Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Winter Not Blue At All! @LeslieBudewitz

Why winter doesn't make me blue
by JD Beckstead, from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

This is my second winter in Jewel Bay and I gotta say, much as I love summer – hiking to the top of the ridge, drinking a cold one on the lake, doing what my grandpa calls a land office business at the bar – I almost like winter more. It’s slow, but restful. It’s the locals who come in to wet their whistle, and while they don’t stay as late or drink as much as the tourists, it’s a real pleasure to watch them now that they, too, have the time to reconnect with their neighbors.

They tell me stories about the town and its history, and I’ve heard tales so crazy I know they must be true. Like when the Caldwell cousins’ grandparents started the lodge and didn’t do so well that first summer, until a couple came late in the season and hired them for a month-long guided trip into the wilderness, fishing, hiking, eating great food on the shores of remote mountain lakes and camping under the stars. Turned out he was a gangster on the lam and she was the runaway wife of one of his rivals.

Come on down to Red’s. I’ll pour you a glass of whatever you please, and you can tell me a story.

What’s your favorite part of winter where you live?

From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink, June 2018, available for pre-order now):  

In Jewel Bay---Montana's Christmas Village---all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. A past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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  1. Winter in Arizona is warm weather and snowbirds! Those tourists who hang out in Jewel Bay in the summer? They’re taking a break from the wicked hot summer Arizona temperatures! The snowbirds in Arizona in February? Yep! They’re from Jewel Bay...wintering in their RV here in the sunshine. Good retirement plan!

  2. I miss a real winter. I loved the snow we had when I lived in IN for 8 years. I loved visiting my friend in Central NY in the spring and we would get snow. I really loved visiting my family in Germany in the winter, driving to the Austrian Alps with snow all around, riding in a sleigh up to the castle, staying in a family run b&b. Oh I love snow, cold temps, you name it. Our winter is already over here in TN. The trees are blooming, the spring flowers are too. Winter is my favorite season. Now I just need to move somewhere that has one that lasts longer than a month. Already pre-ordered this one!!

    1. Thanks, Kay! You make a great case for winter -- although this Montana girl says her three Indiana winters felt like six!

  3. Winter in Minnesota is unpredictable. It can be snowy or dry. Or super cold or above average warm. There are so many winter activities to partake in.

    1. And gosh, you've had a wild winter this year! Thanks for visiting with the KC!