Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones: A Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mystery
by Heather Weidner
About Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones
Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones:
A Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Virginia
Level Best Books (January 17, 2023)
Print length : 277 pages
Digital ASIN : B0BS9ZN3DG
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When a beat-up suitcase full of bones washes up by the pier, the residents of the quaint resort town of Mermaid Bay are whipped into a hurricane-sized frenzy over the gruesome find in the middle of their Christmas in July festivities. The holly jolly mood retreats like the tide with everyone wondering who was in the suitcase.
Christmas shoppe owner, Jade Hicks, wades into the fracas when voodoo dolls and mysterious notes and posters about impending doom start popping up all over town, threatening to destroy the economy of a community that lives and dies by tourist dollars. Then tensions crest when the prickly bookstore owner is found strangled to death with a string of holiday lights.
Jade and her French bulldog Chloe, have to solve the crime before anyone else gets hurt and her business and the festival are forever tainted.
Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones is the first in the Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries cozy series.
Jade Hicks from STICKS AND STONES AND A BAG OF BONES by Heather Weidner
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar (packed)
½ – 1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup softened butter
1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
Additional granulated sugar
36-40 Hershey’s Kisses Brand (Unwrapped)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix a ½ cup of the sugar, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and eggs with an electric mixer (medium speed). Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the remaining granulated sugar. Put the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for about 10 minutes until the edges are a light golden brown. When you pull the cookies from the oven, press a candy in the center of each cookie. Cool the cookies on a rack.
To add some festive decorations, before baking, you can roll the cookies in sparkling sugar or decorating sugar instead of the granulated sugar.
You can also use different kinds of chocolate candies in place of the Kiss to mix up the flavor.
About Heather Weidner
Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries.
Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.
Website and Blog: http://www.heatherweidner.com
Amazon Authors: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HOYR0MQ
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