Tuesday, January 28, 2020

DYEING UP LOOSE ENDS

by Maggie Sefto




For those of you Cozy Chicks Blog readers and friends, you may just now be learning about some of the Cozy Chicks' murder mysteries.  So I thought I'd post a description of the June 2016  Kelly Flynn murder mystery---DYEING UP LOOSE ENDS.

Four years have sped swiftly by, and Kelly Flynn and friends are all busy with children and careers.  Baby Jack is now a rambunctious four-year old pre-schooler.  The folks at Lambspun knitting shop are all immersed in the wonderful world of fiber until they are shocked by the murder of one of the cafĂ©’s lovable staff. Kelly’s sleuthing instincts immediately go on alert, and she starts asking questions.  But the answers are even more surprising.                

Monday, January 27, 2020

WHY DOES MY CAT DROWN HER TOYS?

By Mary Kennedy                                           

This is Calpurnia, looking rather somber at the question.  Does she look guilty, ashamed, or maybe just thoughtful?  She reminded me that the last time I asked about weird cat behavior I implied that the cat in question was clinically insane. (and yes, she found this suggestion offensive!) Her siblings are off somewhere sleeping and couldn't be bothered to join the discussion.

Since many of us have and love cats, I thought I'd reveal an odd behavior. When I buy my cats new catnip mice they invariably drown them in their water dish. Eww. Why, I wondered.

                                                                                

I've tried to come up with an explanation and have talked to some cat behaviorists. My own theory is that "nature is cruel," but here's what the experts say. 

1. It's instinct to hide prey. Since cats don't have a den or lair to drag their prey back to, they bring it back to somewhere they know is theirs--the water dish. They figure it will be safe there.
                                                                              

2.Another possibility is that it's gathering or collecting behavior. Just like mother cats collect their kittens and bring them back to the nest. 

                                                                            

3. Some experts believe that cats do this to remove the scent of their prey. They don't want their prey to be stolen by other predators. 

                                                                             


Whatever the reason, this is probably one of those cat behaviors we will never understand! After all, who can understand the mind of a cat? 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Love that Loaded Spud

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett


A few weeks ago, Mr. L and I tried a new-to-us restaurant for lunch. I ordered a Cuban sandwich on our first visit. It wasn't the best I'd tasted. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. Mr. L chose a brisket sandwich and he raved about it. He wanted to go back. Me? Not so much. But before we went last week, I went through the menu at least three times and could not find anything I wanted. The only thing that vaguely interested me was a loaded potato. I love baked potatoes and when I'm at home, I usually only have butter and a lot of fresh-ground black pepper. Because I'm trying to lose weight, I ordered it with the grilled chicken, but without the sour cream and cheese ... but that's mainly because I don't care for sour cream or cheese. (Okay, I'm a bit of a picky eater.)

It was GOOD. So good, that days later, I was still thinking about it. And so this past Tuesday, we went back for our third try. (Mr. L and I go out to lunch twice a week. Yeah, not really a good thing if you're trying to lose weight, but I'm down six pounds with intermittent fasting, so...it could be worse.)

The bartender messed up my martini (ick--he made it dirty, dumping in olive juice), not a good omen but they replaced it right away. And when it was time to order, I had made up my mind that I would try the potato topped with pulled pork instead of grilled chicken. (Just to try it out, you understand.) But when it came my turn to order I found myself blurting "with prime rib."

Where did that come from?

It's been more than a year since I had prime rib. Besides ground beef in a burger, taco, or a burrito, I'm just not a fan of beef and if I eat it once a month, that's a lot. EXCEPT for prime rib. I really LOVE it, but it's so expensive, we only have it once a year, usually on my Mum's birthday--even though she's been gone for nearly five years. We used to invite her (and Dad) over for supper on her birthday and always served prime rib. (We always had lobster on Dad's birthday.)

OMG -- that loaded potato was even better then the one the week before. The beef was cooked to perfection, and though there wasn't a lot of it, it was the perfect amount and beautifully seasoned. 

We're planning on going back next week and guess what I intend to order?

P.S. These pictures don't do it justice. I will have to take a photo the next time we go.

