Tying The Knot(Beatrice Coleman’s best friend and sidekick and quilter extraordinaire)

Doesn’t everyone love a wedding? Few things are more fun for a small town than a rollicking wedding. It sure makes for the perfect excuse for a party in a sleepy village.

This wedding was going to be even more fun than usual because the bride is a quilting friend who wanted to incorporate quilting throughout the wedding and reception. “Meadow,” she told me, “it’s going to be a quilting-inspired wedding! Quilts as backdrops. Quilts to sign instead of a guestbook. A quilt-themed fondant cake!” And all of my guild, the renowned Village Quilters, were ready to help out. Oh, and there was going to be music, food, dancing, and all that stuff, too.

I thought a bit of romance in the air would be good for Beatrice. It’s not Beatrice’s wedding, but you know how weddings can become contagious. You never know who might catch that bouquet. You know Beatrice, right? She’s my very best friend. I’m her best friend too, although these days I might be losing a bit of that title to Wyatt. At first I wanted nothing better than to get those two together. I take matchmaking to an art form, you see. The victims. . .I mean, the lovebirds. . .never know what’s hit them because I’m so subtle.

But this wedding didn’t go exactly as planned. You know how you hear about those wedding disasters on TV? Hurricane force winds, fainting grooms, deer running amok in the sanctuary? This was similar. . .except murder provided the disaster.

Still, it was a beautiful day. . .right up until that moment. So what about y’all? Heard of any wedding disaster stories that made you wince? Do you love a good wedding (like me?)


Find out more about Meadow and her friends in the fifth “Southern Quilting” mystery series, Tying the Knot, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Quilt or Innocence.

About Tying The Knot

Wedding bells are ringing in Dappled Hills, North Carolina. But when the festivities take an unexpected turn, quilter Beatrice Coleman must get crafty and catch a killer wedding crasher. . .

Everyone loves a wedding, and with the sister of Beatrice’s beau, Wyatt, about to say “I do,” Beatrice and the Village Quilters are pitching in to help with the nuptial plans. They’re hard at work making everything from wool boutonnieres to a quilt-shaped wedding cake. And all the talk of love and marriage has Beatrice thinking about her own budding romance with Wyatt.

But after she stumbles across the body of the original best man at the end of the reception, Beatrice must stop threading her needle and start collecting clues. She, along with the Village Quilters, will need to turn all their attention to solving a murder before another victim gets cut out. . .

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About the author
Elizabeth writes the Southern Quilting mysteries and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at ElizabethSpannCraig.com/blog, named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com. Elizabeth makes her home in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children. To receive a free ebook, updates, and recipes, sign up for her newsletter,or by visiting her website.

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