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
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.
PRAISE FOR THE YARN WOMAN
“Well-developed characters match the intriguing premise (in Wailing Wood).” — Publisher's Weekly
"Tight plotting and character development are what lift this series way above the typical cozy craft mystery." — Jillian Moreno, Knitty Magazine
“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
“They blend together the feeling of traditional mysteries, Sherlock — complete with a Dr. Watson, a dash of cozy and a little sprinkle of noir. Yarn Woman makes an excellent summer read.(The Yarn Woman)” — Jillian Moreno, Knitty Magazine
"Gripping third mystery ... evocative ... (The Rusalka Wheel)" — Publishers Weekly