by Caro Lamont from Sparkle Abbey’s Pampered Pets Mystery Series
When my cousin, Melinda, and I were kids we spent a lot of long summer days on the Montgomery family ranch. Mel and I used to play in Grandma Tillie’s jewelry, trying on various pieces, pretending to be British royalty. Or Egyptian princesses. Or Mary Kay ladies. We had some fun times.
Then we’d ditch the baubles for outdoor play, chasing around with the dogs, climbing trees, and riding horses until we were grimy and dead dog-tired. Finally we’d head back to the house where Grandma Tillie always had a big pitcher of lemonade ready.
Now that Grandma Tillie is gone, my mother, Katherine, organizes a big ole summer barbecue at the ranch featuring ribs with a side of mop sauce, corn on the cob, baked beans and potato salad made with Grandma Tillie’s recipe. Then after all the eating, drinking, and socializing, we end the evening with a huge fireworks show in the pasture behind the main house. Mama Kat loves a big shindig and most of the time I look forward to it myself. But this year, Mama has managed to invite my friend, Sam Gallanos, who, to tell you the honest truth, I wasn’t quite sure I was ready to introduce to the family.
Then there’s my cousin, Mel, who in spite of those aforementioned fond memories from childhood, I am not looking forward to seeing. And who I am currently not speaking to. If I were, I’d let her know that her mother, Barbara, who is my mama's sister, has taken it upon herself to invite Grey, Mel’s former fiancé.
Well… with all that going on…there may be more fireworks during the barbecue than after
But enough about me and my crazy family. What about you?
What are some of your summer traditions? Is there a trip you look forward to every year? A county fair or a local festival? A special family get-together?
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Sparkle Abbey’s latest book is Book 7 in the Pampered Pets Mystery Series is DOWNTON TABBY (Bell Bridge Books)
“Fast moving, but not so much as to be confusing, DOWNTON TABBY was as tight as a newly wound ball of yarn and just as fun to unravel. With each turn of the page the questions kept coming, making this mystery even more intriguing, right until the surprising reveal. This was such an addicting read, I couldn’t stop reading it! Now I know how cats must feel about catnip! Cat lovers and mystery fans will be in their glory with this excellent read. DOWNTON TABBY will leave you purring in delight.”
~ Lisa K’s Book Reviews
“Fun, fun, fun!!! Carolina ‘Caro’ Lamont finds herself knee deep in another murder investigation…”
~ A Cozy Book Nook
“DOWNTON TABBY was a very fun read! Lots of quirky characters and I enjoyed all the information about the pets Caro works with. And the recipe Sparkle Abbey included, Toria’s Catnip Cookies for Aristo-cats, was a huge hit with all of my tabby taste testers!”
~K. Davis, Cinnamon and Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
Next up? Book 8: RAIDERS OF THE LOST BARK
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