Deputy Donut Mysteries by Ginger Bolton
I'm dreaming of a crisp Christmas with crisp white snow and bright blue skies, with cookies crisp from the oven and packages wrapped in crisp paper.
When I told my friend Scott I was hoping for a crisp Christmas, he turned almost as white as the snow. "You want a crispy Christmas?" he repeated in mock horror. Scott is the fire chief of our small northern Wisconsin town, Fallingbrook.
"Not crispy, I said, "not toasted or burnt, but crisp. Weather that's so cold it snaps."
He gave me another worried look. "What about our moonlight tobogganing party? We don't want to get frostbite."
We didn't. Misty and Samantha, my two best friends since junior high were there. Misty is a Fallingbrook police officer, and Samantha is an Emergency Medical Technician. Three of our male friends went tobogganing with us. I've pegged Scott for Misty, and Samantha and Misty's police officer partner, Hooligan (he won't tell us his real name) and Samantha are really cute together. The third man, Brent, is a Fallingbrook detective. And no, Brent and I are not a couple. We're good friends.
The night was crisp, but not too brisk, and the snow was slippery without being too icy to climb up the hill. We laughed a lot.
After we'd bumped down that hill about twenty times, we went to Brent's house. He lit a fire in his wood-burning fireplace. We drank mulled cider (no alcohol--most of us were driving) and snacked on spiced nuts, snowflake donuts, and Christmas cookies. Some of the cookies were crisp, some were chewy, and all of them were just right.
We didn't need Samantha's paramedic skills, Scott's firefighting skills, or Misty's, Hooligan's, and Brent's law enforcement skills. I always feel safe with those five. I always feel happy with them, also. This tobogganing party might become a new, crisp Christmas tradition.
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