The first book in the series, Murder by Serpents: The Mystery Quilt, was published in 2007. The recent release is Murder by Artifact: The Murder Quilt.
You've probably guessed by now that Barbara's series has something to do with quilting.
Here's the quick synopsis of Murder by Artifact:
In the middle of a scorching heat wave, Tennessee sheriff Tony Abernathy is plunged into a series of cold murder cases. His antacid consumption skyrockets with each anonymous envelope containing a different newspaper clipping. Someone is determined to drag him into the past. A more immediate, if less tragic problem, is the disappearance of lawn ornaments all over town and their owners clamoring for their return.
Even though his wife, Theo, is buried in her own work, right up to her golden dandelion curls, she manages to help at the new museum site. A “murder quilt” is offered for display. Days later the quilt is the only witness to the murder of its owner, the mayor’s unpopular wife, Queen Doreen.
Following the tangled threads of his cases, Tony learns the power of history. Just when it looks like he has things all sewn up and under control, they come unstitched.
Quilting is one of those skills I've always wanted to learn but have never gotten around to trying. I think it must take a lot of time and a lot of artistic talent. I'd better stick to the hobbies I already know how to do (and never have time to work on).
Are you a quilter? Who taught you? Do you have any good quilting stories? They don't have to include a murder.