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The latest novel in the national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery seriesYarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot.... Kath and her needlework grThe latest novel in the national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery seriesYarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot.... Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm’s original dump site—until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones. When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can’t help but wonder if it’s somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it’s up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history....

Title : Plagued By Quilt
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ISBN : 9780451471307
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Plagued By Quilt Reviews

  • Debbie Lester
    2018-09-01 21:38

    Plagued by Quilt is the fourth book in Molly MacRae's Haunted Yarn Shop mystery series. This book has a little bit of everything and will appeal to many different types of readers. There is, of course, the mystery that is unique and full of surprises. Then you have the historical aspects of the story that are brought to life by the finding of two sets of skeleton's. You have the paranormal elements that are brought in through Geneva, the resident ghost and there is the everyday lives of some amazing characters. There is a lot going on in this addition to the series and you won't want to miss a thing!What I liked:Molly MacRae has given readers a series that might be focused on a group that is all about yarn, but that's hardly all this group of characters gets into. Protagonist Kath and your friends gets involved in all sorts of mysteries and other activities. In Plagued by Quilt, Kath is teaching a lesson on crazy quilting at a local venue, The Holston Homeplace. I loved the historical aspects of this mystery. There were nods to archaeology and protecting the heritage of the land, as well as, a very cleverly written whodunit. MacRae uses the history of Holston Homeplace to shed some light on not only what had happened in the area but also on Geneva's backstory.Geneva, the ghost is Kath's sidekick of sorts and readers who enjoy a little bit of the paranormal in their mysteries will love her. She always has a hand in helping Kath and her friends with the Thank Goodness It's Fiber group solve the crime in each book, but this one seemed a little more personal. MacRae let readers in on several parts of Geneva's past that I found fascinating. I had wanted to learn more about her from the beginning of the series and this really helped to satisfy the craving.Crazy quilting has always been a fascination of mine. Both of my grandmothers were avid quilters and crazy quilts were some of their favorites. I loved looking at each quilt and noticing fabrics that I recognized from dresses or outfits that members of the family had worn. The idea of the Plague Quilt was so interesting and I loved the way that MacRae stayed true to the essence of the series by making it a big part of the story.The two skeletons, plus the murder of the Holston Homeplace assistant director, had Kath and her friends busy. Add in a very eclectic murder weapon, a teenage genus with a chip on his shoulder and plenty of suspects to keep readers off balance and you have one very good mystery. MacRae often leads the reader on a wild goose chase or two that keeps the suspense high and the reveal secret. I didn't know who did it until the end, but that murder weapon was a doosy!Bottom Line:This was a very good addition to the series. There were parts that helped not only move the series forward, but also explained some things along the way. The mystery itself was very unique and different and the historical aspects were truly interesting. Geneva is a ghost that keeps it interesting and Kath and her friends better hang on, no telling what's going to happen next!

  • ❂ Jennifer
    2018-09-03 19:00

    I could finish this one - the whole "Clod" business and her friends' constant references to their "posse" and "operatives" all just got to be more than I could stand. But I'm not rating the book, because there are a lot of good things that a lot of people might enjoy in this series: good writing, good mysteries. Just not for me.Full review:

  • Lynn
    2018-08-27 23:33

    I eagerly waited for Plagued by Quilt to be released as I read all of the previous books in the series this year. This is perhaps my favorite light paranormal cozy mystery series now.Instead of a synopsis of the story, I want to share what I really like about this book and series. First of all, the characters are a strong draw to the series. They are fun and diverse. I like the relationship between Kath the protagonist and Geneva, the flamboyant and dramatic yet lovable ghost who lives at the Weaver's Cat. Kath and Geneva are developing into friends and the relationship can make the reader chuckle at times. The author seems to love word play and she is good at it. One example is they were discussing standard operation procedure (SOP) and Geneva kept coming up with other words that fit SOP. I noticed creative changes in common expressions and playful alliterations.The posse members who meet at the Weaver's Cat are recurring characters and they work as a group to solve the murders. I would miss a character if they weren't in the next book as each adds to the story and atmosphere. The Spivey twins are the bane of the other characters but they add to the story. The Spivey interactions and their personalities can be humorous in their own irritating way.The mystery I didn't have solved until the author divulged it. I thought I had it solved but I didn't . This is the same experience I had in the previous books in the series. The book had two mysteries which I liked. One that occurred in the past and a current one.This book could be read as a stand alone but it would be a much stronger read if the series was read in order. Each book is built on the previous book. The past history and relationships of the characters build through out each book. Now I have to wait until the next book comes out in 2015. I really enjoy this series.

