Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Santa Barbara Murder, plus #ARCgiveaway

Jason Wong here, from Maddie Day's Country Store Mysteries.

When my old classmate Robbie Jordan came back to Santa Barbara for our tenth high school reunion, I had no idea she was going to rope me into a murder investigation.

Then again, Robbie and I were on debate team at Chumash High, and Math club, too, so I know she's got a good head on her. I'm now a cybercrime expert with the SBPD. While she was out here, Robbie kind of leaned on me for some assistance after she started having doubts about her mom's death three years earlier.

I helped connect Robbie with the county coroner's office - and I also went out to eat with her at the Green Artichoke to talk things over. Things got complicated when another dude died, apparently the same way Robbie's mom had. No worries, Robbie's skills prevailed.

I've lived in Santa Barbara, the American Riviera, all my life. Robbie also grew up here, but it was funny to see Robbie's reactions to being back after living in Indiana for half a decade. It was kind of like Dorothy being in Oz. Nope, not in Kansas anymore.

Our author wants to celebrate Cozy Mystery Spring Fling by sending three of you advance copies of the book!

Readers, what have you experienced by going back home for a class reunion, a family reunion, or some other event? Good, bad, extraordinary? Please share, and please share your email address so Maddie can contact you.

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, at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, and with the Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

38 comments:

  1. My husband and I graduated from the same high school in the same year. We attended the 10 yr and 20 yr class reunions. They were "ok" but the people we hung out with didn't attend so that was a disappointment. Also the same groups or "clicks" were still in place. We did not attend our 50 yr reunion for that reason. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. I did go to a reunion once. I found that those that were jerks in high school still were, only bigger ones.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I went to our 5th reunion and it was such a bore that I only stayed about an hour. This year is our 45th but am not going, I may try to make it to our 50th if I'm still around. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. I miss family reunions. We used to have one annually, but as older members passed away, it eventually stopped. I have one uncle left and none of the older generations.

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  5. In going back to my high school reunion, I found that I was still as much as an outsider as I was then (I had changed school districts the summer before I started high school so really knew no one). Needless to say I have not been back. Thanks for the opportunity.
    ryannaward71 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. I've never been to a class reunion. My high school days weren't the most pleasant. My Dad retired from the Army just as I was going into high school. Seems the classes I was taking in California where he was stationed were considered college courses in Arkansas when we moved after his retirement. The seniors I was in class with didn't want to be with that wet behind the ears kid. The kids my own age thought I was some kind of "brain" which I was not. Plus adjusting to civilian life when I had never gone to school two years with the same kids much less all my life.

    Family reunions I've gone to more than my fair share either with my parents or later in life taking them to them. One time there was a hysterical moment in my opinion. Everyone had came from near and far all saying "Hi, I'm you cousin". If I heard it once I did a zillion times. Now mind you we live in the south with some prejudice mines whereas I being a military brat was raised more open minded both in races and interracial factors. When a car stopped at our reserved area of the park and this black man got out coming to our pavilion you could have heard a pin drop among over a hundred people waiting to see what the man said. I smiled and was hoping he would say "Hi, I'm you cousin", but he just wanted directions. After it was over and he was back in his car driving away, I thought about how sad that situation was. Would they not have opened their arms up to this man if he had been their cousin? Thank my parents for raising me like they did!

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read the adventures of Robbie Jordan and Jason Wong in NACHO AVERAGE MURDER. Thank you for the fabulous chance to win an ARC! Shared everywhere and fingers crossed to be one of the fortunate ones selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  7. The only extended family gatherings I attend are funerals. Even though the cause is sad, there is always a lot of good catch-up. As for class reunions, I am with the other posters who do not find them enjoyable or particularly welcoming.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I love going to my husband's annual family reunions - his immediate and extended family are awesome! I also recently connected with some cousins in Indiana and they also have an annual reunion that I am hoping to attend some day. Thanks for your giveaway, and congratulations on your Agatha award! bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net ~

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  9. went to my husband’s 30th high school reunion had a great time
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Since my friends from school and I were always in touch. I have never bothered to go to class reunions. A couple of the friends did and said they had a good time. They talked about those they saw there and none were people I knew. So didn't affect me one way or the other. Now family reunions is another story. Every 10 years family from far and near get together. We are a little bit of everyone. So extended family from over seas show up. Twice, We went overseas. We did lose one branch, sort of, back in the 70's. Grams didn't want to admit that Dad did some tom catting around while in the service and when some new family (half so to speak) was brought to be introduced, Grams had a fit. We tried but there was no stopping her. Only time I ever saw her get really nasty. Was so sad. We have tried to reach out to our half sisters but so far they haven't responded. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  11. I cannot wait to read Nacho Average Murder!

    I actually have never been to a class reunion and we don’t have family reunions, so nothing good bad or otherwise has ever happened lol melissaann522 at gmail dot com

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  12. i used to set up my family reunions but now so many live so far away and are older cant make the trip. jcook22@yahoo.com

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  13. I went to the high school reunion and it was a bust since most of my friends did not go. We had all gone our separate ways to college/university and I was looking forward to seeing them.

    Hope that Robbie has a better time at hers (besides the murder).
    I already have a Netgalley eARC of Nacho Average Murder, so please don't enter me in the drawing.

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  14. I haven't really had any desire to go to my class reunions but there's a lot of crazy when you get my family together!
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I’t bern a while since we did a family reunion. We did one for my mom’s 80th birthday
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  16. Have gone to 2 family reunion, one my father's family and one my husband's family, and had a great time. It was interesting getting to know some of the family members better. Also went to a reunion of my 8th grade graduating class. Interestingly those who were there were the ones with whom I had always had the most in common and most of us had also gone to high school together so it was really nice.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the Arc. Reading has certainly been a blessing during 2020. This is a year I'm sure none of us will ever forget.

