By Leona Elkin, the true star of Elizabeth Lynn Casey’s Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series
For nearly five years now, I’ve been spending every Monday night with my face plastered in a travel magazine while my twin sister and her friends blather on about fabric and patterns. You see, the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle is a pretty tight knit group, all of its members passionate about sewing.
Correction. All of its members except me—Leona Elkin.
I don’t come to sew. That’s why the “seamstress” section of the yellow pages exists.
I don’t come to compare fabrics. If it’s not silk or cashmere, who cares?
And I don’t really come for the desserts everyone brings. Sure, they look delectable on the plate, but, on thighs? Not so much.
I come for an entirely different reason.
Some Mondays, the best tidbit involves a shelving mishap at Leeson’s Market.
Sometimes, it’s about some backwoods Sweet Briar-an who’s made a spectacle of himself. But sometimes, it’s eye-popping stuff.
That’s right, I said murder.
Only I’m not all that interested in the crime, itself. Sure, it’s exciting at times, but what’s really exciting is all the possibilities that seem to come along with the crime—the cops, the firefighters, the paramedics, the judges, the grieving out-of-town family members (true, the out-of-town family members don’t always wear uniforms, but, still, you get my point).
My circle sisters—as they like to call themselves—aren’t all that interested in men. I suppose that’s because some of them (like the insufferable Rose Winters) are older than dirt. And some—like the new town librarian, Victoria Sinclair—simply need better training from someone with my exceptional grooming (after all, I may be in my sixties on paper but everywhere else…thirties, worst case).
Unfortunately, I think my cover is about to be blown (holding last month’s travel magazine upside down while I was pretending to read certainly didn’t help matters). Which can only mean one thing. I need to find a hobby (something that looks good yet can be done with minimal effort or by slipping a fifty under the table) in order to keep everyone’s granny panties from getting all bunched up.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The fourth book in the series, DEADLY NOTIONS, will release April 5th. For more information on the series and/or Elizabeth, visit her website. There you will find information about Elizabeth, her books, upcoming events & contests, as well as her personal blog. Happen to be on Facebook? Check out Elizabeth Lynn Casey’s fan page!