  • Louise
    2018-09-01 22:52

    Plagued By Quilt is the fourth in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series and held my attention just as well and the first three.There are some great new aspects added this time around with the introduction of an archeological investigation, which lets MacRae dig into Kath's skills as a textile conserver. It makes the mystery feel very natural as it gives our heroine a good reason to be in a new location with new suspects.'The posse' is working on two cases this time around -- a recent murder and a cold case (which just so happens to be connected to the ghost, Geneva). MacRae has been dropping breadcrumbs about Geneva's past from the start and I really liked that we finally get to know her story. We've also finally settled the icky brotherly love triangle business with Kath and Joe going on adorable otter-spotting dates, Kath and Cole back to their usual antagonism, and a new love-interest in Cole's life. I can breathe a sigh of relief! As with previous books, the minor character each get a little more development this time around too -- the irritating Spivey twin apparently have a knack with teenagers, we meet Ardis' father and each of the 'posse' play their part in the investigation.Another fun installment and I'm really looking forward to reading the series finale, Knot the Usual Suspects, next.Find more of my reviews at

  • FangirlNation
    2018-08-21 22:46

    Kath, an antique fiber specialist, and her TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber) friends are helping in a project teaching 19th century quilting styles to high schoolers at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm in Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae. On the opening day, Kath meets the teenagers and the new assistant director of the living history farm, Phillip Bell. As the group tours the farm and visits the trash excavation pit,17-year-old Zac, who has exhibited boredom until now when he shows his unique intelligence, notices an anomaly in the ground and discovers the elbow of a body. Wondering if the elbow could belong to a complete skeleton and if the skeleton might belong to the moody ghost whom only Kath can see, Kath calls out, "Geneva!", a name that excites Phillip because he seems to recognize it himself. Making an appointment to meet Phillip before her quilt lesson the next day, Kath shows up for it, only to find Phillip lying dead, with his throat mangled. So the posse that investigates mysteries together at the Weaver's Cat assembles to work to get to the bottom of the case, especially when a second body is found buried with the first.Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  • Betty Brown
    2018-08-28 01:49

    I enjoyed the book i got lost several times but it had a good ending. If you like ghosts you will enjoy.I enjoyed the book, I had a hard time getting into it but liked the ending. If you like ghosts you will enjoy.

  • Teresa Kander
    2018-09-10 23:45

    This is my first story from this series, but it definitely won't be my last. I love Kath and her "posse," and most especially Geneva, the ghost, and the conversations she has with Kath.Even though this is the fourth installment in this series, I had no problem keeping up with the characters and their relationships. I have a feeling I will go back and read the first three in time, though, just to have a stronger background for the future.Aside from the main mystery the group tries to solve, there is a secondary mystery--a cold case--brought on by the discovery of two skeletons. There is the paranormal aspect provided by Geneva, the romance of Kath and Joe, and the various family relationships and friendships of the main characters.Thanks to some things we learned in this book, I think future installments are going to be even more interesting. Can't wait to see where Molly takes us next!

  • Grey853
    2018-09-02 02:57

    Took me a while to finish this one. I started it about four times before I stuck with it. The main character is really trying to solve a couple of murders, one recent and one from years past.I found it rather scattered and hard to follow. This seems to be a hit or miss series for me. I liked one and three, but the second and this one, not so much. I like a little more focus.Plus, I got really tired of her hating on the police officer brother of her boyfriend, calling him Clod in her mind instead of Cole. Once or twice that's okay when she's really annoyed, but all through and it got very old.

  • Amanda
    2018-09-11 23:00

    The story was way longer than necessary and overly cutesy at times. I can't say exactly why, but I don't like the main character. She comes across as being snobby but acts like she isn't and is a bit prudish. I just couldn't 'get into' the lives of the characters and feel the story happening. The ending was good and I want to try one of the recipes--the cookies sound evilicious!

  • Kim Galla
    2018-08-31 00:45

    In the fourth book of the Haunted Yarn Shop series, we find out the history of Geneva. She was not as obnoxious in this one, or maybe I've grown to like her? Although her story was an aside, I found it more interesting than Phillip's murder. I'm looking forward to listening to the last book in the series and wish Ms. MacRae could continue it. #saveourcozies

  • Catherine
    2018-08-21 20:56

    Loved the unique characters and the dramatic ghost . All the women of the posse are strong and have their own special talents, and they all love to solve mysteries. Now I have to find the first three books.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-09 02:40

    I loved it! Once again, Molly MacRae has out done herself.

  • Sandie Laughner
    2018-08-30 22:34

    This has to be the Best book yet in this series!!

