About Kim Davis
I’m a full-time hobbyist… sticking my fingers in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. One of my life long hobbies has been reading murder mysteries. It all started when I was eight years old and picked up a Nancy Drew book. I was hooked from then on and have now published my own mysteries. Purchase links are at the bottom of the page.
My favorite “hobby” is spending time with my two granddaughters, Jaidyn and Emory, ages 14 and 11. Technically they are my step-granddaughters, or as our family calls it “bonus-granddaughters”, but that certainly has not diminished the fact that I am their grandmother! Emory is a typical fifteen-year-old, loves to dance and has more energy than I know how to keep up with. Jaidyn was born with Rett Syndrome and received the diagnosis when she was three years old. She is a beautiful, happy girl who loves spending time with me…and I with her, along with regular excursions to Disneyland and weekly horse riding with friends.
What is Rett Syndrome? Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily. The hallmark of Rett syndrome is near constant repetitive hand movements while awake. Cognitive assessment in children with Rett syndrome is complicated, but we know that they understand far more than they can communicate to us, evidenced by their bright and attentive eyes, and their ability to express a wide spectrum of moods and emotions. While there is no cure for Rett Syndrome, there is hope! Clinical trials are underway and through the tireless efforts of researchers, we have faith that a cure will be found in Jaidyn’s lifetime. If you’d like more information, please visit http://www.rettsyndrome.org/
From the moment of their birth I have been involved in Jaidyn and Emory’s lives and from that involvement I’ve discovered new hobby opportunities. Cake and cookie baking and decorating, sewing, writing and scrapbooking to name a few. But by far my favorite hobby, aside from my granddaughters, is time spent in the kitchen with the sweet smell of sugar and spicy cinnamon floating through the air.
Along the way my husband developed a dairy intolerance so I try to rework recipes so that he can enjoy the many treats coming out of my kitchen. And then two years ago I developed a gluten intolerance, but that hasn’t stopped me from baking for other people. Now instead of taste testing myself, I rely on my family and friends to give me honest input on my experiments. A thousand thank yous to the people who selflessly sacrifice their time, taste buds and waistlines…this blog would not exist without them!
Thank you for joining me on my journey as I share the books I’m reading and writing, the recipes I’m trying and the yummy treats I’m decorating!
One glass of cheap California chardonnay cost Emory Gosser Martinez her husband, her job, and her best friend. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of her troubles.
Distraught after discovering the betrayal by her husband and best friend, Tori, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez allows her temper to flare. Several people witness her very public altercation with her ex-friend. To make matters worse, Tori exacts her revenge by posting a fake photo of Emory in a compromising situation, which goes viral on social media. When Tori is found murdered, all signs point to Emory being the prime suspect.
With the police investigation focused on gathering evidence to convict her, Emory must prove her innocence while whipping up batches of cupcakes and buttercream. Delving into the past of her murdered ex-friend, she finds other people had reasons to want Tori dead, including Emory’s own husband. Can she find the killer, or will the clues sprinkled around the investigation point the police back to her?
Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth?
With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in-law’s name. As Emory starts asking questions and tracking down the identity of the costumed guests, she finds reasons to suspect her brother-in-law has been hiding a guilty secret. Her search leads her to a web of blackmail and betrayal amongst the posh setting of the local country club crowd. Can Emory sift through the lies she’s being told and find the killer? She’ll need to step up her investigation before another victim is sent to the great pumpkin patch in the sky.
Includes spooky Halloween recipes!
A father’s disappearance never solved, a mother’s secret taken to the grave, a daughter deceived…
Kathryn Landry thinks her life is just about perfect. She is the owner of a successful interior designer business in Newport Beach, California, and she has an attentive, supportive husband. But her world comes crashing down when her husband, Neil Landry, vanishes without a trace… in a situation almost identical to the disappearance of her father twenty years before.
With her father’s disappearance still a mystery, Kathryn is skeptical that the detective assigned to her case will be able to find her husband. Determined to uncover the truth, Kathryn is plunged into a world of politics, high-priced call girls and wealth. As she begins to search for her husband, a decades-old secret her mother took to the grave threatens to destroy all she holds dear. Caught up in a web of betrayals and deceit, and not knowing who to trust, Kathryn must find a way to survive as she discovers the past has a way of repeating itself.