Hi, this is Emma Taylor. I’m from Paris, Tennessee. I spent a number of years working in New York City, but I came back home to help my Aunt Arabella renovate her vintage lingerie shop Sweet Nothings.
I loved New York City, but there were some typically Southern things I couldn’t get there. Sweet tea for instance. We love our sweet tea and drink it every day. You can find it in any restaurant and at any gathering.
Of course if we want something a little stronger, we mix up a batch of Tennessee Tea. And there isn’t any tea in it! Just about every family has their own recipe, but my favorite is the brew my boyfriend Brian mixes up. It’s a combination of Jack Daniels, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and cola.
In Paris, we’re known for our fried fish and once a year we host the biggest fish fry in the world. Then there’s fried chicken—my Aunt Arabella makes the best—she puts a secret ingredient into the mix of spices that is really unique.
No occasion in Paris would be complete without cheese straws! My Aunt Lucy (well, she’s not really my aunt, just my mother’s best friend) makes cheese straws for every gathering in Paris of over two people. She runs Let us Cater to You, and no one in Paris can be christened, married or have any sort of party without Lucy’s cheese straws.
I know every area of the country has its customary dishes. There were plenty of things I enjoyed in New York City that I’d never had before, but I sure am glad to be back home in Paris where I can get some of my favorite things.
About Laced with Poison:
You’re invited to the Sweet Nothings trunk show. See what the shop has to offer, taste some wonderful food, catch up with friends, and solve a murder…
Emma Taylor is happy to be drawing in customers at her aunt Arabella’s lingerie shop, Sweet Nothings, but replacing the store’s broken window is going to cost a small fortune. Hoping to hoist up their sagging profits, Arabella arranges to have a trunk show at the home of a local socialite who will invite all of her friends and take care of the catering. All Emma and Arabella have to do is show up and show off their wares. Seems simple enough…
A gorgeous spread is prepared for the event, including delicious cupcakes topped with edible flowers. But after one of the partygoers takes a bite and winds up dead, the guest list becomes a suspect list. Now Emma must separate facts from idle gossip before the killer gives the cops the slip…
About Meg London:
Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. After college, she moved to the city where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrive, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.
After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from New Jersey, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.
Her greatest love though as always been writing – particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime: The Gourmet De-Lite series set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald, who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.
As for pets – she has a schizophrenic cat (really!) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!
When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found cooking, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert – partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there’s no point in putting them in charge of appetizers!