From the White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James
Casey asked me to write this.
I don't like to make public appearances. I'm a background, in the shadows kind of guy. The part of the Secret Service (the Counter Assault Team) that most people never see. But Casey is...persuasive.
She threatened to cook for me if I didn't agree.
(Another long silence.)
Determined assassins are less dangerous than Casey when she gets in the kitchen. So here I am writing a blog.
Mother's Day is just around the corner. My mom retired to Boca several years ago. So I'll be sending her a fruit bouquet arrangement. It's healthy. She'll hate it.
But when she was still living in the area, I'd bake mom Sunday dinner for Mother's Day, including her favorite dessert--a sponge cake topped with fresh fruit. The recipe she used came from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book, the one from the 1950s that was sold in a red, three-ring binder. About ten years ago, however, she suffered a heart attack and now is on a strict low-fat diet.
Ever since the heart attack, I've doctored her favorite recipe to make it heart-healthy. She doesn't know the difference. And she never will.
I work for the Secret Service.
I know how to keep a secret.
"Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans." ~ Publishers Weekly
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