Friday, July 27, 2018

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- #giveaway

Christmas in the Village -- the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
By Francesca “Fresca” Conti Murphy Schmidt from AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers’ Village Mystery #5, by Leslie Budewitz

It’s Christmas in the Village, that most wonderful time of the year. And this year, it’s doubly, triply special. All my children live in Jewel Bay now – Chiara and her growing family, and Nick, who I think is finally going to stay put, though with regular trips into the wilderness to check on his wolves and other critters.

And Erin. Oh, Erin. My baby is getting married. It’s about time – she’s 33 and so is Adam. I could not ask for a better future son-in-law than Adam. The way he looks at her makes me want to faint, and I’m no shy violet, as you well know.

I will admit to some nerves about meeting his family, who are flying out from Minnesota. Erin hasn’t said much about them – even she hasn’t met them yet – but I gather Adam didn’t have the easiest childhood. My own children played some pretty pranks on each other, but what must those older twin brothers have done to Adam to earn the nicknames Cain and Abel? But I’m looking forward to meeting his mother – we’re getting pedicures together, along with my daughters and the twins’ wives.

The menus are all planned. I’ve got Christmas gifts for the children and Santa lined up to hand them out. My brothers and their wives will be here for the wedding, and Bill’s daughter will join us for the holidays, too – she’s flying in from Brazil. And of course, the Murphys.

Will there be a new baby for Christmas? I hope so! Chiara’s ready to pop any day. I keep asking her “boy or girl?” and all she’ll say is “yes.”

It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

The holiday season has come and gone, but we're all looking forward to something, right? What are you most looking forward to this summer? Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES. (US and Canadian addresses only, please.) The winner will be chosen Monday, July 30. 

"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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51 comments:

  1. I live this series and I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I am most looking forward to summer being over! It's way too hot here, so I love it when things cool down. Until then, I'll just enjoy winter books and pretend it's not so hot outside. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  3. It is hot here. I look forward to some time at the pool. I love Christmas cookies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I am looking forward to our bus trip to national parks in early a September. Dbahn@iw.net

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  5. I had a really nice vacation to Williamsburg earlier this summer and that was my favorite summer moment. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. I really enjoy this series. Not doing much this summer except reading!

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  7. I have been home all summer so far and hope to plan a late summer getaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Looking forward to relaxing and taking some day trips.
    akr_48035@yahoo.com

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  9. I would love a beach vacation this summer. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I’m looking forward to going to the fair if it doesn’t rain that week
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  11. I’m looking forward to vacation time to sit and read.

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  12. Sounds like a great series. I'm looking forward to getting started on our new home this summer.

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  13. I'm looking forward to going to the beach this summer! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  14. I went to New Mexico for the first time this Summer!
    clgade at attdotnet

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  15. Sounds like some fun trips in the offing -- and a few already in the rear view mirror! Sorry to hear the heat is getting to some of you -- I hope a book set in December in Montana helps lower the temperature a bit!

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  16. Even though it's summer, I can read a Christmas story anytime. This summer I'm just enjoying relaxing, finishing up a few must-do projects but mostly hanging out. Although it's way too hot! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I am looking forward to getting more reading time this summer. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES.
    sonniperry [at] gmail [dot] com

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  18. I'm looking forward to all the goodies at the farmers' markets. All that fresh, local produce is so tasty.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. Love the series and can't wait to read this one...Not much going on in August but trip to Scrapbook convention in September in coming up...I have been doing a lot of reading because it has just been too hot to spend too much time outside...Thank you for the chance to win...

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  20. Love this series and cannot wait to read this one. Had my annual vacation trip to MN, so now just hanging out at home in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  21. This has to be one of the most rainiest summers on record in new Jersey! I can't wait for the fall. Then the holidays! And more importantly readingvboudreau57@gmail.com !

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  22. I'm looking forward to the tomatoes in my garden finally turning red. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. I just love that cover! Thanks for the entry to win a copy! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'm looking forward to the last weekend in August - some dear friends of ours are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a backyard party. I am providing some of the food. Other than that,I am looking forward to summer being over. I prefer fall. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I’m looking forward to the end of summer, because then it’s Fall! Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  26. I'm looking forward to visiting some more Upick farms & farmers' markets.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I'm looking forward to my Sister coming to visit and doing some sightseeing in Chicago. Hopefully, it won't be too hot.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Looking forward to my cousin's wedding in August.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  29. Our summers in Alberta are way too short (rather like Montana's). One if the things I look forward to most is being able to sit on our shaded patio with a latte ( made by my husband), and whatever book I'm currently reading, every afternoon. I do now and then look up from my book to enjoy our beautiful country yard, too! gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. What wonderful plans you all have! I'm reading every comment, even if I can't comment on them all. Lattes, visits, weddings, fresh produce, trips to the beach and the lake and the mountains, and of course, books, books, books! What fun! Me, I'm looking forward to things settling down a bit, and to making real progress on a new book!

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  31. I’m looking forward to going to the UK with my Hubbie in August. Can hardly wait. Love your books and this one looks so good. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  32. I love love Leslie's books. Thank you for the chance! deniseaustin59(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I am looking forward to getting rain here in the SW desert - and reading, of course! Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  34. Spending time with my grandchildren!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  35. Love the cover and the series. I'm looking forward to traveling to Oregon in August and Italy in October. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  36. I look forward in the hot sultry summer we have here to reading and hanging out at the River.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  37. I look forward to all my flowers blooming & fresh produce from the garden. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I am patiently waiting for the tomatoes to ripen!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I am looking forward to vacation. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo)dot(com)

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  40. I can't wait to get back to the Village!
    harbingerdc@gmail.com

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  41. I'm looking forward to spending time with my grandkids.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. I am looking forward to more time to read more books. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Tomatoes, flowers, vacations, visits with friends -- all the glories of summer! Thanks for chiming in with your plans. Enjoy!

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  44. I'm looking forward to fall, my favorite time of the year when it's cooler but not too cold. We've had a lot of days over 90 which has broken the records a lot. Add a high humidity and I'm inside a lot. Pleasant day today.Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  45. I'm looking forward to fall, not too hot, not too cold. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  46. This book cover is fabulous. I am excited to read this. I am looking forward to fairs, I love going to everyone I can. Love seeing the animals, love the food, fun to see crafts and whatever else available. Thank you for the giveaway, Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  47. I m looking forward to good books, fresh fruit, ice cream and air conditioning.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  48. Thanks for all the wonderful comments -- esp about the book cover! Mr. Kitten will choose the winner tomorrow, Mon 7/30, so there is more time to comment and share!

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  49. Would love to win this! I am awaiting fall and the cooler weather to be start baking. I'm not sure what kind of weather to expect here in eastern Kentucky for fall or winter.

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  50. I’m looking forward to eating vegetables from my garden.

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