I have been so excited about this guest post. I absolutely love this series. If you have read my blog for a while you know I used to sew and quilt a lot. It was definitely one of my passions. Sewing and quilting are now harder for me to actually do so I feed my passion by reading books with sewing as a theme. One of the best series I have read is the Southern Sewing Circle Series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. The latest Deadly Notions - A Mystery, the fourth book in the series, hit bookstores yesterday! I am thrilled to Welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey to Dollycas's Thoughts today to talk about the most important part of any book.
If you ask ten readers what lures them back to a beloved series again and again, I suspect the most common response you’d hear is “the characters.”
Think about it. If you’re a fan of a particular television program, you might like the show’s themes, but as the season progresses, it’s the people, the characters that bring you back each week. Because as you watch them from episode to episode, you start to feel as if you know them—what makes them tick, their fears, their goals, their triumphs, and, sometimes, ways in which you, as the viewer, identify with them on a personal level.
The same holds true for series. Particularly cozy mystery series.
Sure, the writing needs to be good and the mystery engaging, but, in the end, I believe most readers return with each new book because of the characters. Book by book, the cast of characters in a series become more like friends. We know how they sound, we know how they react (most of the time), and having a chance to visit with them again after six months or so, is a treat.
At least that’s how I hope my readers feel.
When I began writing the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series two years ago, Tori and Leona and Margaret Louise and Rose and the rest of the crew were relatively new to me. I knew that Tori was a librarian, Leona an antique shop owner with an eye for men in uniform, Margaret Louise a devoted grandmother and avid cook, and Rose was the retired school teacher with a lot of spunk. I knew a few more details, of course, but the depth of their personalities…and my affection for them…has grown with each new book.
Suddenly Leona has a reason for being the way she is (stay tuned for book 5 this fall), and Rose’s spunk is put to the test in this week’s release, DEADLY NOTIONS. Margaret Louise may be a devoted, happy-go-lucky grandmother and loyal friend to Tori, but cross her, or one of her loved ones, and, well, look out. And Tori, the put-together new librarian has some very real vulnerabilities and fears compliments of her cheating ex-fiancée.
That’s what brings me back as a reader.
And that’s what keeps me writing.
If you’re a fan of my series, thank you. If you’ve never read my books, I hope you’ll give them a try. Because everyone—sewing enthusiast or not—is welcome in the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle.
Thank you Elizabeth so much for being here today. In my review of the last book in this series Pinned For Murder I called the characters and their friendships the foundation of these wonderful books. Her post above explains exactly why am proud to be one of her biggest fans and why I love the women of Sweet Briar so much.
by Judith Lagerman
by Mary Ann Lasher
A Division of Penguin Group
4th In The Series
Tori is helping to throw a birthday bash at the library for the daughter of one of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle members. All the Ladies get involved to make the event extra special. One of the mom's of another child in the class, Ashley Lawson, has set the bar high when it comes to birthday parties as her daughter's parties are pretty lavish affairs. Ashley arrives with her daughter to the party and verbally attacks almost every woman in the place. Of course, the other women share a few nasty comments about this extremely insulting woman between themselves. So when Ashley Lawson turns up dead, no one is really surprised because each of them all wanted to strangle her at one point or another, but none of them actually would do it or would they?
Another great book in this series!!!! The author continues to blow me away with her insights. The way she portrays these women making them so true to life, they jump right off the page and into your heart. They are all so different and come together effortlessly to form a truly entertaining story. She also stitches in another wonderful mystery. The sewing project in this book (complete instructions included in the back of the book) is so cool and creative too.
There is only one problem with this book, it ended too soon!!!! and we have to wait for the next book Dangerous Alterations until November. I can't wait to enjoy Spring and Summer but my calendar already has a big star on November 1st, marking the day this new book will be released.
Be sure to purchase this one today. All the books are available at you neighborhood bookstore plus I have included links to Amazon below so you can have them all delivered right to your door. You can even pre-order the new one to be released in November.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series with Berkley/Penguin. DEADLY NOTIONS—the fourth book in the series—is now available! For more information about Elizabeth and/or her books, visit her website: www.elizabethlynncasey.com. Or visit her fan page on Facebook!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Thanks to the fantastic people at Berkley Prime Crime
I have two copies of this extraordinary book to giveaway!!!