A Morning at Character Café with Jessie Whyne

Jessie Whyne!  It is so nice to meet you.  I’ve heard about your detective agency and your successes in solving mysteries.  To me, you are like a real-life, grown-up Trixie Belden.   Oh my goodness, I was obsessed with Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew as a child. Can you believe that I was so convinced I was going to be a detective when I grew up that I used to sign my letters and school papers, Amelia the Great Detective? 

That’s so cute.   Isn’t it funny that you ended up a teacher, writer, and barista at Character Café, while I ended up a detective?  Yet – I never had the desire to be one!  Though I was also a barista for a while before I bought my adorable arts and crafts home outside of Macon. 

I guess one never knows where God will lead His children – if we are receptive, that is. 

Amen!  And it was the noises at night in the basement of my 1930s arts and crafts home that led me into the world of sleuthing.  But I won’t tell you what was going on because that would be spilling all the good stuff on Danni Roan’s first book in my series, The Sound of Sins. 

Speaking of the series – I am in love with Danni’s covers and titles.  If I were her, I would make them poster size and hang them on my living room walls. 

Of course, I love them too.  They really do look like places around Macon, and they are beautifully mysterious.  The perfect aesthetic to match my life.

So, tell me what is going on in your love life, Jessie.

As long as you aren’t going to pressure me like my lovely, elderly friends at Estonia.  They seem to think that I am going to miss my chance at marriage and children.  And I am only twenty-three, for goodness’ sakes! 

Never!  So many people I know didn’t meet until their thirties and forties – and even later.  And they have lovely marriages. There is no need to hurry.  Enjoy getting to know Theo.

I am.  I am so blessed to have Theo as a partner in our detective agency.  I can see that he would make a great partner in every area of my life.  I am almost certain he is the one.  Theo is reliable and careful.  He balances me out, and gives me some gentle speedbumps where I would want to rush in. 

So, I hear you and Theo are going to an escape room tonight – on a double date with your bestie Cheryl’s new man.  Are you looking forward to it?

Yes and no.  It’s a lot of pressure for Theo and me.  We will be locked in this small room with this guy we have never met – and Cheryl and her boyfriend will be expecting us to breeze through all the clues, we being official detectives and all.  Plus, I am a bit anxious about a case that Theo and I are debating on taking.  So, I don’t know if my head will be in the game.

Can you tell me a little bit about it?

I can’t tell you much, but we were contacted by this adorable little girl who is begging us to try to find her missing father. 

Oh, how sad.  That poor girl. That could go so many ways.  And are you even able to take on a child as your client? 

Theo is telling me that it is a police matter.  But my heart is telling me I need to help this child get her Daddy back – if it’s at all possible. 

I can’t wait to see how the escape room goes – and what you and Theo decide to do in The Serenity of Solitude.  Can I treat you to a beverage and a savory or sweet before you have to get back to your agency? 

Well, how can I not keep with the chicken theme I have going.  Theo and I have chicken salad when we go on picnics and fried chicken when we go out to eat. But, I’ve never had chicken for breakfast, so I am curious to try your chicken and apple breakfast skillet.

Good choice!  Believe it or not, we got it from the Perdue website.  Here’s the recipe: https://www.perdue.com/recipes/hearty-apple-chicken-breakfast-skillet/  It’s been a big hit with our patrons.  What about a drink? 

So many choices….  So hard to decide.  I will have to order the Strawberry Tea in honor of Cheryl.  She loves all things strawberry, and I would love to make her some one day when she is visiting. 

Good choice!  Here is the link for our recipe from Whisk Affair:  https://www.whiskaffair.com/strawberry-tea/

Danni Roan wrote that you “will need a keen mind and an unshakable faith to find love in a lost world.  It will take a three-strand cord of strength to bring hope in darkness.”  Jessie, thinking about your struggles to come in The Serenity of Solitude, reminds me of one of my life verses, Matthew 10:16. At times, I even put this verse on the home screen of my phone so I don’t forget that one can be streetwise in a troubled world while striving to have a clear conscience and a mind that is reliant on God.   I can only imagine how having the proper serpent/dove balance is quite challenging as a detective.

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 

Matthew 10:16 ESV

That is a good one for me to ponder. I don’t want to become cynical, but I have to be wary and mindful that all too often people have evil motives. Thank you for reminding me of that scripture, Amy. 

You’re so welcome! Thanks for visiting Character Café, Jessie.

Readers, be sure to check out the Jessie Whyne Mystery series by Danni Roan on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PJ6RC3F They are a delight!

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