I write mysteries for people who make things. Those who create can investigate. A sewing pattern, a knitting stitch, a missing person, a dead body––same skill set. I write about what I know, and a few things I have suspected.
I write mysteries for people who make things.
A Campsite of Culprits
As I work on my first series, I have continued to write for anthologies. I find working with other authors a great way to test out my characters and my locations. My story for this one, “Made in the Woods” is set in Austin, Texas. We have a son there and have visited the wonderful McKinney State Park, a few miles out of town, many times in our RV. Austin is such a cool spot. I miss it. When the pandemic we don’t need to talk about is over, we will be back. In the meantime I am doing my traveling in my stories.
This one was particularly interesting for me as it allowed me to revisit a time, many, many years ago when one of my sisters and I made wedding dresses. It was a short-lived venture, and one that ended dramatically. I will never forget the morning we arrived at a big house to deliver dresses for the bride, bridesmaid, flower girl, and grandmother of the bride and we were nearly knocked off the front step by the groom as he shot out through the door, having just called the entire wedding off.
Nothing like that happens in this story, but plenty of other things do.
Here’s a preview:
What’s a traveling bridal dressmaker to do when her dresses and place of business go missing?
Not anyone can run a bridal dressmaking business from a campground picnic table but Hazel Rollings does just that. The question is, can she solve a mystery too? With her business, her family’s reputation, and a wedding on the line she has to. Can this seamstress from Nova Scotia find her way around Austin Texas fast enough to solve a crime or will a clever opponent force her to pack up her scissors and thread and head back home in defeat?
Clues, Christmas Trees and Corpses
Limited edition Christmas Cozy Anthology
release: November 1, 2021
Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew
by Babs Emodi
Introducing Valerie Rankin and the Seaside Sewists:
It’s almost Christmas in Gasper’s Cove, Nova Scotia. All Valerie Rankin wants is for a chance at a life of her own, for the snow to last, and for her dream of a sewing school to come true. But when murder steps into the picture, Valerie and the Seaside Sewists have no choice but to put down their holiday sewing and start detecting. It’s clear to them that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police need help and who is better qualified to uncover the secrets of Gasper’s Cove than they are? But once they start investigating, and it becomes clear the killer is someone they know, the Sewists realize that any one of them could be at risk. As the clock to Christmas counts down, the RCMP, the killer and even Valerie herself are about to learn to never underestimate the determination of women with seam rippers in their hands.