Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On the road again!

by Kristen Gardiner, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

Pepper and I were born to be best friends. Literally. Our mothers met in college, in Seattle, and after they met our dads and got married, the two couples formed Grace House, in the house my great-grandparents built before the turn of the century. The last century. Our mothers were pregnant at the same time; they even called the midwife on the same day, but it turned out Pepper wasn’t ready, so I was born and she came along two weeks later.

And we’ve been together ever since.

People in the neighborhood, and the parents of some of our classmates, said we lived in a commune. But it wasn’t that. It was just two families, and a really big house. Plus a few others who came and went—family friends, and volunteers at the causes our parents championed. They created the first meals program for families in the city, opened a low-income clinic, set up after-school and Montessori programs—you name a cause of the 70s and 80s, Grace House was at the center.

After Pepper left Tag—and no, I didn’t see that coming, either—she camped in our guest room for a few weeks until the loft was ready. Then she and I did what we love to do: I call it antiquing; she calls it junking. No matter. Love that we have such different styles—she likes vintage 50s furniture and housewares, while I adore mixing early 20th Century furniture with modern accents. That way, we’re never competing for the same pieces. Last fall, after she solved the murder on the Spice Shop’s doorstep, we drove up north to Anacortes for a day of retail therapy. I tell you, towns near military bases are great for second-hand shopping—you can find goodies from all around the world. We found a raft of glass fishing floats, some fabulous statues, and—well, I shouldn't say, in case you haven’t read ASSAULT AND PEPPER yet, but the thing that broke? We found the perfect replacement.

In fact, she just solved another crime, recounted in GUILTY AS CINNAMON. I’m feeling another road trip coming on.

When you and your best friend get a few hours together, what do you do? 



Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. 

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14 comments:

  1. First we give big hugs! We grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit for hours and hours catching up on her family and mine. We only spend one hour reminiscing about the past bc we have so much more fun discussing the future and the present. Fun blog!

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    1. Sounds delightful -- and just what my author would do with her BFF!

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  2. My friend Donna and I love to spend an occasional Saturday going out to brunch and then shopping. I have another friend Shirley, who led vets to go thrift store and garage sale shopping with me.

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    1. Different friends, different plans -- works for me!

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  3. Btw, I am currently reading Assult and Pepper. Enjoying it very much.

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  5. Sometimes all we do is set and talk,(at the same time)non-stop!

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    1. Reminds me that years ago, another friend's husband listened to the two of us talk and said "you never finish a topic." She said "We're going to be friends the rest of our lives, so it doesn't matter."

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. When I get together with my friends we usually go to the thrift store or just talk while spending time with our kids.

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  7. When I get together with my friends we usually go to the thrift store or just talk while spending time with our kids.

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  8. I live with my best friend, my husband. Sometimes we don't say much at all. Sometimes we say a lot. I have the second book in the series but I am saving it for dessert some day. Thanks for writing this series!

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