Author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Also writes the Home
Crafting Mysteries as Cricket McRae.
A former resident of the Pacific Northwest where her novels
are set, Cricket McRae has always dabbled in the kind of
practical home crafts that were once necessary to everyday
life. The magical chemistry of making soap, the satisfaction
of canning garden produce, and the sensuous side of fiber
arts like spinning and knitting are just a few of the
reasons these activities have fascinated her since
childhood. As a girl she was as much a fan of Nancy Drew as
of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so it's no surprise that her
contemporary cozy series features a soap maker with a nose
For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business,
including all product design, manufacturing and marketing.
She has also worked at a variety of other jobs, ranging from
driver's license examiner to program manager at Microsoft.
This fulfills her mother's warning that she'd never have a
"regular" job if she insisted on studying philosophy and
English in college.
Now she lives in Colorado, fitting her interest in all
things domestic around writing, hiking, biking and,
currently, learning how to hate the game of golf.
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti, January 2013
Brownies and Broomsticks, May 2012