Monday, August 27, 2018
For Better or For Worse, but for a New Kitchen, Too?
by Erin Murphy, from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
When the ink on the mortgage was dry and it was time to start remodeling the Orchard House – the house my Murphy grandparents built in the 1950s, the house where my father and his brothers were raised, and where he and my mother raised the three of us – Adam proved once again that he is my Mr. Right. Before we picked up a hammer or a paintbrush, he put his hands on my shoulders and said “No matter what happens, I love you.”
We were just going to remodel the kitchen and update one bathroom. Before we knew it, we’d combined two small bedrooms into one and created a master bath, refaced the fireplace, and added new windows to the dining room so we can drink in the fabulous lake and mountain views while sipping wine and eating the classic lasagna my mother taught Adam to make. We’d painted every wall and recovered every surface. And yes, we brought the kitchen into the current century, too.
And then there were the surprises in the basement, but I’ll let you read about those in AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES.
You know how remodeling goes. There are always surprises. The biggest one, the one that knocked me off my feet, was seeing how hard it was for my mother to watch us change the house. Even though she pored over plans and paint chips and wood samples right along with us. Seeing the changes in the flesh, so to speak?
Well, I had to put my hands on her shoulders and say “This is still my Happy Place. The Orchard House might be ours now, but it still holds all the memories you cherish.
And no matter what happens, I love you.”
Have you remodeled a room or home? What’s your advice for Erin and Adam?
"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan." - Kirkus Reviews
From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink, June 2018, available in trade paper, e-book, and audio):
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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