About Barbara Workinger

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      In writing her mysteries, Barbara Workinger draws on her background as a research journalist, an antique dealer, and an interest in the art of quilting. She combines them with a fascination for the Amish area where she lived for over twenty years. Ten of those years were spent in researching the Amish.

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      The first 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, antique 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, “Shoofly-Pie-to-Die,” released late 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 the 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 find out who left an Amish baby on the doorstep of a midwife. When the murdered mother of the child is found in a cornfield, solving the crime becomes urgent before the killer comes to claim the baby. The book was a finalist in the Malice Domestic Best Unpublished First Mystery Contest.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, Oregon. She and her husband Paul have seven grown children and one very spoiled cat. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, and Pennwriters.

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The Cozy Library

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Malice Domestic

Murder by the Book

Mystery Conferences and Conventions

Mystery Scene Magazine

Mystery Writers of America


Sisters in Crime

Stop, You're Killing Me!

Barbara suggests some interesting blogs

Chocolate Sheep
a knitting blog with occasional
bites of dark chocolate

Killer Hobbies
Six mystery authors discuss the
hobbies they write about and more

Quilting Mysteries
A list by mystery fan Christine Taylor

This list is now found on the new Quilting Resources page.

This page updated December 3, 2016.
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