In The Blink Of An Eye
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford)
I don’t know about all of you but, for me, everything about life seems to be going so fast these days. My oldest is wrapping up her midway point of college, my youngest is wrapping up her midway point of high school, and Tori and Milo—the lead character and her fiancé in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries—are getting married.
Now before you think I’m odd for including the milestone of two fictional characters in my examples of life’s ever-increasing pace, let me remind you that these characters have been a part of my life since 2009. They’ve kept me company in the car after dropping off my girls at school, they’ve whispered in my ear on nights when sleep hasn’t come easy, they’ve made me laugh at times I might not have laughed otherwise, and they’ve been an occasional horizon on which to focus when life’s waters have gotten choppy.
You see, although I’m the one breathing life into Tori, Margaret Louise, Leona, Rose, and the rest of the Sweet Briar Ladies’ Society Sewing Circle, they’re breathing a little life into me, too. Before them, the notion of something I’d written having reached the hands of someone in every state in our country was really just a dream. Now, with them, it’s a reality. Before them, I couldn’t imagine getting letters from readers who got through a tough time in life because of something I’d written. Now, with them, I have an inbox full of that kind of reassurance. Before them, I saw fictional characters as something that kept me amused during the finite length of a book. Now, with them, I know they can claim a little piece of your heart.
That’s what’s happened for me with the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The characters have claimed a piece of my heart. I feel their hurt when things don’t go as planned, I laugh with them when something tickles their funny bone, I root for them as they reach for their brass ring in life, and I look back over the years we’ve had together and marvel at just how fast it’s gone.
It seems like just yesterday that I was introducing myself and my readers to Tori, Milo, and the gang in SEW DEADLY. Yet here we are, less than six years later, and the tenth book in the series—WEDDING DURESS—has just released.
The tenth book…
The. Tenth. Book.
Where has the time gone?
~Elizabeth Lynn Casey
P.S. If you hear someone sniffling from the front row of Tori’s wedding this week, it’s probably me.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the series, WEDDING DURESS, has just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. SUSPENDERED SENTENCE, the fourth book in that series, released last month. For more information, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com or www.laurabradford.com .
(Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
10th in Series
Setting: South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Company (April 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK4GG
Librarian Tori Sinclair is tying the knot—as long as a murder doesn’t unravel her plans…
Tori is ecstatic to become Mrs. Milo Wentworth in a few days, but she has a lot to do before she sashays down the aisle. Favors need to be sewn, vows need to be written—and a mystifying murder needs to be solved.
When Beatrice, a fellow member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, learns that her former nanny took a fatal fall in her new employers’ home, she suspects the death was not an accident. Now Tori’s spending her last days as a single woman untangling rumors and stitching together motives to find a killer. But can she nab a murderer and make it to the church on time?
I can’t believe this is the 10th book in this series but it is! The ladies of The Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle have stitched themselves right into my heart from the very first story.
In Wedding Duress plans are well underway for Tori and Milo’s wedding. We are at the final bridesmaid’s fittings when Leona does what she does and really steps in it saying Rose is too old and unattractive to be in the wedding. Then she goes on her television program and says the same thing. The other ladies are livid and what nothing to do with Leona, so much so that no one but Tori notices she seems to be missing.
In addition to they circle’s drama, Beatrice is excited that her former nanny is coming across the pond to Sweet Briar to be a nanny for some local children. Beatrice is stunned when the woman is found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs within hours of arriving. She knows it wasn’t an accident and begs Tori to help her find out what really happened.
Another fantastic story from Elizabeth Lynn Casey. I absolutely loved that all the ladies, no matter their age, were part of the wedding party and that time was taken to get the perfect style and the right shade of color for each of them. The description of each dress was vivid so they were very easy to picture in my mind.
Friendship always plays a key part in these stories and this time the ladies surrounded Rose with love and encouragement and also tried to teach Leona a lesson about how hurtful her words could be. Whether the lesson sticks we will have to wait and see.
It was nice to see Beatrice in the center of the mystery. She is always the quiet one and I liked that we got to know her a little better. I was sad though that she did not get to spend more time with her former nanny and friend.
The mystery itself was quite interesting. Right away there seemed to be one definite suspect but the pool of those with means, motive and opportunity continued to grow. As more details were revealed I thought I had it all figured out but my notion split at the seams as Casey added a few final twists to the yarn she was spinning.
I really hate when these stories come to a close. My visit to Sweet Briar always seems too short. I truly cannot wait to visit my favorite ladies again. I also cannot wait to see what Elizabeth Lynn Casey has planned for them next.
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