cover image Crewel and Unusual: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery

Crewel and Unusual: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery

Molly Macrae. Pegasus Crime, $25.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-64313-008-8

In Macrae’s solid sixth Haunted Yarn Shop mystery (after 2015’s Knot the Usual Suspects), the residents of Blue Plum, Tenn., are saddened when retired banker Garland Brown is found dead at a mountain trailhead parking area, his head bashed in with a rock. But life must go on, and Kath Rutledge, a textile preservation specialist and owner of Weaver’s Cat Yarn Shop, is drawn into a quarrel between two acquaintances when she’s asked to authenticate a 1940s era embroidered tablecloth belonging to Belinda Moyer, owner of a space in the Vault, a co-op for small arts-related shops in a repurposed bank. Nervie Bales thinks Belinda’s vintage linens are fake. Belinda accuses Nervie of stealing her patterns. The feud takes a deadly turn when Belinda is found dead with a pair of scissors from Weaver’s Cat stuck in her back. Could the murders be related? With the help of Geneva, the resident ghost of Weaver’s Cat, Kath and friends lay a trap to catch a killer. The motive for the murders may be weak, but cozy fans will enjoy the quirky characters and charming, small-town setting. (Jan.)