Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Big hearts and big trouble under the Big Sky -- @LeslieBudewitz
I’m new in Jewel Bay, and some days it seems like every other person I meet wants to remind me of that.
A few years ago, my wife and I came to Montana on vacation. Hiking in Glacier National Park, site seeing in Yellowstone, the bison, the lakes, the stream fishing – I loved it all. So last year, when she threw me over for my partner—eighteen years he and rode the same patrol car together—and I knew it was time to get out of Miami, I remembered that vacation and how much I loved the big mountains, the big vistas, and the big-hearted people under the Big Sky. Turned out this county had an opening for a detective. I met the qualifications, I met the sheriff, and I made the move.
But the biggest problem is that those same big-hearted townspeople seem to see every crime as a puzzle for them to solve. The worst is the woman who runs the Merc, Erin Murphy. Smart gal, I admit. But she can NOT keep her nose out of police business. Just because I don’t know what everyone had for breakfast or who went to grade school with who doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about murder.
And I’ll solve this case, too. As soon as I buy a pair of snow boots.
Readers, what surprised you most about making a big move? Or if you live in a small town like Erin and I do, do you enjoy the newcomers?
"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan." - Kirkus Reviews
From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink, June 2018, available in trade paper, e-book, and audio):
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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