After spending 28 years enforcing consumer protection laws, Celeste retired from her position as Consumer Protection Director for the Michigan Department of Agriculture intending to dabble in her yarn crafting and creative writing hobbies while spending more time with her three children. Once her children were well entrenched in college life, she pursued her writing in earnest, having several novels in progress. When Celeste was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she used her goal of seeing one of her novels in print as incentive to get through the many tiring days and hours of treatments. To overcome the fatigue and emotional turmoil that comes with any chronic illness, she focused all her writing efforts on the one novel that gave her the greatest joy to write. Celeste drew from her science background, her years in enforcement, her sense of humor, and her creativity to bring a sense of realism to the story she wanted to share with readers. Knitting Up a Murder, the introductory novel to the Yarn Genie Mystery Series, was launched March 28 of 2015. Hooked Into Murder, is the second novel in the series.
When she overhears two hired killers, Yarn Genie Imogene, a knitting agoraphobic, believes her new husband wants her billion-dollar inheritance and is willing to kill her to get it. On the run, she sheds her rich identity and navigates life without servants or money. When she chooses undercover FBI agent Frank Bachman's car to hide in, she begins the wildest journey of her life. When her bank accounts are drained, and her husband is found murdered by her knitting needle, Imogene enlists Frank's help to find the true killer and recover her stolen money. Imogene and Frank must sidestep their
growing attraction to unwind the web of deceit that surrounds her. As her life unravels, Imogene learns the truth about her life, her marriage, and why more than one person wants her dead. "Knitting up a Murder" is Imogene’s crazy, cozy tale of murder and suspense written with the warmth of Jessica Fletcher and the humor of Stephanie Plum.
Yarn Genie Imogene's billion dollar inheritance is missing, her FBI boyfriend's whereabouts are unknown, her deceased father has been branded a double agent spy, and she's about to lose her mansion unless she can find a way to pay the bills. When she accepts a job as a receptionist for a fledgling magazine company, she has no idea that her bosses are not what they seem. Imogene just wants to be able to pay her bills and keep her mansion, but she finds herself and her doggy houseguest hooked into murder when one of the magazine's associates is found dead. Can this unwitting yarn sleuth unravel this latest mystery, before time runs out?