Jun 142017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Elizabeth Lynn Casey joins us today!
Her new Sewing Circle Mystery was released last week!

When a “Small Fix” is Anything But
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Author of PATTERNED AFTER DEATH
(Guest Post provided by publicist)

Have you ever had one seemingly tiny thing go wrong only to have it kick off an almost domino-effect across other aspects of your life?

I know I have.

And, in Patterned After Death (12th book in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries), so too, does my main character, Tori Sinclair.

When the story opens, Tori’s car isn’t working. Her husband, Milo, thinks it’ll be a quick fix.

Ahhh, yes, famous last words…

Not only is the issue with the car harder to figure out than Milo thought, it also ends up being the least of Tori’s worries. Because by the end of the day, she’s found a dead body and hit her head on a concrete floor.

And that’s just the beginning. In a matter of day or two, she’s trying to clear a friend’s son of murder charges, help another deal with decreasing health, and convince another that she’s not a traitor.

Suddenly that broken car doesn’t seem like such a big deal, huh?

***

You can read more about Tori Sinclair in Patterned After Death, the 12th book in the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries by Elizabeth Lynn Casey:

***

~Elizabeth


Patterned After Death (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
12th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 6, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282571
Kindle ASIN: B01M3RBSBS

Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered.

Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.

PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Tori’s day gets off to a bad start with her car making a funny noise but things get a whole lot worse when she finds a body at the Jake’s repair shop. Jake seems to be a shocked as Tori and Milo but because he and the dead man have a history that dates back 20 years he becomes the #1 suspect. His mom, Margaret Louise is one of Tori’s best friends as is his wife, Melissa, mother of his 8 children. Tori knows he is innocent, she just has to prove it. The Sewing Circle members all pitch in any way the can to get this mystery stitched up as quickly as possible.

I love this series! I love these characters!

The Sewing Circle  is made up of a fabulous group of ladies, 1 gentleman and 1 rabbit 🙂 The group has its share of spats between the members but this time there is a major divide and feelings are hurt. Of course, there is an explanation but communication lines between 2 members are completely shut down causing even more stress and urgency to find the real killer. The characters introduced in the first story have become so real over the years that when they hurt it flutters right off the pages and into my heart. They are truly as close as family and I absolutely love the way they take care of each other. This is a true sign of the author’s excellence, she keeps the characters real and vital. If they actually were real I would move to South Carolina just to join this group.

Now as for the mystery, that is top drawer as well. More suspects than I had originally imagined. The way the whole town was involved – Team Jake – Team Noah pulled me even deeper into the action in Sweet Briar. You may think a book set in the South would have a slow build but this story moves at a speedy pace. In addition to the murder there is some very emotional stuff going on. After the murderer is revealed the story has a final delightful, wonderful, heartwarming twist. I loved the ending.  I am going to have an especially  hard time waiting for the next installment 🙂

I have been asked before if these books can be read as stand alone and they definitely can but you will probably want to go back to the beginning to see how Tori’s life in Sweet Briar started.

Dollycas

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About the Author:

Elizabeth Lynn Casey (of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries) is a pen name for Laura Bradford, the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, and the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries. Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Apr 302016
 

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Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282564
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Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.

But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.

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SewTastic is a new shop in Sweet Briar, run by none other than Rose and Leona. Really, even the other members of the sewing circle are surprised that these rivals have teamed up. They all plan to pitch in to help make the place a huge success. Starting with a DIY weekend. There happens to be more helpers than students this time, but one participant in trying everyone’s patience and the circle members do their best to calm the woman and her derogatory comments. Things were stitching right along until the testy guest is found dead in the project room. Someone in the group has to be the killer and Tori and the ladies are going to find out who helped the cranky woman take her last breathe.

The death in this story was a little too close for comfort after my son’s death, but this is one of my favorite series and features my favorite ladies, so I couldn’t just not read it. Compartmentalization helped me enjoy this  story. I packed my grief away, skimmed over a couple of things, and got around the things that would have hurt my heart.

While the death was the main part of the plot, there is so much more in this story. I have said it before, the stories in this series are all about the friendship this group of woman have forged. The age range is 20’s to 80’s, they are each unique, opinionated, and  strong. When one is down the others pick them up, when one needs help they all rally together. The bonds are strong, they may bend but the never break. I am honored to get a little peek into their lives in these books.

