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Spinning in Her Grave
Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #3
Molly MacRae

March 4, 2014 / ISBN 978-0-451-24064-4
Mystery/Cozy/Paranormal/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Weaver’s Cat is a fiber and fabric shop in small town Blue Plum, Tennessee. It’s also haunted! Geneva, a morose and lonely ghost is only visible to Kath Rutledge, the owner of the shop, having inherited it from her grandmother. The Blue Plum historical festival time is upon the town, but this year things are going to be different. There is a new event this summer – a reenactment of the “Blue Plum Piglet War,” and author Molly MacRae was quick to reassure readers that no piglets were harmed in the writing of this book.

As for human characters, however, there is indeed a cold-blooded murder and a world of emotional harm inflicted. Newcomer Reva Louise Snapp is shot and killed during the “piglet war,” and there is not exactly a long line of mourners. Reva Louise was not well liked. Not even by her half-sisters, in particular, her half-sister Mel, from whom she had been stealing.

I get a kick out of Blue Plum and the antics of the residents. Elderly twin sisters, Shirley and Mercy Spivey are particularly amusing. Especially so when Mercy’s daughter, Angie not only goes missing, but it turns out she was previously married to the current husband of the recently murdered Reva Louise. Would Angie have murdered her ex-husband’s new wife in order to win him back? Or, is it possible that opportunistic reenactment director, J. Scott Prescott (who is also a high-end piano salesman and a preservation realtor), is desperate enough that he may have arranged the convenient murder of Reva Louise because she was standing in the way of his real estate deal?

This is a fun series, and this book lives up to the previous two. Kath is smart and kind, and compassionate to the long-dead Geneva. The cat, Argyle, who lives at Weaver’s Cat, has also befriended Geneva. The townies are believable, the small town petty (and not so petty) feuds are realistic and best of all, and I never guessed who the murderer was! Bravo to Molly MacRae for another well spun yarn of a cozy mystery!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Last Wool and Testament #1
Dyeing Wishes #2
Spinning in Her Grave #3

Reviewed 2014