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Chronologically, this story takes place between "Rituals of the Season" and "Winter's Child." Marilyn Wallace, writing as Maggie Bruce, asked if I would contribute a story that featured some sort of craft for her anthology "Murder Most Crafty." I thought perhaps Deborah could manage a grapevine wreath with a little help from her new sisters-in-law. The story itself was inspired by a real New Year's Eve bonfire here on the farm when a cousin tried to burn some overly wet wood. I was tickled when my brother said, "Never saw gasoline so wet it wouldn't burn," and knew I'd use that sentence in a story sometime. They really did try to chase some lovers out of that lane and yes, they really did get mired down to the axle.
Used availability for Margaret Maron's Bewreathed
February 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition