Talk about March Madness. It’s the month of March and there’s definitely Madness going on, but I’m not talking about basketball. I’m talking about my GG aka Great Granny Gert and her arch nemesis Fiona Atwater.
Granny is such a sweet lady with pristine white hair and snappy brown eyes. She bakes cookies and swears there’s a cookie for everything, storing them in her orange pumpkin cookie jar with the foil wrapped plate for a lid, insisting they don’t taste the same stored in anything else. She adored her late husband, Frank, and has been a bit lonely since his death. Until she moved in with Sunny and me, then she became her chipper ole’ self again because she finally felt needed once more.
Everything was fine until her former childhood best friend turned enemy, Fiona Atwater, had to ruin everything by showing up at the Summer Solstice Carnival in our small upstate NY town of Divinity. Granny says Fiona had a crush on Frank way back in the day, but Frank took a shine to Granny and nothing was ever the same after that. Granny thinks Fiona has shown up with her Knitting Nanas just to ruin her life by competing in nearly everything against Granny and her Sewing Sisters.
First they made an afghan for the auction, trying to outbid the Sewing Sisters’ quilt with Granny Squares. Then they had the nerve to sign up for the bakeoff, trying to beat Granny’s cookies with Fiona’s Lemon Meringue pie. The final straw was when Fiona took a shine to Captain Grady Walker, just to try to steal him away from Granny, even though he was never Granny’s in the first place weather she chooses to accept that or not. Frankly, they are both way too old for the man, even if he does sometimes encourage them by flirting a bit too much in my opinion.
I’ve never seen two humans who are more competitive in my entire life. I’ve lived for centuries, so that’s saying something. They might be the same age, but Fiona is way more in tune with what is hip and now. So Granny starts trying to “improve” herself by trying every new fad there is and making a new wardrobe for herself. Trust me, people, it’s not pretty. Poor Sunny is going crazy. Even though I don’t really care for Detective Mitch Stone, he seems to make Sunny happy for reasons I’ll never understand. All she wants is to go on a real date with him, which becomes nearly impossible with the Dynamic Due ever present and reeking havoc. Why, they are even competing over me with Fiona trying to knit me booties to match Granny’s bowties.
Store owners are complaining, the fire department isn’t happy, the police department is worried, and Sunny’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown. When a dead body turns up with Granny and Fiona listed as the main suspects, it’s no surprise. All the chaos they caused was bound to lead to disaster. All I can say is if Sunny and Detective Stone don’t solve this case soon, I just might have to take matters into my own paws…only, I don’t play nice in the sandbox.
Kari Lee Townsend lives in central New York with her understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter :-) She is the National Bestselling Author, Agatha & RT Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee for her Fortune Teller Mystery series. Kari also writes romance under the name Kari Lee Harmon. Small towns, mystical elements, quirky characters and a few chuckles along the way are what her books are all about. To find out more about Kari and all of her books, check out her websites at: www.karileetownsend.com & www.karileeharmon.com