  • Susan Scully
    2018-09-01 19:49

    It seemed too long. Could have been shortened and achieved the same results. I like the idea of the knit/quilt shop detectives, will give it another try later.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-08-22 01:51

    I enjoyed this book from page one until the ending. In fact, I delayed going to bed in order to finish the tale.This series has been a joy since the first novel and I delayed reading this volume as I knew I would be totally immersed with the well-crafted storyline. And, I was.Fiber expert, Kath Rutledge is out to a living museum to teach the two-week high school students about quilting and the making of the fibers from the 1800's. Instead, she finds the body of one of the living interpreters of the museum.Back, in Kath's shop (a quilting store,) she rapidly assembles her 'Posse' of fellow crime solvers and they find out that it is more than one case, but actually four murders to solve.There is a splendid ghost factor in this series. Humor and a wonderful dialog makes 'Geneva' three dimensional. This is a book, and a series not to be missed. The ending was as great as the beginning. What more can a murder reader ask for?

  • April
    2018-09-02 18:56

    Kath Rutledge returns with Geneva, Ardis and the posse by her side. Kath is helping with an educational seminar. Historian Philip is murdered. With Cole on their heels, Kath and the posse investigate. The mystery of Mattie and Sam is solved as well as what happened to Geneva.

  • Jill
    2018-09-02 20:52

    #4 in series, On the last page the reason for the title finally "hit" me!!! Murders to solve, one new and several Cold Cases. What happened to the woman who is now the ghost haunting the Yarn Shop?

  • Marian Sykes
    2018-09-21 02:45

    These are getting betterI have enjoyed this series and feel it is getting better with each book. I enjoy the story and some history.

  • Michelle Jedrzejowska
    2018-08-26 02:46

    Disappointment,I was really looking forward to reading this book but found it a dull difficult to read book and did not flow well.

  • Tabitha
    2018-08-23 02:33

    This is my favorite of the series! One remains and I will miss these characters when it is done.

  • Cathy
    2018-08-26 00:42

    love it. the characters in this story are so fun to read about, and of course the ghost Geneva and the cat Argyle are so important to the story too

  • Tracy Walling
    2018-09-01 01:57

    Good old mysteryA good old mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end.I'd recommend this book to every mystery lover.

  • Peggi Warner-lalonde
    2018-08-29 22:44

    An interesting read and a view of history and crazy quilting.

  • Pat Beard
    2018-08-29 18:34

    Better than the last one I read. Nice character development and good plot in this one.

    2018-08-30 19:35 to you by OBS reviewer AndraI have read several cozy mystery series from any point in the series before with no ill consequences. I must admit…it was VERY difficult to get into the story starting at book #4. I did not feel like there was an adequate introduction of all the cast of characters…and there were many. So it took me quite a while to get into the story. Mind you, once I got into the story (about ½ way in); I really began enjoying the story. Some of the cast of characters were sure interesting! The sisters Mercy and Shirley were “unique” characters. I liked their quirkiness. Geneva was hard to get into in the beginning…until I realized she was a ghost and was hanging around the lead sleuth – Kath. And to have Geneva’s story interwoven with the extra dead bodies that were found was captivating. I really enjoyed the historical aspects…bringing Geneva’s past into the present.A different twist to cozy mysteries (at least to me) was that it was not one sleuth…but a “posse” of sleuths. Refreshing to see that it truly did take a village to crack the case(s). I also enjoyed that the characters had depth. The posse had lives of their own, but met to work on the mystery on what seemed like a fairly scheduled time frame.Deputy Cole Dunbar – or “Clod” as he was commonly referred to by Kath is bit of a bumbling sheriff. While it seems he does not like Kath and her posse’s interference, I found that he at times sailed to proper conclusions based on the posse’s findings. I found the relationship between Cole and Kath interesting. I like to think that Cole secretly admired Kath’s sleuthing skills. And of course, it was a tenuous relationship that had to be tolerated since Kath was dating Cole’s brother, Joe. And according to Kath…he was a renaissance Blue Plum man…“He could paddle a canoe, knit a baby hat, and toss a pizza. He painted beautiful miniature watercolors, had an open and curious mind, enjoyed old movies, and read contemporary mysteries.” You could just tell she was smitten with the total man, whom did become invaluable in the solving of the mysteries in this book.Now this had me giggling….(what an amateur sleuth that Kath is :) ):“Why do you always show up when I –“ With effort, I swallowed the rest of my words. When I’m in the middle of an investigation would have been a bad way to end that sentence. When I’ve just snooped around a murder victim’s property after illegally gaining access would have been a worse way.As far as mysteries go…I was not able to figure out the “who-dunnit” until the very end….a happy scenario for me when reading cozy mysteries. I like being kept on the edge of my seat until the very end. I will put on the TBR list the prior three books (and yes, I will read them in order) and see if the beginning of this story makes more sense once that is done.All in all an enjoyable cozy mystery and if you have been following this series, I am certain you will enjoy the flow of the book right from the start.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Crystal
    2018-08-25 19:52

