Town In a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday) by B. B. Haywood

By B. B. Haywood

Issues begin to boil over on the annual Lobster Stew Cook-Off while an award-winning recipe is stolen and a seven-time contest champion mysteriously disappears-leaving sweet no selection yet to determine who in Cape Willington, Maine, could get steamed sufficient to wreck the legislation.

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The face under the wig hardened. ” “I’ll stop you if I have to. This is her house. ” He swung out with his fists. But the intruder backed away, out of his reach. Seeing his chance, he turned and scurried toward the stairs, but the intruder followed, grabbing at his sweater and pulling him off balance. He tumbled toward the banister, his legs going out from underneath him. He grabbed for a handhold, but his aim went high. Unable to restrain or protect himself, he fell forward, slamming his head with a dull thunk!

I’m not sure about that. As far as I know, only myself and Mr. ” Candy’s mind was working. ” she asked after a few moments. ” Candy felt a prickling on her arms. “Wanda Boyle? ” Wilma Mae nodded. “Yes, I believe so. Why? ” Candy’s shoulders slumped, and her chin fell to her chest as she let out a long breath. ” FIVE At Wilma Mae’s invitation, Candy took a few minutes to examine the secret drawer. She could see nothing unusual about it, other than the fact that it was ingeniously designed. She played with the mechanism that released it, pushing the drawer into its hiding spot, then popping it back out a few times.

Yes, that’s right. As I said, it makes just a wonderful stew. It’s the secret ingredient that makes it special, you know. For years he wouldn’t tell me what it was, but eventually I found out. When he first entered the cook-off back in the eighties and won with his stew, it created an instant sensation in town. Everyone wanted to make it. Mr. Sedley received a number of offers for the recipe. People wanted to pay him for it. I heard even Mr. Duffy, who ran the Main Street Diner back then, before he turned it over to his nephew, offered three hundred dollars for it.

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