Unraveled Stalkings

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It’s the best of times and the worst of times for Kate Stevens. Recently transplanted from the rocky shores of coastal Maine to the charming Western town of Sage Hills, Texas, Kate’s career as a crochet designer and author is finally taking flight. She has signed with a new literary agency, and a major publisher is ready to ink a contract to publish a series of books featuring her designs.

At the same time, A new mystery seems to have found its way literally to her back door. There are spooky nocturnal goings-on in the neighborhood she calls home. Strange sounds at night emanating from the back yard of the house next door have put Kate on edge. The house has been vacant and for sale for months, but has something sinister taken up residence there?

Her best friend, Vivi Lawrence, a neighbor and fellow crocheter, assures Kate there is little to worry about in their quiet subdivision, but Kate remains unconvinced. 

Then there is the problem with an online “friend”—a man she had asked for expert advice on a classic-car–themed crochet design—who has obviously become obsessed with Kate. 

Kate seeks help through the local police department, but the authorities’ hands are tied since the man’s identity is only a cyber pseudonym. Peter Mathews, the Fort Worth police detective who has turned Kate’s head, warns her to be ever vigilant.

Will the orbits of cyberspace and reality collide and threaten Kate’s career, family, and even her life? Join Kate, Vivi, and Peter as they unravel this latest mystery.

The Characters

Single mother. Accomplished crochet designer. Murder suspect!

At 42 years old, Kate would have never expected to be described as any of these. But sometimes life has a funny way of taking you down the path least expected. The one thing that has remained constant in Kate's life is her amazing ability to turn imagined crochet designs into beautiful creations that others can enjoy.

It's Kate's God-given talent that landed her an amazing book deal featuring her crochet designs ... but will it end up being one huge mistake?

Known as the neighborhood serial killer -- of plants, that is -- Vivi is full of energy and excitement, and is always happy to share one of her mom's delicious home-cooked meals with Kate. While she may be a few years younger than Kate and not quite as skilled at crocheting, Vivi proves to be a tried-and-true friend who is happy to lend a hand in getting to the bottom of Kate's latest dilemma.

One of Fort Worth's finest detectives, Peter's handsome dark blue eyes can sparkle with mischief at times. The epitome of a Western lawman with his tall frame and wide shoulders, Peter is a welcome face as Kate works to clear her name in her book publisher's sudden death. For his part, Peter is captivated by Kate's smile and wants to be more than just a friend.

The owner of Once Upon a Yarn, a needlecraft shop in Fort Worth, Paige is full of life and wisdom. She likes to stock her shop with a mix of traditional and trendy needle arts that are as beautiful as her colorful personality. Delighted to welcome Kate into her cozy crafters' boutique, Paige at times finds herself stepping away from the counter to help Kate with her latest mystery.

A longtime friend of Paige Bryant and her husband, Adam provides Kate with practical advice to guide her career and helps fill the void left by Kate's father who died during her childhood. Adam has known his share of grief as well. Widowed two years ago, Adam learned crochet from his late wife, Julia, during her final illness. The craft provides constant comfort for him.

The old adage says, "like mother, like daughter," and Vanessa has definitely inherited Kate's keen eye for crochet design. But right now Vanessa prefers to wear her mother's designs than create her own. She's more focused on enjoying and exploring life as a freshman at Regency College in Fort Worth with an occasional stopover to see how Mom is settling into her new home in Sage Hills.

With a pleasant smile and laugh lines around his eyes, Roger is Kate's good-natured contact at Creative Inspirations Publishing. Their popular new magazine, Hook and Needle Artistry, featured Kate on the cover with an exclusive story inside the first issue. Now, Kate has a regular column in this well-liked craft magazine.