It is such a pleasure to welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey back to Escape With Dollycas!!
I never had an imaginary friend.
Yes, I played pretend as a kid, but there was always someone there– a baby doll to mother, a Barbie to shop with, or a Dawn doll (anyone remember those?) to inhabit the walls of my dollhouse. If I wanted to play school or Little House on the Prairie, or store, I roped my neighborhood friends to help play the various roles.
Yet, now that I’m a professional writer, I have imaginary friends—nine of them, to be exact. Each of them has a name, of course (all good imaginary friends must have a name, yes?) and they range in age from twenty-two to eighty-four. Tori, Rose, Margaret Louise, Leona, Dixie, Beatrice, Georgina, Melissa, and Debbie (a.k.a. my imaginary friends) all live in the fictional town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina.
Five years ago, I breathed life into these women via my computer—giving them personalities, physical characteristics, and backgrounds in the hopes of making the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries something readers would enjoy. These nine women (known, collectively, as the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle) have supported one another, fought with one another, challenged one another, and loved one another. In the beginning, I thought I was calling all the shots, but by the second book in the series, it became apparent I’m there simply to take dictation.
And boy what I ride it has been so far.
They’ve made me laugh.
They’ve made me cry (numerous times).
They’ve made me want to bang my head against a wall.
But no matter their moods, I’m proud to admit they’ve become my friends.
Each time I sit down to write the next book in the series, it’s like sitting down with old friends—the kind that are irreplaceable.
When I sat down to write Taken In (the 9th book in the series which was released yesterday), I was determined to finally have the upper hand with the Sweet Briar Crew. I figured the best way to do that would be to invite them into my world. So I brought them to New York to experience the excitement of the big city.
Bringing them here was easy, especially when Margaret Louise told me she wanted to be a guest on a daytime talk show (Taped with Melly and Kenneth). Margaret Louise also saw the trip as a chance to liven up Dixie’s life (with the help of Rose, and Beatrice). Leona, the self-proclaimed world traveler, was positively giddy at the notion of ditching her twin sister’s small town in favor of a few nights in a five-star hotel in the middle of Manhattan. Even Rose, the matriarch of the group, saw the trip as something special to do with her friends before her advancing age made traveling more difficult.
I’m sure you can see where this is going, right?
Once again, the Sweet Briar crew relegated me to dictation duty as they took over their own trip. They picked the places to see, the people to interact with, and even how much luggage each of them would bring.
The only thing I got to do was throw one of them in a Big Apple jail cell…
About This Author
Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). The ninth title in the series—Taken In —is now available. To learn more about Elizabeth and the Southern Sewing Circle series, you can visit her website: www.elizabethlynncasey.com, “like” her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Lynn-Casey/286853572181, or follow her on Twitter @ElizabethLCasey.
(Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
9th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 2681 KB
When a trip to the Big Apple ends in murder, the sewing circle searches for a killer who’s rotten to the core. . .
Winning an appearance on a top-rated, New York based morning show means the trip of a lifetime for librarian Tori Sinclair and the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle. Anxious to experience Manhattan with her friends, Tori is less than excited when fellow member Dixie Dunn opts to use the vacation as an opportunity to rendezvous with a man she met online.
Still, Tori never imagined her friend would be taken in by a con man specializing in scamming vulnerable older women—or that Dixie would be arrested for his murder.
Now, as the sewing circle goes up against Gotham’s elite to prove Dixie’s innocence, they will have to unravel tangled secrets and alibis, patch together a mess of clues, and put a clever killer in the city’s hottest spotlight . . .
PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED
The Sweet Briar Ladies Take New York as only they can!! Look out Kardashians!!!
This story was so much fun starting with the t.v. show Taped With Melly and Kenneth that brought the friends to the big city. Maybe the author should sent a copy to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, they would probably get a kick out of it!!
I felt so sorry for Dixie being stuck in jail. But the rest did what they do best, and this time they had help from a new friend they met in the Big Apple. Together they tracked down the truth and the real culprit and I was completely taken aback as the clues panned out.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey takes on quite an adventure with our friends from Sweet Briar. There is never a dull moment when these ladies get together and New York barely intimated them at all. She has written an absolutely wonderful story. The locale may have changed but these characters bloom wherever they are planted. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny and others that will warm your heart.
The Ladies of the Sweet Briar Society Circle are quite a group. They range in age from 22 – 84 and are each as different as can be. There is even one that doesn’t even sew!! They don’t always see eye to eye, in fact there are times they don’t agree on anything, but their friendship runs so deep. They are there for each other through anything life throws at them. Friendship like this rare, something to treasure. I am thrilled to be able to tag along with them through each of the stories in this series.
I hate it when these books end. I was completely Taken In by this story and I know you will be too!
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