by Maddie Briggs, Olivia Greyson’s intrepid sidekick in THE COOKIE CUTTER SHOP MYSTERIES, by Virginia Lowell.
That being said, I’m a tad concerned about Olivia’s eating habits, and I’m not talking about cookies. I’m Livie’s best friend and business partner. Together we run The Gingerbread House, a glorious little store specializing in anything remotely related to cookies. It’s a dream come true.
Excuse me a second. I need to fire up the mixer.
Okay, back to Livie. Here’s her diet: Pizza, coffee, merlot, and leftovers—the latter being mostly cold pizza. Even when Sheriff Del Jenkins takes her out for a meal, Livie scans the menu for pizza. Yesterday they had breakfast at the Chatterley Café. Livie ordered scrambled eggs with pepperoni. That’s just sad. Although it does sound tasty.
Livie has been complaining lately that her energy isn’t what it used to be, and I’m wondering if a diet of cookies and pizza might be slowing her down a bit. Believe me, we need our energy for more than running a business. We’ve been involved in several murder investigations. Not as suspects, I hasten to add, at least no more than occasionally. Although we did recently find a dead body on the porch of The Gingerbread House. (That isn’t common knowledge yet, so please keep it to yourselves.)
The point is, Livie and I have been best friends since age ten, and I worry. So as soon as she pokes her head into the kitchen, I’ll delicately introduce the varied-diet concept.
Wait, what am I thinking?! Livie is a grown woman, smart and feisty. She knows her own mind. Who am I to criticize her eating habits? I consume more than my share of pizza. And to be honest, decorated cookies are my breakfast food of choice. They usually contain eggs, a significant source of protein, right? In fact, meringue powder, which we use in royal icing, is composed of dried egg whites. That’s a good thing, given I sometimes have decorated cookies for lunch, too… and occasionally dinner. Yet I am, as Livie puts it, a bundle of unstoppable energy.
So I’m wondering, might decorated cookies actually help, rather than hinder, our investigative pursuits? I do feel energized by the cookie baking and decorating. Or is that a sugar high? Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts, even if you think both Livie and I should cut back our cookie consumption a bit. I can take it. Although I might need a cookie for comfort. Just a little one….
The fourth book in the COOKIE CUTTER SHOP series now has a title! ONE DEAD COOKIE is awaiting a 2013 publication date, hopefully this summer. Meanwhile, visit Virginia Lowell at www.virginialowell.com