She lives above a retired Art Deco theater in San Francisco’s Sunset District with an old long-haired cat, her harpsichord and enough yarn to fill a railroad car.
The police call her the Yarn Woman. Her specialty is the forensic study of textiles. But they ask for her help with some trepidation because they know that whatever crime she’s unraveling for them comes with a lot of knots and baggage. And ghosts. There are always the ghosts."
— Nat P.M. Fisher
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'The Woman Who Loved Sunflowers'
The fifth book in the Yarn Woman mystery series will be released May 20! “The Woman Who Loves Sunflowers” takes Ruth M, the Yarn Woman, from San Francisco to California’s Central Valley in search of a missing woman — a trail through a dark world of Faustian pacts, double lives, industrial espionage and a cold-case murder.
THE YARN WOMAN is Ruth M, a textile forensics consultant for San Francisco law enforcement and the FBI. Her first cases are chronicled in three novellas narrated by crime reporter Nat Fisher in The Yarn Woman. A nineteenth century shipwreck at the edge of the San Francisco Bay (Ghosts of the Albert Townsend), the mystery of selkies on the California coast (The Fisherman’s Wife), and a street urchin with unusual mental powers (The Boy in the Mist) are just the beginning.
The second book in the Yarn Woman series is Wailing Wood, in which the Yarn Woman investigates a century-old double murder in the Pacific Northwest.
In The Rusalka Wheel, book three, the ancient Slavic myths of Rusalka come alive as the Yarn Woman follows the trail of a mysterious spinning wheel — and a serial killer loose in Chinatown.
In The Sea Silk Shawl, the thin golden fiber known as sea silk maintains an uncanny link to the liminal world between life and death. It’s intricately woven into Ruth’s investigation of a triple murder on California’s remote north coast — and the life or death of eight-year-old Anastasia.
PRAISE FOR THE YARN WOMAN
“Mencher paints it as he sees it, giving us a refreshingly eccentric, modern-day Miss Marple to solve a gruesome mystery ... a narrative with rich characters and vivid scenes that are fun to read (The Yarn Woman).”
— Clara Parkes, Knitter’s Review
“Well-developed characters match the intriguing premise (Wailing Wood).”
— Publisher's Weekly
"Gripping third mystery ... evocative ... (The Rusalka Wheel)"
— Publishers Weekly
"Like earlier mysteries this isn’t gory but not a soft cozy either; it has the small town wickedness of Miss Marple, and the familiarity of Murder She Wrote, but with teeth. ... This story has interesting atmosphere, fine detail, and interesting characters, with a bonus of the history, science and folklore of sea silk (The Sea Silk Shawl)."
— Jillian Moreno, Knitty Magazine