Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hurricane Season Preparations

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran

Everyone in Fort Myers Beach is very excited! Terrie Farley Moran’s short story “A Killing at the Beausoleil” has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. It tells all about the first day Bridgy and I came to Fort Myers Beach. Everything was sunshine and lollipops until we found the dead guy in our  rental apartment. I’m delighted to let you know that you can read “A Killing at the Beausoleil” right here.

And we have more good news. Well Read, Then Dead, the Agatha Award winning first cozy in our series is on sale for $1.99 in all e-formats until tomorrow, April 20th. So if you haven’t read it, or you want to buy it for a friend, today is the day.

Hurricane season begins June first which is only six weeks away so we are very busy at the Read ’Em and Eat preparing for the Hurricane Evacuation Committee Annual Pie Sale.

You know Miguel adores Bow, his sweet black Maine Coon. Well, he and his neighbor Liam Gerrity, owner of a magnificent Bichon Frise known as Tess, work with everyone’s favorite veterinarian, Dr. Cynthia Mays, to develop a yearly plan to make sure the pets living on the island can be safely evacuated during any hurricanes. Not that we are expecting terrible storms but it pays to be prepared.

Bridgy’s aunt Ophie is making a dozen of her melt-in-your-mouth Buttermilk Pies. (You may have seen the recipe in the back of Well Read,Then Dead.) I’m so glad that she volunteered to make them at home instead of at the cafĂ© because Miguel and Ophie sharing a kitchen—now that is a storm waiting to happen.

Today Miguel has an assembly line going. Bridgy and I are his humble assistants. She is helping with the fruit pies: apple, cherry and blueberry, while I am on coconut cream and pumpkin pie duty. The electric mixer is my friend.

Wish us luck. The more money we raise, the safer all the island pets will be. And if you were inclined to buy a pie to help the cause, what flavor is your favorite? We will special order to make a sale. 

Now let me give you a peek into the future. Right near the end of the third Read ’Em and Eat book, Read to Death, we'll find out that Mr. Gerrity and Tess have special talents no one would have suspected. Pre-order now to be among the first to know.