Sunday, September 3, 2017
Maple, Maple, Everywhere!
So, wow. Do any of you know a real live author? I must confess I don't, except for my author, Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell). She went kind of bananas when UPS delivered a box today. What was in it but a few dozen advance copies of her latest book - which happens to feature me: humble chef-carpenter, my darling country store restaurant, and...well, you probably know what I'm going to say, right? And murder.
Sheesh. You'd think the end of March in a bucolic Indiana county like ours would be pretty uneventful. You would be wrong. Man, when the Maple Festival coincided with a maple scientists' academic conference, fireworks resulted - and we were nowhere near the fourth of July. Unfortunately my new employee Turner was involved, as were both his parents, a regular customer, and a newbie chef in the area.
But don't worry. Justice prevailed in the end, as it does every time in South Lick, Indiana. Maddie says she's sad to report that the real-life Birdy, the model for my foundling kitty Birdy in the books, passed away a couple of months ago. She's even happier that he now has an extended life on the pages of our books.
Maddie also says the book will be out at the end of January, and you can preorder it wherever books are sold (she says that really helps the author). But take a gander at this box of ARCs! She wants to celebrate by giving one copy away to a commenter here today and she told me I had to come up with a couple of questions. So here goes.
Readers: I like to make a maple biscuit. What's your favorite maple-flavored treat? Do you have a source of real maple syrup? Bonus question: have you ever had maple syrup from Brown County, Indiana, or visited there?
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.
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.