I love it when we get to celebrate the release of a new book by one of the Wickeds. And it kills me that we don’t get to celebrate in person! (That’s me trying to work in our February Love Kills theme.) Here’s a bit about Batter Off Dead: In South Lick, Indiana, fine foods and classic cookware can be found at Robbie Jordan’s Pans ’N Pancakes. Unfortunately, her country store also seems to stock up on murder . . .
Robbie and her new husband Abe O’Neill are enjoying a summer evening in the park with fellow townsfolk excited for some Friday night fireworks. In attendance are senior residents from Jupiter Springs Assisted Living including Roy Bird, father to South Lick’s very own Police Lieutenant Buck Bird. Despite his blindness, Roy is a member of his group home’s knitting circle, spending quality time with some lovely ladies.
But when the light show ends, one of the knitters who sat with Roy is found dead, a puncture wound in her neck. The poor woman’s death echoes that of Buck’s mother and Roy’s wife—an unsolved homicide. To help find the killer, Robbie’s going to have to untangle the knotty relationships deep in the victim’s past . . .
Wickeds, what is something that you love that it kills you when you can’t do it?
Julie: Edith, huge congratulations on book #10 in the series!! Tin or aluminum are the traditional gifts, but we’ll settle for wicked cheers for now. There are so many things that I love, and it kills me a bit to not be able to do. Going to theater is one of them, though that is becoming more possible. Easily seeing friends is another. Reading is another–whether it is time, or being distracted, it kills me a bit not to be able to do it.
Jessie: Super congratulations, Edith! Not being able to go to the beach and walk along the shore is a tough one for me. I also love hosting events for friends and family and the need to hold off on that over the last
Barb: Congratulations, Edith! The last two years have been a daily lesson in not being able to do what you want. My husband and I are planners and schedulers, and knowing that even if you manage to make them, all plans are tentative has been making me nuts.
Sherry: Congratulations, Edith! Not getting together with people without careful planning has been hard for me as well.
Liz: Congrats, Edith! Not being able to go to the beach does it for me too – I need my salt water fix.
Edith/Maddie: Thank you, dear friends! As it’s launch week, it kind of kills me I can’t have a big joyous in-person book launch at my local indy bookstore, mingling with wine and food afterward. I know a few stores have cautiously waded back into actual physical launch parties, but Jabberwocky Books isn’t one of them. Fingers crossed for my fall release of Murder in a Cape Cottage.