Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Decorating in South Lick, Indiana

Happy Season's Readings from me, Robbie Jordan! My author Maddie Day is on retreat, but she wants to give away a copy of the book that takes place closest to Christmas, Grilled for Murder, to one commenter here today.  She also wanted me to remind you that the fourth book in the series, Biscuits and Slashed Browns, releases January 30 and is available for preorder wherever books are sold.

She is sharing a passage from the book where I decorate Pans 'N Pancakes for the holidays:

I hated feeling helpless, but I’d done all I could, so I might as well decorate. Having busy hands sometimes let puzzle-solving thoughts into my brain, too. And if ever there was a puzzle that needed to be solved, it was the question of who really killed Erica Berry Shermer. Because I knew as sure as I was a Californian that Phil didn’t. I called and left him a message on his cell, asked him to call me back. I almost said more, but disconnected. We’d talk later.

Wincing at the sight of the plywood, I dragged over the stepladder and looped the first string of lights over the front door. I’d asked at the store if I could order new glass today, but they’d said Don, the owner, had to do the ordering and he didn’t come in on Sundays.


I plugged another string into the first one and stretched it between the windows and on top of the window frames, adding more strings as I went, until I reached the end of the front wall. I knew Phil hadn’t killed Erica—didn’t I? I was as sure as I could be. He was a gentle, generous, fun-loving soul. So who was the real murderer? Erica and Tiffany had argued, but it wouldn’t make sense for Tiffany to kill someone she’d accused of stealing, not if she wanted to get her jewelry back.

I started stringing lights on the other side of the door until I got to the cookware area. That part would have to wait to be decorated until the evidence people were done with it. Max had seemed angry with Erica for taking Paula’s side. Surely not mad enough to kill her, though. Maybe the murderer was somebody in Erica’s past. Or someone who’d followed her here from Chicago. I’d ask Jim tonight if he knew anyone in Erica and Jon’s group of friends or business associates. I couldn’t remember what Jim had said his brother did for work, if he even had. Jim had spoken only once to me about his brother’s suicide. He’d said losing his twin was like losing a chunk of himself, and that he’d had no idea Jon was that despondent. Or why he would be.

I inserted the last plug for the lights into a wireless device and plugged the device into the wall. I stepped back and flipped on the switch. The sight of all the little white lights did, in fact, cheer me. I turned to the kitchen area and hung green garlands under the counter and over the door to the walk-in, adding a red bow here and there to brighten them. All I needed was a model train set running around an oval in the front window, with tiny snow covered houses and a miniature Pans ’N Pancakes in the center of town.

I wasn’t particularly religious, but I loved the Christmas season, especially here in the Midwest where the days were short and the temperatures chilly. Christmas in Santa Barbara, where I’d grown up, was a different experience altogether. Mom and I had usually taken a Christmas brunch picnic to the beach and soaked up some cool sunshine while we celebrated. Once, when I was eight, we’d come to Indiana to spend Christmas with Adele. It had snowed on Christmas Eve, and I couldn’t believe I was seeing the winter wonderland I'd only read about in books. At home the winter air smelled of orange blossoms and sea breezes. Out here? The crisp taste of apples and the sharp smell of snow were more the order of the day.

Maddie also says to tell you she's been immersed in our lives on her solo retreat. She's been writing book six in the series, Strangled Eggs and Ham, and she's loving spending time with me, my aunt Adele, Officer Buck Bird, and the rest of the South Lick regulars!

Macavity- and Agatha-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning 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 two 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.


43 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to this one...love the series!! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I love the Christmas Season too. This book sounds charming. Thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  3. I love Christmas and am adding this one to my list.
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  4. Thanks for the chance! maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win. Looking forward to reading the newest book in the series. pammc008@gmail.com

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas read :D

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  7. Absolutely love this series! Looking forward to reading the book! mcastor07 (at)gmail(dot)com.

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  8. I have not had the pleasure of reading a book from this series. Finding a new cozy series makes me smile. :)drwgsmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Thanks for the opportunity! I'd love to curl up and enjoy it. c(dot)s(dot)voskamp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. looking forward to the next few books. Thanks for the update and the opportunity to win a book.
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  11. Thanks for this delightful feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I love your Robbie Jordan books and their titles! Thanks so much for the giveaway ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. Would love to read this. I'll put it on my list. 😉
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  14. I read and enjoy all of Edith Maxwell books except this series.I think it would be fun to start reading this series with the book closest to Christmas.Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win. rhybirch(at)gmail(dot)com (Rhy Birch)

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win. Candykennedy45@gmail.com.

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  17. I love the Christmas season and all the decorations.
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  18. I loved the sound of this book. I was born a Hoosier, not too far from French Lick.
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  19. Love the cover. Looking forward to reading

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  20. I love the title. Thank you for the chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Sounds like a fun book to read to get in the Christmas spirit! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Donamae, you won! Please check your email and send me your mailing address so I'll get that off to you. Congratulations!

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  22. I would enjoy starting this series. I have been eyeing Biscuits and Slashed Browns too. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  23. I have read the first book and would welcome the chance to win the 2nd book in the series. Merry Christmas! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Thank you for the opportunity. I love seeing the decorations. servedogmomATyahooDOTcom

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  25. I love to look at all the decorations around. Thank you for this chance to win one of your books. Thank you.

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  26. I love seeing how people decorate their businesses & homes for the holidays.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Wonderful series. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. Would love the chance to read this.

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  29. I haven't read this book yet. Looking forward to reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Looking forward to reading Biscuits And Slashed Browns.

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  31. I've not been privileged to read one of Maddie May's books. I've ready and loved Edith Maxwell's books though. :) The Local Foods Mysteries was to die for! I can't wait for Biscuits and Slashed Browns to come out. I've heard so many good things about it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Grilled for Murder. It could introduce me to Maddie May properly. :)
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  32. I really need to find the time to start this series as it sounds absolutely awesome!

    jelrobb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Love this series & author. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I have to find this series, which is new to me. I spent high school, college, and my first five years of teaching in Indiana as well as met my hubby there. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  35. I can't wait to read this one! The cover is great! ❤ the kitty! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Candycj2 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. Looking forward to the next installment. Hoping that it will be available as an audio book. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, CentralEast - every book in this series also available on audio!

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  37. Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  38. Thank you for sharing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  39. Sounds like a great cozy mystery. Happy Holidays
    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Donamae Kutska is our lucky winner! Donamae, please check your email. Everybody - thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish I had a book for everybody!

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