What do you like on your loaded spud?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Can Making A Souffle Really Be "Easy"?

by Karen Rose Smith


I love souffles but have always hesitated trying to make one.  Perhaps that is because of all the souffle flops I've seen on cooking competition shows.  Making a souffle can be tricky.  You must follow the directions carefully or your souffle will not rise.  The other drawback to serving a souffle is that it must be created right before the meal you are preparing so you can serve it before it falls.  I decided to try a souffle on New Year's Day since it seemed to pair well with the ham, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and green beans that I had planned to serve. A family member is on a Keto diet so this cheese souffle fit into that too.

I had great hopes since I found a recipe for an "easy" three cheese souffle.  However, I had a funny feeling as I was following the recipe that I had not beaten the egg whites to stiff-enough peaks.  I hoped my doubts would be alleviated with the final product.  The souffle did indeed rise but not as high as I had hoped with a nice "top hat" above the rim of the pan.  It spooned out of the pan nicely and was done through to the center.  And it tasted yummy.
 

The next week, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to try the recipe again...for just me and my husband.  No great expectations and no need for perfection.  I beat the egg whites to stiffer peaks and watched through the oven door as the souffle rose to a beautiful height with a distinctive "top hat."  It was even more fluffy than my first attempt and was cheesy delicious.  Needless to say, we ate leftover souffle for the next couple of days.

Here is the recipe for EASY THREE CHEESE SOUFFLE:

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided
6 eggs, separated
6 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1.  Spray a 1 1/2 quart souffle dish with cooking spray; coat evenly with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
2.  Blend egg yolks, milk, cream cheese, cheddar and remaining Parmesan in blender on high speed 30 seconds or until smooth.  Pour into a large bowl.
3.  Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in separate mixer bowl on high speed until stiff peaks form.  Gently stir into cheese mixture; pour into prepared souffle dish.  With tip of spoon, make a slight indentation or "track" around the edge of the souffle to form "top hat."
4.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 40 minutes or until top is puffed and golden brown.  Serve immediately.

Then enjoy!!!

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Keith Rebert is homeless with a sad story that includes the death of his wife and medical bills that decimated his finances. Daisy and her friend Jonas Groft meet him through one of Daisy’s employees and offer help. But soon Keith is caught up in a murder investigation. He was supplying the shop Pirated Treasures with antiques, including Gettysburg Battlefield memorabilia. The nephew of the shop’s owner, Barry Storm, was lowballing merchandise that Keith brought in. One day Keith and Barry vehemently argued. Soon after, Barry was found dead, killed with a marble rolling pin that held Keith’s fingerprints. Daisy’s special for the month, cherry tarts, was found spilled on the floor next to him. Keith is the number one suspect.

Keith finds a job on a farm where he can live in a cabin with his daughter Mandy. A friend of Barry’s lived and worked there before the murder, then suddenly moved out. As Daisy finds clues that give insight into Barry’s life and prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she faces danger, verbally battles with the detective on the case, and tries to figure out what part Jonas Groft plays in her life. When she finds the ultimate clue that tells her exactly what Barry Storm was involved in, she almost loses her life. 




Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Pets out of nowhere



There are a lot of pet owners out there and we come to our pets in the most unusual ways. I’m a firm believer that your pet comes to you, you don’t find them. It’s something in the cosmic universe that brings you two together.
Maybe you’re driving along on one of those dark and stormy nights and there, in the middle of the road is a stray just waiting for you. A friend was pregnant and driving across an icy bridge and there walking across the handrail was a kitten slipping and sliding and inches from death of falling into the river. She rescue the kitten and he was the best pet ever and best of friends with her then unborn babe.
I found Spooky in Kroger’s parking lot mixed in with the shopping cars scared and mewing for all she was worth. I went into the store and bought a can of cat food to woo her out so I could get her.
My first cat, Pixel, was supposed to be for my son. Yeah, we know how those stories turn out. When he crossed the rainbow bridge I told the kids...no more cats for bit. The next week my son brings me a kitten he found in an ice cream shop parking lot. He needed a home, I had one, end of story.
So many cats and dogs wind up on our doorsteps, they seem to know instinctively who will love and care for them. God bless those who rescue animals from horrid situations and make them family. (IMHO anyone who mistreats an animal should burn in hell for all eternity and I mean it)
So what about you? How did you get your first pet? How did he come into your life and save you more than you saved him?
Hugs, Duffy

