Love Kills — Celebrating The Release of Batter Off Dead

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 months has been difficult.

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.

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  1. Congratulations on your book release Edith.

    Right now what kills me is that I can’t walk longer than half a block.

  2. Congrats on your book release!! Being so far away from my family is what is so difficult for me. I thought when we bought a house in FL that we would have all kinds of company but no, only 1 nephew visited for a few days and we spoiled him while he was here.

  3. It kills me that I can’t get outside and garden in winter! Not much longer now though. Congratulations on your book release! You ladies work so hard!

  4. EDITH: Congratulations on the release of Batter Off Dead. I enjoyed last night FB celebration.

    What kills me is not being able to go on solo (and group) walks. We had over 8 hours of freezing rain last night and the temperature is dropping all day, so I am not sure I can go out today. Also, I miss in-person book signings. I have only been to one at our indie bookstore, Perfect Books, for my pal Barbara Fradkin. It wasn’t the same: masking, social distancing in person, no hugging or eating/drinking. And of course, I miss seeing my mystery community peeps at conferences such as LCC and Bouchercon.

      1. Agreed, I hate freezing rain! It’s my birthday, so a tumble on the trail today would not be very appealing. And yes, I am registered for Bouchercon. Hope to see you and give you a hug in person!!

  5. Congrats once more on the release of the fabulous BATTER OFF DEAD!

    I don’t think it kills me or anything but I do miss going to concerts. I know they’ve started back up but I’m still not going to them because I don’t trust the other people to be vaccinated so I will continue to stay away.

  6. Congratulations on the release of “BATTER OFF DEAD”!

    It kills me to have spend a year making plans for a bucket list trip and then have to cancel it due to Covid. We wanted to get a lot of traveling in before medical issues make it harder if not impossible. With each year that passes there are things we had wanted to do that have to be slipped into the can’t do list. But we are determined and will continue to try and hope that things improve to where we can more forward on our bucket list.
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  7. Kudos, Edith — keep ’em coming! Day before yesterday, 84 degrees! Today, 32 degrees. Weather seems to be as confused as the people deciding whether we isolate or socialize. Like you, miss getting together with others. Let’s believe that’s coming back — soon!

  8. Congratulations, Edith! What a great book.

    What kills me, not much. I’m a big believer in pivot. If I can’t do one thing, I’ll find a good substitute! What do I miss, ah, another question. Scuba diving (living in Maine – not an option so I’ll substitute trail running), conferences – not yet comfortable with large groups, but 2023 – I’ll see everyone there 🙂

  9. Congrats, Edith! I miss being able to travel wherever and whenever I want. I miss hugs a lot! It kills me to sit in the house when there is so much to experience out “there”. Little by little I”m feeling more comfortable in dipping my toe into the waters of (now) unknown, scary world.

  10. I know it is difficult, but I do believe that all of the on-line events have brought you new friends from around the country. That said, it would be terrific to eat the cookies at a fall event for your next book and I probably can pull it off with enough notice. Let us know, Edith!!

  11. So happy for you, Edith! What I have really missed during the pandemic is not going to our public library, but we have started doing curbside pick-up this month which is a blessing.

  12. Congratulations on the release! How exciting. I miss gardening in the winter months. I enjoy the winter and snow, but miss my garden!! Spring is almost here!

  13. I do miss gathering in groups, eating out, aqua classes at the Y, but the library still gives me books, and favorite markets do parking lot or to my home delivery, so it’s not that bad. Thanks for adventures in this book! <3

  14. It’s killed me the last couple of years that I haven’t been able to do the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. That’s become one of my favorite weekends of the year.

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