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Guest Blog by Author MOLLY MACRAE

Today's blog is by MOLLY MACRAE, who has visited here once before:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Please-Welcome-Author-MOLLY-MACRAE/m-p/785454/highlig...

 

I've had the pleasure of meeting Molly several times, including at Magna Cum Murder and at Malice Domestic earlier this year. I'd include a picture but my camera was acting up and all the pictures came out funny.

 

Here's a picture from Molly's website: http://www.mollymacrae.com/

 

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BIO

 

Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee,

where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of

books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.

MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

Bibliography and Awards

 

Short Stories

    "Cookies," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) June 2008   

    "A Walk in the Park," Hardluck Stories, Summer 2007

    "Wilder Dancing,” Mysterical-E, Summer 2007 

    “Practically Perfect,” Doses of Death, Lulu, 2005

    "Fandango by Flashlight," AHMM, December 2005

    "It Takes Two," AHMM, February 2002

    "Ah, Paradise," AHMM, November 2000

    "Missing Something," AHMM, May 2000

    "No Can Do," AHMM, July/August 2001

    "Speaking Terms," AHMM, April 1991

    "My Trouble,"  January 1990

Novels

    Lawn Order, Five Star Mysteries, December 2010   

    Wilder Rumors, Five Star Mysteries, May 2007

Nonfiction

    Humor, Rumor, and Romance in Old Jonesborough, Overmountain Press, 1991 (editor)

    "Book Pusher: My Life in and out of Fiction," Mystery Readers Journal, Fall 2005

    "Wilder Rumors," an essay in the "New Books" section of Mystery Scene, issue 100, 2007

 

Mystery Theater

Interactive dinner plays available through Positive Solutions Through Stories and Tours

    "The Dead of Winter Murder Mystery"

    "Daggers and Old Lace"

    "Murder in Little Chicago"

Awards

    2000 Sherwood Anderson Award for short fiction for "More or Less"

    2001 Virginia Highlands Creative Writing Contest, first prize for novel, Wilder Rumors

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Wilder Rumors  

Meet Lewis Wilder. He thinks he’s found an uncomplicated life when he takes the job as curator of the history museum in Nolichucky, Tennessee, a tiny town snoozing in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He’s wrong in so many ways.

 

"Engaging characters, fine local color, and good writing make Wilder Rumors a winner."

 

-- Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries

 

 

 

"An intriguing debut that holds the reader's interest from start to finish."

 

-- Kirkus Reviews

 

 

 

Wilder Rumors

 

Five Star Mysteries

 

Published/Released: May 2007

 

$25.95

 

ISBN 13: 9781594145551
ISBN 10: 
1594145555

 

Available from your local bookstore, online, or ask for it at at your public library.

 

 

 

You'll also find Lewis Wilder in "Wilder Dancing" in the Summer 2007 issue of Mysterical-E.

 

And you can read "Wilder Rumors," a new book essay in the special 100th issue of Mystery Scene Magazine.

 

Click here to read an excerpt from Wilder Rumors.

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A small town sisters mystery series

by Molly MacRae

 

"Lock all doors and windows anytime you see Bitsy coming"

  are words Margaret Welsh lives by.

 

 

Margaret owns and runs Blue Plum Books, a bookstore which takes up most of the downstairs of her house.

Much as Margaret loves her sister, Bitsy’s inclination to butt in and either wrest control or wreak havoc keeps

Margaret contemplating rules for living, such as the one above.

 

Margaret and her sister, Bitsy, have bickered and bandied through seven short stories in Alfred Hitchcock

Mystery Magazine. After reading the Margaret and Bitsy stories in Hitchcock, New York Times best-selling

author Sharyn McCrumb said "readers would happily spend two hundred pages in their company."

 

Margaret and Bitsy live in Stonewall, a town, which if it existed, would lie just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains

in Upper East Tennessee.

 

     Click here to read "My Trouble," the first Margaret & Bitsy story, originally published in

                                       Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

 

 

Illustration © Hank Blaustein

All other material on this webpage © Molly MacRae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try Bitsy's Biscotti

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010

It might not be a competition, but I win!

 
My sister, Margaret, is fond of telling me life isn't a competition. That bit of philoso-fluff keeps her happy. I, on the other hand, never say no to a healthy bit of competition and I'm not afraid to admit that I enjoy winning.

And I've won! Margaret has been saying for years that she intended to start a blog for her bookstore featuring short reviews and author interviews. Has she done it? Of course not. She'll tell you it's because running her bookstore uses up most of her spare brain cells. I'll tell you that she just isn't well organized enough. But am.

Hah! I've got a blog before Margaret! A friend showed me how to set it up and here I am. It may not be perfect, but it's up and running and improvements will follow.

So, to get started, here's one of my favorite recipes. For what? Biscotti, of course!

Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti
Low fat, low cholesterol, high anti-oxidant, and delicious!


Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside. In large bowl, beat egg, egg yolk, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and oil until well combined.
  3. Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Fold in walnuts, chocolate, and ginger with rubber spatula. Dough will be stiff.
  4. With moistened hands, shape dough into 2 logs, each about 9 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Place on parchment-lined baking pan. Bake until set on top, about 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on pan. Reduce oven temperature to 325. 
  5. Transfer logs to a cutting board and, with serrated knife, cut each log, on the diagonal, in to 16 pieces, each 1/2 inch thick. Place slices on their sides back on the parchment-lined baking pan. Bake until crisp, about 20 minutes, turning the biscotti over midway through. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Well, it would nice if I had pictures to share so this would look like a real food blog. I do have them, I just don't know how to get them from my nifty camera to the computer. Don't tell Margaret.

 

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Appearances

 

October 4-7, 2012

Crime fiction Rocks!

Bouchercon 2012

Cleveland, Ohio

 

October 12-13, 2012

Legends of the Fall

Madison, Wisconsin

 

October 26-28, 2012

Magna cum Murder

Muncie, Indiana

 

February 1-3, 2013

Love is Murder on Dark and Stormy Nights

Chicago, Illinois

 

May 3-5, 2013

Malice Domestic

Bethesda, Maryland

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Wilder Rumors  

Lawn Order  Last Wool and Testament  

 

Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.…

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Knit One, Haunt Three

by Molly MacRae

 

The first two questions people usually ask when they hear about my new Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries are “Do you knit?” and “Do you believe in ghosts?” Hmm, how to answer without sounding a) ignorant; b) defensive; c) insulting; or d) loony?

 

An easy answer is that this isn’t only a knitting series. True, my protagonist Kath Rutledge inherits a yarn shop. But the shop is called the Weaver’s Cat and, as you might guess, it sells more than knitting needles. In fact, it carries supplies for all kinds of fiber arts and needlecrafts – spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting, embroidery, quilting – it’s a shop full of creative possibilities. How’s that for an answer? Of course, you’ll notice that I skirted the knitting and ghost questions.

 

Okay, honest answers? Knitting and ghost hunting are a couple of pastimes that haven’t ever been more than blips on my hobby radar. I’ve been taught to knit many times over the years, but despite the cute hat I made in first grade and the scarf I started for my oldest son when he was four and did not finish in time for his thirtieth birthday last year, the lessons didn’t seem to stick. And ghosts? Let’s just say I’ve been skeptical.

 

That’s not to say I haven’t indulged in needlecrafts. Fibers and fabrics call to me. Embroidery? I’ve made samplers, napkins, Christmas stockings for the children, and even designed my own armadillo tree ornaments. Sewing? Oh yeah - sweet little appliquéd bibs and baby clothes, dresses, pajamas, aprons, quilts. A teepee, even. I’ve dabbled in spinning, dyeing, and weaving, too. But over the years those hobbies have fallen aside as life has gotten busier. There’s the fulltime day job and the writing . . .   

 

My character Kath is into fibers and fabrics, too. Her grandmother taught her to weave and knit. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have much time for her own creative pursuits. She’s a textile preservation specialist in love with her job and grounded in science. Ghosts? She doesn’t – didn’t – believe in them. Not until she inherited the Weaver’s Cat and somehow ended up with one. 

 

And that puts me in the same boat, because where Kath goes, I go. That’s the way it works in writing. On the plus side, Kath is getting back into knitting, so I am too. She and TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) challenged themselves to knit one thousand baby hats for the county hospital. And I – thanks to a friend who ran me through the basics one more time – I started and finished a ruffled scarf for my new daughter-in-law!

 

Being haunted is taking some getting used to, though. This ghost definitely has a mind of her own. She isn’t without her good points, but she is, that is she’s . . . Well, I should let you find out for yourself. Drop by Last Wool and Testament and let me know what you think.

 

 

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Welcome Molly:

 

Enjoyed your blog. I read WILDER RUMORS after your last visit. Enjoyed it very much. Looks like I need to catch up with the rest of your books!

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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Thanks, Eadie! Last Wool and Testament is the newest - out just this week. I hope you like it!

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Molly_MacRae wrote:

Thanks, Eadie! Last Wool and Testament is the newest - out just this week. I hope you like it!


I'll be sure to check it out!

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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I loved your blog, Molly, I'm a knitter, spinner of fiber and I love a good ghost story. I must check your books out. Thanks for the wonderful blog!

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost
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maxcat wrote:

I loved your blog, Molly, I'm a knitter, spinner of fiber and I love a good ghost story. I must check your books out. Thanks for the wonderful blog!


I'm not a knitter - never have been - but I'm tempted to try it again after looking at that beautiful scarf. Love the colors!!

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Thank you, maxcat! Being haunted is turning out to be a lot of fun. I wish I had more time to knit, especially now that the days are cooling off. What's your favorite fiber to spin?
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Can you believe I had the guts to try that scarf? It was tricky - but fun! Thanks for having me here, today, Becke.
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Molly - I just saw something on Twitter about your work at the Champaign, Illinois library. We have some library volunteers and employees here - tell us about your library involvement!

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I'm in the children's department at one of the busiest public libraries in the country. We are a hopping, happening place! On Sundays, people are lined up waiting to get in when we open. Uh oh, it's suddenly pouring rain - must go close windows!

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Wow, dark as night and the wind is blowing. We need the rain, but this is more like a car wash!
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Okay, the storm is settling down. Speaking of the library, though, I'll need to leave in a few minutes and head to work. I usually walk to work - today I might have to wade.