You solve a few murders and everyone thinks you live a very exotic life. Seriously, I have a job like everyone else. I have a huge mortgage on the house from buying out my husband, so I can’t slack off. Of course, some people think being an event planner means I just sit around and party. If only that were true! Most of the time, my life is pretty quiet. Really!
My best friend and across-the-street neighbor, Nina Reid Norwood (she’s a southerner and you know how they like to use all three names), is a pushover for rescuing dogs and cats. Not that I blame her. I have a soft spot for them myself. Nina is also a huge fan of cupcakes. She came up with the notion of combining cupcakes with homeless animals and talked me into helping her with a special weekend-long fund-raising event called Cupcakes and Pupcakes. That weekend was anything but quiet or relaxing.
Cupcake bakers sold their yummy sweets, decorated with dog and cat themes, and pet boutiques sold rainbows of leashes and collars, beds, and toys. Most of the proceeds went to local rescue groups to save lives. It was really a great idea. There was even a black tie eight-course cupcake gala with an auction and voting on the best cupcake. Those tickets sold faster than salted caramel cupcakes!
On Friday morning that weekend, I did something I never do. I skipped breakfast. It seemed sort of silly to eat a bagel or a croissant when we were going to be surrounded by cupcakes. Isn’t a cupcake for breakfast the ultimate indulgence?
Nina was nervous. Not surprising since it was her first event. I seem to recall her saying to shoot her and put her out of her misery if she ever tried to do an event like that again. And that was before the trouble really started.
I went to pick up coffee for us and was accosted by a woman who was furious with me. Imagine. In public! And on an empty stomach, too. I had no idea why she was so upset with me, and to tell the truth, I couldn’t even place her at that moment. Don’t you hate those awkward situations?
Then the partners in a local cupcake bakery split up and started fighting like, well, like cats and dogs. And my friend, Humphrey, turned up with not one, but two women chasing him! That might not sound like much to you, but women usually run away from Humphrey, not after him! And then someone was murdered. I’m telling you, it just got worse by the minute.
I did meet a possible new flame, though. After what I went through with Wolf, I’m in no hurry to hook up with the wrong guy again. But let’s be honest ¬– move over George Clooney! This guy is so handsome that he makes my toes tingle. We didn’t meet under the best circumstances though.
You can read more about that crazy day in The Diva Frosts A Cupcake, which will be in stores June 4th!
Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of THE DIVA FROSTS A CUPCAKE to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends June 9; US entries only per publisher’s request.
Bonus: I have two Domestic Diva T-shirts and one Domestic Diva tote bag up for grabs as well, courtesy of Krista.
Meet the author
Like her characters, Krista Davis has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and cupcakes. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats. The Diva Frosts a Cupcake is the seventh book in her Domestic Diva Mystery series. Three of those books have been nominated for Agatha awards and two have made the New York Times Bestseller list. In December, Krista’s new series, the Paws and Claws Mysteries, will debut with Murder, She Barked.