Molly MacRae, who writes the national bestselling and award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries for Penguin Random House, will sign copies of her books from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Barnes & Noble in Champaign.
Her latest book, "Dyeing Wishes," was released in July and hit the Barnes & Noble mass-market mystery bestseller list at No. 11. "Dyeing Wishes" follows "Last Wool and Testament" as the second entry in MacRae's "light paranormal" mystery series.
MacRae uses the phrase "light paranormal" because of the ghost in her books. She said in a news release she never expected to write mysteries featuring a ghost character, "but it turns out that a ghost as a character is quite a lot of fun."
"Last Wool and Testament," released in September 2012, won the 2012 Lovey Award for best paranormal or science-fiction novel and a Best of 2012 nod from Suspense magazine.
MacRae's short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery magazine since 1990.
"I write what I like to read," she said. "Nothing heavy, nothing dark, but good, old-fashioned escapist fluff with a mystery to solve."
A critic with The Boston Globe has written that MacRae writes "murder with a dose of drollery."
For more information about the book signing, call Barnes & Noble at 355-2045.