Why winter doesn't make me blue
by JD Beckstead, from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
They tell me stories about the town and its history, and I’ve heard tales so crazy I know they must be true. Like when the Caldwell cousins’ grandparents started the lodge and didn’t do so well that first summer, until a couple came late in the season and hired them for a month-long guided trip into the wilderness, fishing, hiking, eating great food on the shores of remote mountain lakes and camping under the stars. Turned out he was a gangster on the lam and she was the runaway wife of one of his rivals.
Come on down to Red’s. I’ll pour you a glass of whatever you please, and you can tell me a story.
What’s your favorite part of winter where you live?
In Jewel Bay---Montana's Christmas Village---all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.
When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?
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. A past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
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