Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.

MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

Bibliography and Awards


  • Scones and Scoundrels, Pegasus Books, January 2018
  • The Grim Reader (writing as Margaret Welch), Annie’s Fiction, 2017
  • Plaid and Plagiarism, Pegasus Books, December 2016
  • Knot the Usual Suspects, NAL/Obsidian, September 2015
  • Plagued by Quilt, NAL/Obsidian, November 2014
  • Spinning in Her Grave, NAL/Obsidian, March 2014
  • Dyeing Wishes, NAL/Obsidian, July 2013
  • Last Wool and Testament, NAL/Obsidian, September 2012
  • Lawn Order, Five Star Mysteries/Cengage, December 2010
  • Wilder Rumors, Five Star Mysteries/Cengage, May 2007

Short Stories

  • My Troubles (collection of Margaret & Bitsy stories) Darkhouse Books, December 2014
  • “Cookies,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) June 2008
  • “A Walk in the Park,” Hardluck Stories, Summer 2007
  • “Wilder Dancing,” Mysterical-E, Summer 2007
  • “Practically Perfect,” Doses of Death, Lulu, 2005
  • “Fandango by Flashlight,” AHMM, December 2005
  • “It Takes Two,” AHMM, February 2002
  • “No Can Do,” AHMM, July/August 2001
  • “Ah, Paradise,” AHMM, November 2000
  • “Missing Something,” AHMM, May 2000
  • “Speaking Terms,” AHMM, April 1991
  • “My Trouble,” January 1990


  • Humor, Rumor, and Romance in Old Jonesborough, Overmountain Press, 1991 (editor)
  • “Book Pusher: My Life in and out of Fiction,” Mystery Readers Journal, Fall 2005
  • “Wilder Rumors,” an essay in the “New Books” section of Mystery Scene, issue 100, 2007

Mystery Theater

  • Interactive dinner plays available through Positive Solutions Through Stories and Tours
  • “The Dead of Winter Murder Mystery”
  • “Daggers and Old Lace”
  • “Murder in Little Chicago”


  • 2015 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal for Plagued by Quilt
  • 2013 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal for Last Wool and Testament
  • 2012 Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2012 for Last Wool and Testament
  • 2001 Virginia Highlands Creative Writing Contest, first prize for novel, Wilder Rumors
  • 2000 Sherwood Anderson Award for short fiction for “More or Less”
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