

Things that drive you crazy: people that aren’t honest.

Best thing you’ve ever done: publishing
Biggest mistake: going to school for something other than writing.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: publishing and speaking in public. Putting yourself out in the world for people to judge, critique, and harshly review can be daunting!

Something you chickened out from doing: speaking in public or singing in public



Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her second Handcrafted mystery.

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