Spinning in Her Grave (Haunted Yarn Shop Series #3)by Molly MacRae
It’s time for Blue Plum’s annual historical festival, and everyone—including Kath and her spunky/b>
Kath Rutledge is settling in as the owner of the Weaver’s Cat, a fiber and fabric shop in Blue Plum, Tennessee. But nothing, not even the ghost haunting her shop, prepares her for the mystery that will leave the whole town spinning....
It’s time for Blue Plum’s annual historical festival, and everyone—including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF—is getting in on the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor windows of her store for part of a reenactment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local baker Reva Louise Snapp is shot—with a bullet from a modern-day gun.
Kath has her theories about who wanted to end Reva Louise’s life. But there’s also talk of a sniper stalking Blue Plum, and Kath’s shop is suspected to be the murderer’s hideout. Now Kath, her TGIF pals, and the gloomy ghost, Geneva, must unravel the mystery quickly, or someone else might be left hanging by a thread....
What should have been a lighthearted festival complete with a historical reenactment goes dark when one of the locals is shot and killed. Worse yet, the victim, Reva Louise, was shot from the upstairs window of Kath Rutledge's shop, the Weaver's Cat. Quick as can be, the TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) group rallies around to solve the case. Reva was related to one of the TGIF members, but her behavior encouraged murderous impulses in many; she was a husband stealer and a small-time embezzler. At the same time, Kath continues to slowly unravel the mystery surrounding Geneva, her shop's sad ghost, collecting clues and aiming to bring the spirit some peace. VERDICT Librarian MacRae does a superb job of coordinating her amateur sleuth ensemble cast while not overdoing the ghost angle in her third paranormal series (after Dyeing Wishes), set in Tennessee. Snappy repartee and genuine warmth are both conducive to the best sort of cozy. For fans of Sue Ann Jaffarian ("Ghost of Granny Apples" series), Denise Swanson, and Leann Sweeney.
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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 For Better or Worsted
“A delightful paranormal regional whodunit that…accelerates into an enjoyable investigation. Kath is a fascinating lead character.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
“A gem.”—TwoLips Reviews
“A delightful and warm mystery…with a strong, twisting finish.”—Gumshoe
“Suspense and much page flipping!…I loved the characters, the mystery; everything about it was pitch-perfect!”—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Meet the Author
Molly MacRae, author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series, including Dyeing Wishes and Last Wool and Testament, was director of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, and later managed an independent bookstore in Johnson City. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she has won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction.
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I have had the pleasure of reading all three books so far in the A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series. Spinning in Her Grave is the latest release by Molly MacRae in this fun mystery series. Each time I visit Blue Plum I always enjoy catching up with old friends from the Weaver's Cat. These ladies are not only very talented at their projects but they sure do have a good time solving the mysteries of town. In Spinning in Her Grave the town is having a festival with a lot of things going on. Everything is going well until Reva Louise ends up dead. I have to say from this woman's attitude I don't think there was a shortage in people who were celebrating the fact that she is gone. However there is only one person who is evil enough to have pulled off the crime and to try to the pull the wonderful shop of the Weaver's Cat into their evil plot. Kath and her friends set out to find out just who wanted Reva Louise out of the picture. They have no shortage of suspects and it's a lot of fun watching them unravel the mystery. Molly MacRae is a wonderfully talented author who not only write one awesome mystery but can also keep me laughing while I'm wondering WHO DID IT?!? I have been a fan of Molly's since I had a chance to read Last Wool and Testament (the first book in this series). I know I will anxiously be awaiting to the release to see what Kath and the TGIF gang are up to next. I'm sure they will have no trouble finding some mischief and sticky situation to get themselves into. I will also be anxious to see what Geneva remembers about her past and what trouble she can get Kath into with everyone thinking she is talking to herself. If you enjoy a great mystery with some humor I think you will enjoy this book. I have read the whole series but I have no doubt you could pick up Spinning in her Grave and read it as a stand alone book. However if you want to start at the beginning Last Wool and Testament and Dyeing Wishes are both awesome books as well. I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Spinning in her Grave.
