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November 28, 2014

PLAGUED BY QUILT by Molly MacRae





PLAGUED BY QUILT
A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
Book 4
by
 Molly MacRae




INTRO
(FROM AMAZON)

The latest novel in the national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot....


Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm’s original dump site—until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones.

When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can’t help but wonder if it’s somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it’s up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history.
  • Series: Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045147130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451471307
 
AUTHOR
Molly MacRaeMolly MacRae writes the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries published by Penguin Random House. The books star Kath Rutledge, a textile preservation specialist, who inherits her grandmother's yarn and fabric shop in Blue Plum, Tennessee, and ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands. Think of it as the series that puts the woo-woo in the wool.

Molly spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Tennessee, where she managed the Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was the curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

Reviews for Last Wool and Testament
Betty Hechtman, national bestselling author of Behind the Seams ~ "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."

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

Reviews for Lawn Order
Publisher's Weekly ~ "MacRae's witty first of a new cozy series."

The Boston Globe ~ "Murder with a dose of drollery . . . Margaret, the independent-bookstore-owner-sleuth, entertains us as much as Nero Wolf's smart aleck sidekick, Archie Goodwin."

Praise for Wilder Rumors

Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries ~ "Engaging characters, fine local color, and good writing make Wilder Rumors a winner."

Kirkus Reviews ~ "An intriguing debut that holds the reader's interest from start to finish."

REVIEW
This is the Fourth book in Molly MacRae's Haunted Yarn Shop mystery series.   This is a book that many readers will find interesting since it has  little bit of everything in it.Of course, the mystery is the main story.  Then we get to a rather scary part where two sets of skeletons were found.  Geneva, the resident ghost brought out the paranormal elements of the city and then there were the lives of some totally amazing characters.  You won't want to miss one single page because there is so much going on.
You would think that the series is all about yarn but not hardly. These characters get into a whole lot of different things. In this book, Kath is teaching lessons on crazy quilting at a local store, The Holston  Homeplace.  There is a lot of historical aspects to the mystery. The author wrote very cleverly about the archaeology and protecting the heritage of the land.  Let's not forget how cleverly the ' who dun it' part was written.
Geneva, is Kath's ghost sidekick and the reader will enjoy the paranormal in the mysteries.  Geneva always has her hand in the helping of Kath and her friends with the Thank Goodness It's Fiber group.  They help to solve each crime in the different books. The author's idea of PLAGUED by QUILT made the story stay true to the series by making it a large part of the story.
There will be a BIG surprise at the end of the book as to who did it and what they did it with.
When you get to the end of the book, you want more.  To me that is the sign of a good read.

I was given a complimentary copy of PLAGUED BY QUILT from the author Molly MacRae and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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