by Kath Rutledge
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae
Ardis Buchanan, here, welcoming you back to Blue Plum, Tennessee! Kath and I and the rest of TGIF (Thank Goodness it’s Fiber) are celebrating this month – and for the next three – because our new book will be out January 1st. Each month we’ll tell you about a book in the series and we’ll give away a copy. This month it’s my turn and I’ll tell you about book 2 in the series, Dyeing Wishes.
I managed the Weaver’s Cat, on Main Street in Blue Plum, for my old friend Ivy for years. I was devastated when she died last month, and I worried about what her granddaughter Kath would decide to do with yarn shop. But Kath has a good head on her shoulders – and a good right hook, it turns out – and I realized I shouldn’t have expected anything less of Ivy’s granddaughter.
Ivy started a fiber and needle arts group called Thank Goodness it’s Fiber (TGIF) and it’s still going strong. The group is always up for something new, so a bunch of us went out to Debbie Keith’s Cloud Hollow Farm to learn about “hand-painting” wool roving with dye. Debbie raises sheep at Cloud Hollow, and she spins and dyes and knits and embroiders, and is generally fabulous. She also loses things, like the key to the dye kitchen’s door. Which she did that morning.
Not to worry. A neighbor across the river keeps Debbie’s spare key and she said she’d drop it by on her way to town. In the meantime, we took a walk down the lane to see some of Debbie’s newborn lambs. The sheep were more interested in something under a tree across the field, though, and Kath and Debbie climbed over the fence and crossed the field to see . . . .
What they found was too, too awful—two bodies, and one of them was someone we all knew. Murder-suicide, the deputies said. Kath and I didn’t know what to think, but Debbie did. She didn’t believe it for a second. In fact, she seems to know more than she’s letting on. But we know Debbie, don’t we? And we trust her? Of course we do. So Kath and I are calling a meeting of TGIF. We might be knitters and needlework nuts, but we unraveled the last mystery ahead of the deputies, and we’ll do our darnedest to do it again.
Counting up from 1 to 6 – 5 months of giveaways celebrating the release of Crewel and Unusual, book 6 in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, on January 1, 2019. Leave a comment and your email address by midnight September 25th for a chance to win a copy of Dyeing Wishes. Do you already own a copy? That’s okay! Win another and give it to a friend.
Molly MacRae is the author of the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae.