What most people see when we first meet is that I’m a young woman and I’m in a wheelchair. People who know me well see all of me, the girl who loves tea and book, who likes to laugh, who has good days and bad. But sometimes folks only see the wheelchair. They talk to my mother or anyone else rather than me. It takes all the fortitude I can summon to not scream, “I am whole! I am intact! I am perfectly fine here inside an imperfect body.”
I’m just a woman like any other, I want to tell folks. I’ve been in love, and I’ve experienced heartbreak. I’m glad to be alive. Sometimes I have a bad day. However, I get by with a little help from my friends, as the Beatles said.
Anyway, my task here is to tell you about my average day.
Every day is different, but it always starts the same way, with my mother helping me get up and get ready and my father carrying me to my wheelchair. . . even though I could make it on my own. I sometimes think I’d like to live in my own apartment, and I have raised the topic, but my parents get so sad, and say, “Whatever you wish, Hannah,” which I know means, “Please don’t leave us yet.”
Then I have breakfast and get on with my day. Three days a week (and sometimes more) that means opening the library. Oh, the thrill of that word, library. Doesn’t it just whisper to you of magic and wonder and something beyond what we all can see and feel and hear? If you said yes, just now, that means you’re a book person and you can’t be bad. If you said no, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a bad person, however. . . oh, I’m just joking!
I love working in my library, helping people find the exact right book to take away their loneliness, or their worry, or just to help them fill their time. But other days I take books with me and go. My two favorite places are the local school, where I take picture books for the little ones and YA books for the middlegraders, and Golden Acres, Gogi Grace’s senior residence. I love taking picture books of old photos to help folks remember their youth, but other books too, on art, and history, and anything that tickles my fancy. I’ve met some fascinating people there. I’m secretly hoping to write a history of Autumn Vale, but don’t tell anyone!
Usually after that it’s home with Mom and Dad, but lately I do other things, and even go to parties and luncheons out at Wynter Castle, thanks to Merry Wynter, one of my new friends. And I do research for her when she’s ‘on a case’, investigating one of the murders that seem to be happening a little too often around here. I’m secretly thrilled when something I discover helps her crack the case!
I’m blessed with many friends, from those of my childhood like Zeke and Gordy, to my new Wynter Castle friends, Pish and Shilo and especially dear Merry.
And that’s my day. Please say you’ll drop by the library for tea and one of Merry’s muffins?
You can read more about Hannah in Death of an English Muffin, the third book in the “Merry Muffin” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Bran New Death and Muffin But Murder.
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About Death of an English Muffin
They say one’s home is one’s castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry’s able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.
The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty—and fabulously wealthy—Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy—until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased. . .
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About the author
Victoria Hamilton is the national bestselling author of three bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries as Victoria, and the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.
Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything. . . except writing!