This week we are reviewing more delicious food mysteries for your Valentine's Day Dinner-Deep Fried Death: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day, Public Anchovy #1: A Deep Dish Mystery by Mindy Quigley, and Coconut Drop Dead: A Spice Isle Bakery Mystery by Olivia Matthews.
Lindsay Murray is living her dream now that her family and she have opened Spice Isle Bakery. She enjoys sharing all the exotic flavors of her family’s Grenadian heritage along with a West Indian decor, old-school reggae tunes, and fascinating stories often shared by Granny, and it’s not uncommon to see customers rockin’ out to the music’s rhythm while waiting in line.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lindsay Murray is excited about finally fulfilling a childhood dream. She and her family are putting on the final touches for a soft opening of her bakery which highlights the exotic flavors of their Grenadian heritage. Spice Isle Bakery is in the heart of Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean neighborhood rich with the sights, sounds, and smells of the diverse West Indian culture.
With equal parts dread and curiosity, I’ve been reading about people who create poems, screenplays, and even novels using artificial intelligence programs like Jasper and ChatGPT.
James Patterson, the wealthiest writer in the U.S. weighing in at a hefty net worth of $800 million, planted his foot squarely in his mouth when he bellyached about how he was the victim of racism because he was a white male writer. I’ve read lots of Patterson‘s books. I even enrolled in his online MasterClass. But, wow!
Many people can’t read or don’t like to read. But reading can put you in the shoes of another human, allow you to experience someone else’s worldview, expose you to someone else’s culture. If the Angry White Man were to read works by diverse writers, I wonder if he’d be more compassionate, more analytical, more tolerant. I don’t know. But I wish he’d spend fifteen minutes and finish reading the Constitution.
& Cynthia Chow
This week we have another fun catch up group of mysteries-Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates, Murder, She Meowed: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods: Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell, and Angels and Alibis: A Sister Lou Mystery by Olivia Matthews.
You’d think nuns, I mean sisters (nuns are cloistered, sisters are in the community, at least according to Sister Marianna and it doesn’t pay to disagree with her). Anyway, you’d think sisters would be able to plan a retreat for their congregation’s annual Advent retreat without disagreement.