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Read the Novel, Experience Summer: The Beach, Bonfires, Weddings, Murder, Cover-ups, Mystery. – MURDER BY FIREWORKS (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3)

 

Wedding bells are in the air, and so is murder. 

Kay Driscoll's son's wedding reception for two hundred guests is in her backyard. As if that wasn't enough, a precocious and troubled twelve-year-old is foisted on her two days before the wedding. When the happy day arrives, one of the guests disrupts the event and is asked to leave: a womanizing member of Kay's book club. 

A few days later, after a Fourth of July fireworks show, he is found dead on the beach. Kay and her ever-present friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, investigate the death, which at first is declared a suicide. They believe this is a cover-up and go about to prove their theory, an arduous task because the potential suspects are many, and few (if any) will regret the victim's death.

 
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Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and 
the soil and sky as canvas. --Elizabeth Murray  
 
I had a great day putting in my garden. I love gardening and the 
joy that it brings. There's something earthy, a peaceful, relaxed 
feeling that comes over me when I'm out working in my garden. 
Amidst the busy world, all I heard were the birds singing (and the 
street cleaner going up and down the block).

And what a great exercise in mindfulness, discipline, and being in 
the moment! Gardening meets the needs for artistic expression in 
garden design and social connection. Prior to putting in my garden 
I had spent another enjoyable day with a friend going from one 
garden shop to another, planning our dream gardens--our little 
Edens, buying our plants, and discussing gardening tips. 

Gardening is both physical and sensual and offers relatively 
immediate satisfaction. And what's more, it's great being involved 
in the process of creating food from planting to cooking. Anyone 
who has ever tasted home-grown vegetables and herbs knows the 
culinary delights a garden can produce.

Gardeners on the whole are helpful people who have a generous 
spirit. There is something about gardening that makes you want to 
share: be it seeds and plants or lots of gardening advice.

With our gardens, we can bring joy to others as well as ourselves 
and even make the world a better, healthier place or at least 
insure that our neighbors eat healthier. Garden extras can be 
shared with the community because as generous people, sharing is 
what we do. Examples that come to mind other than family and 
friends are giving your extra produce to the local food bank so 
their clients get fresh produce. In my church, gardeners bring 
home-grown produce on Sundays and people who otherwise wouldn't 
have fresh produce, can take what they want on the way out of 
church.

Sharing your garden is a great way to grow!
 
Posted By Susan Bernhardt

I was interviewed by the Sisters of Suspense and my Kay Driscoll mysteries featured. To read the interview please go to:

https://sistersofsuspense.com/2016/04/14/guest-susan-bernhardt/

 
Posted By Susan Bernhardt

This past weekend my husband, Bill and I attended a Bach concert featuring Natalia Moiseeva guest violinist from Moscow, Russia. She had just flown in after performing at Carnegie Hall in NYC the evening before, so I figured she must be good. She was.

Bill's first love (in music) is classical. And he loves Bach. We visited Bach's home in Leipzig, Germany. My only claim to fame on the Bach classical music front, well actually it's baroque, is that I used the restroom in Bach's home. ;) Sorry!

If you knew how many classical concerts I have attended in my lifetime, having held season tickets in various cities where we've lived, you'd think I'd be a bigger fan. I prefer rock and roll, blues, pop music. Still the concert was amazing and I was happy we were able to be there.

Afterwards we attended a reception where we could mingle with the musicians and sample decadent desserts. I mingled and I chose two desserts: a chocolate ganache torte and a vanilla bean petit four. Having been on a diet for the past week, I savored both. A lovely woman who I had visited with previously, came up and introduced me to her husband. She mentioned she had read all of my Kay Driscoll mysteries. I was quite pleased about that.

Bach, Chocolate, and Books, a great mix.

 
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If I know what love is, it is because of you. – Hermann Hesse

Valentine's Day is a great holiday for many reasons. It comes after all of the "good will towards men" has worn off. We take time to celebrate love. And love is love, right? Love is never wrong.

It's quite wonderful that we take a day to think about the people closest to us, that makes the other 364 days worth living. Love need not have words, only the beating of hearts. But the expression, "I love you," can send one flying high. There is no message more joyful then those three magical words.

Kay Driscoll understood the biological connection between love and the heart. Emotional and physical closeness kept one's heart healthy. She knew that love lowered blood pressure, normalized heart rhythms through the release of oxytocin from the pituitary gland. Oxytocin evokes feelings of contentment, calmness, security, and many studies have shown a correlation wth human bonding.

As an additional health benefit for the heart, Kay made for a Valentine's treat of dark chocolate covered fruit for her and Phil's dessert on Valentine's Day. She also put together a bowl of high percentage (75%) cacao in dark chocolates. She understood that eating small amounts of dark chocolate, about one ounce daily, benefited the heart.

Dark chocolate is made from a plant and has many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. Rich in antioxidants which protects the body from free radicals, dark chocolate contained flavonols, which lower blood pressure. One ounce of dark chocolate inhibits blood from clotting, which reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It lowers cholesterol.

Dark chocolate tastes good, it stimulates endorphin production giving a feeling of pleasure and contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant.

Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

 
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