Crewel and Unusual (Haunted Yarn Shop Series #6)

Crewel and Unusual (Haunted Yarn Shop Series #6)

by Molly MacRae

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Overview

The latest mystery in this charming mystery series finds the ever-resourceful Kath Rutledge and shop ghost Geneva tangled up in an embroidery rivalry—and a murder.

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. But in the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber), hear rumors of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the new shopkeepers. Nervie Bales and Belinda Moyer declare each other’s embroidery patterns and antique embroidered linens fakes, copies—and stolen goods. Kath is caught in the middle when she’s asked to use her textile expertise to decide if there’s any truth to the accusations.

Then, the day before the grand opening, an exquisite tablecloth that Kath has fallen in love with—the pride of Belinda’s shop—is found cut to shreds. Belinda accuses Nervie of the outrage, but Nervie has an airtight alibi: she was at Kath’s shop, the Weaver’s Cat, teaching a crewel embroidery class.

Despite worries over the rivalry and vandalism, the opening is a success—until Belinda is found dead, stabbed in the back with a pair of scissors from the Weaver’s Cat. Geneva, the ghost who haunts Kath’s store, claims she saw the murderer leaving the scene of the crime. But the ghost is the ultimate unreliable witness—only Kath and her shop manager can see or hear her. That means it’s up to Kath, TGIF, and especially Geneva the ghost to solve the crime before the killer cuts another life short.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131122
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Haunted Yarn Shop Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 46,420
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Molly MacRae is the national bestselling author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series, including Crewel and Unusual, and the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series, including Plaid and Plagiarism and Scones and Scoundrels. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazines for more than twenty years, and she has won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.
Molly MacRae is the national bestselling author of Lawn Order, Wilder Rumors, and the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series, including Knot the Usual Suspects and Plagued by Quilt. 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. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois.

