by Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mystery series
Can it really be December? The early sunset and lights on the palm trees say it is.
The snowbirds are starting to flutter onto the island and tons of holiday activities are piling up on my calendar. I'm looking forward to events like the Hometown Holiday Parade and the Lighted Boat Parade and lots of Christmas music.
This week I attended the lighting of the Christmas tree on the harbor--utterly charming if not exactly rivaling the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City!
Miss Gloria and I decided we really don't have room for a Christmas tree on our houseboat's deck--not if we ever want to sit out there. And it's our favorite place in the world to lounge with the cats and watch the world go by. Even the annoying schnauzer next door can't ruin the mood when the boat's rocking gently and the breeze is blowing and I see on my news feed that six inches of snow has been dumped on my hometown in New Jersey, with more on the way.
So anyway, I went shopping for a mini Norfolk Island pine treeat the MARC plant store instead. Here's who I found shopping at the same time. What do you suppose he was buying?
To celebrate the holiday season, and thank you for buying books and reading them, we'll be giving away a Key West mystery to someone who comments today.
You can choose from TOPPED CHEF, DEATH IN FOUR COURSES, AN APPETITE FOR MURDER--or even MURDER WITH GANACHE, if you're willing to wait until after Christmas. Just leave your email and which book you'd like, and I'll let Evinrude decide...
MURDER WITH GANACHE will be in bookstores on February 4, but hurry over to enter the contest at Goodreads for 3 signed galleys!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Hayley, Evinrude, Miss Gloria and all the Key West gang--including Lucy and Tonka!