Heaven Preserve Us by Cricket McRae is the second book in the “Home Crafting” series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, August 2008

Wine jelly. Watermelon pickles. And a suicidal stalker? Great.

Thirty-something crafter extraordinaire Sophie Mae Reynolds makes preserves by day and answers a crisis center help referral line by night. What better way to help people while still keeping a low profile? But on her very first night, she gets a call from a man who is threatening suicide . . . and her. Angrily deeming the caller a crank, her boss, Philip Heaven, disconnects the line. Days later, Philip dies from a nasty case of botulism. Now, as a stalker singles out Sophie Mae, Philip’s eerie last words keep coming back to haunt her: “Threat. Meant it.”

Stirring up the town with talk of murder by preserves, can Sophie Mae and her handsome boyfriend Detective Barr Ambrose spoil a mad murderer’s poisonous plans?

This dangerously delicious second book in the Home Crafting Mystery series also includes recipes for preserves and beauty products!

This was another great read. I enjoyed this mystery and seeing the relationship between Sophie Mae and Barr grow and Meghan begins her own. The mystery was fun as I tried to figure out who killed Philip and I was stumped until the clues came together. My rating: 4 stars

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