The mystery was quite good too. The victim, Opal, was not a nice woman, she was rich but it didn’t buy her happiness. She had touched many people’s lives and not in a good way. This made for several suspects. Tori researched the woman and brought several things to light. Now the ladies had to work together to find out which one was upset enough to kill.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey always gives us a fantastic story. Her characters leap out the pages. Their humor shines throughout and their dedication to solve the mystery is extraordinary.

The only bad thing about this book was when it ended. I wasn’t ready for my visit to end. Bring on Book 12. I can’t wait to return to Sweet Briar.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the seriesNeedle and Dread was just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. A Churn for the Worse, the fifth book in that series, released last month.

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Apr 092015
 

special guest blueI am so happy to Welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey back to Escape With Dollycas today!

In The Blink Of An Eye
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford)

laura_new_400x400I 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.

Wow.

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 .

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wedding duressWedding Duress
(Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)

Cozy 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
ISBN-13: 978-0425257869
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK4GG
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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?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

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Aug 062014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

It is  such a pleasure to welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey back to Escape With Dollycas!!

laura_new_400x400Who Invited Who?
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey, author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries

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.

TAKEN INFive 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…

For murder.

~Elizabeth

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.

TAKEN INTaken In
(Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
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
ISBN-13: 978-0425257852
E-Book File Size: 2681 KB
ASIN: B00I3N5YRK
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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 . . .

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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!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Nov 272012
 

Let It Sew
(Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries)

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (November 6, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251713
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman

Let It Sew

Down south, the holidays mean family—and for Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, family means the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. It may not be a white Christmas, but it’s one she’ll never forget—no matter how hard she tries…

The Sweet Briar Holiday Decorating Committee has been taken over by an outsider. Margaret Louise has been replaced without any notice. She has been replaced by “The Grinch” who just happens to be dating councilman Avery Jordan. To try to keep things under control Margaret Louise volunteered Leona, Rose, Dixie and Tori to help “the councilman’s little hussy”. Tori and Dixie have their hands full with the Holiday Book Extravaganza but can’t turn their backs on helping Margaret Louise.

And the season has brought sad tidings as well: Charlotte Devereaux, a sewing circle founding member who unraveled after her storybook marriage fell apart, has passed away. Charlotte loved to draw and near the end of her life while her while her mind was foggy, she sketched some things that make Tori realize her husband didn’t leave her – he was murdered!!!

Santa’s naughty list will be overflowing as Tori sorts out all the clues.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

After 7 stories I feel like the ladies of the Sweet Briar Sewing Circle are old friends I get to see not near enough. Visiting them for the holidays was absolutely perfect. I was as upset about Miss Maime Wellington as the ladies. I have to admit I thought she may be another victim found dead before this story ended. Thankfully my friends had their own “sweet” way to deal with their Grinch.

The actual murder mystery in this story was pretty complex with several possible suspects and the author kept me guessing right up to the end. She is a master at this. I am always one  or two steps behind.

I really enjoyed learning about The Devereaux Creek Center and hope the ladies keep up their volunteer work. There seems to be a bit more to to its story.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey has created wonderful caring characters and placed them in a beautiful place. She also puts them in real situations outside the mystery. Whether it be a book fair or a crafting session you will be inspired. She even includes an easy stocking pattern in this edition that will have you wondering if you can do a project just like the Southern Sewing Circle.

I highly recommend a holiday trip over the river and through the woods to Sweet Briar and while there may not be a lot of snow these ladies really know how to Let It Sew!!

Dollycas

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Apr 042012
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

Those Southern Sewing Circle ladies are back and this edition is awesome. I have loved each and every book in this series. This women have become friends I can’t wait to see again and again. They are always getting into some kind of trouble.  I have always wondered where Elizabeth comes up with her ideas. I am thrilled she is here today to shed a little light on the subject. Please get a glass of sweet tea and help me welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

Hi Elizabeth!!

Hi Everyone!

The Happy Place
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Readers often ask where I get my ideas. And, in many cases, my answer is fairly simple—a snippet from a newsbyte on the radio, or a news item on my computer’s splash screen. When this happens, it’s because something about that particular news item caught my attention and sent me off to my happy place.

Now, while I love the ocean and hiking through the woods, the happy place to which I’m writing about at the moment is inside my head.

Strange, I know.

