By Aunt Ophie from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran
I have to tell you that I’ve been getting a bit impatient waiting for my chance to say “hi, y’all”. I thought Sassy would continue monopolizing our spot at Killer Characters forever. She may be the, what’s it called, protagonist, but hey, I’m a character, too. Some might say I am more of a character than most of the folks you’ll meet at the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore.
Oh my, I have forgotten my manners. Let me introduce myself. My name is Ophelia Elizabeth Brice McLennon Honeywell. Y’all can call me Ophie. Most everybody does, although I do like it when handsome young men, like those sweeties from the sheriff’s department, or that sandy haired reporter, call me Miss Ophelia.
And let me tell you, my niece Bridgy and her friend, Sassy Cabot, the one who’s been here talking to y'all the past few months, well they have more dealings with the deputies than is fitting. If they were flirting and dating, that would suit me but those two girls just seem to trip over dead bodies. You’d think with all the handsome young men around they’d have better things to do.
Have you heard that I now own the local consignment shop? I call it the Treasure Trove and I tend to stock high end items with just enough beachy do-dads to keep the tourists happy. And Tom Smallwood is still making that super gorgeous shell jewelry which appeals to everyone and sells like flapjacks and bacon at an after-church brunch.
It may only be mid-May but the lazy days have come to Fort Myers Beach. Temperatures in the 90s nearly every day. It certainly makes me appreciate the lovely breeze that comes in off the Gulf of Mexico and sweeps across the island to Estero Bay. This would be a perfect time for y’all to come for a nice long vacation. The snowbirds have gone home and the families with school aged children have not yet arrived so we have a bit of room. Think about it.
Well Sassy had a tee shirt giveaway for our readers once upon a time. Two can play that game. Since you were nice enough to stay and chat with me, I am happy to offer you the chance for a prize. Post a comment and your email addy below and you will be entered to win a Caught Read-Handed tee shirt. Giveaway closes at midnight Monday May 23nd.
Now let me give y'all a peek into the future. In the third Read ’Em and Eat book, Read to Death, Sassy suspects that Bridgy may be on her way to a romance with... Well you will just have to wait until July 5th to find out. You can pre-order now so you are among the first to know.
I hope to be back to visit with y'all soon. In the meantime don't forget to comment for a chance to win the Caught Read-Handed tee shirt. Do you see Miguel's sweet Main Coon, Bow, right there on the cover? That would be enough to make me want to win the tee shirt, if I wore such things, which, except for that time with the snake decorated shirt, we all know I do not. Just wouldn't look right with my tight wide belts and spiked heeled shoes. I am a woman of high fashion.
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Take care now,