Murder on Cape Cod releases next month! Maddie has one last ARC to give away, too.
Hey everybody, this is Mac. It's November and getting cold here on Cape Cod. The tourists are gone and my bike shop is serving mostly only locals until next spring. When a damp wind is whipping along the bike path, visitors don't tend to rush in and ask to rent bikes for a family of five for a week. I still have business from my dedicated regulars, but I don't mind a more relaxed schedule for the off season.
So I'm hanging out in my tiny house behind the shop more than usual. Somebody's happy with the plan: my African gray parrot, Belle. I'm wicked allergic to cats and dogs, so she's the only pet I can have.
We have fun chatting and she's super smart. Right, Belle?
"Belle's a good girl. Gimme a kiss, Mac."
You can't help but laugh, and laughing is great during the dark days of late fall. I throw her a kiss.
"Snacks, Mac? Belle's a good girl. Belle likes snacks."
I bring her a chunk of frozen carrot. I switch on my wireless speaker and bring up Pharell Williams' "Happy" on my phone. You haven't lived until you've seen a parrot dancing to that song. Makes me laugh every time.
I hope you've had a chance to pre-order your paperback of Murder on Cape Cod from Barnes & Noble. My author says it'll be out on all platforms in all formats a year from December, but for now, B&N is your exclusive source.
And keep dancing!
Readers: What experience with birds have you had, domesticated or wild? Maddie will send her last ARC of the new book to a commenter here today.
Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.
Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.