Have you ever been inside an authentic German bakery? There is absolutely nothing like it. I've been lucky enough to live near one for most of my life, and blessed to have even had the opportunity to travel to Germany years ago. German bakeries have a distinct smell about them--and they offer wonderful things, like lebkuchen, pfeffernusse, and stollen, not to mention the bread and pretzels. There are cookies and bear claw pastries and strudels. For me, just walking into a German bakery brings a sense of coziness and comfort.
In my region of Texas, there are several towns that were settled by German immigrants back in the 1800s, and that sense of heritage lives on in everything from the buildings to the shops and restaurants to the old-timers still speaking German in the coffee shops.
I'm having a wonderful time writing the German Bakery cozy mystery series, inspired by all of these things! The books follow Fern Fischer and her best friend Elliot Schmitz as they stumble onto mysteries they can't help but try to solve. The close-knit town of Walnut Creek is full of quirky characters that will begin to feel like neighbors and friends as you move through the series.
Books 1 and 2 are now available for pre-order at Amazon, and I'm about to turn book 3 over my publisher and the editorial team at Summer Prescott Books.
If you're in the mood for a light holiday cozy, you'll love this series!
Tracy Donley is the author of the Rosemary Grey cozy mysteries, as well as many other ghostwritten mystery series. She earned her degree in English a very long time ago, and when she is not writing, she is editing mysteries, drinking hot tea, or walking her dog.