Author’s Note: Berry farmer Miles Crawford is a pivotal character in my new book, “Town in a Strawberry Swirl,” currently available everywhere. In the posting below, we see what Miles was thinking on the day before some very mysterious events take place in Cape Willington, Maine.
Hi, I’m Miles Crawford. I’ve owned, lived at, and worked at Crawford’s Berry Farm in Cape Willington, Maine, for the better part of 30 years. My farm is located on the outskirts of town just past Blueberry Acres, where Candy Holliday lives with her father, Henry “Doc” Holliday.
This afternoon I had to get out the NO BERRY PICKING TODAY sign. I hate getting that sign out of the barn—and just days before the first annual Cape Willington Strawberry Fair! I know the ladies of the Cape Willington Heritage Protection League are counting on my strawberries to sell at the fair, and they plan to use them to make baked goods like strawberry shortcake. The spring was just too wet and cold for the berries to ripen in time. I just hope it doesn’t cause any problems for the villagers.
I’ve been thinking of all the changes I’ve made at my berry farm over the years. I recently put in cherry trees to add interest, and for another fruit to sell. I have three acres of strawberry fields, split into two fields, each one-and-a-half acres. I also put up two hoophouses to extend the growing season for my vegetables. These improvements will help keep the farm running at a profit.
Last week I was at Gumm’s Hardware store in town buying nails when I ran into Doc Holliday. He said he has an interest in looking at my hoophouses. He’s been thinking of putting up a hoophouse at Blueberry Acres, so I invited him over tomorrow to look around and see how they work.
The thing is, I love this farm. Over the past few months, I’ve had a property management firm from New York City pressuring me to sell the place, which makes me nervous. To be honest, I had no intention of selling my farm until recently. I even started hiding a few things around the place because of them. Last night I had a dream there were people in my house searching through my things. That kind of put me on edge, as you can probably imagine.
Well… it will be good to see Doc Holliday tomorrow. Now, to put that sign up….
You can read more about Miles in Town In A Strawberry Swirl, the fifth book in the “Candy Holliday” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Town in a Blueberry Jam. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.
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About the Author
B.B. Haywood is the author of the Candy Holliday Murder Mystery Series, featuring Candy and Henry “Doc” Holliday. Titles in the national bestselling series include “Town in a Blueberry Jam,” “Town in a Lobster Stew,” “Town in a Wild Moose Chase,” “ Town in a Pumpkin Bash,” and the recently released “Town in a Strawberry Swirl.” All books in the series are currently available in print or as ebooks from Berkeley Prime Crime. Large print editions of the first four books, as well as an audiobook of “Town in a Blueberry Jam,” are also available. For more information about the series, visit www.hollidaysblueberryacres.com.
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