by Maddie Briggs, co-owner of The Gingerbread House
Lately some folks around here have been suggesting I might be obsessively fascinated by murder. I find that notion so irritating I’m beginning to obsess about it. Chatterley Heights may be a small town, but it is close to DC and Baltimore, so there ought to be more interesting topics to discuss. Besides, Livie gets every bit as involved in local mysteries as I do. (That’s Olivia Greyson—she and I run The Gingerbread House.)
What really irks me is when someone accuses me of pining for someone to get murdered! I do not pine. I do adore creating decorated cutout cookies and have been known to stay up most of the night happily baking. Baking makes me happy, but murder definitely does not, no matter what a certain small-town newspaper/blogger might say. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Binnie Sloan.)
Binnie is right about one thing, though—I do adore a mystery. Murder isn’t right. It makes me sad, even if the murdered person wasn’t the most admirable of human beings. But mystery… ah, the thrill of it!
This newest mystery, for instance… It’s all about antique cookie cutters. How could I not be over-the-top thrilled by that?! Yes, a person was murdered, and both Livie and I are determined to see the culprit brought to justice. Wouldn’t you feel the same way?
At the same time, I’m so excited because this mystery is an opportunity to learn all sorts of interesting things about antique cutters, like how to tell early German cutters from American ones. And did you know that some antique cutters are signed or initialed by their creators? That makes them more valuable, of course. To learn more, I borrowed a huge stack of my Aunt Sadie’s Cookie Cutter Collector’s Club newsletters, which are full of wonderful photos and interesting tidbits about antique and vintage cutters. Figuring out the origin of an antique cookie cutter (or if it’s a fake), now that’s mystery! And it doesn’t have to include a murder… although sometimes it does.
Why do you like mysteries?
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