Wickeds, how do your sleuths celebrate finishing a case?
Jessie: They invariably celebrate with some form of cocktail that Beryl ably mixes up. Then Beryl lolls about doing nothing for a bit and Edwina sneaks some time in with her novel.
Edith/Maddie: In the Country Store Mysteries, you’ll often find Robbie Jordan hashing over the final details of the case at night in her country store sharing a bit of Four Roses bourbon with her gang: Aunt Adele, Lieutenant Buck, Robbie’s boyfriend Abe, and one or two of her staff members or friends.
Barb: In the Maine Clambake Mysteries that take place during the tourist season, the books usually end with a gathering at the Snowden Family Clambake of all the parties in the mystery. Sometimes it will be weeks or months later, when some of the plot threads will have played out. The books and novellas that take place in the off-season usually end with a dinner party at Julia’s mother’s house. Jacqueline often gives a toast that serves as a coda to a theme in the book.
Liz: In the Cat Cafe series, workaholic Maddie James usually celebrates with her best pal JJ, Grandpa Leo, Lucas, and her collection of cat-rescuing friends by planning new things for the cafe. Sometimes Lucas can even pry her away for dinner and a drink if things have gone particularly well at the end of a case.
Sherry: This is so interesting — first the question and then the answers. I don’t think Sarah has ever celebrated, but most of those books ends with her surrounded by her friends who have become her family. Now, I want to go back and take a look to see.
Julie: Sherry, I wrote the question and had to figure it out for my own books. In the Garden Squad series, there’s usually a wrap up scene with Lilly explaining the gaps to whoever missed them. Sometimes there’s a meal. There’s always the entire Garden Squad there. Lately I’ve been adding another wrap up scene for any other loose ends.
Readers, do you enjoy a good wrap up scene beside the mystery being solved?