Wednesday, November 5, 2014


By Bea Cartwright from “The Legend of Sleepy Harlow,” League of Literary Ladies mystery #3

November, and here on South Bass Island, the tourists have all gone home and boats aren’t plying the waters between the island and the Ohio mainland four miles to the south.  It’s peaceful and quiet, the perfect time of year to stand back and take stock.

I arrived on South Bass a little less than a year ago and I’ve just finished my first season as owner of Bea & Bees, the island’s premier bed and breakfast.  Am I glad I came out here to the middle of nowhere?  You bet, especially since the move got me out of a high-pressure job in New York, away from a creepy stalker, and into the midst of . . .

Well, what I’ve gotten myself into could fill a book.  In fact, so far it’s filled three.  I’ve met a guy, Levi Kozlov, who might be the guy only I’m not ready for a relationship and the kind of commitment–and truth telling–it involves.  I’ve become involved in island life and island drama and yes, island melodrama and I’ve solved four murders.  I’ve also met three women who I thought were going to be the bane of my island existence and have, instead, turned into friends.  Chandra, Luella, Kate and I are the League of Literary Ladies and each month we read a classic novel.  Sure, once in a while we still squabble and have our differences.  That is, after all, why we all got hauled into court in the first place and why the wise island magistrate sentenced us to be a book discussion group.

It’s been a busy year and yes, it is time to stand back, take stock–and to be thankful.  I’m thankful for my successful business, for this time to get my life in order and especially for my friends.  This year, I’ll be celebrating my first Thanksgiving on the island and I’m planning to make it extra special by making the cranberry sauce recipe we’ve used in my family for years.  It’s easy and you can make it days ahead of the holiday–if you can keep yourself from eating it before the turkey’s on the table!

Cartwright Family
Cranberry Sauce

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1cup Port wine

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the cranberries pop.  Cool and enjoy!


  1. I've never tried making cranberry sauce before. Sounds good! Maybe I should try it this year. And I would love to live on an island. I will have to read your books to see if I would still think that way...

  2. I've made my own cranberry sauce before, but never with Port. I must try this soon!!

  3. I enjoyed this latest book and love this series.

  4. Thanks, Annette. And everyone, enjoy the cranberry sauce. So easy and so delicious!

  5. I am not a fan of cranberry sauce. Our family is the jellied in a can gang. Never would eat it and thought I must not like the taste of cranberries. I have since learned I do enjoy them. Still not sure I would like the sauce, although sugar does help, lol. Sounds like a great book.

  6. I just finished "The Legend of Sleepy Harlow" today. I loved it. I usually read series in order but when I found your series and saw the Halloween theme I had to strart with it. I WILL be picking up the first two and play catch up. It was such a fun read. Love the characters.