September 13, 2006
Author of ‘Amish Mysteries’ Visits Driftwood
Driftwood Public Library welcomes author Barbara Workinger as the opening presenter in its fourth annual Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series. Ms. Workinger will be visiting the library on Thursday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. to talk about her work as a mystery writer. The event will be free and all are invited to attend.
In writing her two mystery series, Barbara Workinger draws on her background as a research journalist, an antique dealer and on an interest in the art of quilting. She combines these with a fascination for the Amish area where she lived for over twenty years. Ten of those years were spent in researching the Amish.
The first of Workinger’s series features irrepressible Amish quilter Hannah Miller, a.k.a. “Granny Hanny”, and her formerly Amish granddaughter, Caroline, now a Lancaster attorney. In the first book, In Dutch Again, Hannah’s neighbor, antiques dealer Annette Adams, is found murdered and Hannah is drawn into the investigation. In Dutch Again takes place against the colorful background of Autumn in Central Pennsylvania. The sequel to In Dutch Again, Shoofly-Pie-to-Die, released in 2005, is set in spring. In each book in the series, well-researched details of everyday Amish life and special events are woven into the fast-paced mysteries.
The first book in Workinger’s second series, Plain and Deadly, features Domestic Investigator Ellerie March and her assistant, former big band singer Rosie Fox. The two women jump into trying to figure out who left an Amish baby on the doorstep of a midwife. When the mother of the child is found in a cornfield, dead, solving the mystery becomes urgent lest the killer returns to claim the child. Plain and Deadly was a finalist in the Malice Domestic Best Unpublished First Mystery contest.
A fourth generation Californian and University of California alumnus, Barbara now lives in suburban Portland. She and her husband Paul have seven grown children and one very spoiled cat. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime and Pennwriters.