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Why the title, Orchids and Omens?

….So I used this beautiful symbol of deceit for my next murder mystery Orchids can fool by mimicking characteristics of other flowers which do give rewards. Some produce look-alike nectar spurs that contain no nectar, or by aping the sexual hormones of insects. And many species have evolved multiple fake lures. The lazy spider orchid…

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What’s at the Center of the Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis Mysteries?

Me. Sarah is a younger, more single, non-parent, non-grandparent version of me. She’s smarter, wealthier, but as conflicted as I am, much of the time. Our Creole parents loved California, but held to their south Louisiana culture, in traditions, food and language. This made us odd ducks, even in Berkeley. My mother’s mixed-race look, my…

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Don’t tell that evil uncle off… It’s Christmas!

Holidays can bring up old wounds or resentments. It’s like the movie, Home for the Holidays. https://youtu.be/vEguAZ0RqnQ But not funny when it’s you. Sometimes the togetherness is too much.  Too many personal questions and too many people. And don’t wake up the pressure to have the perfect holiday food, table, tree, events… you get me. Maybe…

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Mama’s Dress Hanger

        She was part of the generation of special things like Sunday cars and the good china. My mother treasured a few items and rarely used those. The living room was not for living, but for special guests and furniture to admire. As a child, I couldn’t fully understand the assigned value…

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Stories are Created at the Holiday Table!

  Wishing you the best at yours! If you’ve read my books you know that Sarah loves to cook. Her holiday tradition is a braised turkey, not roasted. The meat falls off the bones as you serve it! It’s the only time she suspends her vegetarian preferences. To braise: Preheat oven to 325 (Remember to…

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Who’s on reality TV? Me! Coming November 10th

Murder in the Family is a new reality show on the Reelz Cable Network. Hosted by Geraldo Rivera,  stories told are about celebrity families victimized by murder. The show debuts Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 9pm ET/PT The first episode is about Jennifer Hudson. I hope you’ll watch me on Nov. 10th, the episode about Kelsey…

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