From the moment I first met Jenny MacPartland, I liked her. She was hard working, a devoted mom, and, well, she just seemed like a nice person. I guess that’s why I felt so awful when she lost her baby and her husband pointed to her as a suspect in the death.
But here’s the thing, Jenny MacPartland isn’t real. Not in the living, breathing sense, anyway. Instead, she was a figment of Mary Higgins Clark’s imagination in the book, A Cry in the Night.
She’s the one who has taken it upon herself to teach Tori the ways of the south—the ways of the south according to Leona Elkin, that is.
She’s the one who never married, yet has a way of landing any man she wants regardless of age (particularly if they’re in uniform).
And she’s also the one who—in the middle of DEATH THREADS--kidnaps a garden variety bunny from a fellow Sweet Briar resident and falls in love, naming him Paris after a particularly memorable (read: man involved) overseas excursion a few years ago.
Wait. What was that last one?
That’s right. Leona has taken on a life of her own, leaving me, as the writer, wondering what she’s up to from one book to the next…
And she’s not even the main character.
Just don’t tell her that.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the best selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series with Berkley Prime Crime. SEW DEADLY debuted in August. DEATH THREADS—the second book in the series—debuts next week. For more information, visit her website: http://www.elizabethlynncasey.com/