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.
A tremendous offshore storm loosens the shipwrecked remains of a nineteenth century schooner from the silt a few hundred yards off the San Francisco shore. The appearance of the Albert Townsend seemingly has nothing to do with a vicious murder that occurs only days later, or with the severe beating and animal mauling of a precocious girl in the same area directly south of the surfaced Townsend.
But when the SFPD calls in their forensic textile consultant to analyze their only clue — an old, blood-soaked wool garment — the trail leads directly, impossibly, back to the schooner. Ghosts of the Albert Townsend marks newspaper reporter Nat Fisher's first case with the brilliant and eccentric Ruth M, known to police and the FBI as "the Yarn Woman."
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.”