Leslie Budewitz
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Leslie Budewitz

The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries return with AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, 5th in the series (June 2018, Midnight Ink). Erin Murphy is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit--and herself--alive til Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, Montana's Christmas Village, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily's turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily--until she's found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer--and keep herself in one piece--in time for a special Christmas Eve?

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I love the holidays in Montana's Christmas Village, and I'm delighted to share the fun with readers near and far. I'm also the author of the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle's famed Pike Place Market. The first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, DEATH A DENTE won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First novel. That followed my 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, drawing on my thirty-plus years as a lawyer--and making me the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

The Spice Shop Mysteries will return in May 2019 with CHAI ANOTHER DAY (Seventh St. Books).

I'm the past president of Sisters in Crime, and passionate about writers helping other writers. I love to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint--not necessarily in that order. I lives in northwest Montana with my husband Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine, and our gray tuxedo cat, an avid bird watcher.

For seasonal updates, please visit my website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, and click on the newsletter tab to sign up for emails about new releases, launch parties and other fun goings-on, and book giveaways. Subscribers get a free short story to keep up with the characters from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries!

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