Hey gMarie! I can’t wait to mail the next box of books. The Homecrafting Mysteries by Cricket McRae are set in a Seattle suburb, as I understand it. What is now Snohomish was originally Cadyville. Sadly, I learned that tidbit from Wikipedia. Maybe as the series progresses, I’ll learn more about Cadyville?
The first book in the series is Lye in Wait. As you might guess, the victim succumbs via ingested lye. I confess, I had to whine to basically blogless Susan to press on; character development is secondary to plot advancement for the first half of the book, and that’s not a style I admire. I like to get to know the characters, and to really enjoy a book, I generally need to be able to relate to or even LIKE a character or three. By the time the book ended that was the case, so if you feel the same way, just keep reading and it’ll get better.
The main character is Sophie Mae Reynolds, a young widow, living with her best friend, a divorcee with a 10 yr. old daughter and a senior corgi. I can see why Susan was drawn to this series; it appears that in each book, Sophie Mae has a new hobby. (Susan knits, crochets, spins, weaves, makes soap, does several kinds of beadwork, and those are just the first handful of hobbies than come to mind!) In Lye in Wait, Sophie Mae is earning a living making soap, lip balm and more. I’ve already started the second book in the series, so stay tuned for more.
Any exciting weekend plans?