I want to nominate Theo Abernathy for best friend ever. My name is Nina Crisp and like Theo, I grew up in tiny Silersville, Tennessee. After college, Theo worked in textiles for a while before reconnecting with Tony Abernathy and they married. They lived in Chicago for a while. Now, Tony is our county sheriff as well as being a really nice man. After college, I married Daniel and had a family. Daniel was not a good husband and our divorce contentious.
I teach high school French. A fabulous opportunity arose and I was allowed to drive the school van, with some students, for several days in Washington DC. On my return, I was met at the school by Tony. Did I mention he is very tall and muscular? Well, when he’s all decked out in his uniform and tools of his trade, he is impressively intimidating. He was definitely not smiling as he drove me to my home.
He didn’t say much but I learned there had been a problem with the water at my house while I was away. When the water department people couldn’t find me, they called Theo. Thank goodness I don’t live in some city where no one knows you or is willing to get involved. Anyway, Theo went out to my house to see what’s was happening and saw water pouring out from under the front door and down the steps. She knows the alarm code to open the kitchen door. The moment she opened the door, she saw water cascading from the kitchen ceiling.
I turn my cell phone off while I drive so Theo couldn’t reach me. She had the water turned off and called a disaster clean-up company. The clean-up crew was busy vacuuming gallons of water out of everything when someone noticed water going under the front door and down the steps. It vanished under the cover on the old storm cellar. When they opened it, there dead in the water was my worthless ex-husband. No wonder Tony looked so grim.
Murder by Kindness is the seventh book in the “Quilted” mystery series, published by Five Star, February 2016.
The residents of tiny Park County, Tennessee are looking forward to the end of winter and plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a community fund raiser. Sheriff Tony Abernathy’s dream of a crime free county explodes, along with an illegal still. The moonshine is missing. The arrival of a popular young movie star, with an unsavory entourage, promises to keep his small staff busy.
Theo, Tony’s wife and quilt shop owner, is pulled away from work by a phone call. Water is pouring out of her best friend Nina’s home. Theo arranges to have the water shut off and puts a restoration service to work. But, the discovery of Nina’s ex-husband’s corpse in the storm cellar stops everything.
The county chaos increases with another suspicious death, the arrival of some extra wives, exploding stills and Cupid leaving a trail of paper hearts.
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About the author
Barbara Graham began making up stories in the third grade instead of learning to multiply and divide. A native Texan, she moved frequently. Inspiration for Silersville (home of her imaginary friends) comes from her Tennessee period. Murder by Kindness: The Gift Quilt is the 7th in the series. Visit Barbara at www.bgmysteries.com
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