The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries continue with AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, 5th in the series (June 2018, Midnight Ink). Erin Murphy is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit-and herself-alive til Christmas?
In Jewel Bay, Montana’s Christmas Village, all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, aka the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.
When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily-until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer-and keep herself in one piece-in time for a special Christmas Eve?
Life in Northwest Montana is as much fun for real as it is on the page, and I’m delighted to share it with readers near and far. I’m also the author of the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market. The first Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, DEATH A DENTE won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First novel. That followed my 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, drawing on my thirty-plus years as a lawyer-and making me the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.
I’m the past president of Sisters in Crime, and passionate about writers helping other writers. I love to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint-not necessarily in that order. I lives in northwest Montana with my husband Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine, and our gray tuxedo cat, an avid bird watcher.
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