Cricket McRae enjoys home crafts like food preservation, cheese making, candle making, and fiber arts. She writes the "Sophie Mae Reynolds' Home Crafting Mystery Series". As Bailey Cates, she also writes the "Magical Bakery Mysteries".
For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The recipes included in her first book, "Lye in Wait", are all Cricket's original formulations. She has also worked in a variety of other fields ranging from drivers license examiner to program manager for a major software firm. This fulfills her mother's warning that she'd never have a regular job if she insisted on studying philosophy in college.
HOME CRAFTING MYSTERY SERIES
1) Lye in Wait
Cocoa butter soap, check.
Lemon lip balm, check.
A dead body?
That's just what Sophie Mae Reynolds finds in her workroom: the corpse of Walter Hanover, the neighbourhood handyman. He died from drinking lye, something she has in good supply. But the police don't suspect Sophie Mae, a thirty-something widow who makes and sells beauty products. Instead they call it a suicide. But why would a man with lottery cash and a loving fiancée kill himself? No one can stop the impulsive Sophie Mae from answering this riddle, not her sensible best friend Meghan or Detective Ambrose, who incites annoyance as well as stomach flutters. Sophie Mae's big mouth and sharp nose lead her to a peppermint-scented trail of arson, bigamy, and a shocking family secret that reveals a personal connection to Walter... and his killer.
This crafty new series features real recipes and a blundering, yet lovable, amateur sleuth who brings a fresh face to cozy mysteries.
2) Heaven Preserve Us
3) Spin a Wicked Web
4) Something Borrowed, Something Bleu
(Books Not Yet Read)
5) Wined and Died
6) Deadly Row to Hoe