• Fran Stewart

Pink as a Peony

I've been having so much fun reading comments from readers about these final Biscuit McKee Mysteries.

So far the comments have all been positive. I'm embarrassed to admit, though, that a few sharp readers have noted some typos -- the bane of every author.

When you read a book, do you do so with a red pen in hand, noting any concerns, confusions, or downright errors? I know I do. And then--if I think the book is worth the effort--I take the time to reach the author via her website or FB page.

If I don't think the book is worth the effort, I don't even finish reading it. My time is too important to me to spend it hoping a story will get better.

Why did I name this most recent book PINK AS A PEONY?

I'm glad you asked.

I've had a lot of people ask me what a peony is. Just look at the flowers on the cover. Those are peonies. People here in the south frequently say "pee-OH-nee." Folks from farther north say "PEE-uh-nee." Maybe your area of the country calls these gorgeous shrubs something else. But one of the stories in PINK tells of a tiny pink hat the women find in Biscuit's attic. Then the story merges into a scene from 1824 when Lorinda Moon marries Franklin Hastings. Her hat, with a delicate puff on the side, is as pink as the peonies attached to the ends of each pew.

There was another reason for choosing pink as the color for this 10th in the series. You may have noticed that in the print books, the stripe at the top of the cover give the color of the next books in the series. Orange as Marmalade has a yellow stripe. Yellow as Legal pads has a green stripe, and so on. I thought a pink stripe would look good at the top of BLACK AS SOOT, the 9th mystery.

Remember, if you're going to read the last four Biscuit McKee Mysteries, be sure to start with RED AS A ROOSTER. Otherwise, you won't have a clue what's going on -- and you'll miss a lot of clues to the final mystery.

Happy reading to you!

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