Molly MacRae

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General Information

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Name: Molly MacRae

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Mystery

Born: Elgin, Illinois



Photo Credit: Mike Thompson

Illinois Connection

Molly MacRae grew up in Barrington and currently lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery” and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine says she “writes with familiarity, wit, and charm.” MacRae writes traditional and cozy mysteries and mystery short stories. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990.

MacRae grew up in Barrington, Illinois. She has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and Abilene, Texas and spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed an independent bookstore. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. MacRae currently lives in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

Published Works

  • Wilder Rumors, Five Star, 2007
  • Lawn Order, Five Star, 2011
  • Last Wool and Testament, Signet, 2012
  • Dyeing Wishes, Signet, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Wilder Rumors (Five Star Mystery Series) (Five Star Mystery Series) (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

ISBN: 1594145555
Release Date: 2007-05-16

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Lawn Order (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

ISBN: 1594149135
Release Date: 2010-12-15

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Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery

ISBN: 045123782X
Release Date: 2012-09-04

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Dyeing Wishes: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery (Haunted Yarn Mystery)

ISBN: 0451239563
Release Date: 2013-07-02

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Literary Awards

  • Sherwood Anderson Award, More or Less
  • Virginia Highlands Creative Writing Contest, first prize for novel, Wilder Rumors
  • Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2012 for Last Wool and Testament
  • Lovey Award for Best Paranormal 2013 for Last Wool and Testament

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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