These coffee cups are auditioning for a pivot role in ORR 5, another Grace Farrington mystery coming down to the final draft.
I’m a tea drinker myself, and love the cozies built around tea shops, like Laura Child’s Theodosia Browning series. On informal dates my husband and I hang out at the Starbucks coffee shop--in Barnes and Noble--drinking African Autumn Herbal tea, eating apple tarts, and reading magazines. But ORR 5 needed a certain sized paper coffee cup for my plot to work. My son’s Aunt Marilyn got him hooked on coffee, so we have a coffee machine in the kitchen and call him the K-cup Kid. (His twin is the Yankee Fan #1). When the main plot of the next Grace Farrington mystery hinging on the measurement of the diameter of a coffee cup, I sent the Coffee Cup Kid out with bucks to buy me samples. Buying groceries I also found a plastic protractor in the Shop and Stop stationary section and the guy at the Dunkin Donuts counter there let me measure his cups. (Of course he looking at me strangely; thank God I can hand out a decent--if not a little outlandish–lightening strike business card, which proves I’m a crazy, but a crazy with a purpose!)