Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Heat Wave

by Tally Jones
from Wendy Lyn Watson's Mysteries a la Mode

According to the perky little girl who reads the weather on the Dallas news, today is our 33rd straight day of 100+ temperatures.  Even by Texas standards, the heat is downright bone melting.

Just about everyone in Dalliance is grumping and groaning about the weather.  Erma's moaning that business at the Fry by Night Diner has slacked because it's too hot for chicken fried steak.  My ex, Wayne Jones, is going gray trying to keep all the grass in town on life support despite a marathon draught.  Even Karla Faye's wilting in her high heels and spandex ... none of the ladies are bothering to get their hair done because they can't bring themselves to sit under the dryer hood.

Which is why I feel a little guilty ... because this heat wave has done wonders for business at the Remember the a la Mode.

Seriously.  We're packed every night.

I mentioned my mixed feelings about the heat to my Grandma Peachy.  It's not right, I argued, to revel in the misery of others.  Peachy cussed a little.  She said "You're not reveling in their misery, Tallulah.  You just happen to be reveling at the same time as their misery.  Big difference."

I guess she has a point, but I'm still conflicted.

Is it hot where you are right now?  How are you dealing with it?  Is ice cream on your agenda?


Congratulations to Janet Cearley who won the National Ice Cream Month giveaway.  Janet, contact me and I'll send you all three Mysteries a la Mode and your very own Zeroll ice cream scoop!


What about you?  Have you ever had to make amends?  How did you do it?  Or have you been hurt by someone?  Were you able to forgive them?

Find out more about Wayne's wicked ways (and he quest to make amends) in I Scream, You ScreamScoop to Kill, and A Parfait Murder.  And be sure to visit Wendy on her website and on Facebook.


  1. Surely you are reveling not in misery but in your ability to relieve misery with ice cream.

  2. Liz V. has it right - you're helping others. That heat wave is horrible! I hope it ends soon. Root beer floats are cooling. Is it silly to make them with diet root beer?

  3. You're doing a great service to the people of Dalliance by cooling their insides.

    I could go for a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

  4. The people of Dalliance are grateful. They'd be even more miserable without your shop.

    Also,ice cream is always on the agenda!

  5. Y'all are too nice. Thanks for making me feel better.

    And, Janet, as long as you don't make them with diet ice cream, it's just fine by me. May I recommend a Dr. Pepper float? Or ginger ale? Just to keep things fresh, you know.

  6. It's a very hot summer here, too. Thanks goodness for A/C, although I try not to overdo it.

    Ice cream. esp. in cold double espresso, is my special way of coping. Wish I were close to your store!

  7. I'm sure that the people of Dalliance are thrilled that you are there with your wonderful ice cream to help keep them cool. I have a friend who lives in Greenville, TX and he said y'all (in TX) are having a very hot, humid summer.

    Coffee ice cream with chocolate sauce is my favorite...well...anytime of the year actually. I've gone out for ice cream after a blizzard before :) (I live in a small town in southeastern MA)

  8. Spandex? In this heat?

    You're not reveling in their misery. They're coming to you for some of your fabulous ice cream.

    Frankly, I'm a little put out because no one where I live carries my favorite -- pink peppermint. :-( I may have to make it myself!

    ~ Krista

  9. Dr Pepper float--you're talking my language.

    And Krista's pink peppermint sounds good too. Might have to make a run to an ice cream shop tonight...