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Product Details

  • Series: A Home Crafting Mystery (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (November 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738733083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738733081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This series highlights a different craft in each volume, with community farming being featured here. Sophie Mae and her friend Meghan find a body in the compost pile, yet no one in the small Washington State community seems to know who she is. Sophie and her detective husband are trying to conceive a child at the same time she is harvesting crops, canning, and running her own bath-products business. She doesn’t think she’ll have time to help when the police ask for her assistance with the case. But she can’t resist asking questions and soon uncovers the name of the victim: Darla Klick. Darla knew another young man who works on a local farming commune. Sophie Mae finds him beaten in the fields. The pacing and setting are refreshing, and the craft details are well blended. Another strong volume in a series that will appeal to fans of farmer’s market series from Paige Shelton and B. B. Haywood. --Amy Alessio

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"The pacing and setting are refreshing, and the craft details are well blended. Another strong volume in a series that will appeal to fans of farmer's market series from Paige Shelton and B. B. Haywood." -- Booklist


"McRae, whose home-crafting mysteries always offer tips in mastering some new area of domestic expertise, spices her juicy mystery with some intriguing veggie lore." -- Kirkus

More About the Author

Born in Wyoming, I grew up in the West and earned degrees in philosophy and English from Colorado State University. Then I spent twenty years in the Pacific Northwest where my Home Crafting Mysteries are set. Shotgun Moon, set in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, is my first contemporary western mystery, written as K.C. McRae. I also write the Magical Bakery Mysteries as Bailey Cates.

I've always had a fascination with the crafts that were once necessary for pioneers and colonial Americans to survive. Though admittedly seduced by the chemistry of soap making, the idea of stocking the winter larder with garden produce, and fiber crafts like spinning and knitting that can nourish the soul as well as keep a body warm, I try not to romanticize these skills so much as encourage the ongoing practice and preservation of them. As a girl I was as much a fan of Nancy Drew as of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so it's no surprise that my contemporary cozy series features a soap maker with a nose for investigation.

For two years I managed my own soap making business, including product design, manufacturing and marketing. I've worked at a variety of other jobs, ranging from driver's license examiner to program manager at Microsoft. This fulfills my mother's warning that I'd never have a "regular" job if I insisted on studying liberal arts in college.

Now I live in Colorado with my guy and two cats where I write a couple of mystery series with a standalone thrown in here and there.

For more information please visit www.cricketmcrae.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bluesdiva on November 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read all the books in this series and they just have a good vibe. Sophie Mae and her makeshift family are the kind of people you'd want as neighbors. (OK well they do have a hen house in the backyard which probably means they have a rooster, so not NEXT DOOR neighbors).
Sophie and her new husband, police detective Barr, live in a self-contained apartment in a huge victorian house in upstate Washington. The house is owned by Sophie's best friend Meghan and Meghan's precocious (and delightful) daugher, Erin. Besides the hen house, they have a vegetable/herb garden and even have their own spinning wheel-which Sophie actually knows how to use! These people make their own bread, can their own fruits and veggies, preserve their own jams. Being a city gal, I don't know how to do any of these things so it's fun to read about folks who do. In the basement of the house, Sophie runs her soap making business. She makes homemade soaps. bath oils etc. In the main part of the house Meghan operates her massage therapy business.
The action this time takes place at a community farm where Sophie and others volunteer with harvest and reap the rewards thereof. The owners of the farm are ex-commune dwellers who also have a precocious (not delightful) daugher, Clarissa.
An unknown woman's body is found in the compost heap on the farm. Who is she? Who killed her and why?
For safety reasons, Clarissa is sent to stay with Sophie et al for a few days. There, she proceeds to make everyone miserable with her whining and snotty attitude. Her main problem is her devotion to her aunt Hallie, who is basically a horrible person and is also a prime suspect in the murder.
The mystery itself was kind of obvious.
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By Nevada on April 22, 2014
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I think I've read all of Cricket McRae's books mysteries now. I've enjoyed each one. I like the characters and setting, and the mysteries
are intriguing.
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Good characters, and a gentle but solid storyline. It was informative about the usage of herbs, and soap making. Won't give you a sleepless night but you will enjoy it.
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This series began with Heaven Preserve Us

This series began with the book, Heaven Preserve Us. It is a good series with solid writing. I don't get so caught up in these books that I can't put them down, but I do look for them. They are pleasant, which may not seem like high praise, but I mean it in a good way. If you like crafting mysteries that are fairly clean and don't have bad language or gratuitous sex scenes, then this is a good series. I enjoy the recipes at the end of the book and the descriptions of the craft as part of the story. And these characters have the best meals that I've ever read. I always want to cook something while I'm reading these books, which is a feat, because I hate to cook.
I personally prefer to start a series at the beginning, but this book would be readable and enjoyable for someone who hasn't read the series. Try it, I think you'll like it.
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By NYC Girl on April 9, 2013
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I can't wait for the author to give us some more from this series. The mysteries kept my attention and are the perfect thing for relaxing reading. I am invested in the characters and feel like I know them, making the books all the more interesting.
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By NanaJack on February 19, 2013
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Have this entire series and have enjoyed every one. I love the mix of the mystery and the personal back story.
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I bought all of these books after I read the first one! I wish there were more! I'm left hanging waiting for another one!!!
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By Laura Resau on February 15, 2013
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I love this home crafting series! This is another great book-- Sophie is a loveable, smart, witty narrator. All the characters are really well-drawn, in fact-- I feel like I'm part of the community as I read. The suspense is fantastic-- kept me up reading past my bedtime... I can't wait for the next in the series.
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