Newest entry into the “cozy mystery” format combines quilting with major historical and contemporary events

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The Quilt Journeys Mystery Series weaves history and a patchwork of suspenseful thrills

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“It’s extremely important to us to combine important historical events and present-day concerns with diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging to craft a unique book.

Cozy mystery novels, though they differ from the standard hardline mystery stories, typically contain some sort of murder investigation. A brand-new series, “The Quilt Journeys Mystery Series,” hopes to break that mold by crafting tales around historical events and contemporary events, and, of course, quilting.

In the first book of the series, “The Wandering Quilt,” authors Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander and Renée T.H. Patterson introduce Camille, a law professor and avid quilter, who purchases an old quilt at a small shop. Once home, the quilt begins to inexplicably unravel, wrapping Camille up in a mystery of huge historical and present day importance. With a cast that includes a loving and inclusive set of characters, this cozy mystery series sets out to entertain and educate.

“We want to give the world a fun and entertaining story that uses a quilt at the center to convey significant and timely information,” said Bennett-Alexander. “It’s extremely important to us to combine important historical events and present-day concerns with diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging to craft a unique book.

“The Wandering Quilt” centers around a loving family, many of them based on members of the author’s family. In fact, the authors are family: Bennett-Alexander is Patterson’s aunt. They created the series together and filled it with positive lessons all about love, family, how people care for each other in the world, as well as how history and current events are woven together with hopes that it could be used as a teaching tool.

“The Wandering Quilt: The Quilt Journeys Mystery Series”
By Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander & Renée T. H. Patterson
ISBN: 9781663243966 (softcover); 9781663243980 (hardcover); 9781663243973 (electronic)
Available at iUniverse, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander is a cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Washington DC and six federal jurisdictions. An internationally known and widely respected Diversity & Inclusion expert and speaker and legal textbook author, she is an emerita associate professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. She retired in February 2021, after 33 years and over 60 awards and recognitions, including 10 Outstanding Professor of the Year Awards. Upon her retirement, the University of Georgia honored her contributions by creating the annual Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award for faculty demonstrating a significant commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. She has also given a TED Talk and continues to encourage diversity on her website And, of course, she quilts.

Renée T.H. Patterson graduated from UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev., and served in the United States Army, where she was in regular service, National Guard, and Army Reserves. During her 20-year career, Renée became a certified Lean Six Sigma expert who applied process improvement skills to complex projects at multiple companies. After a severe seven-year illness, which included congestive heart failure, during which she died and was revived by doctors -twice, she became an advocate for those who face disability. She has four children and three grandchildren and currently lives in Texas. Find out more of Renée’s story at

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