Saturday, August 3, 2019
Cocoa, anyone? #GIVEAWAY
Who knew that something as seemingly innocuous as a dried cocoa mix could get me in trouble? I sure didn't. You all know I'm originally a Californian, right? And I happen to love Mexican hot chocolate. It's darker and includes cinnamon and a trace of hot pepper. Beaten with hot milk and topped with whipped cream, it's to die for in cold weather.
So for a fun stocking stuffer to sell in my country store at Christmas, I decided to package a custom Mexican hot chocolate mix. It was a popular gift item - for a while.
Unfortunately, a rather unpleasant man was found dead after walking a chocolate lab puppy named, appropriately, Cocoa. The South Lick police had reason to suspect murder. Because the victim had had a cup of my mix the night before, the authorities confiscated every single packet. I wasn't happy about it, I can tell you.
In the end, the case was solved and in time for Christmas dinner, too!
Maddie tells this story in "Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse," her novella in Christmas Cocoa Murder, a three-novella collection releasing September 24. She'll send two commenters here her last two advance copies of the book!
Readers: What's your favorite holiday treat? Or your favorite dog breed or non-breed? (Make sure we know how to reach you.)
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 lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.