Gigi peeled the curtain away from the window and looked out. Snowing again. This winter was shaping up to be the longest on record!
She was about to curl up on the sofa with a book when there was a knock on the door.
Who on earth…?
Reg ran down the hall, barking excitedly, his tail going a mile a minute.
Gigi pulled open the door to find Bill Metz standing on her doorstep.
“What a nice surprise,” Gigi said as Mertz leaned over to kiss her.
“For once everything in Woodstone is quiet—no robberies, no murders, not even any jaywalking, so I’ve got the whole day off. And,” he paused dramatically, “I thought you might like to go sledding.”
“Sledding?” Gigi hadn’t done that in years, but why not? “Sure.”
She bundled up in several layers of clothing and followed Mertz out to his car, Reg trotting alongside them.
There was a huge hill next to the Woodstone Library. Several people—mostly children—were already out sledding.
Mertz held the sled while Gigi stepped onto it carefully. She held Reg in front of her, and Mertz got on behind them, his arms around Gigi’s waist.
Mertz pushed off and they went sailing down the hill, Reg’s ears flapping in the breeze.
“That was fun,” Gigi said when they arrived at the bottom.
The three of them trudged back up the hill and got into position again.
Mertz pushed off, and they went flying down the hill again. This time they hit a bump and were briefly airborne. Mertz, Gigi and Reg all tumbled off the sled and into the snow.
Gigi ended up half on top of Mertz. They caught each other’s eye, and he lowered his lips for a kiss. They stayed like that until Reg bounded over and began to lick their faces.
Gigi decided that maybe winter wasn’t so bad after all.
You can read more about Gigi in Iced To Death, the third book in the “Gourmet De-Lite” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Allergic to Death. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.
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Meet the author
Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan—on exile from NJ as she likes to joke.
Peg is writing three cozy mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime— the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee; the Gourmet De-Lite series, under her own name, set in Connecticut and the Cranberry Cove series, set on the western shore of Lake Michigan which will debut in 2015. She also writes the Lucille Series for Beyond the Page Publishing and is currently working on the sequel to Confession Is Murder. You can visit Peg at www.pegcochran.com or on Facebook.
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