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Crewel and Unusual

(A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #6)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. But in the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber), hear rumors of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the new shopkeepers. Nervie Bales and Belinda Moyer declare each other’s ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Pegasus Books
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Tabitha I think you could read it out of order but you'd miss a LOT of references and "community building". I'd advise starting with book 1, "Last Wool and…moreI think you could read it out of order but you'd miss a LOT of references and "community building". I'd advise starting with book 1, "Last Wool and Testament". This series is more about building a story about a community with murder mysteries incorporated into each iteration rather than mystery first, community second.(less)

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Fred
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crewel And Unusual is the sixth book in the A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series. I was very excited to hear that this interesting series a new publisher.

The residents of Blue Plum are excited that the Blue Plum Vault, formerly the town’s bank building will be having its Grand Opening soon. The Blue Plum Arts Council has taken over the old bank building and has divided it up into sales space for art-related shops. The shop owners are busy setting up spaces when an argument breaks out between two o
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Cathy Daniel
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! My first 5 star of 2019. I haven't read the others in this series and think it stands alone fine but it's obvious I missed connections and characters so I'm definitely starting from the beginning. I so enjoy this author's gentle wittiness and compassion that comes through in Kath. This is one of those above the rest cozy. I love cozies but this one really stands out in writing, characters and plot.
Kristina
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crewel and Unusual by Molly MacRae is the sixth A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery. Kath Rutledge owns the Weaver’s Cat in Blue Plum, Tennessee. Kath shares her office with Argyle, the shop cat and Geneva, a temperamental ghost. The town is looking forward to the opening of the Blue Plum Vault which is housed in the old bank and houses small co-op shops. The recently deceased Garland Brown spearheaded the project. The Spivey twins stop by to tell Kath the rumors circulating around town that Nervie Bate ...more
Lynn
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very happy to see a 6th book published in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series. This series has been one of my favorite series and I have followed it from the beginning.

The main reason I like this series so much is the characters. It felt good reading about their adventures again. My favorite character is probably Geneva, the dramatic yet lovable ghost who stays in the yarn stop. I almost wrote lives in the year shop. She and Kath, the shop owner, have developed a strong friendship over ti
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Jeanie
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
This cozy mystery has definitely been worth waiting for! The author brings to life the charm of small-town life, close-knit friendships, creative fiber craft folks, a lamenting ghost who is finding new value, and a complex mystery. Sixth in the series, it can be read as a standalone, yet each novel builds on the next.

Kath jumped into The Weaver's Cat and Blue Plum, Tennessee with both feet since losing Granny, Ivy, earlier in the year. One of her favorite groups is TGIF, Thank Goodness It's Fibe
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this series but it got cancelled by the original publisher and I am glad it has been picked up by another so that we can continue with this fun series.It has been a few years since the last one so it took me a little while to get back into the characters but once I started remembering them I started to really enjoy it.Kath Rutledge took over her Aunts yarn shop and has been making a pretty good go of things. She has gotten use to it's resident ghost who can be a handful sometimes. ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book in the beloved "Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery" series by Molly MacRae. i have read the entire series and find it very endearing . Thank you for the ARC which does not influence my personal review.

In this 6th installment our protagonist Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the opening of a small group of shops in town. Much excitement is generated by the locals and by her knitting group (TGIF) Thank Goodness Its Fiber group that meets at her shop. Kath soon is involved in a murde
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FangirlNation
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Crewel and Unusual by Molly MacRae, Kath Rutledge gets involved in another case as her town opens the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of shops operated by various artisans and booksellers. Belinda Moyer sells antique textiles, which draws the textile expert Kath to her shop. The day before the official opening, Belinda reports that her valuable antique table runner has been destroyed, and then the ruined item disappears. On the day of the opening, the Blue Plum Vault draws a big crowd, and Kath enjo ...more
Mary
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting, mystery
I figured it out! Very subtle clues in there for the avid mystery reader. And I figured out why I like this series so much - while there is a progression in the storylines of each of the characters, each mystery only takes a week or so of their lives, without being tied to a year having passed. So this series can go on for a very long time . . . .
Jypsy
Jan 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Crewel and Unusual is a cozy mystery fans will enjoy. It's got fun engaging characters. The story is lively and twisty enough to keep you reading from beginning to end. It's an overall charming story. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Joan
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the previous books in this series, but just could not get into this one. Found the dialogue awkward.
Susan Johnston
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: The Blue Plum Vault sounds like a fabulous place to visit with all sorts of artisans and one of a kind shops. Sadly its grand opening is darkened by the murder of one of its members. She has had some rip-roaring altercations with a number of locals but is that any reason to kill her? Kath is involved because the victim has a very rare and special tablecloth that has Kath drooling. Then it is Kath who finds the body hidden in a locked storage room.
Kath finds the body whe
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Melli
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I started this book but I just could not get into it.. it is slow paced and its not what I thought that it would be. not saying that I might not finish it but as of today I am going to put it to the side for now. I have read this author before with no issues but this one just wasn't for me.
OpenBookSociety.com
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie
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Crewel and Unusual
A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #6
By Molly MacRae
ISBN 9781643130088
mollymacrae.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Dannheim

Synopsis:

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. But in the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber), hear rumors of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the n
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Kath Rutledge is looking forward to visiting the Blue Plum Vault, a former bank that is now home to small shops on Main Street. When she receives a visit from the Spivey twins, Mercy and Shirley, they tell her she needs to visit one of the shops because the owner has a magnificent embroidered table runner. Kath, owner of the Weaver's Cat, can't resist. When she finally sees it, she is enamored, but when the owner, Belinda Moyer, allows her to view and even more precious treasure - a tablecloth - ...more
Annie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sixth in an established series and although I haven't read a previous installment, I was drawn into this story quite easily. The characters were (mostly) well done - the TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fibre) group were a bit light and I didn't get a really good feel for them as individuals, but they obviously have a solid friendship with Kath and it appears this isn't the first murder investigation for them.

