BeewitchedI know exactly what P.P. stands for. They can’t fool me! Pity Party, that’s what. Okay, maybe I did do some whining when I first moved to Moraine, Wisconsin. One really is the loneliest number! I’ve had a crappy life…boy, could I tell you some horror stories!

But things have improved for me since Story Fischer became my BFF. She lives next door, with that cop and his K-9 partner, which is a big fat mistake. Not the dog, the guy. Sure, he’s cute and all, but, as I keep trying to pound into Story’s head, a woman doesn’t need a man to be complete. If anything, they slow you down, rob you of your freedom, and you end up as some kind of household pet.

Take me, for a perfect example of a strong and independent woman.

I’m not afraid to take down a bad guy. No matter how big and scary. I have my ways, but I can’t mention them because…well, just let’s leave it at that. I have my ways. And, believe me, the end has justified the means every single time. But for some reason my best friend can’t wrap her head around that truth. Story should accept my methods by now, since I’ve bailed her out of more than one sticky situation.

She’s always had a hard time expressing gratitude though. I accept her quirks. That’s what friends do, right? And I really try to respect her wishes, even if they are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Because this time Story is in way over her head. She’s got herself involved with the witch who moved in on our street. What was she thinking? Good thing she has me. Now, where did I store my warding off witches equipment? There, found it.

Time for a rescue from yours truly.

You can read more about Patti in Beewitched, the fifth book in the “Queen Bee” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Buzz Off. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
National bestselling author Hannah Reed lives in southern Wisconsin in a community much like the one she writes about. Along with number 6 of the beekeeping stories, she is busy writing a new mystery series set in the Scottish Highlands. Look for Off Kilter in October.

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