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Molly MacRae

by Molly MacRae

I collect bookstores and keep them organized in categories. (Years ago, I ran an independent bookstore, and more recently I retired from the public library. Organizing books and places where you can get books = natural aptitude.) The abbreviated title of one category in my collection is “How Fast Can I Get There?” (The full title is “How Fast Can I Get There, Step Inside, and Breathe the Whole Place in, Because if I Didn’t Really Care, I’d Just Stay Home and Go to Their Website?”)


Titles—a Chicken and Egg Question


FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Molly MacRae

I like titles. I had the good fortune to grow up in a house full of books. Shelves full of them all the way to the ceiling. When I was learning to read, I loved picking out the titles of the books on the shelves well above my head—as though each title was a secret, and the titles strung together told a story of their own. So yes, I like titles, and now I like coming up with them for the stories and books I write.

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by Sandra Murphy

Four women reinvented themselves. Two became booksellers, two run the tea and pastry shop within the store, located in the Highlands, Scotland. For Christine, it’s coming home to take care of elderly parents. For Janet, it’s a return to a vacation cottage, minus the husband she’d shared it with, the rat. Janet’s adult daughter and a friend round out the group.


by Sandra Murphy
& Molly MacRae

Kath Rutledge is the owner of the Weaver’s Cat, a yarn shop inhabited by Argyle, a yellow tabby cat, and Geneva, a ghost. Only Argyle, Kath, and her employee Ardis, can see and hear Geneva. It makes for some odd conversations as Geneva talks when customers are in the shop.


by Sandra Murphy

When four women decide to move to Scotland, it’s not as impulsive a move as it might sound. Janet and her husband Curtis, ex-husband and a rat, that is, owned a vacation cottage there. Janet made sure she got it in the divorce. The other women are Tallie, Janet’s daughter, Tallie’s BFF Summer, and Janet’s longtime friend, Christine, home to take care of aging and forgetful parents.


by Sunny Frazier

My new kidney and I are glad to be back and ready to share fun books that might find their way under your tree this year!
A snow globe as a murder weapon? Mayor Lewis Frost, known as “Frosty,” is dealing with controversy in the city council.


by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy

This week we have another fun group of Penguin mysteries,3 book related and 1 about a resale store-All Sales Final: A Good Buy Girls Mystery By Josie Belle, Knot the Usual Suspects by Molly MacRae, Booked for Trouble: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, and Law and Author: An Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery by Erika Chase.


by Cynthia Chow

Lewis Wilder may enjoy being the only curator at Tennessee’s Nolichucky Jack History Museum, but he is definitely not appreciating the rumors circulating that he fundraises through his activities as a cat burglar! The “Fox” has been stealing valuable heirlooms from homes in the area, and anonymous cash donations mailed regularly to the museum have locals buzzing that Lewis must be the culprit. Sheriff Paul Glaser is making no secret of his suspicions, and when a loud-mouthed car dealer is murdered after having an argument with Lewis, it’s not a surprise that he’s a likely suspect.


by Cynthia Chow

The characters who were introduced in the full-length novel, Lawn Order, actually have been appearing in short stories since 1990, and here readers will have the fun in this collection that perfectly captures the rather dysfunctional relationship between fifty-something sisters Margaret and Bitsy.


by Sandra Murphy

Kath Rutledge is gearing up for Blue Plum’s historical festival. She’s not happy about the reenactment of a moving gunfight. With a ghost “living” on the second floor, gunfire might cause paranormal upsets and who knows where that could lead? The event planner wants to use her second floor window for the legend’s sniper.


by Sunny Frazier

It’s Molly MacRae’s first LCC and she’ll be joining her brother Andrew in the festivities. She’s launching the third book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series, Spinning In Her Grave. Kath Rutledge’s Weaver’s Cat fabric store comes with gloomy ghost Geneva in residence.


by Cynthia Chow
& Molly MacRae

The only way for textile preservationist Kath Rutledge’s thirty-ninth birthday to have been worse would have been for it to have been her fortieth birthday instead. She hadn’t planned on spending the day returning home to Blue Plum, Tennessee for her much loved grandmother Ivy McClellan’s funeral, and Kath definitely hadn’t planned on getting pulled over by an arrogant deputy for speeding. That he called Kath’s grandmother “Crazy Ivy” and implied that she was a murderer definitely put the capper on what was becoming a completely horrific day.


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