It was kind of hard to believe my high school graduating class was holding its tenth reunion. But when you hit twenty-eight, twenty-nine, that's what happens.
I live in southern Indiana. I grew up, though, in Santa Barbara, what the local Chamber of Commerce is now calling the American Riviera. Yeah, I know. Silly. Still, it's drop-dead gorgeous and a heck of a lot warmer in February than the Midwest.
So I went, and my author has written a book about what happened that week. Here's the opening:
Like Dorothy in Oz, I definitely wasn’t in Indiana anymore. At least the Wicked Witch hadn’t shown up. Yet.
The sun had just dipped into the Pacific Ocean, and a mild Santa Barbara breeze shooshed through tall palm trees. Mellow jazz slid out of speakers in a spacious function hall facing the water with glass doors open to a wide patio. The Chumash High School tenth reunion committee had organized every detail. I sipped a glass of pinot noir from a winery located less than an hour’s drive away in the Santa Ynez Mountains behind us, and nervously adjusted my favorite turquoise shoulder bag. So far I hadn’t seen anybody I really wanted to hang out with tonight.Thing is, I soon learned my mom's death a couple of years earlier might not have been a natural one, after all. And when a friend of hers died under suspicious circumstances while I was out there? I dusted off my South Lick sleuthing skills and went to work.
Maddie says she'll send two of you an advance copy of Nacho Average Murder!
Readers, what's your favorite Mexican, southwestern, or west coast food?
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/Day lives north of Boston with her beau, where she cooks, gardens, and wastes time on Facebook. She blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.