Friday, August 23, 2019

On the New Book Shelf at the Blue Plum Library and a Stupendous #Giveaway!


by Thea Green
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae


Hi, Thea Green, here. If you’re a friend of Kath Rutledge who owns the Weaver’s Cat in Blue Plum, Tennessee, then you probably know I’m the director of the Blue Plum Public Library. I’ve also helped Kath and our group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber), solve a few murders. Not to brag, but what librarians don’t already know, they know how to find out. Remember that the next time you don’t know where to turn. Your librarian might not know where you should turn, either, but she’ll help you find out.

But enough of not bragging. Blue Plum is a small town, but there’s nothing small about the town’s love – or mine – for the library. I’m the first to arrive most mornings, and when I do, I stop inside the front door to listen. You might think the place would be silent or hushed or waiting. But I hear the rustle of pages and the murmur of voices – Charlotte and Wilbur making plans, Miss Marple greeting a neighbor in St. Mary Mead, Lizzie Bennet laughing with her sisters. You might be laughing at that notion, but meet me at the door some morning and we’ll go in together. 

In the meantime, let me do something else I love. Let tell you about some of the mysteries on our new arrivals shelf and then I’ll tell you about a stupendous giveaway. 


First up is A Dream of Death by Connie Berry. Set on a Hebridean island, off the west coast of Scotland, this book has it all―atmosphere, suspense, a cracking-good mystery, and characters I want to meet again soon. I can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than with antiques dealer Kate Hamilton as she tries find the truth behind a murder staged to look like an unsolved murder from 200 years ago. This is Berry’s first book, but you’d never know it. She’s a born storyteller. 


J.A. Kellman is another debut author. The Snake took me on a tense, twisting trek from the American Midwest into the Mesoamerican jungles to solve a shocking crime. Talk about gripping suspense! Like her main character, Kellman is a retired professor with a background in art and anthropology. She spent four summers in Guatemala doing research and falling in love with Maya culture. From what I hear, Kellman is working on a second book, and I’m glad. 


A Death at Tippitt Pond, by Susan Van Kirk, is a tale of long-buried secrets that begin to smolder when Beth Russell arrives in Sweet Iron, Illinois. Suddenly everything she knew about her life was wrong—and the truth was better but also shockingly worse. Van Kirk knows how to ratchet up the suspense. This is the first in her new Sweet Iron mystery series. If you like it, you should look for her Endurance Mysteries. Good stuff. Fun fact: Van Kirk wrote the CliffsNotes for Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. (Librarians love trivia like that.)


This last book isn’t on our new arrivals shelf yet, so I’m kind of cheating. Librarians get to do that, though, because we get to read advance copies. The Botticelli Caper is the third book in Sarah Wisseman’s Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries. It’s another fast-paced mystery set in Italy that had me ready to hop on a plane to join Flora in foiling forgers, art thieves, and killers. Look for The Botticelli Caper in September. Wisseman also writes the Lisa Donohue Archaeological Mysteries set in Boston and Israel.

Did you notice that I told you about those books in alphabetical order by their authors? Librarian! 

Now for the stupendous giveaway. These four authors are each giving away a signed copy of their book. Wisseman’s book will be mailed after it’s released in September. And just for fun, because I know the author, I’ll toss in a signed copy of Crewel and Unusual, the latest Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, and Scones and Scoundrels, book 2 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. I’ll choose five lucky winners, at random, from among those who leave comments on this post. The catch? In your comment, recommend a book you like. Title and author is enough, but you can tell us why you like them, if you want. Remember to leave your email address. 


Contest runs through noon, central time, Sunday 8/25. (U.S. only – sorry about that.)


In libraries and bookstores now.


Available for pre-order in bookstores now, and available in libraries and bookstores in January 2020!



Molly MacRae writes 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. 


84 comments:

  1. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hollow Kingdom has gotten some great recommendations, and with a cowardly crow as the hero, how can it go wrong? Thanks for stopping by, Debby.

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  2. Station Eleven by Emily st. John Mandel. Thank you for all these wonderful recommendations. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. From a blurb for Station Eleven: ". . . a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity." Good choice, Autumn. Sounds great!

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  3. A Death at Tippet Pond by Susan Van Kirk - I love reading mysteries set in my home state! kehrenhaf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. It completely took me by surprise how much I loved this story.
    Amygauger24@gmail.com

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  6. I really enjoyed reading MURDER ONCE REMOVED by S. C. Perkins. I love the way genealogy was worked into the story. Most recently I enjoyed reading LEFT FUR DEAD by J. M. Griffin. It was so much fun having a talking rabbit albeit by mental telepathy helping with the case. I’m currently reading THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME by Krista Davis and really enjoying it too. Then again, knew I would because love Krista’s books.

