Hello, everyone! Becky here, completely delighted to welcome the prolific and marvelous Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell to Chicks today! She’s such an inspiration to me, and I suspect to many of you. Read on, because she comes bearing a gift for someone … maybe YOU!
Thanks for having me over to the Chicks, Becky! You all are some of my favorite authors (and my kitty is intrigued with the wind-up chick I won at Malice Domestic last year). I’d love to send one commenter a signed copy of the new book.
My newest Country Store Mystery, Candy Slain Murder, opens with a man showing up at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant claiming he’s Danna Beedle’s brother.
Except Robbie’s co-chef Danna didn’t know she had a brother. She’s always been the only child of single mom Corrine, South Lick’s mayor. When Robbie looks at Danna and Marcus side by side, she can see the resemblance. Still, she’s not sure if she should trust the newcomer. Where did this dude come from?
He arose from an experience my family had a few years ago. About six months after a family member ran their DNA through Ancestry, a message arrived from a man who said he was a ninety-nine percent match to be that person’s son. Whoa.
The family member (and the other parent) had given up the son for adoption at birth, and no effort had been made to find him. After a few tentative emails and a long phone call (plus some checking out of Facebook profiles), everyone met in person. And liked each other! Personalities and politics all matched up nicely.
We all now have bigger families, three young children to celebrate as they grow, and much getting to know each other. The son and his wife are both adopted, as is one of their children. It’s been such a blessing to discover them.
So I was inspired to gently include a similar situation in Country Store #8. Because isn’t Christmas all about families? My fictional setup is entirely different from the real one, though. I hope I’ve done the experience justice on all sides.
Readers: What surprises have you encountered with DNA results? Do you have a happy reunion story to share, or an intriguing genealogical discovery?
In Candy Slain Murder, Country Store owner Robbie Jordan’s life seems merry and as bright as the Christmas lights glistening around South Lick, Indiana – until a man claims to be the long-lost half-brother of Robbie’s assistant. A fire destroys the home of a controversial anesthesiologist, exposing skeletal remains in his attic. The twin of the long-dead woman is murdered. Unavoidably intrigued, all Robbie wants for Christmas is to stop her winter wonderland from becoming a real nightmare.
Maddie Day pens the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Agatha Award winning Edith Maxwell writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries and short crime fiction. With twenty-three mysteries in print and more underway, Day/Maxwell lives with her beau and their energizer kitten north of Boston, where she writes, gardens, cooks, and wastes time on Facebook. She hopes you’ll find her on social media under both names and at her web site.