A Day in the Life with Cliff Sebastian by Paige Shelton

If Onions Could Spring LeeksOccupation: Police Officer, Broken Rope, Missouri.

Home is where the heart is, that’s what they say. And, I admit, for me home, Broken Rope, Missouri, is exactly where I left my heart. I was lucky to find it again when I went back.

I’m beginning to think that a typical day around Broken Rope isn’t all that typical. There’s something strange going on here, and ten years away, along with my new career, gives me a different perspective. At least I think that’s it.

I hadn’t meant to become a police officer, particularly in Broken Rope. I also hadn’t meant for my first marriage to end so badly. But it was the job offer and the divorce that took me back home, back to the small Ozark town where cowboys and fake gunfights still entertain tourists every summer.

And, of course, there was Betts. Betts Winston. My high school sweetheart. It had been her idea that we “take a break” while we went to college and worked on becoming the things we thought we wanted to become. Our lives became separate, as can happen when you leave each other as kids and turn into adults as you’re both going in different directions. Law school was her thing until it wasn’t. And architecture was my thing until I ruined it along with that first marriage. Betts doesn’t know all those details, and I’ll probably never tell her. She doesn’t need to know, because, I suspect she’s got plenty of other things on her plate.

She works with her grandmother, Missouri, at the cooking school on the edge of town. It’s housed in an old church building and it’s next to a cemetery that’s the final resting place of many of our more infamous historical criminals and colorful characters.

I’m glad Betts and I are back together; more than glad, I’m to the moon and filled with a sense of peace I didn’t know existed. But I sure wish I understood what was holding her back. She’s committed to me, but not all the way. I’d take it personally if I didn’t think her lack of commitment was a breakdown in every part of her life. She’s only partway committed to everything right now, a slice of her attention angled toward something I can’t see.

My days – typical for me, but, again, probably not all that typical – are filled with the small crimes that come with a big tourist community and a few bigger heinous crimes that can be expected too. There’s always been murder in Broken Rope. Gunfights and hangings used to be the norm. But there’s something else going in this town. I’m pretty sure Betts knows what it is. Probably her grandmother does too, but I think Betts lets herself be distracted by it more. It’s something I can feel, sense maybe, catch at the edge of my vision. I don’t understand it, but the more I know it’s there the more I think it’s something I might never be able to completely accept.

I’m on the job though. Sometimes I think I want to figure it out, but sometimes I’m sure I don’t. I hope that whatever it is, it’s something I can fix, something normal. I’m not sure if I’m ready for anything more than that, even though I expect I might have to be.

See you in Broken Rope.


You can read more about Cliff in If Onions Could Spring Leeks, the fifth book in the “Country Cooking School” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is If Fried Chicken Could Fly.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on September 3 for the chance to win a print copy of If Onions Could Spring Leeks. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Paige Shelton recently moved to Arizona where she’s trying to balance all the cool stuff (the scenery, the people, the pools) with the not-so-cool stuff (the summer temperatures.) For more information, check out her website: www.paigeshelton.com

54 responses to “A Day in the Life with Cliff Sebastian by Paige Shelton

  1. Good author, good series.

  2. Have not read a Paige Shelton book yet, but this book sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks

  3. Wonderful title, great blurb, & very enticing location: Broken Rope, MO. This sounds so good, I’m adding it to my TBR list. If I win the print copy, I’ll donate to the library where I work as soon as I’ve read-reviewed it. Thanks, Dru for introducing us to Paige Shelton. Thanks, Paige for the giveaway.

