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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Wilder rumors :
ISBN: 1594145555. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2007.

Lewis Wilder 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.

Lawn order /
ISBN: 1594149135. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2010.

Bookstore owner Margaret Welch looks into the disturbing events--starting with poisoned pigeons and escalating to arson and murder--plaguing peaceful Stonewall, Tennessee.

Last wool and testament /
ISBN: 045123782X. OCLC Number:

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TGIF (Thank Goodness it's Fiber) is 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 has been a murder, and it turns out her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before she can begin to clear her grandmother'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, Kath sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer.

Dyeing wishes /
ISBN: 0451239563. OCLC Number:

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On an outing to Cloud Hollow Farm to learn the art of dyeing yarn, Kath and her friends discover two bodies. Soon Kath and Geneva, the ghost who loves to play her assistant sleuth, are working on their own investigation.


  • 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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