Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2020. Cloth. A unique embroidered artists’ book with a murder mystery theme. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. Although this book is not precisely a memorial to Louisa, it does document her mysterious death. The book is held in a grey wool folded covering with a poignant scene of a cross in the ground under a willow tree on its top. The interior folds of the grey covering are of a knife dripping blood on one side and a peaceful lake on the other. The grey wool covering opens to the folds of the interior panels. They are covered in pale blue cloths with an elaborate letter "L" on one side and a cross on the other. The interior panels are meticulous and intricate embroidered tableaux of what may have happened to Louisa. The first panel asks "Whatever Happened to Louisa." The words are framed with flowers and decorative stitching. The second panel has a garden scene with what appears to be two knives flying through the air. The third panel has two cross shapes: the first is a tatted insert and the second includes an embroidered floor plan of a home interior with ominous foot prints leading upstairs to a bedroom. The fourth inner panel is embroidered with a lake scene that has a mysterious object near one shore. Is it a boat or is it a coffin? The words “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” are stitched along the lake’s other bank. The hand embroidery throughout uses cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads of various colors. Lucy's gorgeous artist's book is housed in a grey cloth box with a stitched blue label of a boat and a cross. The folded book measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches. it unfolds to 3.5 x 18.25 inches. The grey wool covering is 4 x 5 inches folded and 4.5 x 19 inches unfolded.The box is 4.75 x 6 x 2 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/042320. Fine.