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Last Wool and Testament

(Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,252 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Fiber.…

That’s the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath’s beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver’s Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that’s only the fi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by NAL
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Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The moment I began reading the first page; I could tell I was discovering a favourite author! Molly MacRae's narration gallops at a comfortable canter. There are sharply-described sensations and details such that you feel you are in the story and laugh uproariously. They are properly-placed. This whole novel is sprinkled with flavour and flows. In mystery more than in any genre, most of the writing should carry us towards the plot and it does. Even with premise needing to be set, my enthusiasm d ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I simply adored this new series. My problem? It was too short. Honestly, I wish this was one occasion that I found I was reading number six of... so that I could go and get the previous ones...

Kath Rutledge, Ms. Rutledge to the local police force of Blue Plum, Tennessee, runs afoul of the local constabulary as she rushes to her Granny's burial. As she blubbers this out to the Officer, he asks, "Crazy Ivy?" Naturally all sensibilities are offended and Kath proceeds to 'dress down' (a favorite mil
Chris Conley
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the Haunted Yarnshop series. It is a fun little mystery. I had figured out who the bad guy was but getting there with Kath’s posse was fun. Geneva, the resident ghost, is going to be an interesting character. I definitely am going to keep up with the series.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kath had no idea when she came home for her Granny's funeral that she'd have to fight to prove ownership of her Granny's house, let alone inherit a lonely ghost who was convinced that she'd killed the cottage's previous owner. I'm hoping that the camaraderie of the members of TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) club at the fiber shop gets more like what I'm used to in some of the knitting and crochet books. The ladies are all nice to Kath, and they did get together to solve the case. I'm sure it's ...more
Witches, ghosts, blackmail and murders. The bodies pile up and like so many novels with a yarn or knitting theme, those themes are superficial and barely explored. After 4 bodies, I couldn't keep track although just as I was thinking that, 90 minutes from the end, the author gives a quick summary of everything that has happened. I was so distracted listening to the end of the novel I didn't even know who was guilty and didn't care.
Cathy Cole
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
First Line: It wasn't how I'd planned to spend my thirty-ninth birthday, driving like a crazed woman from Richmond, Virginia, to a cemetery in the mountains of east Tennessee.

Kath Rutledge, textile preservationist for the state of Illinois, is driving like a crazed woman because she's trying not to miss the funeral of her beloved grandmother, Ivy McClellan. She almost doesn't make it, thanks to Cole Dunbar, who unfortunately is the type of police officer anyone would dearly love to punch in the
Jun 21, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
This was sure!! A book!! It's current average rating of 3.7 is, I think, pretty fair!! I thought there was gonna be a shoehorned straight love interest which I was pretty cranky about, but it didn't happen! MacRae definitely left the door open for it in sequels, but there was no romance at all in this book which I appreciated!

I also liked how suspicious truly everyone in this story was. I think Artis from the beginning is above suspicion, but literally everyone else is Weird and everyone knows e
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Fiber! That's the the name of a group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Kath Rutledge's grandmother Ivy. Sadly Ivy just recently passed away and Kath has come home to Blue Plum, Tennessee to see to decide what to do with her grandmother's shop, The Weaver's Cat, and settle all her other affairs. Little did she know that her grandmother was the prime suspect in a recent murder. Kath needs to clear Ivy's name and she has a help from a very surprising specter. Se ...more
Sue Ross
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Molly MacRae's characters and settings true to the place she writes about. It's a great first book in a series that I hope will continue for a long time. Kath comes home to her granny's funeral and meets many colorful and not always nice people living in the town of Blue Plum, Tennessee. There is evil afoot in the book from the beginning and it will take a wise person to figure out the who-done-it before the end of the book. If you like working with yarns, East Tennessee, ghosts or just like rea ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review: I liked this. Didn't love it. I was a bit nervous it might be a bit too "romance," but it wasn't at all. I like the way the "ghost" character was written and handled. This just didn't strike me as a "great" book. Although I would read more in the series, there are way too many other books I would much rather read right now. ...more
Sarah Wisseman
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great beginning to the new haunted wool shop mysteries. My favorite character is the depressed ghost who helps the protagonist solve the murder. Full of delicious humor and wonderful details about Tennessee, food, yarn, and people's behavior. A must read!
Jessica Robbins
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No descriptions of anything - not the yarn shop, the house, the cottage, the people, OR, most disappointingly, the yarns. The characters were without substance and the book was boring.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Phillip Albright
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kath is the main character of this book. No the Katherine, Not Kathy, Kath. Let me tell you I was feeling all sorts of emotions for Kath. The book is written very well that it was visually in my mind. I took my time with this cozy mystery. There were so many details and words in 315 pages of story. It felt like reading a novel instead of just any paper back. The characters were very colorful and visually correct in my mind. Living just a few hours from the area Blue Plum is located is also a nea ...more
Last Wool and Testament was an exciting glimpse into Blue Plum, Tennessee.