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dry, Dry, DRY!

by Maggie Sefton




If this post sounds weirder than usual, chalk it up to my waking up before 5:00am on Tuesday morn to discover that my dental surgery yesterday had caused me to forget to write my Tuesday Cozy Chicks Blog post on Monday night.  :)  

I'm presently in Northern Colorado as Cozy Chicks Blog readers would expect.  But I will be traveling back to Northern Virginia very soon.  Of course I'll be happy to see all my family and friends when I return there, but I hadn't intended to leave Colorado so soon this winter.  Why am I returning earlier?  That's an answer I had not expected  to give.  I'm leaving beautiful Northern Colorado because of the weather.

Is there more snow than usual?  No, in fact a lot  of us in Northern Colorado would love to see more.  Has the sun hidden behind clouds and refused to shine like it usually does?  Nope.  Not at all.  In fact we have our usual bright sunny days.

It's because the weather has had too many bright sunny days in my not-so-humble opinion.  I know that sounds strange, but a lot of us here on the Front Range of Colorado (that's the invisible line that runs North to South from the Wyoming border almost to New Mexico) would love to see some more snow or rain.  Our High Country and Mountain towns from 9000 feet up (like most of the resort towns) have regular snow.  Tourists and visitors are having great times on our snowy mountain slopes, so that's good.

Maybe it's just me.  I like to have lots of humidity around.  I'm sure that comes from growing up and spending so many years of my life Back East in Northern Virginia.  Lots of humidity there, that's for sure.  So I'm definitely not used to what most people would call a "dry spell."  I'm slathering on lotions every day, so that helps.  Enjoy our beautiful sunny Winter, Everyone!    

Monday, January 20, 2020

SMALL TOWN OR BRIGHT LIGHTS? AUTHORS KNOW SETTING IS KEY!

By Mary Kennedy                                                   

Do you enjoy books set in small towns across rural America? Books set in lazy southern hamlets with loads of tradition and history?  Or glitzy cities like LA, Miami  and Manhattan? As an author, it's all up for grabs and sometimes the choices are too much to handle.
                 

I've written 47 books and sometimes the settings choose themselves. For example, MOVIE STAR is the story of a girl at a small New England high school whose life changes when a film company decides to shoot a summer flick at her school. The book was originally titled Confessions of an Almost Movie Star and was published by Penguin. When the rights were reversed to me, I shortened the title and now it's available as an e-book.
                                                                            

The next book in the series. CONFESSIONS, absolutely had to be set in Hollywood. Jessie, the main character from book one, snares an internship with a Los Angeles entertainment magazine and has fun exploring La-la land.                                                                                         


GOLDEN GIRL, another book in the Hollywood Nights series is set in South Beach. The Miami vibe and its connection with the film industry is necessary to the plot. The book just wouldn't make sense if it was set any place else.
                                       
                                                                                  
These are my teen novels. Now that I'm writing cozy mysteries, I have two series, The Dream Club Mysteries, for Penguin Random House which are set in Savannah. 
                                                                                 

      And the Talk Radio Mysteries set in the fictional town of Cypress Grove, Florida. 
                                                                                                                                                       

 How about you? Is the setting a factor in which books you choose?

Mary Kennedy
                                                                     
                                                                                  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rockabye Poppy

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

My cat, Poppy, is a rambunctious little girl. Her favorite thing to do is to "flip and flop." She loves to roll around on the rug looking as cute as a button.



Unfortunately, she likes to flip and flop on my lap, too, and it never ends well. But I've finally found a trick to keep that wiggle-worm still. I rock her--like a baby. When I'm at the computer and she jumps onto my lap, I scoop her into my arms and we sit and have a cuddle.  This has turned our mom-and-girl time into a much more pleasant experience for both of us. (When I'm sitting on the couch, Poppy likes me to have an afghan on my lap. She'll liable to sit with me more often when I've got an afghan.)

