Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jewel Bay Law Log -- @LeslieBudewitz

Jewel Bay Law Log 
by Undersheriff Ike Hoover from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

A caller reported to Pondera Police that a panhandler was demonstrating theatrical actions to drivers passing by a local restaurant.

A Jewel Bay resident reported discovering 17 plastic flamingos of various sizes and colors on metal stakes stuck in her yard.

A man walked into a gas station near downtown Pondera, stole a 6 pack of beer, and walked out. He was last seen sitting under a tree in the yard of a nearby home enjoying one of the beverages. When a police officer contacted him, the man generously offered the officer a beer. The officer declined.

A tourist from Kentucky accidentally called 911 from his Apple Watch.

A man was seen wandering around the north end of the lake carrying a pitchfork.

A Jewel Bay resident reported that her prize-winning garden had been vandalized and her entire collection of plastic flamingos stolen, including the rare lavender-beaked black flamingo.

What’s new in your neck of the woods? 

"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/Tantor Audio, 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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  1. Well, that police blotter was unusual!
    I love the cover of the book!

  2. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES". Beautiful cover!

    Interesting log. :) Imagine they would have fun at our BeanFest going on in our town today. Free beans and cornbread after the bean competition and the outhouse races are this afternoon.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Ohmygosh, Bean Fest -- love it! (With my husband's last name, every day is Bean Fest here, but in a different way!)

  3. Thanks for sharing the police log. I miss reading these. Love the cover of the book too.

    1. Aren't they fun? I get so much inspiration from the local papers!