    I have had the pleasure of visiting Blue Plum four times now. Each time has been a true pleasure and very enjoyable. Kath, Geneva, and TGIF gang always have a lot going on. This time there were two mysteries they needed to solve, plus Kath had a workshop to do at the Homeplace Living History Farms. There is a lot happening in Blue Plum right now and I had a great visit. I had a chance to catch up with Kath and the TGIF crew and checked in at Mel's to see what new creative recipes she is serving up now. I swear I can smell her yummy creations as I read. As you might be able to tell I fell in love with the Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series from book number one, Last Wool and Testament. Molly MacRae captured my attention with her fun characters, her quirky and spunky ghost, and the intriguing story lines she writes. Plagued by Quilt is an intriguing story of a cold case murder that Geneva may know more about then she wants too. She just has to get past her nervous issues when she thinks about it to help Kath figure out what is going on.Then there is the case of murder of one of the staff members. It turns out that there are more suspects then the police think. When they make an arrest the TGIF group sets out to find out the true story and make sure the correct person is punished for the murder. I found it so much fun to watch them work together. They have a way of getting themselves in a little bit of trouble and have to find their way out. Kath is really good at ending up in places she should not be at just the WRONG time. I love watching her trying to talk her way out of trouble or a dangerous situation. She does have a way of ending up in those. As always I laughed just as much as I was kept in suspense by Ms. MacRae's story. I really enjoy this lady's stories. Plagued by Quilt is a lot of fun and a great mystery. I have to admit I'd LOVE to meet Geneva. This ghost is quirky and spunky and always has her own input on things. It is always interesting for Kath to try to explain something to Geneva in front of people. I can never help but laugh though most of these scenes. There are a few surprises revealed during the story that I did not see coming. There is a big surprise at the end of the book for Ardis (one of the members of the TGIF group). I can not wait to see what unfolds with that surprise in the next Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery book. I will be impatiently awaiting the next release in this great series. If you enjoy a fun cozy mystery then you really should give Molly MacRae's work a try. If you haven't read the previous books in this series, don't worry, I think you be able to enjoy this one just fine as a stand alone. However you might want to go back and grab the other three because they are great as well. I don't think I can pick a favorite out of the four I have read so far. I think they are all my favorite.I was given the opportunity to read this great book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Plagued By Quilt.

  • Lesa
    2018-09-17 23:48

    Molly MacRae brings back textile historian Kath Rutledge, her "posse" of knitters, and Geneva, a ghost, in an intriguing mystery that combines family, history, and a cold case. Plagued by Quilt takes readers to a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, where murder and death is part of the history.Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber), agreed to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm. But, their crazy quilt can't compete with Phillip Bell, the dramatic assistant director. And, even he can't compete when one of the students finds bones. Kath's thoughts immediately turn to Geneva, the ghost who lives with her, but doesn't remember much about her past. Thoughts of a cold case excite the members of TGIF. And, then someone kills a member of the staff at the farm.While Kath is convinced the primary suspect didn't kill anyone, she's more interested in the cold case and a possible connection to Geneva. But, she's also worried about Ardis, the store manager of The Weaver's Cat. Ardis, a member of the posse, seems to have some unusual reactions when Geneva is around. Kath worries that all of her projects might unravel at the same moment.Molly MacRae's latest mystery is filled with humor, often at the expense of a local deputy, Cole Dunbar. While Kath dates his brother, Joe, she is easily riled when it comes to dealing with Cole. But, the mystery is filled with heart as well as humor. Kath's actions are often driven by her concern for Geneva. And, all of Kath's friends are people with lives that do not always permit them to slip off to play amateur sleuth. In other words, they seem to be real people who have to take care of elderly fathers or work.Kath Rutledge is my kind of amateur sleuth. She only hides things from the police because Cole Dunbar won't listen to her, and sometimes mocks her ideas, pushing her out of the way. And, when she sets a trap for a killer, she calls on her friends, and doesn't try to do it alone. But, she does believe in unraveling the stories that will lead to the truth. "Give me a puzzle and eccentric bits and pieces of information, and I want to make a pattern - a pattern that solves the puzzle."Plagued by Quilt offers a few puzzles for Kath and the reader. There are secrets to discover about the bodies, the current murder victim, and Geneva's past. And, Kath is still learning about her inherited talents, including the ability to "brush up against someone's emotional state by brushing against a fabric they wore". It's a story offering family secrets, historical ones, ghosts and murder. In other words, Molly MacRae offers readers the chance to make a pattern from the puzzle and "eccentric bits and pieces of information" that she provides. Plagued by Quilt is a crazy quilt puzzle with heart.

