It’s nice and warm on top of the refrigerator in Meg Corey’s kitchen, which is why I spend a lot of time there. That’s one reason why we probably haven’t met before this. My name is Lavinia, but people mostly call me Lolly. Meg named me after a lady who was the sister of some famous poet, and that lady liked cats. I don’t read a lot of poetry. Actually I don’t read at all. Mainly I eat and sleep.
But the top of the refrigerator is a great place to keep an eye on what’s happening at Meg’s house. I almost never go outside—too cold or hot or wet mostly. Besides, why would I want to? The food is in the kitchen, and I can keep track of who comes and goes. And Meg likes to cook, when she’s not out in the orchard, so she’s in the kitchen a lot. In fact, most people who drop by seem to end up at the kitchen table drinking coffee. And there are quite a few people, including Meg’s friend Art Preston, who is called a “police chief” and who drops by a whole lot. And there’s this guy named Larry who’s working for Meg, but he’s not very interested in me.
Not long ago Meg added someone new to the house: a husband named Seth. He’d been around a lot before, but now he lives here. He’s a good guy, but he has a dog, Max. Max is kind of big and yellowish. He’s very friendly, but I don’t want to tangle with him—another reason I stay on top of the refrigerator, out of his way. Max does go outside with Seth, which is a good thing because Max has a lot of energy and needs to run. And when he’s not around, it’s easier for me to sleep.
I think Meg has a couple of goats, although I haven’t actually met them, since they stay outside or in the barn. But I can watch them from my favorite spot on the fridge, though the window. They’re very interested in just about everything that happens.
It’s a good life: I’ve got a warm place to hang out, plenty of food, and some nice people to rub my neck and scratch my back. What more could I want?
There's going to be a new Orchard Mystery very soon! Next month? In e-format and print! Just as soon as my editor and I finish editing it--and we pick a name for it. Meg is anxious to get back to tending her orchard, since spring in coming, but then her husband Seth finds a body in the woods on her property . . .