Last Wool and Testament (Haunted Yarn Shop Series #1)

Last Wool and Testament (Haunted Yarn Shop Series #1)

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by Molly MacRae

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Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Fiber.…

That’s the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath’s beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver’s…  See more details below


Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Fiber.…

That’s the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath’s beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver’s Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that’s only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother’s affairs.

There’s been a murder, and it turns out her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before she can begin to clear Ivy’s name, Kath encounters a looming presence in the form of a gloomy ghost. It turns out the specter has just as much interest in solving the murder as Kath. So, with a little help from the members of TGIF—and a stubborn spirit from beyond—she sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer.…

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"This is the first of a new series that should be popular with cozy fans." —Booklist

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Haunted Yarn Shop Series , #1
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“A great start to a new series! By weaving together quirky characters, an interesting small-town setting, and a ghost with a mind of her own Molly MacRae has created a clever yarn you don’t want to end.”—Betty Hechtman, National Bestselling Author of Behind the Seams

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Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Upstart03 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun first book in a very promising series. I wanted to make this book last but it was too engaging to put down for long. If you like your cozy mysteries in the vein of Joan Hess' Maggody series, you will love this book. Kath is a distant relative to Arly Hanks in that she finds herself back home again under less than ideal circumstances. Woven throughout the different surprises that await Kath, is an edutainment experience of various fiber crafts. I have no prior knowledge of knitting or weaving or dyeing and yet, reading about the folks at Weaver's Cat makes me tempted to take up a new hobby. Kath is blessed with a variety of sidekick wannabes but no one can be as cool under pressure as the depressed and TV obsessed ghost she finds. The characters are richly defined and multi-dimensional and the small town of Blue Plum weaves an intriguing tapestry landscape with charm found around every bend. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting to see what LOOMS ahead in Blue Plum.
Cam1 More than 1 year ago
A well-spun tale I'm a weaver and a knitter, but even if I weren't I'd enjoy Molly MacRae's latest adventure in the mountains of East Tennessee. Kath Rutledge's troubles after she returns to Blue Plum, Tennessee, for her grandmother's funeral might have sent a weaker woman running back to Illinois, but with the help of the T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) ladies and one very depressed ghost, Kath weaves her way through the mystery. I love a well-spun tale as much as a finely-spun thread, and Molly MacRae delivers both with humor and intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last Wool and Testament is a fun, scary, humorous, and entertaining cozy murder mystery with appealing, quirky, and, yes, annoying characters. Kath is racing to be on time to her Grandmother's funeral when Deputy Dunbar stops her to give her a ticket for speeding. To add insult to injury, he implies that Ivy had been a murder suspect before she died of a heart attack. Kath expects to inherit her Grandmother's house as well as The Weaver's Cat, her fabric and fiber store, but it seems that Ivy had sold the house to the murdered man, Emmett. Unraveling the mystery surrounding Em's death and Ivy's secrets is complicated by Geneva, a ghost who haunts the cottage Where Em was killed and where Kath temporarily calls home. The plot is an exciting adventure with twists and turns in this well written novel. In fact, like me, I bet you won't be able to read just one!
SueR58 More than 1 year ago
While I haven't finished the book yet, I can tell you that it is a wonderful first book in a new series. I'm sure it will become one of my many favorite series. The detail Molly puts in her book are actual. I can say that with all truth because it's written about the area I was raised in. I normally don't write reviews before I finish a book, but I couldn't wait to write this one. You won't be sorry if you read it
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn I thoroughly enjoyed Last Wool and Testament. The setting is a small town called Blue Plum. It’s a town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Kath is our main character. She’s pretty sassy; she’s just plain likeable. She returns to Blue Plum to take care of her grandmother’s estate. We learn about Ivy through Kath’s memories. We follow Kath while she runs across almost everyone in town for one reason or another. Each character is quirky, making them stand out. Deputy Dunbar, the Spivey twins, Ten, Ardis, Max, Nicki – I felt like I knew them. Even the ghost is temperamental. I consider that to be excellent character development. It begins with questions about who killed Emmett Cobb and why. More murders happen along the way. Kath gets to know her grandmother much better as she goes through her things and hears more from her close-knit (pun intended) group. I don’t want to give too much away but the plot keeps you guessing. It reminded me of playing the game, Clue. It’s a fun, lighthearted murder mystery. Curl up in front of a fireplace with a blanket to keep you warm and maybe a glass of wine – it’s that kind of book; a comfort book like comfort food. I’d like to keep up with the series. I’m dying to know about Kath’s powers. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
momelaine 12 months ago
