Heaven Preserve Us (Home Crafting Mystery #2)
"McRae crafts strong characters [and] spins a credible, enjoyable plot." —Library Journal
"[A] wonderful start to a mystery series." —Cozy Library
Wine jelly. Watermelon pickles. And a suicidal stalker? Great.
Thirty-something crafter extraordinaire Sophie Mae Reynolds makes preserves by day and answers a crisis center h
I was pleasantly surprised with the entire read. The characters were well developed, the story was easy to read, and frankly, not lame. In fact, I was quite taken by the whole thing and really enjoyed myself throughout the whol...more
This first one I found just by chance on the shelf when looking for another book. The main character has a home business selling homemade soaps. (Apparently this is the second in the series, and the first one was more about soap and was called Lye in Wait). In Heaven Preserve Us the mystery r...more
A reputation as a small town busybody sleuth. A gum-cracking boss who keeps calling her "babe." Now a suicidal phone...more
Summary: Wine jelly. Watermelon pickles. And a suicidal stalker? Great.
Thirty-something crafter extraordinaire Sophie Mae Reynolds makes preserves by day and answers a crisis center help referral line by night. What better way to help people while still keeping a low profile? But on her very first night, she gets a call from a man who is threatening suicide... and her. Angrily deeming the caller a crank, her boss, Philip Heaven, disconnects the line. Days late...more
There's some oddness (the main character is the boarder in a house run by a single mom, and one of her duties is to help raise the child?), and the depiction of a middle-aged romance is actually really depressing, but hey, it's a mystery that incorporates home canning--how much more can you ask of it?
Also? Loving the recipes! I am absolutely going to make wine jelly, AND the air fresheners(if I can figure out a vegan substitute for the gelatin). I may e...more
With her detective boyfriend recovering from his injury, Sophie Mae feels it is up to her to solve this crime as the local police feel it is just a death due to accident.
As a bonus the book also has recipes for Wine Jellies, saltea bath bags, and air freshen...more
Heaven Preserve Us is a very standard, kind of "homey" mystery. There is nothing overly exciting and there is nothing too offensive either. If you are looking for an easy read, it is a good one to pick up on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It's an especiall...more
Anyway, I still enjoyed it.
Unlike some "cozy-mysteries" the involvement of the "not a detective" main character did not feel forced or unrealistic.
For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The recipes included in her first book, Lye in Wait,...more