As it turns out, Poppy likes to watch YouTube videos almost as much as I do. Just this week we've watched episodes of Restaurant Impossible and What's for Tea? (Love What's for Tea? It's about Scottish woman, named Sheryl, who cooks dinner (sharing the recipes) often in a crock pot, or a grocery store haul, and she ends her videos with beautiful shots of Scotland. (I love her!) This is the kind of food I grew up with. (My mother wasn't Scottish, but my Dad was half Scot.) This is the kind of food I want to make.  (Poppy is content with 9 Lives.)

But Poppy isn't just a mama's girl. Lately, she's developed an independent streak. Instead of spending all her time with us in our offices, she's been snoozing on the couch or behind the living room drape. Go figure. But our times together are much more calm (with a lot less biting) than they used to be just because I finally figured out what she needed as opposed to what she wants.

Does your pet require you to adapt to its needs?


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Crazy Weather

by Karen Rose Smith



When I write a cozy mystery, I'm always working within a projected calendar of a least a year in advance.  I used to be able to look at a month like January in Pennsylvania and project cold temperatures, snow and dangerous driving conditions for my characters.  Or I could assume the daffodils would be blooming by a certain date in April.  But weather in the past few years has been making my predictions much more precarious.

This past Wednesday, we were supposed to have about an
inch or two of snow.  But by Wednesday afternoon the trees in the yard were dusted with a beautiful coat of freshly fallen snow and my husband was shoveling five or six inches of snow from the driveway.










And on Sunday...he was raking left-over leaves in the yard!  With temperatures in the sixties and a passing storm system that dumped substantial rain, the snow disappeared overnight.  Our outside cats enjoyed a morning of basking in the warm sunshine.  Even they seem to be confused by the changing landscape each morning when we open the door for them to go out.


Whether it is just a pleasant fluke or something more serious related to climate change, this January has been unusually warm.  I only hope the weather hasn't confused the months and growing season.  I hope that February and March temperatures will be below normal.

I guess I'm just learning, as with everything in life, we have to enjoy the pleasant weather while we have it and save that "to-be-read" book for a snowy or blustery day no matter in which month it occurs.  And I'll just keep the snow shovel by the front door...





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Keith Rebert is homeless with a sad story that includes the death of his wife and medical bills that decimated his finances. Daisy and her friend Jonas Groft meet him through one of Daisy’s employees and offer help. But soon Keith is caught up in a murder investigation. He was supplying the shop Pirated Treasures with antiques, including Gettysburg Battlefield memorabilia. The nephew of the shop’s owner, Barry Storm, was lowballing merchandise that Keith brought in. One day Keith and Barry vehemently argued. Soon after, Barry was found dead, killed with a marble rolling pin that held Keith’s fingerprints. Daisy’s special for the month, cherry tarts, was found spilled on the floor next to him. Keith is the number one suspect.

Keith finds a job on a farm where he can live in a cabin with his daughter Mandy. A friend of Barry’s lived and worked there before the murder, then suddenly moved out. As Daisy finds clues that give insight into Barry’s life and prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she faces danger, verbally battles with the detective on the case, and tries to figure out what part Jonas Groft plays in her life. When she finds the ultimate clue that tells her exactly what Barry Storm was involved in, she almost loses her life. 



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hats Off...or On?

Okay, it’s National Hat Day. I just love hats but they don’t love me. I look horrible in a hat. I know, I know people say that’s crazy, everyone can wear a hat well.
I wish! I’ve tried different ones and the look is always the same...give it up. Here are a few pics of me in hats. See, I need to just grow my hair longer and let it take the place of a hat. 

Then there are people who look amazing in hats! My daughter could do commercials for hats she looks so good in them. Babies look terrific in hats, pets look great in hats, Audrey Hepbern is the queen of hats.
So what about you? Love hats? Hate them? Look good in them or just wear them to keep from getting a head cold.

 


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Backward Look

by Maggie Sefton


I know I'm early with this but I like to  mention important subjects so people can
keep them in mind.  So here goes----an unpleasant subject for a lot of people----income taxes.


