Dove Agnew is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt, the first novel in the Harland Creek Mystery Quilters series.
Welcome, Dove. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel you live in? Is this part of a series?
Hi! I’m Dove Agnew and I’m the main character in The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt. It is the first book in the Harland Creek Mystery Quilters series. It is set in my small town of Harland Creek. I had to move back to Harland Creek after my career in New York went belly up. I’m trying to keep the reasons for that on the downlow but it’s a small town and people like to be all up your business.
Anyway, back to the novel. I moved back in with my mom, Mildred Agnew, and I’m helping her at her quilt shop. I am really good at sewing, especially on the longarm machine. Well, imagine my surprise when we show up at the quilt shop and find Gertrude Brown, dead! Now everyone is pointing fingers at me since I was the last person to see her alive. And it doesn’t help that my ex is now the chief of police and he doesn’t believe me when I tell him I didn’t do it.
So now I have to enlist the Harland Creek quilting ladies who want to help me solve the case before they put me in the slammer. Oh, and they insist on bringing that goat Petunia along while we are checking out leads.
How do you evolve as a character?
Oh I’m constantly evolving. A lot of things I’ve shunned about small town life, I’m now enjoying. I’m actually enjoying being around the quilting ladies. They may be bossy, but they are funny and fiercely loyal. Both things I admire.
Do you have other characters you like sharing the novel with?
I adore all my quilting ladies, well except maybe not Bernice. She’s kind of a hard egg to crack. But the other ladies are great. It’s hard to pic a favorite. My favorite animal, hands down, is Petunia. She’s a goat and she thinks she’s an investigator. I think she’s just lucky.
Is there anything else you want the readers to know about this book?
Yes. People tend to have an idea about small towns. But I think they are a lot more complex than people give them credit for. Yes, people know your business and want to tell you how to live. But the people in a small town are the first ones to show up when things go wrong and help you through the bad times.
Small town living isn’t for everyone. But it’s certainly open to everyone.
Thank you for answering my questions, Dove, and good luck to you and your author, Jodi Allen Brice, with The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt, the first book in the Harland Creek Mystery Quilters series.
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About Jodi Allen Brice: Jodi has written numerous books under different pen names. Under Jodi Allen Brice she writes women’s fiction, small town clean sweet romance, and cozy mysteries.
She transitioned away from paranormal romance in the year 2020 when the virus hit. She still writes about lovable characters who overcome the impossible to get what they want. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying when you are reading her books. She is also an avid quilter and camping. Sometimes she does both at the same time!