Thursday, October 3, 2019
Christmas Cocoa #GIVEAWAY
I know it's only October, but don't your thoughts turn to hot cocoa and reading under a blanket by the fire when the weather turns colder? Mine do.
When Christmas rolls around, I love to decorate my country store, Pans 'N Pancakes, with lots of lights, greenery, and a tree hung with my eclectic collection or ornaments. This year I decided to make up packets of a Mexican hot chocolate mix to sell, and they were super popular. We served the cocoa in the store, and people picked up packets as stocking stuffers.
Too bad a customer died when he was out walking his chocolate lab puppy named Cocoa. I was upset when the state police detective arrived and confiscated all my packets, but what could I do?
And when my darling boyfriend Abe's father was suspected in the death, I went to work to discover the truth.
My author wrote up the story of what happened in her novella, "Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse," and she says she'll gladly send a signed hardcover copy of the collection, Christmas Cocoa Murder, to one of you! Both the other novellas are great reads, too, by my author pals Carlene O'Connor and Alex Erickson.
Readers: How do you like your hot chocolate? What do you like to add to it?
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 an elderly cat, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.