Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
By Molly MacRae
ISBN # 9780451237828
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn


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.…


I thoroughly enjoyed Last Wool and Testament. The setting is a small town called Blue Plum. It’s a town where everyone knows everyone’s business.

Kath is our main character. She’s pretty sassy; she’s just plain likeable. She returns to Blue Plum to take care of her grandmother’s estate. We learn about Ivy through Kath’s memories. We follow Kath while she runs across almost everyone in town for one reason or another. Each character is quirky, making them stand out. Deputy Dunbar, the Spivey twins, Ten, Ardis, Max, Nicki – I felt like I knew them. Even the ghost is temperamental. I consider that to be excellent character development.

It begins with questions about who killed Emmett Cobb and why. More murders happen along the way. Kath gets to know her grandmother much better as she goes through her things and hears more from her close-knit (pun intended) group.

I don’t want to give too much away but the plot keeps you guessing. It reminded me of playing the game, Clue. It’s a fun, lighthearted murder mystery.

Curl up in front of a fireplace with a blanket to keep you warm and maybe a glass of wine – it’s that kind of book; a comfort book like comfort food.

I’d like to keep up with the series. I’m dying to know about Kath’s powers.