Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winter White

by Chiara Murphy, from Death al Dente by Leslie Budewitz

I’ve been getting catalogs advertising “Winter White Sale.” And that got me thinking of a new series of paintings, all on the theme of white.

A weathered window frame.

A milk glass lamp on a white dresser.

White linens, and a white bear Landon's long outgrown, but keeps close by, just in case.

My grandmother's Haviland gravy boat. 

Milky, the cow on wheels Grandpa Murphy made for my little sister, Erin. Her teeth are the front of a small drawer, and a side door opens on to a little cupboard. Landon adores it---and her---so she lent it to him. Until she needs it for a little one of her own.

And of course, snow.

Any suggestions? What’s interesting, unusual, and white in your surroundings?

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Death al Dente is the first in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime in August 2013—and nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. 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! Watch for Crime Rib, coming in July 2014.

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 her at or


  1. They say that Lake Erie is frozen over almost completely. It's certainly ice as far as I can see. Lots of colors in that whiteness...

  2. Willow, you are absolutely right. White holds all the colors, if you look closely enough to see them. Jewel Bay is only partly frozen -- the river keeps it from freezing all the way -- but much of Eagle Lake is frozen, too. Stay warm!

  3. A white bisque Madonna plaque that my husband gave to me on a birthday, when he first asked me to marry him, the white down comforter we share after all these years and white paper, waiting for stories.

  4. Ah, Tonette -- lovely examples, all of them! Thanks for sharing!