October Releases

Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher, Renee Paley-Bain
Murder, She Wrote: the Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

Joyce and Jim Lavene
Looking for Mr. Good Witch

Carolyn Hart
Ghost Wanted

Laura Childs
Gossamer Ghost

Isabella Alan
Murder, Plainly Read

Julianne Holmes
Just Killing Time

Sheila Connolly
A Gala Event

Julia Buckley
The Big Chili

Heather Blake
Ghost of a Potion

Leigh Perry
The Skeleton Haunts a House

Carolyn Hart
Ghost to the Rescue

Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran
Parchment and Old Lace

Beverly Allen
Floral Depravity

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Janet Bolin

Janet Bolin

I was about seven, and for years (!), I'd been offering really helpful suggestions about the clothes my mother designed and sewed. Now I was going to make my own skirt.

At the fabric shop, I ran my fingers along each bolt of cloth, probably about sixteen times. My mother didn’t mind. She was doing the same thing. Finally, after much indecision and heavy consultation, I chose a navy blue cotton broadcloth with a red pin stripe.

Back home, under my mother’s close supervision, I cut out a couple of large rectangles and a strip for the waistband. Using my mother’s old black Singer, I carefully stitched the rectangles into a tube, then gathered the tube to the waistband. I made a buttonhole and sewed on a big red button. We folded a deep hem, and my mother, whose ability to stitch a straight line was far superior to mine, sewed the hem with her machine. For the finishing touch, she showed me how to wind red embroidery floss under one machine stitch and over the next.

I had made my own skirt and embroidered it, too. I was hooked.

I also loved reading. I asked where books came from. People wrote them? Wow! I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Whether I grew up or not is debatable, but now I’m writing books in which my main character solves crimes. She also embroiders the way I do now, with sewing and embroidery machines.

What could be better?

Seven Threadly Sins, May 2015
Night of the Living Thread, June 2014
Thread and Buried, June 2013
Threaded for Trouble, June 2012
Dire Threads, June 2011

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