Publication Date: 11/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Books in the series:
Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
1. Last Wool and Testament
2. Dyeing Wishes
3. Spinning In Her Grave
4. Plagued by Quilt
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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.
Plagued by Quilt is the fourth book in Molly MacRae's Haunted Yarn Shop mystery series. This book has a little bit of everything and will appeal to many different types of readers. There is, of course, the mystery that is unique and full of surprises. Then you have the historical aspects of the story that are brought to life by the finding of two sets of skeleton's. You have the paranormal elements that are brought in through Geneva, the resident ghost and there is the everyday lives of some amazing characters. There is a lot going on in this addition to the series and you won't want to miss a thing!
What I liked:
Molly MacRae has given readers a series that might be focused on a group that is all about yarn, but that's hardly all this group of characters gets into. Protagonist Kath and your friends gets involved in all sorts of mysteries and other activities. In Plagued by Quilt, Kath is teaching a lesson on crazy quilting at a local venue, The Holston Homeplace. I loved the historical aspects of this mystery. There were nods to archaeology and protecting the heritage of the land, as well as, a very cleverly written whodunit. MacRae uses the history of Holston Homeplace to shed some light on not only what had happened in the area but also on Geneva's backstory.
Geneva, the ghost is Kath's sidekick of sorts and readers who enjoy a little bit of the paranormal in their mysteries will love her. She always has a hand in helping Kath and her friends with the Thank Goodness It's Fiber group solve the crime in each book, but this one seemed a little more personal. MacRae let readers in on several parts of Geneva's past that I found fascinating. I had wanted to learn more about her from the beginning of the series and this really helped to satisfy the craving.
Crazy quilting has always been a fascination of mine. Both of my grandmothers were avid quilters and crazy quilts were some of their favorites. I loved looking at each quilt and noticing fabrics that I recognized from dresses or outfits that members of the family had worn. The idea of the Plague Quilt was so interesting and I loved the way that MacRae stayed true to the essence of the series by making it a big part of the story.
The two skeletons, plus the murder of the Holston Homeplace assistant director, had Kath and her friends busy. Add in a very eclectic murder weapon, a teenage genus with a chip on his shoulder and plenty of suspects to keep readers off balance and you have one very good mystery. MacRae often leads the reader on a wild goose chase or two that keeps the suspense high and the reveal secret. I didn't know who did it until the end, but that murder weapon was a doosy!
This was a very good addition to the series. There were parts that helped not only move the series forward, but also explained some things along the way. The mystery itself was very unique and different and the historical aspects were truly interesting. Geneva is a ghost that keeps it interesting and Kath and her friends better hang on, no telling what's going to happen next!
Plagued by Quilt is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Molly MacRae, national bestselling author of Spinning in Her Grave, Dyeing Wishes, and Last Wool and Testament, was director of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, and later managed an independent bookstore in Johnson City. 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.
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