Murder Ink
by Betty Hechtman

Writer for Hire Veronica Blackstone is asked to write a celebration of life book for a former client’s funeral, but was the death as straightforward as was reported?

Veronica Blackstone is a writer for hire. Be it love letters, biographies, resumes or wedding vows, Veronica has you covered. Her latest assignment is writing a celebration of life book for the funeral of one-time client Rachel Ross who tragically died one year after her wedding.

While researching Rachel’s life, Veronica finds the information surrounding the circumstances of her death to be shrouded in mystery. No one quite knows what happened and her prominent family are more concerned with their image than the truth.

Was Rachel’s life as perfect as it seemed or was there something dark going on? Was her fall an accident, deliberate or something else? In celebrating the life of Rachel, Veronica is determined to get to the bottom of her death.


Hechtman vividly captures the pre-pandemic bustle of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in this engaging series debut


Plenty of plot twists and an appealing heroine with a reluctant love interest. What’s not to like?

Kirkus Reviews

Thought-provoking… A sympathetic heroine coping with her own losses and colorful characters from a writer’s group combine nicely with an intriguing plot involving class and abuse. Readers will look forward to future installments

Publishers Weekly

Entertaining, well-paced ... Hechtman skillfully weaves the whodunit plot with intriguing personal story lines

Publishers Weekly on Hooks Can Be Deceiving

Hechtman's lucky 13th is a character-driven cozy whose mystery is solid enough to raise it above the average

Kirkus Reviews on Hooks Can Be Deceiving

Fans will enjoy spending time with the Hookers

Publishers Weekly on On the Hook

Betty Hechtman

Despite completing a Fine Arts degree, all Betty Hechtman ever wanted to be was a writer. She wrote a weekly column in her college newspaper and later wrote magazine and newspaper pieces, along with short stories and a prize-wining screenplay. Betty had her first novel published in 2006. Since then she has had 20 books published across two cozy mystery series centered on another one of her loves – yarn craft. She lives with her family in Southern California.

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Murder Ink by Betty Hechtman is available in the following formats

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