Hello. Detective Bill Mertz here. I’m a character in Peg Cochran’s Gourmet De-Lite series. So far I’ve been in Allergic to Death and Steamed to Death. I’ve kind of fallen for another character in the book—Gigi Fitzgerald. I wish Ms. Cochran would make me a little more debonair. I tend to freeze up when Gigi’s around. She’s so pretty and such fun. She doesn’t seem to mind that I’m not the smoothest guy in the world. Hey, I grew up with a bunch of brothers so girls are a bit of a foreign species to me. At least I know enough not to punch her on the arm or jump out at her and scare her--stuff my brothers and I used to do to each other all the time. Give me some credit for that at least.
I had a bit of a panic when Declan McQuaid opened his restaurant in town. He’s very good-looking and has a way with women. Or so it seems judging by how they act around him. I know Gigi really cares for me, but I know she’s tempted, too. There’s a song that plays on the radio—something about if you like her you should put a ring on it. I wish I could get up the nerve to do that. I don’t know what Ms. Cochran has in store for me in Iced to Death. I’ll have to wait until March to find out. I just hope I’m the one who gets the girl.
Have you ever missed out because you were too shy to let someone know you liked them?