Kath Rutledge, owner of the Weaver’s Cat, a fiber and fabric shop, was expecting the annual historical festival in Blue Plum to create extra work, potential customers, fun, and excitement. What she wasn’t expecting was to find a dead body. The annual Blue Plum Preserves has been enhanced a bit this year with a large re-enactment playing out in town with men firing guns. Following one of the loud scenes, Kath walks outside her tent to discover Reva Louise Snapp has been shot. Reva Louise has been helping her half-sister Mel out as a baker at Mel’s Café in town. Kath believes Reva Louise might have been helping herself with much more. With a killer on the loose, Kath and her energetic fiber and needlework group – better known as TGIF – begin unraveling the mystery before the killer claims another victim. Author Molly MacRae has created a cast of zany and funny-loving characters that readers will adore. She combines the elements of a cozy mystery with a touch of paranormal by featuring a melancholy ghost, Geneva, who haunts the Weaver’s Cat and gives advice to Kath. The characters are well-developed and realistic. The small town atmosphere draws readers in and holds them spellbound with the charming setting and quirky residents. The warmth and friendly-feel of the Weaver’s Cat adds depth to the story. SPINNING IN HER GRAVE is the third installment in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series, but can be read on its own. The charming characters and tantalizing mystery blended with the colorful fabric shop makes for an entertaining read. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Readers return to Blue Plum, Tennessee with Molly MacRae's latest book in her Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series, Spinning in her Grave. It's time for the heritage festival in Blue Plum and one of the big events is the reenactment of the Blue Plum Piglet War. But when things get out of hand and the local baker ends up dead, it's nothing to snort about. Readers love Molly MacRae's over-the-top take on small town life, her realistic action figures and all of things she puts into making each of her mysteries packed with adventure. Her knack for writing believable characters in crazy situations is on full display in this book and readers won't be able to put it down. What I liked: Kath is once again a tried and true amateur sleuth. She sticks her nose in everybody's business, but she's so sweet about it, they hardly notice. Along with her group of knitting friends, Argyle the cat and Geneva the ghost, she sets about solving each mystery as it comes with a determination that is fun to read about. She has some issues in her personal life, like her situation with Clod and the fact that she has feelings for Joe. But she balances her career as owner of the Weaver's Cat, her personal life, and sleuthing with ease. For me, there just wouldn't be enough hours in the day. She is an amazing heroine and always enjoyable to read about. Geneva the ghost is one my favorites in this series. She is a bit on the glum side, from time to time, but wouldn't you be, if you were a ghost? She adds a paranormal element to the story that will draw in another group of readers. That little touch of the supernatural is sometimes all it takes to give a series that little extra something, that sets it apart. The fact that Geneva figures out she is afraid of ghosts was riot. MacRae seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to knowing what readers want in a good cozy mystery. The murder itself provided a very entertaining mystery. Who would want Reva, the baker dead? Apparently, more than a few people. I thought the motives were believable if perhaps the Piglet War was not, LOL. There are several suspects and Kath and her friends have a picnic trying to sort them all out. Did Reva steal Mel's recipes? Was she planning on starting her own diner? All questions that have to be answered before the killer can be revealed. I liked the way this one went. And I think did advanced the overall arc of the series in a good way as well. What I didn't like: Now, I'll be the first to say that I am not a knitter, a fantastic weaver or even a good dyer and I love all of the information provided in this series about those things, techniques and tips, patterns and even good recipes. But this one was a little light on input from the Weaver's Cat. It wasn't something that put me out, and made me not want to read, I just wanted more of that... Maybe in the next book! Bottom Line: This is a great series, featuring a wonderfully drawn small town, full of interesting people. MacRae writes with a passion and a lot of imagination. I look forward to reading the new book in this series each time it comes out. You will too, and that Rhubarb Bread Pudding makes me want Rhubarb Pie!
Spinning In Her Grave is the third book in the A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series. The quaint little town of Blue Plum is getting ready for their annual historical festival. Tents are going up in town for the shops to move outside for the celebration. Kath is in the process of setting hers up when a J. Scott Prescott approaches her, wanting to use one of her upstairs windows for one his reenactors to shoot from during the Blue Plum Piglet War reenactment. She decides that it would interrupt the store and just doesn't feel comfortable allowing it. The festival has started and everyone is having fun and soon the reenactments begins with men chasing the piglets and firing their weapons. One of the piglets tries to escape thru Kath tent and when she goes to rescue it she finds the body of Reva Louise, dead from a gunshot wound. Reva is the sister of Mel who runs Mel's Diner and has had a checkered past and Mel belives she has been embezzling from the diner and thinks she has stolen her recipes so she can open he own diner. Kath and the members of the TGIF group start to do their own investigation in hopes of getting a murderer off the streets and bringing closure to Mel so she can get on with running the diner. Most all of the characters from the other books are back to help Kath with her sleuthing. Yes and of course the that wonderful ghost, Geneva, is back to harass and help Kath too. Looking forward to the next book to see what will happen in Blue Plum and to see what might be in the future for Kath and Joe.
Cute series. Will read them all as they come out.