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  17. I continue to be amazed at how you and other authors can keep track of multiple series and names! Most impressive.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  18. I went to an informal reunion of some of my high school classmates about seven years ago. We went to a Catholic all girls (at the time) school, which has since become co-ed. It was fun seeing how the school had changed. The current admissions director joined us for a tour and was just fascinated by all the stories we shared of "the olden days." Somehow I didn't see myself as being that "experienced"! Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. My family and I went to a family reunion some years ago. We were nice and polite but the rest our weren’t. They asked us for money or sign for a share car. We didn’t stay for long.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  20. Both my husband and I graduated in 1968 from different schools. We went to our 50th reunions two years ago. We had a blast! lkleback(at)hotmail (dot)om

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  21. I've never went back home for a class reunion. My Dad's family used to have family reunions once in awhile and I can remember them being lots of fun.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I only went to my 10 year reunion. Went with my best friend from high school, we had a blast! tWarner419@aol.com

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  23. When I was a kid we used to sometimes go to my mom's side of the family's sort of extended family reunion at Thanksgiving. It was fun playing with cousins we hardly ever saw.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  24. I grew up in Half Moon Bay, Ca and never went back to the class reunion as I now live in Iowa. Although I went through all the pics and they had a lot of fun and I do keep up with about 10 girlfriends as we graduated 47 years ago. All of them are nice but only a few went to the reunion even though many still live close to the area. I love you books and would love to read and review an print ARC. Peggy Clayton Thank you for the giveaway ptclayton2 at aol.com

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  25. I love going to family or class reunions! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  26. All I can say is that I’m So glad everyone was wearing their senior class picture with their name tag. Wouldn’t have recognized almost anyone without it. Funny how everyone else changes 😂😂😂😂

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  27. Sorry forgot to leave my emails
    Vernamgass@gmail.com

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  28. I found that I was still the outsider I had always been. I left after 45 minutes.
    rjprazak6(at)gmail(dot).com

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  29. I, and the rest of my immediate family, no longer live where I went to high school or where most of my relatives live. Attending only one class reunion made me feel like I was back in high school - still the outsider. However I did enjoy a family reunion just this last July. I enjoyed catching up with my cousins and aunts & uncles. But then I've visited them before, every few years. Thanks for the chance. This sounds like a good read.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  30. We used to have a HUGE family reunion every other year. So many family members from all over the country would attend and I admit, I did not know a lot of them! Sadly, the older members of the family have passed away now and we don't have that particular reunion anymore. It was always held at a country church near Charleston, SC and there were tables and tables of food as far as the eye could see. Many pictures were taken, games were played and a great time as had by all. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  31. My high school class has had only one reunion and I did not attend it. The cost to attend was just ridiculous (it was being held at a hotel on the beach). I have attended the Anderson family reunions which are held every year on the Fourth of July. There is lots of food, hugging, and noise. I can usually be found with a book in a quiet corner. Thank you for a chance to win. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. When my parents were moving out of their home to live with my sister, I went home to help on moving day. I was shocked at the sheer quantity of stuff I had left behind! I was also surprised at which items I once thought were treasures but I could easily throw out and which items I never have given much thought to but felt were suddenly precious.
    Fast forward several decades and, as I consider moving myself, I am looking at all the stuff my own children have left behind with me. What will they find to have meaning to them?
    Lisacobblestone@aol.com

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  33. And the winners are: Jana Leah B, Christine Foxx, and Kay Garrett! Congratulations, ladies. Please check your email. I wish I had a copy for everyone!

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  34. I have never been to a high school reunion. The story sounds good. I always like a murder. jlb12563@sbcglobal.net

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  35. Reunions...family reunions were always great...from a child’s perspective! But class reunions are not...I attended two... flew from England to California to be snubbed by the “”mean girls” ...never changed. I did enjoy the company of one of my best friends...lol..and was approached by someone who said, you know, I always wanted to ask you out, but was afraid too....I laughed ( we both did).. and told him it sure would have been nice if he asked me back then! Then we introduced our long time partners to one another. That was nice. What was hurtful...and it’s just old insecurities that raised their ugly head...was at the first one, they had a very nice gift for the member who had come from the furthest location. figuring my husband and I wouldn’t be last minute goers this time, we signed up to go...and at the get together, they actually said, well the committee has made a decision not to award the alumni coming from the furthest...we’ll just because. That was actually the words. Then they went on to honor everyone who had decided to go to college as adults...except me....and anyone else that was not part of their group. Heck I didn’t start college until my youngest of six children was 10...graduated in 4 years, went on and got MSW and worked full time and also completed a PhD. And you know what...I did it for me..and to show my babies that we can be who we want to be... it just takes work. And by the way, the insecurities were over in no time at all....it was more important to show my love and support of my dear friend who had just lost her husband of almost 50 years. And honestly, having that football player I had admired from afar tell me at age 62, he’d always wanted to date me...

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  36. Opps forgot the email again! LaFonRC@aol.com

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  37. thank you for the giveaway. I went back once for a class reunion, I had changed so much, only a couple of people recognized me, and that was a 10 year reunion, never went back. queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. We often think about going home and then return only to find out that it isn't the place we fondly remembered. :(
    Class reunions showed me that time does not always change people.
    sixbsloved(at)stny(dot)rr(dot)com

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