    Thank you for this fabulous chance to win great books by fabulous authors!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. A New Author For Me “Sarah Fox”. “Wine and Punishment” Start Of a New Cozy Mystery Series Set In Vermont... Wonderful Writer/Detailed Which I Like...

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  7. A memorable novel which was captivating and special is A Thread of grace by Mary Doria Russell. Thanks for thisl ovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh yes, a fabulous choice. I love stories about underground movements during WWII. So many are set in France, it's interesting to get the Italian view.

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  8. Spinning in her Grave. Love this series . gretaduerst(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Since she's one of the Killer Characters authors, I'll go with Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron. Mostly I love the humor and characters, but the setting is great too. Thank you for the awesome contest! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  10. Just read Crewel & Unusual by Molly MacRae & loved it

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  11. What a great selection of new releases! Adding them to my TBR list. I just finished reading The White House Chef Mystery Series by Julie Hyzy and I really enjoyed it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Oh my, I would love to get A Dream of Death!

    I am reading The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth. The book is about the murders in Austin, Texas before the turn of the century. The author captures life in Austin very well. I am totally engrossed.

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    1. Midnight Assassin sounds good. It seems like Austin might have been a rough-and-tumble kind of place at the turn of the last century. Thanks for stopping by Vicki!

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  13. I'm reading Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair and it is a wonderfully funny mystery. People can travel into books! My dream....

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    1. My email is amysarcastic@gmail.com (forgot that on my initial reply)

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    2. I absolutely adore that Fforde series. It made me want to be a literary detective and work for Special Ops. And have a pet dodo.

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  14. Wow, what a great giveaway! My most recent discovery is a new suspense novel by Daryl Wood Gerber, Desolate Shores. She usually writes cozies and I usually read cozies, but this was great!

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    1. I've been looking forward to reading that one. Glad to hear it's as good as I'd expected!

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  15. Forgot—legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  16. Taylor R. WilliamsAugust 23, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    My favorite author, Leslie Budewitz, has two wonderful series - Food Lovers Village, and Spice shop - her characters are fun and believable, and introduced in a way that is easy to keep track of who's who, the plots are fun with twists that keep you guessing until the end - thanks for such a wonderful contest. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Don't you love her sense of place? She's an author I'd love to meet. If she ever comes to Blue Plum, I'll take her to lunch at Mel's and make people believe we're old friends.

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  17. I have read Aaron Elkins Skeleton Detective Mysteries hit and miss over the years. A week or two ago, I decided to read them all from the beginning. Now up to #11, Good Blood. Really enjoying them, reading them all in a row really intensifies the experience and I actually remember the occasional reoccurring character. Best part is all of them are available in paper and e-book format at my public library.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. Those books are such a treat! I had the great good fortune of meeting Elkins at a conference. SO COOL! I'm glad you can get them all at your library. Does my heart proud.

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  18. The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates. I love the lighthouse library that Lucy works & lives in.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. That would be a dream job! I'm happy here in the foothills of the east Tennessee mountains, but a lighthouse - ahhhh. I'll have to make do with the books.

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  19. I have recently discovered the Lady Darby mystery series by Anna Lee Huber and I have fallen in love with them! The characters are people that you feel like you can really connect with, the history included in the stories is really interesting, and the mysteries are well thought out. I read the first six books really quickly and I'm trying to hold off on reading the 7th book because it's the last one currently available. It's a long time until April 2020 :( acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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    1. Your description would make anyone want to read Anna Lee Huber's books. Thanks for joining the discussion!

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  20. A fine collection!
    My suggestion is A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.
    Reads like fiction, but is the real life story of an American woman spy who accomplished amazing things in WWII.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. That sounds right up my alley. Thanks for that recommendation, Libby!

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  21. Death of a Wedding Cake Baker by Lee Hollis Love this series!! Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. These take place in Maine, a place I've always wanted to visit. A fun cozy series. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Heather Webber is one of my favorites, and this new direction of hers is so interesting. Women's fiction with a twist of magical realism. And don't you love the cover? (And doesn't it make you want a piece of pie?)

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  23. The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Kate is great, no two ways about it. Anyone who likes books - everything about books - should try hers. Thanks for stopping by, taurus!

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  24. One of my favorite new series I've discovered this year is The Zoe Chambers mysteries by Annette Dashofy. They are extremely well written and keep you guessing. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We have those on our shelves. I love a mystery that keeps me guessing. Thanks for stopping by, Jaime.

