Mercy, it is HOT!! The summer heat wave continues unabated, but at least we are not still in a drought. The lakes are full again, we can water lawns and gardens, and the pools are open for business. At least there are options to escape the heat. Thank the Lord for air conditioning and novels by Mary Kay Andrews!
Here’s great option for summer reading. I have to love any book that has “blue” in the title and includes drink and appetizer recipes at the end. After looking at several books in this series, I purchased these two ~ Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze ~ and loved them! Can’t wait to read the rest. The author ~ Mary Kay Andrews – lives here in Atlanta!
I’ve included the bio from her website and a bit about the books. Here is her cocktail recipe ~ a Blue Breeze to help you beat the heat ~ while you are enjoying some bluwater, even if it is just the pool variety!
Trying to stay cool ~~~
Blue Breeze Cocktail
Pour into a cocktail shaker:
4 oz lemonade
2 oz vodka
1 oz blue curacao
Shake, stain into a tall glass with cracked ice, top with seltzer and stir. Garnish with lime slice and 3-4 blueberries threaded on a cocktail pick.
From the authors website ~ http://www.marykayandrews.com/
Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling SAVANNAH BREEZE and BLUE CHRISTMAS, as well as HISSY FIT, LITTLE BITTY LIES and SAVANNAH BLUES. A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL. She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia.
As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the Southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.
Married for more than 31 years to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she is the mother of 24-year-old Katie Abel and 20-year-old Andrew. After a three-year hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband recently moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow.
From Library Journal
Reeling from a divorce, Eloise “Weezie” Foley misses her lovingly decorated historic home a bit more than she misses her cheating ex-husband. Her passion is finding and selling antiques, and she struggles to collect enough inventory to turn her hobby into a full-fledged business. When she discovers a dead body while attempting to sneak early into an estate sale, things get complicated especially because the murdered woman is her ex-husband’s latest girlfriend. Andrews moves the plot along with a multitude of quirky and entertaining secondary characters Weezie’s alcoholic mother, an uncle who is a gay ex-priest, and an old boyfriend who is the chef at her best friend’s pricey bistro. Facts about period furniture, linens, china, vintage clothing, magazines, and paintings blend seamlessly and enrich what might have been just another ho-hum, screwball romantic story.
From Publishers Weekly
In this spirited sequel to 2001’s Savannah Blues, Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk continues to attract the wrong kind of man. Thrice married and divorced, her latest romantic debacle involves Ryan Edward “Reddy” Millbanks, an unscrupulous financial consultant who takes her for nearly everything she owns. All BeBe has left is the Breeze Inn, a run-down motor hotel on Tybee Island, a quirky beach town. With the help of best friend Weezie, an antiques expert with a talent for turning garbage into gold, BeBe is determined to make the property a success. She soon butts heads with Harry, the Breeze Inn’s ornery caretaker, but her efforts pay off: seemingly overnight, the Breeze Inn is fully booked and bustling. But when Reddy surfaces via yacht down in Lauderdale, BeBe hits the road with Weezie, Harry and her grandfather (who manages to tear himself away from the Weather Channel) to find the reprobate and make him pay. A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Edgar nominee Andrews writes with tongue firmly in cheek, presenting a cast of eccentric characters and a plot that’s decidedly over-the-top. It’s light, pastel fun.