Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Patterned After Death by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

A Fond Farewell

Nine years ago, when I was first approached with the idea of writing the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, I almost said no. After all, with the exception of an occasional button and/or a scout patch for one of my daughters, I wasn’t exactly what you’d call “a seamstress.” Fortunately for me, that part of me that had always wanted to be published with a New York house, told me to give it a try.

So I did. I focused my proposal on the socialization aspect of a sewing circle—the camaraderie that comes from engaging in a hobby or activity with likeminded people. Forty-eight hours after I wrote what would become the first six chapters of SEW DEADLY, I had the contract to write the series.

Sure enough, as Tori, Leona, Margaret Louise, Rose, and the rest of the gang came to life on my keyboard, I began to see these women as real people—people with quirks and fears and joys and dreams. And yes, I became attached to each and every one of them.

The surprised me often and that was part of the fun. When Leona first showed up on the page, she was bossy and had this thing for younger men. I didn’t know why, but I went with it. And sure enough, as she got to know me and me, her…she revealed the why behind her seemingly prickly side.

And Margaret Louise? Spending time with her was like spending time with that grandma who loves with every ounce of herself. I loved the way she talked, the way she drove, the way she looked out for everyone.

Rose…well, I had a soft spot for her from day one. I liked her spunk, her take-no-prisoners attitude, and her love for my main character, Tori Sinclair.

Every time I got a new contract extension or I sat down to write the next book, I was thrilled. Because I knew I was getting to spend time with this amazing cast of characters who have become my friends.

Needless to say, when I sat down to write Patterned After Death (the final book in the series), my heart was heavy. These characters have been such a big part of my life these past nine years. In addition to becoming my friends, they also helped me through some of my own tough patches by giving me a place to escape to…and friends to escape with.

So while murder had to touch their lives once again (it is, after all, a murder mystery), I hope they’re pleased with their send off.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: Southern Sewing Circle Mystery (Book 12)
Publisher: Berkley (June 6, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425282570
ISBN-13: 978-0425282571
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

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.


Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Patterned After Death to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on July 2nd

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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

It’s not often that someone can provide visual proof of the exact moment their lifelong dream was born. Which means I’m one of the lucky ones…

Nestled safely in the top drawer of my filing cabinet is the very first book I ever wrote—a six-page illustrated story entitled, Kidney Learns a Lesson. Looking back, I can’t help but think the more accurate title would have been, A Dream Is Born.

While Kidney (a sweetly drawn little brown bear) was learning the kind of lesson its ten-year-old creator felt noteworthy, I was falling in love with the process of writing…of creating a world that came to life beneath my pencil.

With my path chosen, I began devouring every book I could find—my earliest favorites being penned by the likes of Carolyn Keene, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Mary Higgins Clark…

Through them, I learned the joy of reading. Through my devotion to craft, I learned the joy of plotting and creating. And through my readers, I’ve learned the joy of providing a momentaryescape from life—a chance to explore a new place, a new career, a new hobby, a new experience.

Because that’s what books do. They allow us to dream…

And dreaming is something I know all about.

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  1. Kathleen Costa says:

    I always enjoy your insights and 'heads up' for great cozy books. I love themed cozies, and a 'sewing circle' is an intriguing place to start. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway…you can always be counted on.

  2. Melissa B says:

    This is one of my favorite cozy series!  I'm reading all of the books in this series with a friend, and we really enjoy exchanging notes on each book!  I'm sad to hear that the series is ending – but I look forward to reading all of the books in this series that I havent read yet.  

    Thanks for the chance to win! 

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