Monday, June 22, 2009

Colorado Author -- Cricket McRae

The author of three Sophie Mae Reynolds Home Crafting mysteries, Cricket McRae is a crafter of all trades, and I suspect a mistress of all as well. In Lye in Wait, she even taught us how to make homemade lip balm. While weaving all things crafty into her stories, Cricket creates believable characters and clever plots as well. Her protagonist, Sophie Mae, lives with her best friend and her friend's ten-year-old daughter, and her dog. In Lye in Wait, the first book of the series, the handyman dies from drinking lye. Unfortunately, lye is an important ingredient in soap-making, so Sophie Mae has a good supply on hand.

In the second book in the series, Heaven Preserve Us, Sophie's boss at the crisis center where she volunteers dies of food poisoning. Recipes are included.

Okay, so maybe that was a bad choice of words in the context of food poisoning.

In Spin a Wicked Web, Sophie's third adventure, she's in trouble again when the very first skein of wool she spins is used to strangle a member of the art cooperative where Sophie is learning her new skills.

You're probably wondering what craft Sophie Mae Reynolds will dabble in next. It's rumored to be cheese-making. I'll bet the second thing you're wondering is if Cricket McRae is this author's real name. No, it isn't. If you'd like to know more, please drop by the Sisters in Crime--Rocky Mountain Chapter website where I've posted an interview with Cricket.


Patricia Stoltey said...

This was odd. It didn't publish as pre-scheduled, there was no connection to the permalink, and the comments didn't work. So I went in and deleted the two blank lines at the bottom of the post, published again, and everything is fine. Gremlins!

Anonymous said...

i like series where the villain(s) are not necessarily caught right away. The reappear in future books. Douglas Peston and Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson are great at bringing back serial killers who avoid capture by the protagonists.

- Steve Tremp

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Good teaser to get us to the interview!

I love your visits with Colorado authors. There are so many good ones...

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Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

These sound like fun books. I’m intrigued that I can learn how to make lip balm and be entertained at the same time.

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