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
Wailing Wood is the second Yarn Woman Book. Click the title to read a synopsis and excerpts.
'Ghosts of the Albert Townsend,' 'The Fisherman's Wife,' and 'The Boy in the Mist' are published collectively in trade paperback and e-book as 'The Yarn Woman.' Click their titles to read synopses and excerpts of each.
Human remains are discovered on a beach south of Half Moon Bay by a homeless Gulf War vet, the brother of San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Avila. Soon, the brothers are plagued by nigthtmares of the dead man and a strange woman — and the terrible feeling of impending catastrophe.
With little to go on in identifying the deceased, Avila realizes that the traditional knitting pattern in the dead man's sweater might lead to a clan or family, and even cast a light on the man's mysterious death. He contacts the Yarn Woman, and she begins to unlock the meaning behind the peculiar sweater, telling Avila that though he may be searching for a dead man's identity, he must, above all, find the man's imperiled wife before time runs out.
When Ruth, working again with Nat Fisher, does locate her, she's faced with much more than a survivor of terrible abuse and imprisonment — she finds herself staring directly into the eyes of an ancient myth.
PRAISE FOR THE YARN WOMAN
“Well-developed characters match the intriguing premise.”
“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.”
“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.”