When a snippet finds its way into my happy place, I’m pretty much done. I don’t hear another word the radio personality says, I don’t read another word of the blurb on my screen. Instead, I retreat and let my mind start putting its own spin on things.

I’ll give you an example from yesterday’s release of Reap What You Sew (the sixth book in my Southern Sewing Circle mystery series).

Reap What You Sew

This book was born from a simple “how was your day” discussion with a woman I see from time to time. She’s a special education teacher with some of the best “how was your day” answers, I’ve ever heard. Anyway, she was talking about a young man in her class who is a Kleptomaniac Hoarder—which means he has a tendency to swipe things (in quantity) and hang onto them.

What, if anything, this woman said about the rest of her day, I don’t know. Because I wasn’t there, anymore.

Well, technically I was there—still sitting in the same chair—but I wasn’t there.

Yup, that’s right. I was in my happy place. 🙂

Before I left that night, I knew a) how I was going to use that Kleptomaniac Hoarder thing, b) who was going to enter the canvas of characters with that condition and c) how it was going to play out.

The result? A super fun story that has; a famous movie director coming to Sweet Briar to film a few scenes for an upcoming film, the introduction of (fan favorites) Leona and Margaret Louise’s elderly mother, and a murder that puts three of the sewing Circle’s members on the suspect list.

If you’re already a fan of the series, I hope you enjoy this latest installment (the cover is spectacular, isn’t it?). If you’re new to the series, you’ve got some catching up to do.

Next up? Let It Sew, the seventh book in the series coming November 6th.

Happy Reading!

~Elizabeth

Thank you so much Elizabeth for stopping by. I know you are super busy with this book release and another in June. You continue to amaze me and create characters and stories for all of us to enjoy! You keep writing and we’ll keep reading!!

About This Author

Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries with Berkley Prime Crime. Reap What You Sew, the latest title in the series, debuted yesterday. In addition to this series, Elizabeth will also be writing the upcoming Amish Mysteries (also with Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin) under her real name, Laura Bradford. Hearse and Buggy, the first book in the series, will release on June 5th. For more information about Elizabeth, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com

 

Reap What You Sew
Reap What You Sew
(A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)

6th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group

Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher(It’s Amazing!)
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman

Quaint, cozy, Sweet Briar is about to get full of drama, lots of drama! Warren Shoemaker has chosen Sweet Briar to be the setting for his next movie. Everyone in Sweet Briar, including every member of the Southern Sewing Circle is dreaming of stardom hoping to be cast as an extra in the movie. One of the members even plans to snag a leading role. Tori Sinclair is the lucky one to actual earn a part as an extra. She is very excited to step out of the library and into a movie based on one of her favorite books.

The cameras stop rolling very early as everyone waits for the leading actress to arrive on the set, but we soon learn she is not just late or being the diva the whole crew knows her to be. She is found dead in her trailer, murdered and more than one of the sewing circle members turns out to be prime suspects in her death. The show most definitely will not go on until Tori can uncover the truth and catch the real killer. The set is anything but quiet as she pieces together the clues that will sew up all the drama plaguing the lovely town of Sweet Briar.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Everyone needs a group of friends like the ladies of the Southern Sewing Circle. These ladies have each others back whether they are trying to survive a break up with a boyfriend, dealing with their kids, facing the task of what to do with an aging parent or keeping someone’s butt out of jail. A certain lady in the group gets herself in a bunch of hot water in this installment and at times can be exasperating at her thoughts that even though she may not have committed the crime, she is still happy “that woman” is out of the “picture”. As I have said before these friendships are the core of this series. Each of their different outlooks and personalities bring the perfect contrast to this group of characters. Each character is brilliantly written.

The movie plot touches home with me as my little hometown here in Wisconsin was used as a backdrop for a bit of Johnny Depp’s movie Public Enemy. The scenes rang true to everything I heard and observed during that time. Little towns just go crazy when there movie stars walking about.

The victim and I share something too. I can’t tell you what but you will see when you read this wonderful story.

There are the surprises and twists that Elizabeth Lynn Casey stitches in each of her mysteries. She says snippets (ideas) find the way to her “happy place” and stories are born. She has done amazing things with these snippets. I hope her “happy place” overflows with these ideas and lead to many more fun stories like this one. You cannot go wrong with an Elizabeth Lynn Casey mystery.  They are fun, entertaining and definitely “must reads”!!


Dollycas

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