By Sage Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by TerrieFarley Moran
It is truly fabulous to be here in Fort Myers Beach with my daughter Sweet Petunia. Well actually her name is Sassy Cabot but since I am in my earth phase, I tend to call her any lovely flower that comes to mind. My name? Oh didn’t I mention? My baptismal name is Barbara but I tend to change my name as the various phases of nature capture and recapture my fancy. Until very recently I was in my moon phase and found Luna to be a bright, welcoming name. Then, as spring erupted and the world turned green, nature pulled me to move into an earth phase. I decided I would become Sage. Sounds like a wise woman’s name, don’t you think?
And right now I need to be wise. When Sassy’s best friend and business partner Bridgy Mayfield discovered a dead body in a van in the parking lot of their fabulous Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore, all eyes turned to Bridgy as a prime witness or possibly even a suspect. What’s a girl to do? Bridgy did the right thing and called her mother immediately. Then her mother, Emelia, called me. In the blink of an eye we were packed and in a cab from Brooklyn to JFK Airport and on our way to the Gulf coast of Florida. Our daughters needed us and we were there. Of course, I didn’t think about the fact that Emelia’s sister Ophelia lives in Fort Myers Beach and let’s just say, they are a little sandpapery when they are together for too long a time. And then I was astonished that Miguel, who is probably the most creative chef I know, seemed to think I was interfering in his kitchen. All I recommended was growing a few fresh herbs.
You can read all about our visit in the latest Read ’Em and Eat adventure, Read to Death.
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