I'm so excited that my third adventure will be out at the end of this month You can preorder When the Grits Hit the Fan wherever books are sold!.
If you've read the earlier books, you know my single mom was a cabinetmaker who taught me the basics of carpentry. So when I bought the run-down country store in southern Indiana (where my mom was from), I did most of the renovations herself to transform the downstairs into my breakfast and lunch restaurant, Pans ‘N Pancakes. But I've always planned to develop the unused second floor into a few bed and breakfast rooms, and I'm doing just that in book three, When the Grits Hit the Fan. It’s winter, the restaurant business is a bit quiet, and I have time to tear out walls upstairs.
My author says she knows a little bit about the renovation process, having lived in a construction zone for the past ten years! That’s what her partner Hugh does – buys antique New England houses and remakes them into insulated beautiful homes with new wiring, plumbing, and walls but retaining the charm of their trim and floors. He finds amazing things in the walls, including historic bottles, old coins, and newspapers. He also found a pair of pink baby moccasins and one high-heeled black shoe that looked
Funny how those same shoes appeared in the walls of my building in South Lick, too. But it was when I found not only a secret passageway but an old diary in the wall that thing really got interesting - and a bit dangerous, too! I hope you enjoy the read.
Readers: Have you ever lived through a home renovation? Discovered curious items in walls or at yard sales or vintage shows?
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (with Delivering the Truth nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery) and the Local Foods Mysteries; the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries (as Maddie Day); and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction.
Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.