Livia J. Washburn has been a professional writer for more than twenty years. She received the Private Eye Writers of America Award and the American Mystery Award for her first mystery,Wild Night, written under the name L. J. Washburn, and she was nominated for a Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for a novel written with her husband, James Reasoner. Her short story Panhandle Freight was nominated for a Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers. She lives with her husband in a small Texas town, where she is constantly experimenting with new recipes. Her two grown daughters are both teachers in her hometown, and she is very proud of them.
Wedding bells will be ringing in Weatherford, Texas, this Christmas when Phyllis Newsom opens up her home for her best friends wedding. And although the bride is wearing white, no one suspects that shell soon be wearing black
After all the planningand the cake tastingthe big day has arrived. Eve Turner, one of Phylliss boardersand her best friendis moving out and getting married to the affable Roy Porter. While shes sad to see Eve go, Phyllis is more than happy to host the event in her house and to bake the bride and groom a delicious three-tiered coconut wedding cake. Even though a snowstorm in the forecast seems like a recipe for disaster, the day runs as smoothly as butter cream.
But the marriage doesnt last long past the honeymoon. When Roys found dead at a Weatherford bed-and-breakfast, Eves the top suspect. Now Phyllis must find out who iced Roy before her friend finds herself behind bars