January is the month when those of us who have what the IRS considers "small businesses"  like writing and publishing fiction start getting our expenses in order for the previous year.


Any of you who have small buusinesses need to take a look back and see how the year of 2019 turned out for you.  Good Luck, Everyone!  I'll be joining you.  :)

Monday, January 13, 2020

BEWARE OF JANUARY 19th

By Mary Kennedy                                                   


Why should you fear January 19th? That's the day most people give up on their fitness resolutions, according to a Stanford University study. Remember when you were going to hit the gym for an hour before work?  You were going to go all vegan, banning meat, fish, fowl and dairy from your life? Bike to work at least 3 days a week? Run 10 miles every Saturday?

These goals seemed so do-able on January 1st and yet by the 19th, they will be history.

What to do about this sorry state of affairs?

Re-think the "all or nothing" trap you fell into. Change doesn't have to be all or nothing. In fact, it shouldn't be. That sort of thinking doesn't lead to success. And you want to succeed, don't you? That's why you made those resolutions.

So back to the drawing board. Starting thinking small. Yes, small.
                   
                                                                                     

This is a secret that most successful people already know. And you can adopt it too. Scale down your goals. Want to lose five pounds? Maybe you've identified that "late night snacking" is your kryptonite. 

Establish a "kitchen is closed" routine after dinner. Get the snack dishes out of the den! No more night noshing. Try it for a week or two and check the scale. Seeing even a small loss will inspire you to keep going. One of my friends took up needlepoint to avoid snacking while she watches British mysteries in the evening. And let's face it, it's hard to do needlepoint with orange Cheeto fingers!

Good luck and think small!

By Mary Kennedy

Saturday, January 11, 2020

I'm in the Spotlight!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett



I feel a little like Marty McFly from Back to the Future. And why is that?  Because I'm in the middle of writing (with my co-author Gayle Leeson) Victoria Square #7 (A Murderous Misconception), and writing a prequel to the series at the same time.

It turns out that reviewing that first book for the prequel has helped me reevaluate some of the characters who regularly appear later in the books.

Everyone who's read the series knows what happened before Katie Bonner drove past Artisans Alley that brisk September morning and saw a host of Sheriff's Office cruisers with their lights flashing.

Or do they?

And why am I writing a prequel to an established series?

Because I currently don't own the rights to the first six books. When will I get them back? That's anybody's guess. But it doesn't hurt to have a prequel that can be used as a loss leader. Why would I need a loss leader? To attract new readers.

Every author struggles with finding new readers. We have giveaways, we post on social media, we send out regular newsletters, and on and on and on .... The competition is fierce and it takes a lot to stand out in the crowd. And if you're me, it's even harder because I'm writing under THREE names. It's very frustrating when your pseudonym is doing a LOT better than your real self. (My pseudonym is Lorna Barrett of the Booktown Mystery series.)

So, how can you support me?



First, read my series (I have four: The Victoria Square Mysteries, The Lotus Bay Mysteries, Tales from Blythe Cove Manor, and Tales of Telenia (action-adventure). If you like the books, please consider reviewing them on your favorite online review sites (think Amazon, B&N, Bookbub, Books A Million, Indiebound, etc.)

Subscribe to my newsletter. (Leave our address and I'll send you some bookmarks as a thank you for joining!)

Follow me on Bookbub and/or Amazon. They'll let you know if any of my books go on sale, or remind you when I have a new release.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. (I'm also there under my other two names.)

Join my Facebook group page (Lorraine's & Lorna's Perpetual Tea Party). There you'll meet fans of my books. It's a place where we chat about life and every subject under the sun. It's fun!

Visit my website and/or follow my blog. View my videos on Youtube! (Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!)

I've found that whether I'm writing as Lorraine or Lorna, I have the best, most considerate readers in the world. I'm so grateful that you have read (or listened) to my books and stories. Thank you.  You rock!

