17/100 A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

This was a fantastic book, recommended by a wonderful relative. I had purchased this book when it was on sale at Amazon, and never gave it another thought. At my family reunion a relative mentioned it, and I went looking to see if I owned it. I finished this book last night, and promptly began reading the next in the series. Even though this series is rated as a romance book, I find that the plot and characters really take the main focus, with romance as a backdrop. I really like the modern twists to the traditional magic plots. Tradition is not ignored, but technology is incorporated. The author admits that people can make mistakes, and not everyone really desires to be different. If I start thinking about it, I am sure that I can discover depths to the books, as it stands I really just like the plot and characters.

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16/100 Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae

This was an adorable addition to the series, also full of wonder, whimsy, and ghosts.  Well, a ghost and her many adventures.  Kath is going to be spending some time teaching interested teens how to quilt.  Well, okay, she is going to give the history lesson while other members of her Thank Goodness it’s Fiber (TGIF) group teach the teens how to quilt.  Of course, Kath cannot go anywhere without a body being found. So join us while we spend time with fibers and fiber fiends, solve a mystery, and explore the resident ghost.  I love this series and hate that she has only written one more in it.  After the next book I’ll have to find a new obsession!

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15/100 The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Mammals by Amy Lane

Original Review: This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is the start of a decent series, if you don’t mind M/M romance. The characters are a little odd, but I love that it is set in a wool mill with very accurate (to my knowledge) explanations of the processes involved.

Slight Update:

I have found several books that involve wool and various processes related to them incorporated in a fictional series.  Often they are under the Cozy Mystery genre, but the details are wonderful anyway.  This book, and the series, do contain a lot of graphic gay sex, which is not really to my taste.  I do still find the characters, what you see of them outside of the sex haze, to be likable and easy to relate to.

If you don’t like graphic sex, or have issues with M/M romance, then stay away from this series, and probably this author.

14/100 Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae

I am really enjoying this series. Once in a while there is a small portion that drags, and I am quite sad that there are only five books to this series. In this installment we open with a man wanting to shoot at people from the upper windows of The Weaver’s Cat. Okay, so he is planning on using blanks and it is a part of a reenactment skit, but still the thought is fairly appalling. Of course Kat refuses, but things never end there. Pretty soon we have spinners, tourists, and a body on the ground. This convoluted, and fun, addition to the series is a great way to while away a few hours with some great friends. For a fun and funny mystery with a lot of crafting check out this book!

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13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

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12/100 Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

This crafty mystery with a paranormal element hits all of the high spots for my interests.  MacRae has a book that starts off with a tragedy but the book builds into a wonderfully funny mystery with plenty of interesting characters.  Between building a wonderful town full of quirky characters there are enough craft references to warm the soul.  I love how the main character is beginning to know more about her, now dead, granny than she ever thought she would have.

Granny was suspected of murder, by one of the sheriffs department at least.  The man did die under unusual circumstances, so to clear her granny’s name Kat has to solve the mystery.  She manages to gather a Posse consisting of her granny’s Friday Night Knitting Group.  Let the wacky hi-jinks ensue.

If you are looking for a crafty mystery novel, light on the romance, heavy on the paranormal, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed listening to this quick, but not really fast, paced novel.  The characters are interesting and I am able to get an idea of what they are about without a lot of overly detailed descriptions.  If you don’t know a lot about crafts you might want to google some terms while you’re reading.  Other than that, this is a great cozy mystery for anyone to read!

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11/100 Judgement in Death by J. D. Robb

This is a re-read for me and the 11th book in the In Death Series out of 46, the 47th is coming out this September.  Both of our hero characters, Eve Dallas and Roarke have shady pasts and murky backgrounds.  They are both filled with death and despair, yet somehow the characters have overcome their backgrounds and learned how to deal with their present, mostly.  Sometimes that background comes up from behind and bites you where it hurts when you least expect it, such is the case with a dead cop and an man named Max Ricker.  To say too much more about this suspense filled addition to this series will give away the game but if you’re looking for a fast paced, heart wrenching story that will tick you off and amuse you in turns then this is the book for you.  I love how Robb doesn’t let Roarke and Dallas become ‘Mary Sue’ characters but shows off their tempers and stubborn natures.

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