Joy to the Wool by Rebecca McKinnon – Excerpt + Giveaway

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Joy to the Wool (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon

About Joy to the Wool

Joy to the Wool (Clear Creek Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Independently Published (October 5, 2023)
Number of Pages: 254
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C7LT85KH

All dressed up for the holidays, Clear Creek looks like it’s right out of a storybook. But the decorations aren’t just for fun. The tiny Rocky Mountain town is hosting a Christmas Festival sure to be used as a pattern for years.

While Jemma is busy with the Cozy Tree — a place visitors can buy hand-knitted hats and scarves to donate to people in need — Granny is busy taking bets on which day of the event Jemma will find a body. But to everyone’s surprise, this time Granny’s the one who makes the discovery!

Choosing to put her relationship with Brandon first, Jemma agrees to steer clear of the investigation. But Granny’s determination to solve the crime lands Jemma the impossible job of keeping the spunky old lady out of trouble, and breaking and entering is just the beginning of their adventure.

When the Cozy Tree is vandalized, it becomes obvious the pair is making someone nervous. Can Jemma and Granny knit up the investigation before Santa climbs in his sleigh?


“Wait. You’re not taking bets, are you?”

She leaned forward and lowered her voice. “Do you want to make one? I’ll give you good odds.”

“Granny.” I couldn’t decide if I should scold her or get in on the action. “What else are you taking bets on?”

“Nothing,” she said in a sing-song voice. She flipped through the pages.

Her voice would have told me she was lying even if I hadn’t glimpsed several lists in as the pages fanned. “Tell me.”

She raised her chin. “I don’t want to.”

I knew better than to try to reason with her. If she was betting on how long it would take for my mother to insult everyone in town, I wanted to claim two o’clock. “Jasper?”

“Oh, it’s nothing much.” His voice rumbled with suppressed laughter. “Things like which food vendor will sell out the fastest.”

My shoulders relaxed. “Okay. That’s not so bad. I’ll put five dollars on the hot chocolate guy. Just — don’t tell Emmilene.”

Granny nodded sagely. “She wouldn’t appreciate it, especially — um, at all.”

My hogwash detector went off. I glanced over my shoulder to make sure Daffy wasn’t close enough to hear — she’d run to tell Emmilene whatever it was, and I didn’t want to deal with that fall-out. “Especially what?”

Jasper stepped between us. “It’s just a bit of fun.”

“What’s a bit of fun? Come on, you two.”

They exchanged a glance, and Granny shrugged. “Townsfolk are betting on which day of this event you’ll find a body.”

They were betting on if — no, not if, when — I was going to find another body? “You — you — Why would you take bets on something like that?”

Granny shrugged again. “It’s fun.”

About Rebecca McKinnon

Rebecca McKinnon enjoys playing with her imaginary friends and introducing them to others through her writing. She dreams of living in the middle of nowhere but has been unable to find an acceptable location that wouldn’t require crossing an ocean.

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