My colleagues and I have been invited to the “Big Island Craft Retreat,” situated on Sea Glass Island, off the coast of South Carolina. We’ll be guest teaching, but we’re all hoping to get some beach time in. It’s been years for all of us. My boyfriend, Adrian is also coming to the retreat.

In the meantime, we’ve got plenty to do to prepare for our trip. We’ve rented a van so we can all travel together. We’re all a little nervous about being in the van with each other for that long of a time. Ruby is concerned about pit-stops. Jane is worried that London will get cranky and misbehave. I’m a little concerned about getting car sick, though if I sit in the front seat, and take turns driving, I should be okay.

Ruby, Jane and I have all of our teaching materials in the van already. For me, I just have a few handouts and my computers. I plan to make copies at the retreat center. When you’re teaching a class on blogging, you really don’t need much. Ruby found the exact sea shell she wanted for her sea shell candle making class a little too late to be shipped to the island on time. But they were beautiful shells just fitting in the palm you your hand.

Aside from my class, I very much looking forward to walking the beaches and finding sea glass, which I’ve become enamored by. It’s so gorgeous and it’s becoming rare. Sea glass island was fortunate to be blessed with it, as well as a multitude of shells, from what I understand.

We’re all almost packed and ready to go. Excitement fills the air— a long weekend with beach crafts at a gorgeous remote island. Sounds like heaven to me.

You can read more about Cora in Macramé Murder, the third book in the “Cora Crafts” mystery series.

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting. But when it’s revealed that she was murdered and Adrian becomes a suspect, Cora must hitch the real culprit to the crime—and fast. Because it just might take everything she has to crack a case more twisted than her most complex macramé knot!

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About the author
Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozies with an edge and romances with a slow, sweet burn. Her first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was nominated for an Agatha award. Several of the books in her Cumberland Creek series have been honored with Library of Virginia People’s Choice nominations. Death Among the Doilies is finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. No Charm Intended, the second book in her second mystery series, was named one of the Top Ten Beach Reads by Woman’s World magazine.

Her second romance novella has just come out as well—Every Fiber Of You. Her romances and mysteries feature crafters of all sorts. She spends her days working as a fact checker and researcher, her early mornings writing, and the rest of the time she’s a full-time mom and wife. She longs for the day to have the time to craft as much as her characters do.

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