In the Daphne Martin Series, the main character leaves Tennessee where her ex-husband is spending time for trying to murder her. She moves back to her hometown of Brea Ridge, Virginia and opens a cake decorating business. In the first of the series, Murder Takes The Cake, the reader is introduced to a cast of characters that include the town busybody named Yodle Watson, who ends up dead. Though Yodle was dead when Daphne delivered her cake, the light of suspicion has fallen on her. In an attempt to clear her name and find the real killer, Daphne discovers a host of people with reason to want Yodle dead, including members of her own family.
Dead Pan is the second in the Daphne Martin series and Daphne is once again suspected in the death of one of Brea Ridge's citizens. When Fred Duncan dies at an annual party held by his employer, Brea Ridge Pharmaceuticals, Fred's mother wants Daphne to find out what happened.
Gayle Trent's latest series is written under the pseudonym of Amanda Lee. The Marcy Singer Series starts out with The Quick and the Thread and takes place in Tallauha Falls, Oregan. Marcy opens an embroidery specialty shop, The Seven Year Stitch and has a grand opening party to the delight of the town people. The problems start after everyone leaves and Marcy discovers the body of the former tenant in her storage room, a cryptic note scratched on the wall beside him. Marcy is under suspicion and must find the killer before she or one of her friends becomes the next victim.
Stitch Me Deadly is the second in the Marcy Singer Series. Trouble strikes when an elderly woman brings an antique piece of embroidery to Marcy…and promptly dies of unnatural causes. Marcy is convinced the sampler holds a clue to an even older crime and that somebody may have killed to hide it. Now it’s up to Marcy and her pals–two-legged and four-legged–to unravel this mystery.