Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review& Giveaway: Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Signet
ISBN: 045123782X (ISBN13: 9780451237828)
edition language: English

From the publisher:

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 first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother’s affairs.

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

My thoughts: There have been  many new series this year, some better than others.  Last Wool and Testament is the first in the Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries. This one started out a little slowly for me but then the author hit her stride and the story started coming together. I did like the main character, Kath, and her two obnoxious cousins, Shirley and Mercy. They were the kind of characters you need in a cozy to balance out the "nice" people. Actually, I thought they were a hoot, they were so obvious in their nosiness.

I didn't guess "whodunnit" so that 's a good thing! The paranormal aspect of the book was a little off  putting, not because there was a ghost in the story, but that this particular ghost was a whiner and annoyed me to no end. Other than that, I really liked the Tennessee yarn shop setting and overall I liked the book.  Not loved, but liked. 3***

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Signet in exchange for my honest opinion.

Through the generosity of Signet I have one copy for giveaway, open to US only and the deadline to enter is October 6th at 5 PM (est).
Bonus entries are as follows:

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If you cannot comment you can still enter by sending me an e mail with Last Wool and Testament in the subject line. Include your name and e mail and send to florida982002[at]

Good luck!


  1. At least the main character has a great name! ;)

    1. It doesn't get any better than that. Lol!

  2. I'm glad it picked up for you. I think it sounds fun!
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  3. So glad that you like the main character and didn't guess the murderer! I love yarn shops, just like I love book shops! I love petting the yarns that I buy. Looking forward to this one!

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  4. A "gloomy ghost" and obnoxious cousins - could be interesting!

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  5. I am glad that you liked this one, even though it got off to a slow start.

  6. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to be entered, thanks for the chance.

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  7. sounds like a great book
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  8. sounds like a good one
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  9. This sounds like a fun cozy. I like the cast of needlework artists. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  10. Thanks for the good review. Would love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    GFC follower.

  11. A whiny ghost!!?? Geesh! I love cozies though that feature needle art!!

  12. I just discovered you and what's funny is I was in a play a couple of months ago and one of my lines was "I thought mine was the cutest blog on the block.."
    I would love to win.
    Jo Ann

  13. I just noticed that everyone else put "at" and "dot" in their e-mail addresses. Did I do something wrong?


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