Tomorrow, MY FAIR LATTE, the first book in my Café Cinema Mysteries, will finally be out in the world!
If you’ve heard me mention the book (non-stop) the past few months, you already know a little about it: Broke, unemployed barista Halley Greer unexpectedly inherits a timeworn movie theater and reopens it with a coffee bar showing classic films. Opening night’s premiere of “My Fair Lady” is a bit of movie magic until, faster than you can say Eliza Doolittle, a customer turns up dead. Apparently, the deceased wasn’t a very nice man and several people may have had reason to kill him – including Halley! (At least that’s the way the cops seem to see it.) Halley and her friends must find the killer or her new business and her new life in charming Utopia Springs could be DOA.
In promoting the book, I’ve been using the tag line: Old movies, new bodies—and coffee to die for! (Thank you to my agent for her input on that line, by the way.) But, in addition to coffee and old movies, and murder, of course, family is a major theme in this book: Our family by birth and by choice, the family we wish we had known and the family we wish we understood better. Halley has a personal quest, of sorts, to learn more about this uncle, who was basically a stranger to her, but decided to make her his heir. In addition to inheriting his theater and apartment—and cat, she essentially inherits her late uncle’s friends who are eager to help her. And she discovers a couple of things among her uncle’s belongings that give her some insight, and more questions, about Uncle Leon.
Halley’s grandmother in Sun City, Arizona, who worries and tries to keep tabs on Halley, affectionately calls her granddaughter “Cupcake.” Growing up I had one cousin everyone called Peaches and another we all called Little Sister. I was grown before I knew Little Sister’s real name was actually Ruby. Maybe it’s a southern thing.
What about you guys, did your family have a pet name for you growing up (that you’re not embarrassed to share)? Or, do you have a cute nickname for a family member? Please share in the comments.