Slay BellsMaggie Browne here. Dru has so nicely invited me to share my day with her. I have to tell you, it’s going to be dull! First off, I spend my mornings at St. Rose quilting with my friends in the Quilting Bee. We are all great mystery fans—like Dru Ann—so we spend a lot of time talking about our favorite books and authors. And we love to dissect some of the crimes we hear about on the evening news. We’ve even been able to help the Scottsdale police solve some murders that have come a little too close to home. In fact, there was a terrible tragedy here in December when a young parishioner and her son were murdered in their home. At the same time, there were rumors of another parishioner running a Ponzi scheme that had swindled a lot of money from members of our Senior Guild. And to top things off, there was a spat of local thefts from locked cars as well as packages from front doors. With all of that going on, it made for an exciting month at the Quilting Bee. The police actually asked for our help with the murder, as we knew so many of dear Kathy’s friends. Clare was in her element!

The Quilting Bee meetings break off at noon, and we sometimes have lunch together. But generally, Victoria and I head on home. Afternoons are spent on personal business, shopping, and stitching. I enjoy my quiet time listening to audio books while I do my favorite appliqué work. Depending on the weather, I may head out to my son Hal’s place and take Chestnut for a ride. We’ve had Chestnut for a long time and I’m just glad Hal is able to keep him, as I do enjoy my horseback rides in the desert.

Evenings are often the same as afternoons, not that I’m complaining. On Mondays, my youngest son and the only bachelor among the four of them, comes over for a home cooked meal. I do enjoy having him, as it’s much more fun to cook for company than just for myself. Some evenings Victoria and I work as volunteer ushers at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe where the touring Broadway shows appear. We both enjoy that and getting to see the shows. And of course there are the evenings when I show up for the grandchildren’s presentations—art, music, etc.

As you can see, it’s a fairly dull life, but I keep busy. All of us at the Quilting Bee enjoy helping the church with our quilting, and enjoy our ability to help the police, which has been very rewarding.

Slay Bells is the sixth book in the St. Rose Quilting Bee mystery series, published by Five Star, January 2016.

Christmas is approaching, but it doesn’t look like a good one for the St. Rose parishioners. First, Kathy Romelli and her son are murdered in their home. Before the Quilting Bee can recover from that devastating loss, Clare is frightened half to death by an attempted carjacking. Is it related to the thefts of items from parked cars also plaguing the area? And what about the parishioner charged with creating a Ponzi scheme?

Just as the Quilting Bee members think they have discovered the culprit, their favorite suspect is found dead of an apparent suicide.

And amid all the mayhem, the parish’s resident Mr. and Mrs. Santa are rallying the Senior Guild members to participate in a Secret Santa luncheon and gift exchange.

Maggie is wishing for quiet sessions discussing holiday gifts and recipes, not puzzling out murder cases. Will the Quilting Bee ever discover what happened to Kathy and her son?

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Meet the author
Annette Mahon is a former librarian who likes to think that she’s moved from tending the library shelves to filling them. Annette writes the St. Rose Quilting Bee mystery series where a group of quilters in Scottsdale, Arizona, solve mysteries over the quilt frame, and sweet romances set in her native Hawai`i. She currently lives in Arizona, with her husband and two spoiled Australian Shepherds.

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