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Crewel and Unusual 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Crewel and Unusual by Molly MacRae is a Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery and yes, there is a ghost, Geneva, who enjoyed scones and snark, and rarely, if ever, left the shop. There was also a cat, Argyle, who had come to the shop after a devil-may-care existence elsewhere, but loved it here now and was loved in return by the employees and customers, usually. Kath had inherited the Weaver's Cat from her grandmother who had started it years before with Kath's grandfather. They are part of a small town, Blue Plum, inhabited by relatives and friends alike, as well as some who could hardly be called friends and thankfully were not relatives. On the horizon was the opening of an art barn: The Blue Plum Valut, run by the Arts Council and full of booths of artisans of different types and styles. There is a murder and then connections arise between it and the death of Granny's friend, Gar, who had been found dead in his truck, odd at the time. This is an ensemble book with Kath as the leader, mostly. There are a lot of characters and one would have to read all the books (this is the sixth) in the series to really put them in place. They have strengths and weaknesses as do all humans but they work together well. This is a decent mystery and solving it takes all the personalities. There is a lot of detail in the book about the town and the Blue Plum Vault and the people. It is enjoyable and fun to read. I recommend it. I received a free ARC of Crewel and Unusual in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #crewelandunusual
apeape More than 1 year ago
This was a quick, fun enough read, but slow paced at the beginning, and a bit convoluted at times. There's so much set-up that the murder doesn't happen until about halfway through the book. Now, this is the sixth in a series, and I haven't read the rest, so I'm sure I would have enjoyed all the set-up more had I read the other books, but without the back stories, I don't think I cared about the characters as much. There were so many red herrings it was hard to keep track of them all, even with the amateur sleuth group's notes. I really wanted to like this book more, but it just didn't do a lot for me. I did connect with Kath, the main character, over her love of textiles- the way the author wrote the feelings of wonder, awe, yearning for the objects of one's desire, was so real and touching, and I totally understand those feels!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Crewel and Unusual by Molly MacRae is the sixth A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery. Kath Rutledge owns the Weaver’s Cat in Blue Plum, Tennessee. Kath shares her office with Argyle, the shop cat and Geneva, a temperamental ghost. The town is looking forward to the opening of the Blue Plum Vault which is housed in the old bank and houses small co-op shops. The recently deceased Garland Brown spearheaded the project. The Spivey twins stop by to tell Kath the rumors circulating around town that Nervie Bates embroidery patterns were not created by her. They also suggest that Kath stop by the Vault to check out the vintage linens being sold by Belinda Moyer. Kath visits Belinda’s shop, Belle’s Vintage & Antique Linens and falls in love with an Arts & Crafts tablecloth done with silk embroidery thread. She is surprised by the animosity between Belinda and Nervie. The next day, Kath is shocked when she gets a call from Joe that the beautiful tablecloth has been found in shreds. Before Deputy Cole Dunbar can arrive, the shreds disappear. All of Blue Plum turns out for the grand opening including Geneva. Kath hears Geneva singing a dirge in a storage closet. When the door is opened, they find Belinda face down with a pair of scissors in her back. Geneva says she saw the killer, but her recollections leave a lot to be desired. Kath and TGIF members along with Geneva establish their murder board and set out to unravel this perplexing mystery. Crewel and Unusual is the sixth delightful installment in the unique A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series. If you have not read the previous books in the series, you will not be lost. Everything a new reader needs to know is included. Blue Plum is a cozy small town with charming shops and friendly residents. Kath is slowly discovering her special gifts and how they work. Geneva is a humorous addition to the story. She is dramatic, moody and observant. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Kath and Geneva. I am glad that Ardis can now see Geneva as well. I found Crewel and Unusual to be a slow starter as the author introduces the characters, town, shops, etc. There are many descriptive details that help bring the story alive (visually). The mystery has multiple suspects and misdirection to keep readers off the trail of the real killer. If you pay careful attention, you will find the clues that will lead you to the guilty party. It is a complicated mystery, and I appreciated how everything tied together in the end. I am giving Crewel and Unusual 4 out of 5 stars. I wish the pace had been peppier and that there had been a smoother flow. I was happy to return to Blue Plum in Crewel and Unusual. I look forward to further adventures with Kath and Geneva in A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Crewel And Unusual is the sixth book in the A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series. I was very excited to hear that this interesting series a new publisher. The residents of Blue Plum are excited that the Blue Plum Vault, formerly the town’s bank building will be having its Grand Opening soon. The Blue Plum Arts Council has taken over the old bank building and has divided it up into sales space for art-related shops. The shop owners are busy setting up spaces when an argument breaks out between two of the artists. Nervie Bales accuses Belinda Moyer of having stolen items on display and likewise, Belinda alleges that Nervie has been stealing her embroidery designs. Kath, a textile restorer and owner of The Weaver’s Cat visited The Vault and was see and touch the runner that Nervie thought was stolen. Later in the day, Belinda has found the runner had been cut into strips. But before Sheriff Dunbar can get and begin an investigation, the strips have disappeared. The next day is to be a happy and filled day for the Grand Opening of The Vault, but it quickly turns to sad when Kath is walking by a storeroom and hears Geneva, her resident at The Weaver’s Cat sadly signing. Kath quickly finds her beau, Joe Dunbar and uses his key for the storeroom. Inside she finds Geneva huddled next to the lifeless body of Belinda. Someone has stabbed her in the back with a pair of scissors that had apparently come from The Weaver’s Cat. Kath, along with Geneva and the members of TGIF(Thank Goodness It’s Fiber), a knitting group at The Weaver’s Cat. Set off once again to learn who the killer is. Another wonderfully written and well-plotted in this enjoyable series. Most all the characters from previous books are back. The Spivey sisters are back to pester Kath, they once again provide some good clues, but Kath still needs to take them with a grain of salt. It’s also nice to have Geneva back being her humorous self. An embroidered hankie pattern is also included with the book. One doesn’t need to know embroidery or knitting to enjoy this series. I will be watching for the next book in the series.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This cozy mystery has definitely been worth waiting for! The author brings to life the charm of small-town life, close-knit friendships, creative fiber craft folks, a lamenting ghost who is finding new value, and a complex mystery. Sixth in the series, it can be read as a standalone, yet each novel builds on the next. Kath jumped into The Weaver's Cat and Blue Plum, Tennessee with both feet since losing Granny, Ivy, earlier in the year. One of her favorite groups is TGIF, Thank Goodness It's Fiber, specifically its offshoot, Fast & Furious Friday. The members of this group make newborn caps for babies born in the hospital, a great service to the community. They have also contributed to the community in other, more controversial ways. Kath and her Posse, as the F&FF group call themselves, have contributed to solving several murders since Kath has come to town. Even Geneva, the mournful ghost, has been an unknown part of the Posse. Only Kath and Ardis, the shop manager, are able to see or communicate with her. Oh, and Argyle, the shop cat. The mysteries this time are complex. First, one of the people spearheading the Blue Plum Vault, Gar, was found murdered at a hiking trail parking area just a couple weeks before the grand opening. The Vault was formerly a bank that Gar worked at for many years before his retirement. It is now set up with many vendor booths, primarily for crafters and collectors to sell their beautiful works. A couple days before the opening, Kath hears of a vendor, Belinda, who is selling an antique silk embroidered table runner, and also finds a fabulous embroidered museum-quality tablecloth that she absolutely falls in love with. The day before the grand opening, Belinda finds that someone has destroyed the tablecloth, an act of rage or revenge based on how completely it was destroyed. As a gifted textile restorer, Kath's heart aches for the loss of this tablecloth that cannot be saved. The following day, Belinda is found murdered. Minor thefts occur throughout the Vault, and a couple strangers are popping up everywhere there seems to be trouble. This is such a suspenseful, fascinating mystery! The crafting is, as always, fabulous, and I always learn about different crafts in each mystery. The characters at the Weaver's Cat overall get along well together, and Geneva is a hoot, as always. She becomes more "person"able with each mystery, and it is fun to watch her learn more about life in the 21st century, more than 100 years since she died. I really enjoy this novel, and the series in general! There is a unique mix of characters and wit that just works. There is humor even in the darkest moments. The mysteries were simply beyond my ability to solve, and the motivations and solutions related to people I never considered. For those who enjoy cozy mysteries with fiber arts, humor, and a bit of magic, I highly recommend this mystery! From a grateful heart: I received a review copy of the mystery, and this is my honest review.