  4. Pamela Woodfield

    I just live this series, Paige Shelton! I’m glad I’m behind because it means I have quite a few to read. ツ I can relate to the heat thing. I am not a fan of the South in the heat. Is Arizona dry–I haven’t been in years. Seems like that’s what I remember. Here in Mississippi it’s just muggy & to quite my mother, “oppressive”. I can’t wait for the 50 degree or cooler stuff myself. I look forward to more of these & will be giving your Farmer’s Market ones a try. Looks like 2 new series coming out in 2016??? Excellent!
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  5. Love the series, thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  6. I really enjoy this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Debbie Carnes

    Love this series and look forward to reading this one

  8. Thank you for introducing me to a new author (Paige Shelton). If Onions Could Spring Leeks sounds like a fun book. I will have to check out this mystery series. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  9. Havent had the chance to find the first book in the series yet but would love to get the series started. Thank you for the chance.

  10. Love the author but I am not yet familiar with this series. Thanks for the offer.

  11. I love the title of this book. Thank you for the chance to win this book

  12. Broken Rope sounds like an interesting place. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Interesting.

  14. Thank you for the introduction to Cliff and Broken Rope. I am intrigued and will most certainly look for this book and any others in the series. robeader53@yahoo.com

  15. Great series – my daughter and I fight over who gets to read the new books first!

  16. jane chizmar

    Love the titles of your books. Looking forward to reading them. jchizmar01@windstream.net

  17. Linda Kuzminczuk

    I love this series! Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL dot com.

  18. I really enjoyed the first book and am looking forward to this one as well–great title.

  19. Mary Jane H.

    Cooking school? Gunfights? Tourists? What more could you want? Awesome.

  20. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to win. I am just getting started on reading this series.

  21. Peggy Hyndman

    If Onions Could Spring Leeks sounds like a great book. Thank you for this opportunity!

  22. I have read 2 of her books so far and I am aready a fan.

  23. Love the premise, title and cover.

  24. Always looking forward with excited anticipation to the next in Paige Shelton’s imaginations, most excellent reads!

  25. I love Paige Shelton’s books and the story sounds real good. Thank you for the chance!

  26. I have not read any of Paige Shelton’s books yet, but would like to start! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Interesting characters and t h e promise of a good story. I want it.

  28. ooo. What is he sensing?

  29. This is such a fun and interesting series, and the titles are great! I love Cliff and Betts together. Of course, that pesky (and handsome) Jerome keeps showing up. LOL. Highly recommended! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of If Onions Could Spring Leeks.

  30. I love this series, with its quirky characters and quirkier ghosts!

  31. I love this series. I’ve read all of them. Obviously Cliff does not know about Jerome.

  32. One of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors. Thank you, Dru Ann.

  33. I love this series, it is such fun to read.

  34. Love the book cover. Looks like great cozy mystery.

  35. Barbara Hackel

    I have enjoyed the other books in this series-can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Dru. 😉 Thanks to both you and Paige for the opportunity to win a copy. I wonder if this one will have the unveiling of Jerome to Clint?? 🙂

  36. I love this series. Thanks for the chance to one the latest book!
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  37. Looking forward to reading this new to me mystery.

  38. elainehroberson

    Love the title. It sounds like a great series to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  39. Love this series by Paige Shelton and the covers just get better & better. I live with Texas humid heat in the summer! Can’t believe it’s #5. So excited. Thak you for the giveaway.

  40. This looks like a fantastic book, I can’t wait to read it.

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  41. Jeanie Dannheim

    Your musings often change my mind about being interested in a book, such as this one. Thank you for the chance to win!

  42. candace knight

    This book sounds great. I love the title and the cover.

  43. Jill Broussard

    This sounds like an interesting book. Looking forward to reading this one. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  44. Sounds like a cool read.

  45. Sue Em Davenport

    I love this series!

  46. I love this series

  47. this would be a new author for me. Living across the river in Illinois – I’d love to read a book set in my neighboring state. thanks.

  48. I would love to read this book -looks really interesting .thanks

  49. Great title for a book I’m really looking forward to reading. Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. I haven’t read any of the books in this series, but I’d love to! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

  51. One of my favorite series!!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  52. Great cover. Would love to have that kitchen
    I love guys named Cliff. The title is wonderful.

  53. contest is closed.