By: Jaymie Leighton From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 3 Title: Freezer I'll Shoot
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Heartbreak Island... sometimes when I walk Hoppy from our home in Queensville down along the St. Clair River, the island is barely visible through the mist. Then the fog will clear, and I'll begin to see bits and pieces... the dock, the beach, the Ice House Restaurant.
The island has always been my little haven.
Though we rent out our Rose Tree Cottage most of the summer, before tourist season Hoppy and I will go over for a couple of days just to clean the place and open it for our first guests of the year. I can sit on the porch of the blue painted clapboard cottage and barely see the river slip by through the pine trees that line the opposite side of the road. There are a few other cottages, but I can still see the sparkle of the St. Clair in the sun.
And then in autumn, when all the tourists have fled for warmer climes, Hoppy and I will go out again for a few days just as the first chill is biting the air, and the trees have shed most of their leaves, before the cold really takes over and makes it a chilly ferry ride.
It's a peaceful place of joy and relaxation. I never, ever thought murder would intrude on my idyllic little piece of heaven.
It started this way... the cottages on the island use a system of leaching beds and septic tanks to dispose of waste. That is the prosaic, dull and stinky side of island life. If the leaching bed isn't working properly, it floods, and ours wasn't working well and hadn't been for some time. Hoppy and I went over to stay at the cottage to oversee the work, and... well, to avoid living in the house with my mother, while she and my dad are visiting.
But as seems to be happening lately, murder will intrude. You'll hear the whole story in Freezer I'll Shoot.
Victoria claims that people have really enjoyed reading about my woes in Queensville. Sure glad someone's enjoying my troubles, because I could do without them! Don't get me wrong, my life is wonderful; I have everything anyone could want. Except these darned murders keep cropping up.
Well, there are always cookbooks and romances to read, my vintage kitchen goodies to have fun with, vintage recipes to write about, as well as Daniel to date and Detective Zack to ponder.
Life could be worse, right?
How do you make your way through difficult situations? What gets you through, when times are tough and the livin' is uneasy?
Freezer I'll Shoot will be available November 5th of this year, and I can't wait! If you want to be sure not to miss it, it is available for preorder right now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, etc.!
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Edited to add: This contest is open until Midnight, Sunday June 23rd... good luck, folks!! BTW... the tote is so cute! Perfect for carrying books to the beach or anywhere you happen to be going this summer... even work! LOL!
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Our dear friend and colleague, Sheila Connolly, passed away on April 20, 2020, in her beloved cottage in Ireland. She was a steady, smiling friend, a prolific writer, and a long-time contributor to Killer Characters and other blogs.
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