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.
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.
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?
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
Wool and Testament #1
in Her Grave #3