by Olivia Greyson, owner of The Gingerbread House, from THE COOKIE CUTTER SHOP MYSTERIES, by Virginia Lowell.
Whenever I think I can predict my future life, the universe laughs at me.
At eighteen, I couldn’t wait to escape from my little hometown of Chatterley Heights, Maryland. I moved to Baltimore, destined, I was sure, for an exciting career in business, marriage to a wonderful man, children… the whole plate of cookies. I did get a business degree, and I married a Resident in Thoracic Surgery. Then the recession hit. I got a job in a grocery store, my husband turned out to be a controlling jerk, and no children arrived. So much for expectations.
So I moved back to Chatterley Heights minus the (now ex-) husband. I figured I’d be bored in a week, but I almost looked forward to that. A quiet, uneventful life sounded heavenly. I assumed there would be no dating opportunities in a small town, and I’d probably never marry again. Okay by me. However… Now I’m dating the Chatterley Heights Sheriff, Del Jenkins!
When I left Baltimore, I was tired of worrying about crime in the city. Small towns are quiet, uneventful, safe… right? Oh sure, I’d read all of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries, and Cabot Cove must have lost its entire population six times over, but none of that was real.
Wow, was I ever wrong… once again. So far, Maddie and I have helped solve four murders, and now we’ve become embroiled in yet another. Del does get a bit cranky when we start following clues that might lead us into danger. Too bad. He can’t deny that we’ve helped him bring four murderers to justice. Lucky for me, Del does not possess my ex-husband’s towering ego and utter self-absorption. I do sort of like it that Del worries about me, but let’s keep that between ourselves.
Life has a habit of ignoring my expectations, but at least I now realize the future doesn’t always disappoint. Sometimes life hands you a plate of decorated lemon cutout cookies when you were expecting burned toast. Has that ever happened to you?
Watch for COOKIES AND SCREAM, the fifth book in the Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries, in July 2014. Meanwhile, visit Virginia Lowell at www.virginialowell.com