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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Molly MacRae  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: Elgin, Illinois

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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.

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Titles At Your Library

Wilder Rumors (Five Star Mystery Series) (Five Star Mystery Series)
ISBN: 1594145555

Five Star. 2007

Book by Molly MacRae

Lawn Order (Five Star First Edition Mystery)
ISBN: 1594149135

Five Star. 2010

Margaret Welch is in her idea of heaven. She has what many people only dream of -- a successful bookstore in a charming old house. Even better, she and her bookstore are located in Stonewall, a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of Tennessee's Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately, Margaret also has a sister -- Bitsy.The morning Bitsy flings a dead pigeon on her sales counter, Margaret decides to redefine her mission in life. "Never assume anything as far as Bitsy is concerned' sound like sane words to her, and that's good, because Margaret's going to need them.

Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
ISBN: 045123782X

Berkley. 2012

In this mystery in the Haunted Yarn Shop series, 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...

Dyeing Wishes: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
ISBN: 0451239563

Berkley. 2013

Kath Rutledge’s grandmother left her a charming fiber and fabric shop, a close-knit group of needlework lovers, and a television-addicted ghost in the attic. She may also have inherited the special skills required to untangle a murder.

Always up for trying something new, Kath and her friends from the fiber and needlework group TGIF—Thank Goodness it’s Fiber—are visiting Cloud Hollow Farm for the day to learn the fine art of dyeing. With spring in the air, the friends head out to greet the sheep. But the sheep are more interested in something else—two bodies spread under a tall tree. And one of those bodies is someone they know.

Kath’s friends nudge her to investigate, and no one is more adamant than Geneva, the ghost who loves to play assistant sleuth. But when Kath discovers another murder cut from the same cloth, she’s more determined than ever to hang a roving killer out to dry…


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

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