The characters were great, I really liked Kath, hated Clod, which is what the author wanted you to do, and was in-between about Joe.

The mystery was also wonderful, I had a slight inkling of who the killer was, but I didn't know for sure, but the reason for the murder blew me away, it was a surprise, but fit in perfectly with what the author was trying to convey. The author also left a few loose ends that I'll enjoy reading
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This book certainly fills a gap among cozy mysteries with its combination of paranormal elements and weaving, but the secondary characters are not very well developed and are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Add to the the fact that if you are reading it for weaving scenes or info, you'll be sorely disappointed and this mystery is just so-so
I laughed, giggled, snickered, chuckled, chortled, snorted, and nearly choked a few times while reading this wonderful little cozy mystery! I have found a new writer that I love in Molly MacRae!! The main character's inner monologue sounds so much like the voice in my own head, it was a little unnerving. Her reaction to so many odd ball, off the wall, illogical, ridiculous circumstances was spot on! I love the little community of Blue Plum. The other characters are a ton of fun and Kath's intera ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This should probably be a three and a half rating. I liked it a little better than a three star might indicate but not up to a four. The author writes in a clever, humorous way and the pace is good. It moves right along. The setting is great for me since I'm familiar with the area and the author does it justice. The characters are fairly appealing although the ghost is annoying. Those are the positives. The major negative is that the plot is so formulaic. I don't know how many cozy mysteries run ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Kath's much-loved grandmother has just died, so Kath must return to Blue Plum to attend the memorial and tie up loose ends. Twists, turns, surprises, and mysteries follow.
Apr 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: gave-up
DNF at 31%. I'm not sure cozy mysteries are my thing, so YMMV. Or maybe it's just this one, but I was so indescribably bored. I found a different book to fill the category for my reading challenge.
Traci Haley
I loved this cozy mystery! It's charming and sweet and just what I needed!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great little cozy mystery. The characters are wonderful and colorful. The mystery is smartly done and kept me guessing till the end. Excited to find a new series!
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kath is heading to Blue Plum, Tennessee, to attend the funeral of her grandmother. After the funeral Kath is distressed to learn that Granny sold her house and rumours around town are that her grandmother, who the locals call "Crazy Ivy" killed someone. Kath tries to unravel the mystery with the help of the TGIF "Thank Goodness It's Fiber" group.

I've been discovering lots of fantastic new-to-me cozy mystery series this year, and it makes it a little hard with each of them being so good. Each mon
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
First in the Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries, this book introduces us to Blue Plum, Tennessee and The Weaver's Cat yarn shop, and the many and varied characters in the town. Kath has just come back to town after the death of her beloved grandmother, Ivy McClellen, to discover herself locked out of her grandmother's house. Since she inherited all of Ivy's things, this comes as a shocking surprise, especially when she's told that her grandmother had sold her home and was just renting. Not only that, b ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in this series. A haunted yarn shop mystery. It introduced us to many new and interesting characters that I hope will be in some of the other books in this series. I am sure I will read more.

Kath Rutledge is on her way to her Granny's burial service and is going too fast, she gets stopped by a local officer. It turns out that she will keep running into him several more times during her time in town. So many times that she actually wants to know if he is the only cop on the
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
This sounded good, but it ended up not working for me at all.

I like small-town cozies, I knit, I'm into magical situations, I am a big "southern-a-phile"and I expect busy-bodies in small-town cozies. All of that was in this book, and yet, I just couldn't get into it.

Part of my problem was Kath. She came across as unlikable to me, even though she didn't really do or say anything overtly unpleasant. I can't even put my finger on why I didn't like her, but I didn't. So I wasn't able to be sympathet
Don't get me wrong. This was a good read, but I just couldn't bring myself to give it four stars because of the lack of character development. Not only was the ghost character just "there" for the majority of her existence in the book, but there was no history or background development. I wouldn't be picky if the novel wasn't promoted as "A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery." The ghost ends up in the yarn shop, but does not begin there. Furthermore, the author sets up the story as though the main charac ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Casey by: Ravelry Knitters
Oh books you thought were ridiculously hokey at the beginning, how you can surprise a reader. I really enjoyed this story. I'm not much of a mystery reader, to be honest, but this was connected to knitting and yarn and all that lovely stuff so I gave it a read. My first reaction was rolling my eyes. Silly, I thought, and the you throw in witchcraft? Please. Weird weepy ghost? Gag. Yeah, but then I realized I didn't want to stop reading it. Because I really liked Kath. And I liked Ten. I even lik ...more
Book one in this series:
There’s been a murder, and it turns out her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before she can begin to clear Ivy’s name, Kath encounters a looming presence in the form of a gloomy ghost. It turns out the specter has just as much interest in solving the murder as Kath. So, with a little help from the members of TGIF—and a stubborn spirit from beyond—she sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer. (

Molly MacRae writes a real cliff hanger here. She hin
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Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace.

Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.

MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the

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