Lye in Wait (Home Crafting Mystery, #1)
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Lye in Wait (Home Crafting Mystery #1)

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Cocoa butter soap, check. Lemon lip balm, check. A dead body?

That's just what Sophie Mae Reynolds finds in her workroom: the corpse of Walter Hanover, the neighborhood handyman. He died from drinking lye, something she has in good supply. But the police don't suspect Sophie Mae, a thirty-something widow who makes and sells beauty products. Instead they call it a suicide.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2007 by Midnight Ink (first published October 1st 2007)
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With two kids, a husband, a full-time job, it's not often that I read a book in under a week anymore. Which I think says a lot for both the tone of this book and how engaging it was. I found it straddled that fine line between being light, and breezy, but also having a nice amount of suspense and mystery to it. There were definitely moments when I would have advised Sophie Mae to be more careful, but I was also able to read it one evening when my husband was away on a trip without getting the he...more
Really bad. Starts off with no introduction of characters, just a murder of someone no one knows or cares about. Then the protagonist, soap maker Sophie, inserts herself into the investigation with absolutely no reason. She makes two middle of the night trips to an abandoned house and we're not even on page 50. I couldn't go on. Will not finish.
With zero expectations for this one, I picked it off the bookshelf and was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of an old Agatha Christie story - of which I was a huge fan as a kid... Fun, easy, entertaining.
Initially I quite enjoyed this book, it was clearly not anything great or profound but for a cheap murder mystery I was reasonably impressed. And then the cliches started. This book contains no original thought, the reader was even "treated" to the traditional 'I can't have you involved in this, it's too dangerous' speech.

McRae is sloppy with language, she included descriptions of exactly how dinner was prepared on several occasions, and asides on the processes behind making soap. And the snooke...more
Luffy Monkey D.
This was meant as a cozy book but it crosses over the fine line dividing coziness and dull grayness. I simply can't recommend this book. It's far from being a mess, it's competently written, but not well written. I predicted every single twist that mattered, without even trying hard enough to do so. Someone who hasn't read much mystery shouldn't start with this book. Wherever it sits on a shelf anywhere in the world, Lye in wait will not be cherished. It's hard to imagine someone liking or valui...more
A solid 3.5, maybe even 3.75 stars. I really liked Sophie Mae, Meghan, and Detective Ambrose. A well-crafted mystery (pun intended) with some interesting tidbits about soap and lotion making. I'll definitely check out more in this series. I especially want to find out if the Sophie Mae / Ambrose relationship is going anywhere.
Soap maker Sophie Mae Reynolds is devastated when she finds the body of neighborhood handyman Walter Hanover on her workroom floor. The police think he committed suicide by drinking lye but Sophie Mae isn't convinced and begins looking into Walter's death herself much to the annoyance of Detective Barr Ambrose. The more Sophie Mae digs, the more complicated the case becomes. Sophie Mae doesn't seem to have a clue about Walter's death, but someone thinks she does and soon her life and the lives o...more
Sophie Mae finds the neighborhood handyman dead in her workroom and office. She smells the unmistakeable (to her) smell of lye mixed with peppermint. She's a soap and cosmetic maker with a growing home business so she knows lye when she smells it. The police think its suicide. Yet Sophie wonders.....

Sophie Mae is curious as the proverbial cat and wonders about the life of an acquaintance and why did he die in her workroom. As she seeks the answers to these questions, she wanders into more troubl...more
Astoundingly -really good-.

I say this because the first 30% of the book is boooorrriiiiinnnnng. But after that, it picks up, and yes, by the end it's a matter of "Who the dickens is NOT involved in this fiasco?!" but it was cute. And fluffy.

I have to hand it to the author (Goodreads says 'Lynette Eason', though my kindle says 'Cricket McRae', so um....), the characters (while being largely stereotypes - the awesome mom, the asshole ex-husband, the hot cowboy detective, the proud mother, the emot...more
C.C. Thomas
Sophie Mae Reynolds runs a home business making soaps, bath salts, lotions, etc. Should be a cushy life, one far away from murder and mayhem. Yet, when Sophie finds her next-door neighbor and handyman murdered in her studio, crime comes crashing through the back door.

When police determine that Walter, the handyman, died in Sophie's studio after drinking lye, she turns into their number one suspect. Sophie is determined to prove them wrong and clear her name.

I really liked the characters in this...more
Jun 05, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mystery books.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: public library,
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#1 Sophie Mae Reynolds "Home Crafting" mystery, this one featuring soapmaking, which is what attracted me to the book, given that I'm a soapmaker myself. Sophie Mae enters her soapmaking workshop--in the basement of the home she shares with her housemate and friend Meghan and Meghan's daughter Erin--one morning to discover the body of the neighborhood handyman on the floor--and it's apparent that he died by drinking a lye solution. She knows that all her lye was locked up, and she hadn't made co...more
Feb 23, 2014 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of light, cozy mysteries
Shelves: light-mystery
This is a very good "cozy" mystery. The story is not too complicated, the characters are well-drawn and the author writes well. There are a few misdirections, a few coincidences, and some believable twists. There's also good chemistry between Sophie Mae, the protagonist, and Barr Ambrose, the local police detective.

There are no complicated life lessons or moral questions -- just a good, fun read.