Friday, January 10, 2020

The lost art of conversation

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Mr. L and I go out on a date for lunch at least once a week and the one thing we notice EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. is that most who go out to eat are seated and immediately whip out their phones. Sometimes they only put the phone down before bites. Just yesterday, we went out to eat and the man and woman (who were older than me) sat down and the man whipped out his phone. I could see them through the entire meal. He was on his phone for nearly the whole time they were there. The only conversation during that 45 minute span was ordering with the waitress. Otherwise, the woman sat there looking around and not speaking...BECAUSE HER HUSBAND WAS ON THE PHONE.

I expect that kind of behavior from younger people, so it was surprising to see it from an older gentleman.

More than 20 years ago, one of my friends confided to us that she told her husband, "I'm not going out if there will be no conversation between us." He didn't have a phone to whip out, but he was reluctant to speak to her.  So, they stayed home.

I don't get it.  Mr. L and I have been together for (mumble, mumble) years. In all those years, we have NEVER run out of conversation. We both work from home. We talk all day long (albeit sometimes shouting between our offices--which are connected), but we have never run out of things to say to each other. 

I feel sorry for these people. If you have nothing to say to each other--why are you still together?  Go find someone (friend, family member--whatever) to talk to.

What's your opinion on this?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Cats Gifts For Christmas

by Karen Rose Smith



I was excited by all the new electronic devices my husband and I received for Christmas to help make our daily routines (like preparing a shopping list) a little easier.  However, my favorite gifts are those which are cat-related. Since I love cats and always try to feature them in my cozy mysteries, when I receive a "cat" gift, I feel that the gift was chosen personally for me and that the giver took the time to consider what I enjoy receiving.

Since I write the Daisy's Tea Garden cozy mysteries (and of course love cats!) the Merry Catmas teapot pictured above was the perfect gift from my pet sitter.  It perfectly combined both of my "loves."  And it perfectly complements my Lenox cat cookie jar, a gift from Christmases past.

My son always tries to find a personalized cat gift featuring one of my felines, but this year he gave me a black mug!  Oh, did I forget to mention that the mug turned into a cat mug when it is filled with hot liquid? The image on the mug resembles the original paintings in my vet's office...which I always take a photo of and post on social media when one of my cats has an appointment.



Utilitarian gifts can also be made more personal by adding cats!  I have a collection of decorative canes which I always take with me when I go out.  But until this Christmas, I did not have one that featured cats.  At a distance, it just looks like a multi-colored cane, but up close, various breeds of cats with their expressive eyes bring a smile to my face. 

I saw the new drip-proof umbrellas advertised on TV before the holidays, but I was not aware they came with cats decorating the whole underside of the umbrella.  Now all I have to do is look up on a rainy day and the sweet cat faces staring down at me will chase away the rainy day blues.


I also enjoy giving cat-related gifts.  My husband has quite a collection of "cat" T-shirts.  I added this one to his collection this year.  The cat looks very much like Halo, the pregnant stray we took in who had her kittens in my office.  She and hubby have a special bond.
   

Gift giving from the heart is always immediately recognizable when the gift is opened.  The smile on the recipient's face shows appreciation for someone taking extra care to choose the perfect gift.

Now it's time to start shopping for next Christmas so I can give everyone on my gift list the perfect gift that will brighten their day.

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Keith Rebert is homeless with a sad story that includes the death of his wife and medical bills that decimated his finances. Daisy and her friend Jonas Groft meet him through one of Daisy’s employees and offer help. But soon Keith is caught up in a murder investigation. He was supplying the shop Pirated Treasures with antiques, including Gettysburg Battlefield memorabilia. The nephew of the shop’s owner, Barry Storm, was lowballing merchandise that Keith brought in. One day Keith and Barry vehemently argued. Soon after, Barry was found dead, killed with a marble rolling pin that held Keith’s fingerprints. Daisy’s special for the month, cherry tarts, was found spilled on the floor next to him. Keith is the number one suspect.


Keith finds a job on a farm where he can live in a cabin with his daughter Mandy. A friend of Barry’s lived and worked there before the murder, then suddenly moved out. As Daisy finds clues that give insight into Barry’s life and prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she faces danger, verbally battles with the detective on the case, and tries to figure out what part Jonas Groft plays in her life. When she finds the ultimate clue that tells her exactly what Barry Storm was involved in, she almost loses her life.