Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mishaps and Mistletoe

And then there was the time that . . .

Casey Calhoun from the White House Gardener mysteries by Dorothy St. James attacked a Secret Service agent with her homegrown pepper spray.

Kiki Lowenstein from the Scrap-n-Craft mysteries by Joanna Campbell Slan lit her homemade paper mache Hanukkah menorah candles--and they caught on fire and set the tablecloth to blazing. Kiki grabbed her daughter Anya and ran outside, but the door locked behind them so leaving the two stuck outside in sub-zero weather and wearing only their pajamas. Happy Holidays--and may your Festival of Lights stay under control!

Savannah Martin from the Cutthroat Business mysteries by Jenna Bennett scandalized her family and the entire town of Sweetwater by kissing Rafe Collier under the mistletoe!

India Hayes from the India Hayes Mystery Series by Amanda Flower wore a pink gingham pioneer dress.

Hayley Snow from the Key West food critic mysteries by Lucy Burdette used the Christmas lights from her houseboat to tie up a killer.

Charlie Harris from the Cat in the Stacks mysteries by Miranda James went to a holiday fundraiser for the Friends of Athena Public Library and found a dead body....

Skye Denison from the Scumble River mysteries by Denise Swanson got caught under the mistletoe by Earl Doozier. Ew!

Meg Corey from the Orchard Mysteries by Sheila Connolly discovered that her furnace was dead, in the middle of an old-fashioned New England blizzard--and found a new way to keep warm with a little help from Seth Chapin.

Angus O'Ruff (Marcy Singer's Irish wolfhound) from the embroidery mysteries by Amanda Lee knocked the Christmas tree over when he jumped up to get a better look at a particularly sparkly ornament. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Charlotte Bessette (from A Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames) almost set the house on fire on Christmas Eve when she forgot about the rosemary and tomato pizzas in the oven. {Rosemary and and green?] Ah, yes. Crispy! Luckily, everybody liked crispy. [Liars.] Merry, merry, do not bring down the house!

Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries by Erika Chase, in hindsight, realizes it wasn't the best time to introduce her boyfriend Mark's hound puppy to her two cats (Edam & Brie). Edam ran upstairs while Brie ran up the Christmas tree. Then Patchett (the puppy) thought the tree looked like a lot of fun, too. It was Merry...have a Merry Christmas, too!

Dorothy Parker, from the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries by J.J. Murphy, was given egg nog with too much egg—and not nearly enough nog! (Ah well, she still put the "miss" in the mistletoe that year.)

Tally Jones from the Mysteries a la Mode by Wendy Lyn Watson went online to order a Mrs. Claus outfit to wear as she dished up peppermint ice cream at the Remember the A-la-mode during the Dalliance tree-lighting festival. She pulled it out of the box at the dinner table--with her cousin Bree, her niece Alice, her Grandma Peachy, and Finn Harper all in attendance--and discovered it was made of sheer organza with red satin garters. Lucky Santa! Naughty or nice, have a happy holiday.

Someone tried to strangle Natasha, from the Domestic Diva Mysteries by Krista Davis, with her own Christmas lights!

Gigi Fitzgerald from the Gourmet Diet De-Lite mysteries by Peg Cochran was too close to the mistletoe when the wrong guy came along.

Willow Vanderling from the Threadville mysteries by Janet Bolin knocked a whole magnum of champagne off the balcony railing.

Truffle and Sweet Marie from the Charlotte Adams Mystery Series by Mary Jane Maffini locked themselves in the car with all the gifts.

Happy Holidays to all of our readers!