I liked it.
If I were to top myself, drinking Drano wouldn’t be at the top of my list of ways to go. But handyman Walter Handover apparently did: he’s lying dead as a (corroded) doornail in Sophie Mae Reynolds’s workroom. Sophie’s not only aghast to find a dead guy in her home, but she’s further concerned when she’s pressed about her particular line of work–where caustic solutions such as Lye feature heavily. But Sophie isn’t convinced that Drano could possibly be Walter’s drink of choice–nor that he might...more
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Interesting storyline and characters. Soaps and lotions maker,Sophie Mae, discovers a body in her home workshop in a house she shares with friend, Meghan, and her daughter, Erin. No one knew much about Walter,the handyman, while he was alive, but he soon proves to have been a complex man as they dig into his life. He was a recovering alcoholic, won lottery but gave all his money to charity, and had a mentally ill fiancé with a creepy brother,Jerome. Lots of nasty secondary characters and a stran...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
There are two ladies combining their lives, homes, and individual businesses. Meghan owns the house and lives there with her daughter. Meghan runs a massage business. Our co-sleuth is soap maker, Sophie Mae Reynolds, her best friend.

To the ladies dismay, Sophie Mae goes down to her basement workshop and finds their local handyman not installing plasterboard but dead, from drinking liquid lye.

With this gruesome discovery, Sophie Mae, Meghan, and Erin (daughter,) find themselves woven into an int...more
Solid 2.5. I like mysteries, crafts, and puns, so I thought I'd give this Kindle freebie a go. I wanted a quick and easy read after a 1000ish page fantasy, and this did the job. Not too many noticeable errors and an easy, casual style of writing. The plot was predictable in places, but the characters were well defined and the ending was somewhat of a surprise. I'm not sure I really even liked Sophie Mae (could have been the silly name), but there were enough other likeable and/or vivid character...more
Interesting cozy mystery about a widowed soap maker whose handyman suddenly--and horribly--dies in her workroom. Was it murder or suicide? She decides to investigate on her own and troubles ensue. I liked the friendship between the protagonist, Sophie Mae, and her roommate, Meghan, a divorcee with a ten-year old daughter and a sketchy ex-husband. The scenes where Meghan worries about her ex-husband taking her daughter for the weekend are painfully realistic and add tension to the plot. Likewise,...more
Shirley Worley
Lye In Wait was an entertaining and light, easy read. Simple who-done-it with a hint of a possible romantic interest in the future.
Sophie Mae Reynolds finds a dead body in her workroom: the corpse of Walter Hanover, the neighborhood handyman. Sophie Mae has a home business making organic soaps and lotions. He died from drinking lye, something she has in good supply because of her home business. But the police don't suspect Sophie Mae, a thirty-something widow who makes and sells beauty products. Instead they call it a suicide. But Sophie Mae begins to probe into Walter's life and becomes convinced that it was not a suicide...more
Judy Jablonski
Picked up on a whim in the library and really enjoyed this cozy mystery!
Patience Cole
I decided to read Lye in Wait because I like to read series' books and I am a crafter. It's a good mystery book and even people who don't craft will like it. It's about 2 ladies in their 30's, one is a widow and the other is divorced with 1 child. They are roommates and are both own their own businesses. There's a murder, a cute policeman and a long lost grandma. I liked it an plan to look for the next book in this series.
The author did a great job, it flows nicely is easy to read and has great...more
Dava Stewart
Three stars seems not quite enough for this book, but I can't quite bring myself to give it four. It's a quick read, and is just entertainment. It won't make you reconsider closely-held beliefs, or ponder human nature. But, you also won't spend much time thinking how badly sentences are constructed or how many typos there are, or wondering where the plot is. It's better than that. It's a little like toast - tasty and filling, but not something you'd go to a restaurant especially to have.
this is a story about a contemporary "family" with a divorced mom and child and her widowed friend who run their businesses out of the home, where an unfortunate death occurs. this was a lovely cozy mystery, with nicely fleshed out characters and a decent plot. it appears to to first in a series so now, darn it, i'm going to have to save to buy more books! as it was, i stayed up till 2 a.m. to finish this one--it definitely held my interest without being overly gory

Sometimes I just want a fun story that doesn't have demons, vampires, or any other 'creatures' in it. This book was perfect. All human characters- with no superpowers! - populate this nice little mystery. The dead body of the local handyman is found in our heroine's workshop and we're off and running. The mystery was well done and I was kept guessing till the end. I will definitely read another Sophie Mae mystery the next time I'm in the mood for a nice, clean cozy....more
Stewie's Mom
I enjoyed this first-in-the-series book. I enjoyed the main character and her housemate. The killer was a bit of a surprise and I enjoyed the reveal, but it was slightly unrealistic. I always find that the long, drawn-out explanations by the killer are a bit over-the-top. People rarely speak that much about why they did or didn't do something. However, I still enjoyed the story. I think I'll add this author to my list of series to watch for.

Why do so many cozy mystery heroines end up being interested in dating and/or marrying the investigating police officer of the initial murder? That drives me crazy. I had hoped she would include a lot of detail regarding homemaking soaps, lotions and other sundries. It was a disappoint how very little of that there was. Sophie Mae's teenage helper did more work than she did. The characters were pleasant and lovable. Overall I liked it.
Susan Wilcox
Definitely better than your average free Kindle book! It's a fun and easy read that moved along enough to keep my attention.

The writer puts in tons of details, a lot of which are unnecessary for the plot. I like that sort of thing, because it gets me into the setting more, but if it's not your cup of tea then this may not be a book you'll enjoy reading.

I'm not much into mysteries, but this one was light enough that it didn't mess with my sleep.
Heidi *Listen. I'll just keep talking anyway. *
It is hard for me to give cozies over 3 stars, as no matter how much I liked them, well...they are cozies, but I liked this first book in the series a lot more than some others I've read. While this book followed the normal formula of cozy mysteries, (unsuspecting heroine gets involved in murder, asks questions, finds a man, etc..), it felt fresh and had an unexpected twist at the end. I really liked it and plan to read book two soon.
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Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husba...more
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