The opening of the Blue Plum Vault artist co-op is highly anticipated in the town, as it w
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Anne
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crewel and Unusual by Molly MacRae is a Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery and yes, there is a ghost, Geneva, who enjoyed scones and snark, and rarely, if ever, left the shop. There was also a cat, Argyle, who had come to the shop after a devil-may-care existence elsewhere, but loved it here now and was loved in return by the employees and customers, usually. Kath had inherited the Weaver's Cat from her grandmother who had started it years before with Kath's grandfather. They are part of a small town, Bl ...more
Pamela
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kath Rutledge owns a yarn shop, the Weaver’s Cat that she inherited from her grandmother. Before becoming a shop owner, Kath worked restoring vintage tapestries, etc. for a museum. There’s a new business in town, the Blue Plum Vault, that houses a co-op of small shops, two of which will be competitors of the Weaver’s Cat. Before the Vault can open, however, someone cuts an antique tablecloth that Kath has lusted after into shreds. Belinda, who owned the tablecloth, accuses fellow Vault shopkeepe ...more
Jan Phillips
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Pegasus books. This is the first book by Molly MacRae that I have read so the residents of Blue Plum are new friends to me. Kath Rutledge inherited Weaver’s Cat yarn shop from her grandmother. A cat named Argyle and a ghost named Geneva inhabit the shop. Blue Plum is getting ready for the grand opening of a co-op of small shops in what used to be a bank, named appropriately the Blue Plum Vault. Gar Brown who is instrumental in this transformation, is found dead. As the loc ...more
Annarella
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I think it’s lovely when a new instalment of a beloved series is out after a long time but unfortunately it also mean that there are quite high expectations.
You remember the other books in this series as a lot of fun to read, engaging and entertaining and expects that the new one will mirror your memories.
As a matter of fact you have reconsider your expectations and enjoy the book for what it is.
It was a pleasant and entertaining read, a bit slow at the beginning.
It was great to meet again the l
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Miriam
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the newest installment of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Geneva (the ghost) helps solve a variety of crimes including the destruction of an Arts & Crafts table cloth, the murder of Belinda who sold the antique cloths, and Gar Brown's murder at a trail head. How can these crimes possible be connected? The stitching sleuths (Thank God for Fibers) posse is on the prowl and searching for clues along with the ghost.

There's a few laughs, some new twists, and a host of crimes and loose ends to w
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Brenda Rezk
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've missed Blue Plum, the yarn shop, Kath, Geneva, the Posse, and even the Spiveys. Welcome back!

The author gives enough background information that this book could be read as a stand-alone without having read the previous books in the series.

I have been to the Art Vault in Tuscola, IL that inspired our local author to create a new venue for artists and antique merchants to sell their wares out of a historic former bank in Blue Plum, TN. It's the site where much of the action occurs in the book
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Kelly
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t realize how long it’s been since the last Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery was released, it was nice to revisit Weaver’s Cat and the TGIF group. This time resident ghost Geneva finds a dead body at the Blue Plum Vault - a co-op of small shops. Kath and the TGIF gang are determined to figure out who did it, even if “Clod” doesn’t want them to help. Fun read and I hope there are more in the series in the future!

This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinion
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Lori Bonkoski
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in this series that I have read. The writing was great and the characters were good. I did not find myself completely engaged in the book. I'm not sure if it was the story that seemed to move slowly, or if there were references to things that had happened previously that put me off. I would like to try another in the series to see if I enjoy this more. It's an interesting concept for a story and it does intrigue me. Maybe reading more in the series would help.
Deborah Gill
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story in a small town. Shop owner and amature detective along with her posse help the local police solve the murder of a well respected man in their community as well as the murder of a new shop owner. There is a helpful ghost who is a bit flighty with memories as well as information.

I enjoyed the story and recommend it as a fun, entertaining and curious book.
Susan
Apparently I had to erase my review to get this off the "want to read" list (???), and I don't remember the details of it, except--as usual--my review ended with a plea for MacRae to go back to some of her earlier stand alone books. I know this series seems popular, and I know nothing is going to change that, but I really like her non-series books a lot better.
Linda
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm always so hopeful when I pick up a new cozy mystery centered around one of my favorite "crafts" but as so often occurs it is disappointing. There are just too many characters to maintain my interest.
Linda
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not having read any of the other books in this series I found it hard to follow the extremely long list of characters. The story was cute but it wasn't until I was half way through that I could wrap my mind around them all.
Sandy Pipp
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
this book could not get my attention. This book was dry.
Alicia Dennis
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love so glad to be back in Blue Plum again with Kath, Geneva and the Dunbars Joe/Ten Cole/Clod
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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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