Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On the Houseboat Next-Door




 By Mrs. Renhart from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mysteries
I have to admit it, I'm a little bit lonely. Even though I thought moving to Key West and living on a houseboat would make all the difference. Doesn't it sound like a fairy tale? Oh for sure, getting Schnootie the schnauzer has helped a lot. But my husband isn't what you call chatty. Or even much fun. 

Oh let's face it, he's a good provider but a great, big grump. 



Houseboat Row by Karen Beauprie
Ever since that young Hayley Snow moved in next door with Miss Gloria, it looks like they have a party all the time. It's a constant parade of visitors over there, including Hayley's family and a lot of friends. 

And instead of looking tired and haggard, Miss Gloria seems to really enjoy the company. And my gosh, the food that comes out of that tiny little kitchen. All the people they have over, you'd think they'd invite the neighbors once in while, wouldn't you?

Miss Gloria has a new job too, as a guide in the cemetery. And so those crazy cats have a lot more time alone, and I swear they torment my poor Schnootie every chance they get. And I swear I even saw a little white kitten on their houseboat. And is it possible there was a man skulking in one of the back rooms, too? How many people and animals can they cram into that little space? 

I swear I'm going to keep my eye on things and if they get out of control, well, I'll just have to say something.

The question is to whom?

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8 comments:

  1. Why not take a plate of freshly baked cookies and go over and introduce yourself? Or invite Haylee and Miss Gloria for a glass of wine on your deck one evening, maybe when Mr. Renhart is out with the boys?

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    1. That is such a good idea. I'm not much of a cook. But that's what bakeries are for, right? thank you Willow!

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  2. It's good they have you there to keep an eye on things, now that they are so busy and gone a lot! What's Hayley getting herself into this time?

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    1. that's what I want to know Elaine! Why in world is a man hiding out in their place? If you had seen the big mess last December, you'd know why I'm worried...

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  3. These little bits are torture (but I love them, remind me of all the kooky characters)!

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  4. Love this snippet! It really does show how much perspectives can differ. I mean, really, Mrs. Renhart's little Schnootie has been a nuisance, and I think Haley and Miss Gloria have been very congenial about it. It's clear just how jealous Mrs. Renhart is. But, maybe her nosey nature will help with the mystery of that man skulking around. Can't wait to read another Haley Snow adventure!

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  5. thanks Kathy! Poor Mrs. Renhart, I think she's just plain envious of all the fun and family next door:)

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