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Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
by Amber Royer
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Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Golden Tip Press (February 2, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She’s moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family.
She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity’s one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend – who’s now a cop – thinks Felicity is a suspect.
As the murder victim’s life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she’s going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan’s help. Though she’s not sure if she’s ready to let anyone into her life – even if it is to protect her from being the killer’s next victim.
For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane – right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away?
Moving to Texas by Knightley L. Koerber of Grand Openings Can Be Murder
Hi!!! I’m Knightley, and you can find me in Grand Openings Can Be Murder. Not that I get a chance to talk during the book. After all, I’m a bunny, and nobody thinks to talk to bunnies. Well Felicity – my adopted mom — talks to me, sometimes. But she doesn’t expect me to talk back. I’m more about chinning her shoe to show her I love her. And binking through the room to show when I’m happy. If you’ve never seen a bunny binking, it’s when we race to get up speed and then leap into the air, shaking our entire bodies for the sheer joy of it. It shows off the great athleticism rabbits are capable of, if I do say so myself.
My full name is Knightley Langston Koerber. My mom – her last name is Koerber — is really into books, and she made a list of about thirty names for me – all of them literary characters or authors that she likes. Mom’s friend Autumn and my adopted dad Kevin helped her sort through the list. You don’t know how close I came to being called Ishmael Silver Koerber, but Autumn talked my mom out of that when she suggested Langston. Autumn was on speaker phone at the time, because I was born in Seattle, in a shelter for rescued rabbits, and Autumn was calling from Texas. At the time I had no concept what a Texas was, or any idea I might ever move there.
But one day my dad left the house – and he didn’t come back. Ever. I was very sad for a very long time. I sat by the door every afternoon waiting for him. I guess my mom got tired of me doing that, because we moved houses. It was a long drive, split up over two days, with a miserable night at a hotel. I don’t like to travel in the first place. Being up off the ground gives me anxiety, and being in a moving vehicle is torture. I really wish I hadn’t spent all that time by the back door. Then we might not have had to take such a horrible trip at all. And we might still be there if Kevin comes back one day.
Now, we stay with Felicity’s Aunt Naomi. Naomi is nice to me. She sneaks me bits of banana when my mom isn’t looking. And she gets down on the floor with me when she’s home alone watching TV, where she pets my ears. I’m a lop, and humans always seem especially fascinated by my ears.
I became even more important once we got to Texas, when my mom opened a chocolate shop. She started taking lots of pictures of me, because she wanted to put them on the wrappers for her chocolate bars. I think I look great in all the images. She says I’m also the official shop logo, but the logo is just an outline, and I don’t see the resemblance at all. Supposedly, there’s a giant version of the logo up on the wall at Greetings and Felicitations, but I’ve never been to the shop.
I’m glad no one ever made me go there, because something bad happened there, and my mom has been upset ever since. I’m not sure what a murder is, but Felicity said it’s wrong, and she’s determined to set it right. If anybody can fix a situation, it’s her. She’s good at fixing machines, which has helped Aunt Naomi more than once, since Naomi is repairing the big house we live in. My mom even knows how to make me feel safe when it is thunder storming outside, which happens more than you might think, now that we’re in Galveston. And she’s good at solving puzzles – she and Kevin used to do crossword puzzles together in pen. The pen part is apparently a big deal.
The weather is starting to get really bad now too, and people are starting to talk about evacuating. I know that word. It means another trip in the car, and for no good reason, because you just turn around and come back when things are safer. My mom says she needs to solve the murder before that happens, or she won’t be able to.
I’ll just chin her shoe again, and lick her hand, so she knows how much confidence I have in her.
NOTE: My author says the pictures she’s sharing are of Yuki, her friends’ lop, which she modeled me on.
About Amber Royer
Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel.
She blogs about creative writing techniques and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. Royer also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Royer/e/B00PFV4CGM
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