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Please give MOLLY MACRAE a big B&N welcome!

 

 

 

http://www.mollymacrae.com/

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Lawn Order 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                       Advance praise for Lawn Order

                                                                                                                               

"MacRae's witty first of a new cozy series."

                                                                                                                                                                         ~ Publisher's Weekly

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                       

It's a case of poisoned pigeons and southern sisters, coming in December 2010, from Five Star/Gale.                      

                                                                                    

(Disclaimer: No pigeons were harmed or imperiled in the creation of this book.)

 

Listen to Margaret & Bitsy in  "Fandango by Flashlight" from the December 2005  issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in a free podcast.       

 

Find Molly the first Monday of each month at the award-winning food blog: Vintage Cookbooks

 

 

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’s

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.


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

                                       Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.


in Upper East Tennessee.

 

 

 

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Wilder Rumors 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilder Rumors by Molly MacRae

 

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

 

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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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, coming from Five Star Mysteries in 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

    "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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February 4 - 6, 2011

Love is Murder

Rosemont, Illinois

 

April 29 - May 1, 2011

Malice Domestic

Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

 

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The Mystery Cats

 

http://themysterycats.blogspot.com/

 

Mystery authors Molly MacRae and Sarah Wisseman.

Molly MacRae is the author of Lawn Order(2010), a Margaret & Bitsy Mystery, and Wilder Rumors (2007), a Lewis Wilder Mystery. She also writes the Margaret & Bitsy short stories appearing in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Sarah Wisseman writes the Lisa Donahue archaeological mysteries: Bound for Eternity(2005), The Dead Sea Codex (2006), The Fall of Augustus (2009), and The House of the Sphinx(2009). She is currently working on her first historical mystery, set in Prohibition era Illinois.

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Please welcome MOLLY MACRAE!

 

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Thanks for the warm welcome, Becke!

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I had the pleasure of meeting Molly at Bouchercon in 2009. Some of you may also recognize Hank Phillippi Ryan and Ken Isaacson, who have been featured here before. 

 

Sarah Wisseman, Molly MacRae, Twist Phelan, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Ken Isaacson

 

 

I saw Sarah and Molly again at Magna Cum Murder in October this year, but that was the conference where I got sick and spent most of it in my hotel room, so I don't have any pictures. :-(

 

 

 

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Here's what Publisher's Weekly has to say about LAWN ORDER:

 

Publishers Weekly

 

MacRae's witty first of a new cozy series introduces bookstore owner Margaret Welch, who looks into the disturbing events--starting with poisoned pigeons and escalating to arson and murder--plaguing peaceful Stonewall, Tenn. When Margaret's elderly cousin and next-door neighbor, Leona, takes a shine to Gene Mashburn, the handsome new stranger in the Appalachian town, Margaret finds herself agreeing with Leona's good taste, in spite of her own reservations.

 

On the other hand, Margaret's hangdog former beau, police sergeant George Buckles, and her proper sister, Bitsy, find Mashburn's arrival and the local calamities too closely related. That Mashburn was one of the partners of the murder victim, developer Doug "Duckie" Everett, in the plan to transform an old school into condos further fuels Bitsy and George's suspicions. MacRae (Wilder Rumors) keeps the reader guessing right up to Margaret's life-or-death struggle with the culprit. (Dec.)

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Molly - I got such a kick out of this book, and on many levels. I'm a garden writer in my day job, so the cover and title intrigued me from the first. I was sooo upset about Hattie's garden - was that influenced by something that happened in real life? I hope not!

 

I've always thought owning a book store (new and secondhand) and living in the same building would be heavenly. I still think it would be very cool, but reading your book has giving me a slightly different perspective on that idea! 

 

How much of Margaret (and her bookstore) is based on yourself and your experiences in the book business? 

 

Also, can you give us any hints as to what you're working on now, or is it too soon to say?

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Poor Hattie and her garden. That incident is very hard on my gardening friends. I think I read a newspaper article, way back when, about someone writing a message in a lawn with weed killer and the incident with Hattie's garden grew from that. Awful!

 

How much of Margaret and her bookstore stem from my own bookselling experience? In the first few stories published in Hitchcock, Margaret's store was entirely out of my imagination -  well, and from a few bookstores I'd visited. But then, by a great stroke of luck, I was offered the manager's position at a new/used bookstore and I found out how much fun (and work) Margaret really had. So, the later stories and the book rely on my own bookselling experience - embellished by Magaret!

 

What I'm working on now has my head completely in the clouds. By another great stroke of luck, I was offered a three book deal with Penguin for a new mystery series. It's a light paranormal/cozy series featuring Kath Rutledge, a textile preservation specialist, who inherits her grandmother's yarn shop and ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands. It's the series that puts the woo-woo in wool. The first book should be out sometime in 2012.

 

And now I have to rush off to my day job at the public library. But I'll check back and will be happy to answer more questions any time!

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Poor Hattie and her garden. That incident is very hard on my gardening friends. I think I read a newspaper article, way back when, about someone writing a message in a lawn with weed killer and the incident with Hattie's garden grew from that. Awful!

 

I can't get her poor garden plants out of my head, but I imagine guys reading the book will be more upset by the damage to her lawn. :smileywink:

 

How much of Margaret and her bookstore stem from my own bookselling experience? In the first few stories published in Hitchcock, Margaret's store was entirely out of my imagination -  well, and from a few bookstores I'd visited. But then, by a great stroke of luck, I was offered the manager's position at a new/used bookstore and I found out how much fun (and work) Margaret really had. So, the later stories and the book rely on my own bookselling experience - embellished by Magaret!

 

Talk about life imitating art!

 

What I'm working on now has my head completely in the clouds. By another great stroke of luck, I was offered a three book deal with Penguin for a new mystery series. It's a light paranormal/cozy series featuring Kath Rutledge, a textile preservation specialist, who inherits her grandmother's yarn shop and ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands. It's the series that puts the woo-woo in wool. The first book should be out sometime in 2012.

 

That is amazing - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! The new series sounds great, but I hope it won't mean the end of Margaret & Bitsy! I love the idea of a depressed ghost - I'll definitely read the new books. Do you have a title for the first one yet?

 

And now I have to rush off to my day job at the public library. But I'll check back and will be happy to answer more questions any time!

 

I have some packing to do - I leave Orlando today, so there will be a gap of a few hours where I'll be traveling. I'll be back online later today. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a question - would you share your "call" story with us? In your case, I guess you'll have two stories - the call that you'd sold your first book AND the call about your sale to Penguin!


 

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Hi, Molly, I've heard of your books but have never bought one. Now they sound intriguing and I will buy one. Welcome to the Mystery board. Hope you have a good day. And for all of the people who don't know what Got Books? is, check it out.

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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Max - I haven't read Molly's first book yet but I definitely think you'll like LAWN ORDER! A lot of you will recognize shout-outs in the book to mystery authors. See if you can find the "Clue" reference near the end, too.

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Molly - is there a story behind the cartoon of Margaret and all that I copied from your website and posted here?