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Product Details

  • Series: A Home Crafting Mystery (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (July 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780738723341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723341
  • ASIN: 0738723347
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cricket McRae's contemporary Home Crafting Mysteries reflect her interest in traditional colonial skills. Set in the Pacific Northwest, they feature activities like soap making, food preservation, spinning, cheese making, and mead making. For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The author resides in Colorado.  She also writes the Magical Bakery Mysteries under the pen name Bailey Cates and the western mystery, Shotgun Moon as K.C. McRae. For more information and recipes, visit CricketMcRae.com and HearthCricket.com.

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Customer Reviews

Looking forward to Sophie Mae's next adventure!
Woody Bombay
There's a fun mix of characters, the story is engaging, and the writing is lively with natural dialogue.
AmeliaAT
This book was so easy to read that I sailed through the book.
J & L Rigod

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AmeliaAT on October 25, 2011
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This is the second of the Home Crafting Mysteries that I've read. I also read the first in the series, and I enjoyed both of them. It was fun to see the characters and where they were in their lives in this fifth book -- and I think I'll eventually read the others in the series.

The "crafting" aspect of the book again plays a role in the mystery. This time, in addition to Sophie Mae's home crafting of soaps and such, there's a family-run mead distillery in the mix, and the descriptions in this book make me think that family businesses can be quite dangerous for family harmony.

There's a fun mix of characters, the story is engaging, and the writing is lively with natural dialogue. If you're in the mood for a cozy mystery set in the Pacific Northwest, this is a good one!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on June 30, 2011
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5th in the Home Crafting Mystery Series. Sophie Mae and her friend's daughter Erin discover a therapist's case notes of a warning to the police and Swenson family that there may be a murder. The therapist dies before passing on the warning. Sophie Mae/Erin do the investigating and try to solve the case. This is an engaging mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Woody Bombay on August 16, 2011
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I loved it. McRae tells a tight, riveting story as well as anyone in her area. The write-ups on mead and wine-making were interesting without slowing down the story's pace, a trick McRae pulls off nicely in all her crafting mysteries. Looking forward to Sophie Mae's next adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on September 26, 2011
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This book was so easy to read that I sailed through the book. The subject that became part of the crime was Mead. I have drank mead and found it too heavy and sweet to me. In this book, we learn that there are many forms of mead and I might try some of the suggested types in the future.

Our newlywed sleuth and her hubby are presented a crime when they visit a second hand store and purchase, what they thought were, blank cassette tapes. They aren't all blank, and there is a warning on some to a specific family in Cadyville.

Erin figures in this book quite prominently and cleverly. I love that she is a sweet-natured young lady in this series.

The Crime happens and just who committed it is Sophie Mae's worry as she deals with new employees, an increase in business, watching Erin, and worrying about Barr's overworking.

The book is crisp and has wonderful homemade recipes for Ginger Beer and bath aides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Peoples on July 25, 2014
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I have read all six books in this series (Lye in wait,Heaven preserve,Spin a wicked web,Something borrowed,something bleu,Wined and died and Deadly row to hoe. I loved the series and hope there is a book seven. Sophie Mae is a witty,smart and absolute adorable snoop. I love that she was able to find romance in her first case that later led to her marriage to Barr Ambrose. Each book shows her detective skills increasing. She is forever finding dead bodies. If there is another book, I hope that she and Barr will be able to have that baby they have been working on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on June 16, 2013
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I absolutely love this series and can't wait for the next one! Lots of good craft ideas and receipe ideas as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jana G. Schermerhorn on May 16, 2013
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Easy read but didn't hold my interest. Great book for the price! Will probably not purchase any other books in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamaKim on December 7, 2011
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A nice cozy... Sophie Mae stumbles upon some tapes at a second hand store that belonged to a psychotherapist who died suddenly. She of course can't help herself and listens to the whole lot. She bought them for her husband, a police officer to use at work. She and her husband share the house with her best friend, who is away, and her teenage daughter. Many adventures for Sophie Mae and her friends daughter follow... A fun, light read.
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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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