I can’t believe how my life has changed since I met and married the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, Mike Reynolds. He kept coming to my coffee shop, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, to eat whenever he could. It didn’t occur to me for a long time that he was interested in anything other than my food, but I asked him over for dinner and one thing led to another.
What I never expected was to be involved in helping him solve cases, particularly murder cases. It seems like wherever we go, we’re involved in solving murders. I love to cook and when Mike gave me the gift of a belated honeymoon at a cooking school in Italy, who would have thought the owner of the castle would be murdered the day after we got there? Not me.
Mike doesn’t like to admit it, but I’ve really been a huge help to him in solving the murders. I even solved one in the Pearl District of Portland without him when a famous chef was murdered. He’d like me to stay out of his cases, because he’s worried about me, and it’s true I’ve been in some pretty dangerous situation. I always promise him I won’t get involved even though I’m mentally crossing my fingers. Fortunately, I’ve got a couple of dogs who have really been a big help. Rebel’s my big boxer, and I got him from the family of a law enforcement man who was killed. They left the area and couldn’t take Rebel with them. If it wasn’t for him, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be writing this. Have to admit, he’s saved my life a couple of times.
Living in the small town of Cedar Bay, I’d never traveled at all until I married Mike, but after Mike’s aunt was murdered, and he inherited everything, we were able to go to Italy and most recently, Cuba. Who would have thought I’d have to get involved in solving a murder while I was on an island off the coast of Cuba? Not me.
Even though we’ve traveled some, my favorite time is still when I’m at the coffee shop and see all the people who’ve become friends over the years. Kelly’s Koffee Shop is definitely the place they come to gossip and find out the latest whenever something is going on in Cedar Bay. A lot of them say they come for the food, and I’ve been able to come up with some really good recipes.
Actually, I have the best of all worlds. I have my coffee shop, my daughter and her family are living on the ranch Mike’s aunt willed to him in Calico Gold, my son is coming home from his latest tour of duty overseas, I’ve got two wonderful dogs, and I’m married to Mike. Who would have thought I’d do all this when I was middle-aged? Not me.
Murder in Cuba is the eighth book in the “Cedar Bay” cozy mystery series, December 2015.
Cuba – a land of classic cars, beautiful beaches, salsa music, and the best cigars in the world. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States starts to improve, everyone wants a piece of the action. When Mike’s friend, Jack Trout, asks Kelly and Mike to join his wife and him on an exploratory trip to a Cuban island, it’s an invitation they can’t resist. Mike’s dream of fly fishing the saltwater flats on the exotic island is quickly replaced when he’s asked by the local constable to help solve the murder of a British fly fishing guide, Dudley Samms. Jack becomes a suspect and his wife, Carola, asks Kelly to help solve the crime.
Plenty of quirky characters have reasons to wish Dudley dead, but who killed him? The Englishman who is the head of one of the largest international banks in the world? The American with no visible means of support, but who has plenty of money to fish all around the world? The victim’s wife? One of the Cuban fishing guides? Or was it Jack?
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Meet the author
Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking and playing with her new puppy, Kelly.
Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. She is the author of three cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, and her newest, High Desert. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. She is also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.
A number of books in her cozy mystery series have been designated by Amazon as All-Stars because of their sales, and Dianne has been named by Amazon seven times as one of their most popular authors.
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