Friday, April 3, 2020

Robbie Jordan Heads West, plus #ARCGiveaway

Robbie Jordan here, from Maddie Day's Country Store Mysteries.

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.

34 comments:

  1. I can eat nachos every day. They come in so many varieties.
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  2. I love fajitas! Fajitas are the total experience, wonderful from sizzle to colors on the plate and yummy taste in the mouth!
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  3. Street tacos are my fave! Can’t wait to read this, love the series! One of my faves!!

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    1. I had my first fish taco on the street in Baja California in 1974!

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  4. I love it all! If I had to pick one it would be chimichangas.

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  5. My favorite dish is chicken enchiladas with extra cheese,beans and rice. So delicious!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  6. I love enchiladas. I also love quesadillas. And I can't forget about the fresh tortilla chips with fresh guacamole and salsa.
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  7. Love this series.

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  8. Chimichanga with Mexican Rice side

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  9. I love enchiladas!
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  10. My experience is the reverse of Robbie's. I grew up in NW Indiana but have now lived in N California for almost 40 years. Still very, very different. The opening of Nacho Average Murder captures it perfectly. Sometimes I do miss Indiana but California has things it doesn't have, like foothills and mountains, much less snow - and Mexican food. I love it all but I could probably eat nachos every day, any time of day. Congrats on this latest book!
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  11. My favorite Southwestern food is steak fajitas with a frozen margarita. Sounds really good right now! Thanks for the chance.
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  12. Hubby and I both love steak fajitas! We try to low carb it so we always order without the rice, beans and tortillas and dump all of the goodies like quac, cheese, lettuce and pico on top of the steak and eat it all with a fork. YUM! Thanks for reminding me of what we're missing since we can't go out. *wink* And thanks for the chance to win. thueme(dot)geri(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  14. I love nachos, with lots and lots of gooey cheese! I also enjoy enchiladas or chimichangas now and then but it's hard to top a good plate of nachos.
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  15. Poblanos Rellenos, the best 👍🏻

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  16. I love a great taco salad centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  17. Chimichangas, although I always love nachos and guacamole.
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  18. My daughter loves nachos sooo much everyone has nicknamed her Nacho. She could eat them every day(probably at every meal)😂😂😂
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  19. I do love nachos and enchiladas. I lived in NW Indiana for my high school years. I don't live in California but both my brother and sister have. Thanks for the chance.
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  20. I love nachos, but my favorite is tacos. There are just so many ways to make them.

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  21. I am probably the world's pickiest eater. The only item that I eat that falls into the Mexican category would be yellow rice. My father, though, loved Mexican food. He enjoyed tacos and fajitas. I am looking forward to reading Nacho Average Murder. Thank you for a chance to in. Stay safe & sane! Doodlesin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. My favorites are burritos! I like Mexican food! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Burritos are my favorite but I like all Mexican food. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Not a fan of any actually.

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  25. Can't think of a Mexican food that we don't love. My Mom made the best enchilada and hot tamales taught to her by a Mexican friend when I was a child. I would have to say my favorite go to would be tacos. I could eat them every week if given a choice. :)

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win a copy of "Nacho Average Murder". Love you books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one.
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  26. Chiles relleno are my favorite! Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
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  27. I love so many Mexican meals. Chile rellonos are definitely a favorite for sure. My sisnlaw and brother make them often. No meat in them though. Love them. Anything with refried beans, quac, and pico de gallo is a winner too. Thanks for the opportunity. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  28. When we had a Chi Chi's locally, I used to love their seaford casa dias. Now I'm into chicken enchiladas.
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I love it all! I tend to gravitate towards enchiladas but I make an order more of Mexican and south west food than any other

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  30. Our lucky winners are Geri Thueme and Kris Anderson! Congratulations, and please check your email.

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  31. I like pollo asado tacos. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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