I received the audio version of this book as a gift. It was very well read. I did like the story quite well, also. But it was rather long. I think I would have done better with the printed version. I was listening to it on a very long drive. But I didn't get finished with it then. So I finished it a few days later. I don't do great with audio books. The story was good and I had read Plagued With Quilt last year and I really liked it so I knew some of the characters already. They are good people. I definitely recommend this series, even if you aren't fond of ghosts in stories. (She is a good ghost.)
knobren More than 1 year ago
I discovered this author and her books at my library's local author book fair.  This is the first book of hers that I've read, but it won't be the last. This book is the first in a series called The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries.  Our protagonist, Kath, comes home on her 39th birthday to Blue Plum, TN to bury and settle the affairs of her grandmother, Ivy.  Kath expected to inherit Ivy's home and her yarn shop, The Weaver's Cat, but the locks to Ivy's home have been changed, and Kath is told that her grandmother secretly sold or deeded it to an unsavory character, who had been murdered and that Ivy was the suspected murderer!  Kath has also just lost her job as a textile expert at a museum in IL and Ivy's house must be vacated in three-days before the new owner's renters arrive, if she can ever get the keys to the property.  Add to the mix a depressed ghost, a missing cat, break-ins, a couple more murders, and an intriguing cast of characters, and you have a fun mystery in the vein of Miss Marple or Rosemary and Thyme, only with a slight supernatural element (a ghost and possibly magic).  Knitting and weaving are also important elements in the story, as is small town life.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in Plum Creek, Tennessee where Kath Rutledge inherits her grandmother's fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat. This book is full of fun characters, it's well written, the mystery is well plotted, and has fun tidbits about fiber arts. This is the first in a series and a most enjoyable one at that. If you have some time and would like to escape for an afternoon or two then I highly recommend this most enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun writer with a good sense of irony, sarcasm, and humor. She left many possibilities for suspects. I really enjoyed this one. Adding her to my favorite writers list.
NJWH More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. Have sent it to my parents to read as well. Will continue to follow this story when she writes the next book in hopefully, a series.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
First in the Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries, this book introduces us to Blue Plum, Tennessee and The Weaver's Cat yarn shop, and the many and varied characters in the town. Kath has just come back to town after the death of her beloved grandmother, Ivy McClellen, to discover herself locked out of her grandmother's house.  Since she inherited all of Ivy's things, this comes as a shocking surprise, especially when she's told that her grandmother had sold her home and was just renting. Not only that, but the owners expect the house emptied out within the week for the new owners.  When a dead body is found, real trouble ensues! Kath calls upon the knitting and fiber group from Ivy's shop, TGIFs--Thank Goodness It's Fiber--to help her find out what has happened.  She also gets a little "help" from an unlikely source, an emotionally charged ghost from the past.  This is a fun cozy with a great deal of potential.  Though I really enjoyed the story, it felt a little bit unfinished--like more of an introduction for future books.  The ghost was a bit annoying also as she was more of a whiner than a fun addition to the story.  Though she moves from an empty house into the yarn shop eventually, and I think her presence there may be intriguing in the future.  So, this book interested me enough to give the next book a try.  
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I have already ordered the next book in the series. I enjoyed this book, kept me interested the whole way through. Surprise ending, did no see it coming.
Avid_readerRF More than 1 year ago
As a knitter, I loved this mystery story and all the quirks and tangled corners that were woven into this mystery. Our main character, Kath Rutledge has come to Blue Plum, Tennessee for her grandmother's funeral. Blue Plum has so many funny, quirky characters...including Grandma's cat, the Ivy spinster twins, and a cop that is annoying. While Kath plans on staying in her grandmother's house, she finds it has been sold. Kath has as much gumption as her grandmother if not more in unraveling all the clues her grandmother has left and help from her The Weavers Cat's T.G.I.F group. Love this mystery as it unraveled and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am generally not a mystery reader, but I found myself looking forward to going back to this story over and over again. It was like going home. The characters were fun and multi-faceted. I didn't guess the ending, which I really liked. I will definitely be in line for the second installment this summer! You should pick up a copy of MacRae's Lawn Order if you liked this one! Lots of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book.  I couldn't put it down!   Can hardly wait to read the next in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in McRae's new series is a delightful treat: great characters, a homey setting, and minimal violence. I loved Kath's running internal monologue; very funny. This is the perfect read for a rainy afternoon. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
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I believe I made a valient effort to even finish this book, but alas only made it to Chapter 21 before I got fed up with the idiot characters - the attorney, Homer, who kept telling Kath "remember slander" so even she could not name possible suspects in the house break ins, yet the Spievey twins and everyone esle could slander Kath. And Kath, comes off as a total idiot. No, this is one book that I wasted my money on. Besides no one, not even the Deputy is too concerned in finding Emmet Cobb's killer. This book is a big dud.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
I did finish the book but it took me a while. The characters werre dull and the witch was nothing but a distraction to the story line which was dull also. Like anonymous wrote, don't waste your money. Wish I had read the review before I purchased the book.