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  25. I just finished a really fun book by Mollie Cox Bryan called Christmas Cow Bells. It was an arc and it's not out yet. See what I did there? Lol. It's out September 24th, so you don't have to wait too long if you haven't read it already. All of these books look great, thank you for sharing! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Don't you love ARCs? It's like knowing a wonderful secret before everyone else finds out. And I agree; Mollie Cox Bryan is a LOT of fun!

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  26. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I am all about southerns sass! I'll make sure we've got copies of this on the library shelf. Thanks, Chris!

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  27. Shadow of Death by Jane Willan. Love how sassy Sister Agatha is and her sidekick, Father Selwyn, is someone I'd like to meet! marybliss64@gmail.com

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    1. A wonderful series! Wouldn't you love to visit Wales with these two as your tour guides? Thanks for stopping by Mary Ellen.

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  28. Loved The Fireman by Joe Hill. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Good book! It might be a bit out of the comfort zone for some of our cozy readers, but it's excellent.

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  29. I love the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. In hope they go on forever!

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    1. Such an incredibly nice thing to hear! I'll be sure to tell Kath and the rest of TGIF.

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  30. This is a very difficult question, picking just one! I liked A Crafter Hooks a Killer by Holly Quinn. lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It takes place in Wisconsin, doesn't it? I've always wanted to visit that state. Reading Quinn's books will be a great way to do that until I get there for real. Thanks for stopping by, Linda.

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  31. One of the most recent favorites of mine is a series by Lauren Elliott. "Murder by the Book", "Prologue to Murder" and the one she has coming out in September, "Murder in the First Edition." (I read an ARC of this one.) I loved all of these books and can't wait until the next in the series. Small town mysteries are my favorite and these are some of the best ones I have read. bentleyboy22@comcast.net

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    1. Fantastic recommendation! I haven't read these, yet. They just moved to the top of my TBR pile.

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  32. I love The Secret, Book & Scone Society books by Ellery Adams. That is the title of the first one, the second one is The Whispered Word and The Book of Candlelight comes out in January. I can't wait to read it. They are set in the mountains of North Carolina in a small town. I love the characters and the setting! Thank you for the chance to win one of the wonderful books on this list! ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ellery Adams is a perennial favorite at the library, and this series is particularly well-loved. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly.

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  33. Just started Death at Tippet Pond by Susan Van Kirk.

    kmrockwood(at)comcast(dot)net

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  34. I just received "Left Fur Dead" yesterday ready to start love this cover. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  35. I received this book as an ARC, one of the best books I've read all year! Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

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    1. We have a long waiting list for that one at the library. There are a lot of people in Blue Plum looking forward to a pulse-pounding adventure in the Bolivian jungle.

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  36. just seeing the cover of "Death of a Dream" I want to read that . queenvictoris50 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. They say we shouldn't judge books by their covers, but I'll admit I'm guilty. Berry's cover is gorgeous, and the book lives up to it 100%.

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  37. Ellen Byron's plantation series. I started with plantation shudders and kept reading more. I like the humor storyline characters and location. So glad I won the first book and discovered the series. Donakutska7@gmail.com Thank you for the chance

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    1. You're the second to mention Byron's series. It's a hot commodity at the library, too. Thanks for stopping by, Donamae!

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  38. I recently read Outfox by Sandra Brown - it was awesome!

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail DOT com

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    1. Sandra Brown knows how to thrill, doesn't she? Glad to hear you liked Outfox. It got great reviews.

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  39. A book I like... hmmm... there are just SO many though!
    I just did a marathon read of the 1st 4 Murder in the Mix books by Addison Moore. Starting with Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies. They were great. I like the cozy mystery genre. Some of it is the food that I love. Some of it is just the sort of... warm feelings... I don't know, you just want to curl up and not stop reading.
    lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That's a great way to put it - you just want to curl up and not stop reading. Cozy mysteries are perfect for that, aren't they?

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  40. I am reading Susan Boyer's Lowcountry Boomerang and really enjoying it. Thank you for the contest. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  41. I love the Vintage kitchen mystery by Victoria Hamilton (sorry couldn't choose just one because I enjoy the whole series)
    Lori Jrshooligans@gmail.com

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    1. Great choice, LoriAnn, and I agree. It's much too hard to choose a favorite in the series. Thanks for stopping by!

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  42. Thanks to everyone who gave book recommendations! You all gave such a lovely, wide range of books and authors. The winners the books are: Ashley Cate, Amy Gauger, Kay Garrett, Jamie Gillespie, KellyL, and qnofdnile. Congratulations!

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