Friday, September 28, 2018

Shady Pasts, Community Theater, and Murder

By Cora Chevalier
Assault and Beadery
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

I don't know what's going on in this town. This is the third murder since Jane and I moved here. This time, someone killed Stan Herald, the director of our active community theater group, IndigoArts. In the mean time, Jane, Ruby and I are trying to hold i together for a crafty treat for moms. We're focusing on beading for this retreat.
But no matter what we do, no matter how we steer the conversation, it always turns back to the killing of Stan. The worst part about it is our friend Zee is being held for his murder. We know she had nothing to do with it. Okay, so her past is kind shady. But that's par for the course around here. We all have pasts—some are not that great.
We all know about Jane's past with an abusive husband and her attempted murder. And you'd never meet such a kind and loving person. She just had enough—and she was protecting herself and her daughter, London. If you scratch the surface of anybody's past, even though it might look terrible, there's often underlying reasons, which makes me wonder about Stan.
As I ask around the town of Indigo Gap, I'm finding out that I'm not the only one who really didn't like Stan. Which makes me wonder.

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as web designer and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  

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