My Books

My latest release is  Knot What it Seams (February 5, 2013.) Description:

Dwindling membership has the Village Quilters hanging by a thread, and group leader Meadow Downey is desperate to recruit some new folks. With Beatrice’s blessing, she attempts to weave frequent quilt show judge Jo Paxton into their fold. As the town’s irascible mail carrier, Jo delivers trouble wherever she goes. And with all that mail at her fingertips, she knows everyone’s business. Soon Beatrice wonders if they’ve made the right choice.

After a car accident sends Jo to meet her maker, it’s discovered someone tampered with her brakes. Meadow believes someone’s out to eradicate the Village Quilters, but Beatrice isn’t so sure. Now she and her fellow quilters will have to piece together the clues or a deadly killer might strike again…

Book One of the Memphis BBQ seriesThe Memphis Barbeque Series, by Riley Adams (pen name for Elizabeth Spann Craig). Barbeque restaurant owner Lulu Taylor dishes out justice, ribs, and humor from Beale Street.
July 6, 2010
Delicious and Suspicious
Publishers Weekly: "A sassy first in a new series from Adams." Book one of the Memphis Barbeque Series. When a food scout from a cable cooking channel is murdered, it's only natural for restaurant owner Lulu Taylor to take it personally. After all, her barbeque restaurant served the scout's last meal. But danger lurks as Lulu investigates the crime. Will she clear the restaurant's name, or is she next to be skewered?

June 7, 2011
Finger Lickin' Dead

When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants—including Aunt Pat’s—Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn’s cheating boyfriend.

When “Eppie” gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis. Mason Canyon's review: Review from "My Year on the Grill": Review from Genre Reviews: Review from Joe Barone's Blog:
- Hickory Smoked Homicide
Since she runs the hottest BBQ joint in town, Lulu knows just about everyone in Memphis. But one person she'd rather not know is Tristan Pembroke, a snooty pageant coach with a mean streak longer than the line outside Lulu's restaurant. When she finds Tristan's dead body stuffed in a closet at a party, the police are suspicious--especially since Lulu's developed a taste for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in a situation stickier than molasses, Lulu must clear her name--or risk getting fried.

The Southern Quilting Mysteries by Elizabeth Craig for Penguin/NAL. First book--Quilt or Innocence.  June 2012.

As the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself…
But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.

Second book in this series is Knot What it Seams, which released February 2013--see top of page for details.

The Myrtle Clover Mystery Series
The sleepy town of Bradley, North Carolina, might not be as quiet as it seems. Murders happen at a steady rate and octogenarian amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover is determined to solve them before her police chief son.
August 1, 2009--Midnight Ink
Pretty is as Pretty Dies
No one in Bradley, North Carolina, is exactly crying into their sweet tea over the murder of Parke Stockard. Certainly not retired schoolteacher Myrtle Clover. Upon discovering the corpse, Myrtle is struck-not with grief, but a brilliant idea! Solving the crime would prove to everyone (especially her son Red, the police chief) that this octogenarian isn't ready to be put out to pasture just yet.
The victim, a pretty but pushy town developer, had deep pockets and few friends. Even when another murder takes place, proud Myrtle forges on, armed only with a heavy cane, a venomous tongue, and a widower sidekick. The Publishers Weekly review: "The amusing first in a new cozy series from Craig...Myrtle's wacky personality is a delight."


Progressive Dinner Deadly
$2.99--Kindle, Nook, iBookstore.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover isn't thrilled when her book club morphs into a supper club. But things get a little more interesting when a body is discovered during the third course. Can Myrtle's sleuthing smoke out the killer before her goose is cooked?

December 2011: "A Dyeing Shame"--a Myrtle Clover ebook. $2.99.
When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.
Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just's deadly.

Coming November 2012--A Body in the Backyard--a Myrtle Clover mystery.

A Body in the Backyard--A Myrtle Clover mysteryIt’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.

Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.

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Memphis BBQ mystery paperbacks
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Memphis BBQ series (Riley Adams)
Books by Elizabeth Craig


Memphis BBQ series (Riley Adams)
Southern Quilting series (Elizabeth Craig)
Myrtle Clover series (Elizabeth Craig)




Nook books by Elizabeth Craig (Myrtle Clover and Southern Quilting series)

Quilt or Innocence (Southern Quilting mystery)
Progressive Dinner Deadly (Myrtle Clover)