Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dying to Meet You is not your ordinary novel. There are no chapters. There are no paragraphs. Instead, the entire story is written as a series of letters. Intrigued?

Ignatius B. Grumply (I.B. Grumply for short) is a former best-selling author of mystery stories. Unfortunately, he hasn't had a best-seller for over 20 years. His publisher, Paige Turner, is anxious for another story and has already paid Ignatius $100,000 in advance. However, little does she know that Ignatius is suffering from an intense bout of writer's block AND he has already spent the money.

Ignatius sends a letter to Anita Sale, a real estate agent, and she helps him to find a 32 1/2 room Victorian mansion on 43 Cemetery Road, where hopefully he will find the peace and quiet he needs to write a hit novel.

Upon moving into the mansion, Ignatius is irritated to find a young boy, Seymour, who lives in the attic. His parents (who own the house) have taken a trip to Europe and left Seymour in the care of whoever moves in. This does not please Ignatius in the slightest. It also does not amuse him that the ghost of a woman (who also happened to be a writer) inhabits the mansion as well. So much for peace and quiet!

Let's test your predicting skills: Can a young boy whose parents abandoned him and the ghost of a woman who died 97 years ago inspire a grumpy old man to write the next best-seller?

Of course I won't tell you, but I promise you'll have a great time finding out on your own! The letters written by Ignatius, Seymour, and Olive (the ghost) are fantastically entertaining and will keep you turning pages until the very end.

Note: If you love the letter format of this book, check out Kate Klise's other popular reads:

Regarding the Fountain

Regarding the Sink

Regarding the Trees

Letters from Camp

Trail by Journal

Recipe to Read By: Ghost Cookies

These ghastly delights are super easy and require no baking!

*Note: I have also found them to be a great tool for overcoming writer's block. (Ignatius, are you reading this??)


1 pkg. (6 oz.) Baker's White Chocolate

18 Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

decorating gels and/or assorted small candies


Microwave chocolate in medium microwavable bowl on high 1-1/2 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds.

Spread chocolate onto one side of each cookie for the ghost's "body." Cool slightly.

Decorate with gels and/or candies to create "faces." Cool until chocolate is set.

Recipe courtesy of Kraft foods.

Click here to see a picture of the finished cookies.

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