Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Sarah Graves
- Language: English
- Genre: Cozy Culinary Mystery
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“Ahoy, mateys!” yelled the pirates of Eastport, seizing the freshly baked
treats we’d set out for them and gobbling them down.
vanished down their hatches, followed by gulps of milk. Then, brandishing
their aluminum-foil cutlasses and pushing aside black construction-paper
eye patches, they peered around for more.
One little seagoing villain strode boldly up to the counter in The
Chocolate Moose, a small, chocolate-themed bakery on Water Street in the
remote island village of Eastport, Maine.
The young scallywag was perhaps six years old, with a wide gap-toothed
grin, bright blue eyes, and a mess of blond curls peeping out from beneath
the black skull-patterned bandanna tied around his head.
“Rum!” he demanded, so I gave him more milk, and he took it
“A man,” he remarked after he’d guzzled it, “can’t get a decent drink
around here nowadays.”
He dragged the back of his hand roughly over his mouth, no doubt
imitating the pirates in the movies they’d been showing at the arts center the
week before the Eastport Pirate Festival, our little community’s last big
bash of the summer season.
The first day of the annual festival was here, and on the sidewalks
townsfolk and visitors alike paraded in the costumes they’d been
assembling all year: leather jerkins and black leather boots worn thigh high
over fishnet stockings, tricorn hats with ostrich feather cockades, black eye
patches, and gold hoop earrings.
The little pirate shoved his milk glass at me again. I clapped my hand
over my mouth to keep from giggling at him.
Then my friend and bakery shop partner Ellie White emerged from the
kitchen at the rear of The Chocolate Moose. She seized the pint-sized
swashbuckler and eased him toward the door, where his crewmates had
“You hop along now with the rest of your buccaneer pals,” she told the
youngster, “before your ship sails without you.”
Ellie and I had opened The Chocolate Moose two years earlier, baking
and selling chocolate treats to local area residents and to the summer
tourists who visited downeast Maine in droves. We didn’t often need a
bouncer in the shop, but when we did, she was it.
“Nice work,” I said, taken aback by the number of used napkins and
paper plates the junior pirates had left behind. The shop now looked as if
real pirates had rampaged through it.
“Have a kids party, they said.” Ellie sighed. “It’ll be easy, they said.”
For the festivities, she wore a scoop-necked white blouse with puffed
sleeves trimmed elaborately in red ribbons, a black satin vest with gold
embroidery, and a red satin skirt with a frilly black petticoat peeping from
below its hem, the skirt snugly belted with a black silk sash.
The bold little pirate tried stealthily to come in again; she took his
shoulders in her hands and turned him firmly.
“Shoo!” she said, scooting him out once more and locking the door.
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