What do Santa’s Sidekick, a dead lawyer and a geriatric vampire have in common?
Well, let’s open Lizz Lund‘s cozy “Christmas Bizarre” and find out….
Meet Mina Kitchen, a forty-something single who finds trouble quicker than she can whip up a batch of breakfast breads. Plural.
Her “catering disorder” runs neck-and-neck with her weird luck, and her cat’s weirder tendency toward gnawing elf gear. Okay, and getting kidnapped a couple of times in one week is a little strange, too.
Mina’s next door neighbor Vito’s past as ex-leader of the Moils, the Jewish-Polish Family from Bumville, New Jersey, comes to light and throws a dollop of dilemmas into an already simmering plot.
Top it all off with a counterfeiting ring, a county-wide dearth of holiday wrapping tape, and a mass of pets running loose at the local mall, and what do you have?
A recipe for disaster that Mina whips to a froth.
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Mina Kitchen’s recipes are an essential part of Lizz Lund’s books. But sometimes her neighbor Vito wants to help, and Mina — and Lizz — get creative, as she explained in a recent blog post:
“What are you making for dinner?”
“Tuna fish… brownies.”
“You’re making tuna fish brownies?”
I heard my sister palm slap her forehead over the phone. “Tuna fish casserole. Brownies are for dessert.”
“That’s too bad. I was thinking you could serve up mayo shooters with them… with triple sec.”
“You actually thought that up just now?”
“You’ve been hanging around Vito too long.”
“Actually, he hangs around me.”
“Enough. Bye. Love ya.”
And he has. Vito Spaghetti’s been a figment of my imagination, and Mina’s neighbor, for a few years now – and many years to come. I have a fond place in my heart for Vito. Okay, so maybe it’s a fond place for his Swiffer addiction. But I get a moment to giggle every time Vito helps me – and Mina – “improve” a recipe.