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One of my favourite things in the world is a cozy mystery, especially one with a connection to craft (though any book with an obsessive protagonist is usually my cup of tea). So I was delighted to discover Amanda Lee this week, who writes a series of Embroidery Mysteries featuring a small town full of eccentric characters (tick), set in a craft shop (tick tick! I love shop books too, always wanted my own shop when I was a kid) and featuring a fun female amateur detective surrounded by hot guys, BFFs and batty old ladies. Also, when not solving crimes, she actually does spend hours and hours embroidering! Happy sigh!

The sad part is there are only a couple of titles in this series so far, as it only started in 2010. But when I checked out the author’s website I discovered that she also writes Cake Decorating Mysteries under the name Gayle Trent. That should keep me busy for a while!

A new week and a new website! For those of you just finding me, I write far more frequently under my other (less poisonous) pen name over at Stitching Words, but that is a fairly Livia-lite kind of blog, and after a fun and brain-expanding weekend at Genrecon, it was pretty clear that Livia needed her own bright shiny red internet home.

Yes, it had to be red.

Other discoveries this past weekend included the generosity and warmth of the Aussie Sisters in Crime, who I am totally signing up to join this week. Some amazing readers, writers and publishers, and so friendly in the face of yet another new author.

So, fun times ahead. New book coming soon. You will all finally, FINALLY get to meet Tabitha Darling.

Excuse me while I dance around my new website!