  • Smitten
    2018-09-20 18:57

    Originally posted on Smitten by Books BlogFor fans of: Sheila ConnollyKath Rutledge and her needlework group have volunteered to teach a workshop out at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm. Their class is just one of many being offered as part of the Hands on History program, but they’re confident their crazy quilts will steal the show – until the archaeology workshop uncovers a skeleton in the farm’s garbage pit and the farm’s assistant director, Phillip Bell, turns up dead. Whose bones did the students dig up, and did Phillip’s murder have anything to do with the discovery? Kath and company are convinced local law enforcement doesn’t have what it takes to sew up either investigation, so they take it upon themselves to solve both mysteries and save the day.Plagued by Quilt is the fourth of Molly MacRae’s Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. I was a big fan of the first three books in this series, but I’m sorry to say that MacRae’s latest just doesn’t stack up. Unsolved puzzles and unanswered questions abound, yet inexplicably, very little happens during the first two hundred pages of this tale. MacRae’s prose is pretty, but largely lacks purpose. She spends too much time detailing the ordinary and the everyday. The book is chock full of pointless subterfuge – random people withholding random information for no discernable reason. And none of Plagued by Quilt’s conflict feels earned.While I adore Geneva (the spirit who haunts Kath and her yarn shop) and am usually quite amused by her ghostly melodrama, most of the meltdowns she suffers in this book are arbitrary and over the top. I love Kath’s so-antagonistic-it-must-secretly-be-love relationship with Deputy Cole “Clod” Dunbar, but their confrontations in Plagued by Quilt seem forced and artificial – like they’re both just reaching for things to fight about. The frequent spats between Kath and coworker Ardis feel manufactured and out of place. Even the shop’s cat snubs Kath at one point. I’m all in favor of using interpersonal friction as a means to build tension and forward plot, but what MacRae’s doing here feels like fictional filibustering.If Plagued by Quilt were about half as long, I think Molly MacRae would really have something; the final third of the book is great, and the ending is fantastic – emotional, action-packed, and replete with reveals. As it stands, though, I’m not entirely sure the payoff is worth the slog it takes to get there.Reviewed by Kat

  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    2018-09-06 00:38

    Okay, this is a case of I should have reviewed this right after I listened to it cause now I have some other books floating around in my head and I am struggling to remember what I wanted to write. :)Kath, the owner of the yarn shop, volunteers for a hands on history event for high schoolers when one of the boys finds an arm bone. Then later the guy leading the group, is found dead by Kath. Cole Dunbar, the detective in town wants her to stay out of his investigation but her and her posse do a little sleuthing on their own and usually get things write. Which I think just really ticks him off how good she is at solving the cases. I also think he kind of likes her but she is going out with his brother Joe. There were a few good reasons for why someone might have killed Philip but when it came down to who the killers were I really had no clue. So I thought it was a really good mystery. I also like the lite paranormal feel it has with the ghost, oh which we get to find out what happened to her and Kath's aunt hinting to the fact that she is a witch and that so was Kath. Her aunt has a special bunch of formulas for dying yarn that are a bit magical. If you enjoy cozies then I think you will like this series.

  • Mary B. Grove
    2018-09-11 00:39

    the best cozy series I've readThis series is outstanding. It's simply very well-written. I really like the setting, especially the Weaver's Cat, and enjoy hearing snippets about textiles and fiber arts. The characters are interesting and there are enough of them that I'm never tired of the main character--who is both believably intelligent and believably flawed (which seems to be tough to do well). Ms. MacRae also manages to make the posse serve the story, since everyone has something of value to contribute and they're all distinct individuals I wish I could meet in person. The mysteries are very well done and they get solved in a believable fashion--albeit with a ghost's help, but that doesn't bother me because how can textiles and fiber speak so clearly and not have something to say about the people who made or wore or used them? So why not a ghost to interpret, annoy and add to the mix? I also appreciate that the ghost can't be clearly seen, that she doesn't know everything and that she can be incredibly obtuse and irritating--those aspects make her a person, not a plot device.These books are just a joy, and I hope Ms MacRae keeps writing them.