Thursday, December 27, 2012
A city girl dreams of the country
by Erin Murphy
- from Death al Dente, Book One of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz, coming in August 2013
Back at the house, my mother made all my favorite Italian dishes–spaghetti bolognese, linguine with clams, and the very best lasagne in the world. And half a dozen varieties of biscotti–with almonds, pistachios, or cashews, golden raisins, or chocolate. Dunk them in coffee or Frangelico – mama mia! And on Christmas Day, my mother makes her mother’s panettone. To die for!
But I love Christmas time in the city, too. Concerts and performances galore, for lovers of every kind of music. Dazzling shop windows. Street corner musicians who make you smile all day. Even the SavClub office party is fun–I know, office parties can be dull, and I’m not always crazy about my co-workers, but people all around the country count on us for great holiday food and drink, so you know we get to enjoy it all ourselves, too!
What about you? City mouse or country?
(Death al Dente, the first book in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, debuts from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives! Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). Visit Law & Fiction, her website and blog.)