You agree to do one favor--one!--for a complete stranger, and you wind up in the middle of a murder investigation. How do you like THEM apples?
Let me explain. I run the Down South Cafe in Winter Garden, Virginia. One of my regular patrons suggested that I host a farmers' market in our parking lot on Saturdays for a few weeks during the fall. Today was the first farmers' market, and my staff and I were busier than cats covered in caramel.
During all the madness, a woman calls and says she'd like to order some food. I tell her I'm sorry but we don't make deliveries. She pleads and pleads. And I can tell she's older. Naturally, I imagine my Aunt Bess. What if poor Aunt Bess wanted food, and no one would bring it to her? (Mind you, this is before I found out that Aunt Bess has an "in" with the fire department and that they'll never let her go hungry.) So, I agreed to take the food to Gladys Pridemore. I even threw in a tub of banana pudding for free.
Jackie goes with me to make the delivery, and we find Ms. Pridemore slumped over her table. She's breathing, but just barely. We call the paramedics, and they do everything they can. Poor Ms. Pridemore dies at the hospital. I can't help but think that if Jackie and I had arrived sooner, we might've prevented Ms. Pridemore's death.
What would you have done? Would you have agreed to make an exception and deliver the food just this once? Or would you have refused?
Apples and Alibis will be released in eBook form and paperback at all outlets tomorrow, August 13. Here is the Amazon link, but the book is also available at Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and other retailers.
I'm running a Rafflecopter giveaway for an Apples and Alibis prize pack to celebrate the release. One winner will receive a pair of women's HotSox, an Apples and Alibis bookmark, a Finding Ferdinand Apples mini lipstick, and a Finding Ferdinand Alibis mini lipstick.
Additional prize packs will be given away on my Facebook page, through my newsletter, and in my Facebook groups; so there are five chances to win one. Good luck!