Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review: Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Description (from cover):

'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. Kath 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 hand a roving killer out to dry...'

My thoughts:

I am definitely not your needleworking, yarn loving, knitting type of girl, so reading this book was a little out of my comfort zone. I think that this book is definitely geared more toward the knitting-type of people. Fortunately, the knitting theme of this book didn't take over and there was enough to keep this yarn-challenged girl occupied. I can appreciate an author who knows about something and uses it in their story, but leaves enough room for the reader who doesn't really understand that theme. MacRae does a fantastic job of this in this novel and I didn't feel overwhelmed with knowledge of something that I know very little about. There was a enough balance to make this book a good read.

This mystery was a little confusing for me. There were too many people involved and I tended to forget who was who and how they were linked to the overall story. More than likely it was me as my attention span seemed to wander with this one a little. I spent more time confused than actually enjoying the twists and turns of the mystery. I definitely enjoyed the previous book in this series better than this one. I will say that Geneva, the ghost's character, is an absolute delight. She is saucy and I am very intrigued by her back story. The author only shares a little about her history, but I am dying to learn more. So for that simple reason, I will continue with this series and hope for the best with the next addition to this series.

I definitely feel that if you are someone who enjoys knitting or fiber-types of hobbies, that this book would appeal to you more than it did to me. There isn't a lot about that in this story and the mystery takes prevalence, but still I think that this would be more appealing to people who enjoy reading about those types of hobbies. Definitely not one of the better cozy mysteries I have read, but I will continue to give the series a chance, however, I am starting to feel that this series isn't really my sort of thing. Still I think the author does a fantastic job and definitely has a lot of knowledge of her topic, and that readers will enjoy her knack for blending hobby with mystery.

Overall Rating: 2.5

Title:  Dyeing Wishes
Author:  Molly MacRae
Series:  Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #2
Publisher:  Signet
Publication Date:  July 2, 2013
Pages:  352
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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