Who Are You Again?
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey (or is it Laura Bradford)
Sometimes, it was my first name alongside the last name of whatever boy I had a secret crush on at the time. Sometimes, it was my own name with a neat swirl underneath or the first letter bolded just so. And sometimes, it was whatever name I wish I had at that moment like “Cheryl” or “Lindsey.”
I suppose most folks probably figured I was wasting my time—time I should have spent, perhaps, on one of the subjects that wasn’t my forte (like math or science). But, really, what harm could come from a little creative doodling now and again?
It turns out, not much.
In fact, looking back, I think all that name writing was a dress rehearsal of sorts for the job I have today—a job that has me switching back and forth between writing my own name and one of my dreamed-up names across the title page of actual books.
As regular me (Laura Bradford), I write the Amish Mysteries.
As made-up me (Elizabeth Lynn Casey), I write the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries.
And as recently re-married me…well, let’s just say I do a fair amount of head-scratching these days when it comes to signing my name. Am I Laura Bradford? Am I Elizabeth Lynn Casey? Am I…
You get the point.
When I’m at a store to sign one particular series, I sign the appropriate name without even thinking. But when I’m signing both series, I often have to stop and breathe between each book, always terrified I’m going to write the wrong name in the wrong book (so far, so good).
When I renewed my post office box and added a third name with the same face to the recipient list, I chuckled all the way back to my car over the various conspiracy theories sure to make the rounds of the mail carriers that day.
And whenever I sit on a panel at a conference, I always have to peek at my name card to remind myself who I am at that moment.
1) I can look back on all that doodling I did and know I was using my time wisely.
2) I get to incorporate my own name and that of my loved ones (Elizabeth Lynn Casey was born from my daughters’ middle names and my Irish heritage) into my lifelong dream of being a writer.
3) I have someone else to blame when I forget to do something.
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Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the author of the popular Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries with Berkley Prime Crime. REMNANTS OF MURDER, the 8th book in the series, released last week. To learn more about the book (including a peek at the first chapter of the book), visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com. To learn more about Elizabeth’s other persona, visit: www.laurabradford.com
Remnants of Murder
(A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
8th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Company
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
When a cantankerous Sweet Briar resident ends up six feet under, the ladies of the sewing circle have to deal with a town full of suspects…
Dixie has been a huge help at the library while Nina was out on maternity leave. Tori really hoped to keep her on after Nina returned but the budget is just too tight and getting tighter. Tori is forced to let her predecessor go, just when their friendship was making so much progress.
Dixie lands on her feet and starts working as a volunteer for Home Fare delivering meals to the home-bound. She immediately makes a connection with Clyde Montgomery. Sadly less than a week after she starts bringing his meals he is found dead. It is ruled a natural death, he was 91. Dixie just can’t accept that. The man had something almost everyone in town wanted and his health deteriorated just way too quickly.
Dixie asks Tori to assist her in a bit of sleuthing. With the help of the Southern Sewing Circle members that may be able to find a remnant of truth that leads them straight to a killer.
There is never a dull moment in Sweet Briar, South Carolina and this time the whole town seems to be involved.
Casey continues to paint extraordinary pictures with her words. This time the ladies spend less time sewing and more time strengthening the bonds they have built since the series started. Readers are also treated to a beautiful place outside Sweet Briar. Clyde Montgomery’s property/view sounds like paradise. A place I would love to visit and probably never want to leave. Milo and Tori’s relationship is having some growing pains but I have a feeling the next book in the series is going have a very happy ending.
The Ladies of the Southern Sewing Circle have stitched a permanent place in my heart. Everyone needs a group of friends like them. They don’t see eye to eye on everything and they have their squabbles, but when push comes to shove they are always there for each other.
I have said it before and I will say it again. These books are great stories that combine cozy mystery with women’s fiction. The mysteries are creative and clever. The friendships are real and true. Wrapped together they are a pure joy to read!!!
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