A Day in the Life of Meadow Downey by Elizabeth Craig

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. . .

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on June 24 for the chance to win a print copy of Tying The Knot. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

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.


  1. I enjoy a good wedding, and I can’t think of any disaster stories off the top of my head. I always worry about destination weddings…it seems there are so many things that could go wrong. This series is in my TBR pile (I just love the corgi on the cover). Thanks, as always, for the giveaway!

  2. ivr been wanting to add this series to my TBR pile for a while now. This would’ve a great place to start. Of course I’d have to go back & get all those earlier ones first! ツ

  3. I do enjoy a good wedding, and luckily I don’t have any horrible wedding stories. Tying The Knot sounds like a fun book. Thank you for a chance to win.

  4. I really enjoy this series and I’m looking forward to Tying the Knot. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. This book will be one which may get me interested in my needlework again. I never did much quilting, but if I can get the needles threaded okay, then doing embroidery is one thing that I love to do 🙂 Sounds quite interesting.

  6. I love the idea of reading about a murder and wedding disasters–someone dropping the wedding cake sticks in my mind as the last disaster I saw when I attended a wedding.

  7. Sounds like a fun read. Weddings are always so stressful, I prefer small, calm and quiet.

  8. Looking forward to my daughter’s wedding on July 4th – hopefully with no angst. Really enjoy this series and looking forward to reading this newest addition.

  9. I really enjoy this series and would love to win a copy of the new book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Tying the Knot sounds like such a great add to this series – I would love to read it! thank you for the chance to win. While I’m not around anybody planning to get married, I can’t imagine how much fun (ahem) organizing everything could be!

  11. Wedding disasters, not really. However, when my half-sister got married she was going through a hippie phase. She was pregnant and her dress made her look as big as a barn and she didn’t shave under her arms and that looked …umm…icky

  12. This sounds as if it will be a great book and would Love to win ; ) Thanks for the chance to win a copy …

  13. No horrible wedding stories, but disastrous marriages. I was a bridesmaid each time. The one 50-year success story I was not able to witness let alone participate in the wedding party…I was infanticipating. That couple was my former Ohio next door neighbor and my So. California high school best friend. Judy D.

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