Something Borrowed, Something Bleu (Home Crafting Mystery Series #4)

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Love—and smelly cheese—is in the air. Sophie Mae accepted Barr's marriage proposal, but when her mother finds a cryptic suicide note her brother wrote two decades earlier, Sophie Mae makes a trip to her old hometown to help unravel the mystery.

As Sophie Mae pokes around in other people's business while learning the finer points of artisanal cheese making, a new murder is committed—and it's evident that aging cheese isn't the only thing in ...

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Overview

Love—and smelly cheese—is in the air. Sophie Mae accepted Barr's marriage proposal, but when her mother finds a cryptic suicide note her brother wrote two decades earlier, Sophie Mae makes a trip to her old hometown to help unravel the mystery.

As Sophie Mae pokes around in other people's business while learning the finer points of artisanal cheese making, a new murder is committed—and it's evident that aging cheese isn't the only thing in Spring Creek that doesn't pass the smell test.

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Publishers Weekly
Artisan cheese making and a really stinky cold case (or two) occupy soap maker Sophie Mae Reynolds of Cadyville, Wash., in Macrae’s well-constructed fourth Home Crafting mystery (after 2009’s Spin a Wicked Web). Sophie heads home to Spring Creek, Colo., after her mother, Anna Belle Watson, receives a disturbing letter, lost for 18 years, that never reached its intended recipient. Sophie Mae’s late brother, Bobby Lee, wrote the letter to his teen sweetheart, Tabby Atwood, shortly before hanging himself. Tabby, now married to Joe Bines, Bobby Lee’s best friend, is shocked when Sophie shows up at their dairy to take Tabby’s cheese-making class and show her the letter. The plot thickens after someone fatally beans Joe with a glass bottle of heavy cream. Likable characters and an easy-to-follow plot that doesn’t require knowledge of previous entries in the series are a plus. (July)
Library Journal
In her fourth outing (after Spin a Wicked Web), Sophie Mae returns home to help her parents probe a suicide note received 18 years after her brother's death. At the same time, the crafter takes up cheese making. VERDICT Fans of Rosemary Harris and Maggie Sefton will appreciate McRae's crafty series.
Kirkus Reviews
Eighteen years after her brother's death, an early-morning phone call brings Sophie Mae Reynolds back home to Colorado to investigate. Sophie Mae's bath-products business is flourishing, and she's about to marry detective Barr Ambrose. But her mother Anna Belle's call begging her to come home and read her brother's long-lost suicide note changes everything. The newly surfacing letter, sent by her brother Bobby Lee to his girlfriend Tabby and marked return to sender, says that he can't handle the guilt, but doesn't say what for. Sophie Mae uses Tabby's cheesemaking classes as an excuse for a visit to the dairy farm owned by Tabby and her husband Joe, who was Bobby Lee's best friend. Although Tabby is extremely reticent to talk about the past, Sophie Mae perseveres, and when Joe gets bashed to death with a cream bottle, the ladies alibi each other. Meanwhile, Sophie Mae researches the period of Bobby Lee's death, looking for an event that could have caused his guilty feelings. Several deaths at that time and problems at a ranch run for troubled teens may hold the answer. Arriving to meet her parents, Barr is embroiled in both Anna Belle's ambitious wedding plans and Sophie Mae's search for clues she hopes will clear up both Bobby Lee and Joe's deaths. Another enjoyable entry in McRae's craft-centered series (Spin a Wicked Web, 2009, etc.). This time information about artisanal cheesemaking supplements the plausible mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738719962
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Home Crafting Mystery Series , #4
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cricket McRae’s contemporary Home Crafting Mysteries reflect her interest in traditional colonial skills. Set in the Pacific Northwest, they feature activities like soap making, food preservation, spinning, cheese making, and mead making. For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The author resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. She also writes the Magical Bakery Mysteries under the pen name Bailey Cates. For more information and recipes, visit CricketMcRae.com and HearthCricket.com.

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